5 Star Tuning Ford Chassis Tuner
It took us a year before we began towing a car. We had no idea how difficult and challenging it would be without having a tow car! Just as a side note, if you are considering the Class A or Class C motorhome, please research the benefits of having a tow vehicle! Being that we travel to and from Alaska each year, I felt as though it would be beneficial to have a little extra towing power for the steep grades along the Alaska/Canada Highway. After a few hours of research I came upon 5 Star Tuning. They are a U.S. company based out of North Carolina. They had awesome reviews so I decided to give them a try.
I went with the SCT 7015FS for my motorhome (Check with 5 Star Tuning to verify your unit works with this model) and I love it! When I first purchased the motorhome it felt sluggish and slow. I accredited this to all of the weight our Ford V10 had to haul around. But, after installing the tune to our rig, it felt as though I actually had a raging V10 engine beneath us!
The tune did have a negative aspect as well, decreased fuel consumption, at least at the beginning. I was confused after our first fill up, our mile per gallon average actually decreased by 1 full MPG. 1 MPG sounds small for most, but when you only average 6.5 MPG you need all the fuel efficiency you can muster. During the next tank of gas I was more cautious with use of our newfound power. I was hardly surprised when our MPG shot up to the highest it had ever been. So, if you are considering this product, be mindful of the desire to use that new power you have acquired.
Alas, the most important aspect of this tune is safety. Having enough power to tow a car is one thing, having the braking system to slow down your rig as well as a tow car is another. This tune not only improves the efficiency of your engine, it also improves your rigs engine brake curve. Simply put, it uses your motorhome’s engine and transmission to slow you down. There have been many times in traffic and back country roads where this tune has helped out with steep deceleration.
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