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Old 07-09-2014, 08:05 PM   #1
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Anyone Redwooded New Mexico Hwy 64?

We are new Redwood RVers and as heavy as it is, it makes my truck feel a little anemic (maybe a lot). If you have traveled Hwy 64 in New Mexico pulling a Redwood, we would sure appreciate any info on what we might encounter. We're planning a trip from Texas to Chama, NM. Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-09-2014, 11:20 PM   #2
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Can't help with the truck, but welcome to the Redwood family tree and the forum. Everyone on here is very helpful. Maybe you should provide more details about your tow vehicle, as I'm sure someone can help.
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Old 07-09-2014, 11:53 PM   #3
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I haven't figured out how to post my tow vehicle info where it displays. It is a 2000 F350 SRW 7.3 diesel 4X4.
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We have a 2012 F350 SRW, CC, 4x2 with the max 11,500 lb GVWR. Even this truck is loaded to the max with the Redwood hitched up. I keep our coach about 15,500 lbs and a pin weight of 3,000 to 3,100lbs. Even with this I am within 150lbs of max load on the rear axle. This is for a 2012 F350, but not sure what the specs are for a 2000 model

These coaches are heavy, with some owners having pin weights over 4,000 lbs.

The SRW tows like a dream, especially with recently installed air bags, which are highly recommended. Have been through the BC mountains including up and down 8% hills. Downshift and it goes down hills with hardly any use of brakes.

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Thanks for the info. I assume you have an automatic transmission. Would you please verify this? I am concerned about coming down the mountains as well as climbing them. Also, my truck is pretty leveled out without airbags. Would you please let me know what benefit the bags are? And I'm curious what rearend gear you have. My truck has a 3.73. Maybe a lower gear ratio might help.
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Biggest thing with the airbags is they improve the rear suspension travel and keep it from bottoming out. My Dually sits level with the coach hooked up, but with the airbags I can vary pressure for ride quality. Pretty much stops all of the violent chucking when you come off a bridge or hit a big dip in the road.

I'm not sure what rear ratio is in Andy's SRW, my Dually is 3.73. Biggest thing is that the new diesels are so much more powerful. Ours are 400hp and 800 lbs torque and the '15s are 450 and 920 lbs. Towing the coach, it knows it's back there but doesn't really care. Stability is great and with the cruise set on 63-65 I consistently get 10.5-11 mpg unless in the hills and eastern mountains, then I'm into the upper 9's
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I used to own a 2000 F-250 with more or less the same setup as you. Is your truck modified at all? Chips, exhaust, gauges? That particular year is known to have transmission issues, so be very careful about overheating it and take your time with the climbs.
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Thanks for the info. I assume you have an automatic transmission. Would you please verify this? I am concerned about coming down the mountains as well as climbing them. Also, my truck is pretty leveled out without airbags. Would you please let me know what benefit the bags are? And I'm curious what rearend gear you have. My truck has a 3.73. Maybe a lower gear ratio might help.
Affirmative, we have an automatic gearbox. The rear end is 3.5 on the SRW. As Vaughan mentioned the air bags sure help with ride quality, especially on bridges.
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I went through Southern New Mexico on I10 a couple about a month ago, there were hills, but no big mountain passes. I have not traveled 64 for many years but it does have a some mountain passes at the eastern end (which straddles the Taos/Colfax county line). There is a long succession of closely spaced curves (advisory speeds in the 25-35 MPH range). You will definitely be driving on mountain roads. Palo Flechado Pass on 64 crests at 9,101 feet. Taos Canyon is another long climb or decent depending on your direction.

Your 2000 7.3 liter should get you over the passes if you go slow. I'm not sure what your 5th wheel weight is? As piper guy stated above, todays diesels are more powerful. I have a 6.4l PowerStroke and I'm thinking about trading it in for a more powerful engine. Mine struggled climbing out of Sacramento CA on I80 over the Sierra's, of course the fact that it was 108 degrees out did not help.
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Mine struggled climbing out of Sacramento CA on I80 over the Sierra's, of course the fact that it was 108 degrees out did not help.
Next week we leave at 04:00 to save the heat while climbing the Rockies outside Vancouver. Forecast is for high 90's to low 100's, so I want to get the worst grades before 09:00.

Oh well at least we also arrive and get set up early.
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