August 24, 2010I just bought a travel trailer to tow with my current 2003 Ram 1500 with the 4.7L, towing package, etc. It`s a few feet longer than what I was looking for but just couldn`t pass up the deal. The weight specifications are still below the maximum rated towing cap of the truck, but it`s pretty close (within 1000 lbs). I won`t say I don`t feel anything behind the truck, that would be a true understatement, but it managed the tow from Key Largo to Miami reasonably well. I`m not breaking any speed records for sure, but it manages (with OD off, of course) 50-55MPH respectfully well for a little 4.7L. The weight distribution hitch and sway control I have installed works wonders and feel in control when towing the rig.
We`re trying this whole RVing thing out. I`ll be staying local (within state close to home) for starters. The 4.7L is a bit underpowered and would seem to be the weakest point of the whole thing. I`d invest in a beefier 2500 if I knew this is what I really wanted to do, but that would be a couple of more years anyway.
The question, keeping in mind, I want to save my pennies to put down on a beefier puller (preferably a used 2500 5.9L CD within a few years old) and trade my current 2003 in. So with that said, I would like to see if there`s anything worth putting in the 4.7L that could help it out for a little more oomph when up to speed but not spend thousands upon thousands of dollars. Something I can put back when trading in the vehicle down the road.
Right now I`m thinking something along the lines of a modest cam upgrade, the 4.7L HO cams and Superchips Flashpaq. Perhaps a subtle catback exhaust or would that even be worth it? Intake, maybe just a better filter than stock. Not sure. I don`t want to put a lot into it, but enough to where I can feel a better pull when towing.