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Old August 2nd, 2014, 02:32 PM
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Default 4.10 or 4.56? 1995 f-150 towing travel trailer.

So I am going full time trailer life for a year and that means towing my 5000lb Nash 23 footer around the country. I am trying to decide on a new gear ratio of either 4.10 or 4.56. What do you guys think?

I am currently on 33's with a body lift and the H9 axle ratio which I think is 3.55. It's a slug on the hills of Colorado, I can only imagine with the trailer what it would be like.

plan to go to 35's after I get a nice suspension lift so I'm thinking 4.56 is the way to go. I don't need to be hitting 70+ towing on the highway happy at 55-65. I plan on adding a dual sport motorcycle to the tow load for getting around when I settle in area's. So tow load will be like 6000lb total, with me and everything else.

Anyone have any suggestions? I will probably spend most of the time in the Rockies and Pacific Northwest during the spring and summer and then more sea level during the colder months. Is 4.10 plenty? or should I go ahead and go to 4.56 since I plan on adding a bit more wheel radius around Christmas?
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i would go with the 4.56's, you'll spin higher rpms and drink more fuel but you'll have more torque to pull the trailer... i pulled trailers all the time with my f150 with 35's and 4.56's, and around town i wish i had 4.88's.... 35's with 4.56's is about the equivalent to 33's and 4.10's.... i spent some time in gunnison/crested butte with my truck when i was still rolling the 3.55's with 35's and man did it suck not having any power.

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Awesome! Thanks for your input. Everyone keeps beating on me about the practicality of it all. So glad to get input from someone who actually understands how our trucks perform in CO.
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yeah, my truck was an absolute dog at elevation. i miss the terrain out there.

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4.56 gears, 4-link SAS, 14" coil overs.

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Which engine and transmission?

2003 F-150 XL RCSB 2wd 4.2 5 speed 3.55 LS
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5.8 automatic
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That combo with 4.56's is the only way I'd tow that heavy with a pre-1997 truck.

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I'm replacing my radiator and just had the rest of the cooling system redone to keep temps under control. Thinking about a triple core radiator. Gonna order it next week. The truck will just be on it's 33's until next year and that will give me time to see the reality of the situation.

This is how the truck was when I bought it. As a new truck isn't in the cards just yet and being as I have been keeping this one in good condition with preventative maintenance I don't want to get a new truck only to start having problems.

Keep in mind this is how the truck was setup when I bought it.


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