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Old 07-09-2012, 10:20 AM
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Well, got the setup finished for flat towing the Chili, behind the F250 and Lance truck camper... we went to Lake City for the Fourth. And the verdict is...





Gee, works great. I coulda used an exhaust brake over Monarch, but really, not bad at all. The Chili pushes the rear of the truck just a wee bit (or is that wheee! bit) so I have to watch the oversteer, but really it towed wonderfully. The lockouts on the rear axle of the Chili make it a dream to hook up, as does the fact that starting the Chili, turning it off, and leaving the ignition key in keeps the steering unlocked... and though the tow bar was a bit angled down it didn't have any effect on the F250 on hard braking. The only real issue was tight turns on loose road surfaces, where the Chili's steering didn't follow the arc very well at all. Fine on pavement.

14 mpg didn't hurt at all. The pyrometer kept my foot out of it going upgrade (kept it at 1200* or below), but even so I had little trouble keeping up on the speed limit (actually went slower downgrade because I only have the truck's brakes). Even passed a stock 86-87 4Runner that was screaming its 22RE going upgrade. Kinda funny to haul all that and get about the mileage that the Chili would have, packed with camping gear, all by itself.

I like it.
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Old 07-09-2012, 10:41 AM
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Thanks for the update/report. Now, don't get 6.0 fever or start looking at 2012 rigs, and you'll be ok. ;-)
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Old 07-09-2012, 10:59 AM
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Time for a trailer....you'll forget Chili is even behind you plus it stops perfect and you can back up!
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Well, got the setup finished for flat towing the Chili, behind the F250 and Lance truck camper... we went to Lake City for the Fourth. And the verdict is...





Gee, works great. I coulda used an exhaust brake over Monarch, but really, not bad at all. The Chili pushes the rear of the truck just a wee bit (or is that wheee! bit) so I have to watch the oversteer, but really it towed wonderfully. The lockouts on the rear axle of the Chili make it a dream to hook up, as does the fact that starting the Chili, turning it off, and leaving the ignition key in keeps the steering unlocked... and though the tow bar was a bit angled down it didn't have any effect on the F250 on hard braking. The only real issue was tight turns on loose road surfaces, where the Chili's steering didn't follow the arc very well at all. Fine on pavement.

14 mpg didn't hurt at all. The pyrometer kept my foot out of it going upgrade (kept it at 1200* or below), but even so I had little trouble keeping up on the speed limit (actually went slower downgrade because I only have the truck's brakes). Even passed a stock 86-87 4Runner that was screaming its 22RE going upgrade. Kinda funny to haul all that and get about the mileage that the Chili would have, packed with camping gear, all by itself.

I like it.
Get the Banks exhaust brake. Very inexepensive for those trucks and super easy to install, it makes a HUGE difference going down the passes especially when towing. Once you have one you will wonder how you ever lived without it.
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Old 07-09-2012, 03:26 PM
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Time for a trailer....you'll forget Chili is even behind you plus it stops perfect and you can back up!
Not a chance. The money aside, no place to park it that would be acceptable to the !

Besides... I actually backed up successfully on two occasions. Just gotta keep your head about you.
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Old 07-09-2012, 05:09 PM
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Wow! If you got 14mpg hand calculated, that's great!! I can only count on 11.5 with my 15K setup, doing the speed limit on I-70.

X2 on the exhaust brake. I just have a decel tune, but I use it driving in the hills empty, much less towing, even with trailer brakes.

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Old 07-10-2012, 09:50 AM
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Wow! If you got 14mpg hand calculated, that's great!!
Yup, corrected odo for actual vs. indicated mileage, and kept my foot out of the injectors for the most part. Actually just a tech under 14, like 13.93 or so. Close 'nuff.

The truck computer still thinks it got 17.2mpg... No idea how it calculates that or how often it gets adjusted or for what time period it represents...
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There's a reason that the overhead display is known on FTE as the 'Lie-o-meter'. Your mileage is right in line with mine - towing a 2000# popup, I get 14-16. Big headwinds, hills, and high speeds push it down to the 13-14 end of the scale.
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