I hate you people.
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Overland Park, Kansas
Vehicle: 2003 Dodge Dakota
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You need to understand how naturally aspirated engines perform at higher altitudes. Once you start getting above 3000 ft sea level, N/A performance drops a certain percentage for every 1000ft. of elevation(don't know the exact amount off hand, Google it to see). At higher altitudes, N/A engines have to work harder to deliver the same power as at lower elevations but you are burning more fuel at the same time due to reduced oxygen levels.
If you were driving up a steep incline such as this long pass you went through, that is a pretty sizable load even with just you and your two boys as passengers going uphill. Remember, your truck is fighting against gravity while also being down slightly on power due to the higher elevation.
What was the outside ambient temperature? My truck is set up the same as yours except CAI and headers with aftermarket exhaust and I have noticed my temp gauge has crept up whenever I was driving when it has been hot out in stop and go traffic, even driving on the highway I had noticed that as well when it was hot out.
As for towing and reliability, make sure that the fluids are topped off before any towing trip, stay within the vehicles max towing and payload capacity, and for any reliability issues, just come on here and ask, we will try to help as best as possible.
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327K+ miles, mostly all original factory parts, and 15 yrs. of reliable service.....you are missed.