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railsbackg

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I am sure this topic has been beat to death. But I just bought a 15 Fleetwood Bounder 35K model. Any of you guys out there have any experience with the 5 star tune program? I tow a 2000 crv. I have seen some good reviews on the 5 star. But I also saw another product called Ultra Tune? Or UPFORD Ultra Tune.

Anyway, any feedback would be appreciated.


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Just bought a 2010 Winnie Vista and will be towing a 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee, following this one as well.

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I had a 2018 34 ft Holiday Rambler that I towed a 2015 Cadillac SRX with. I added the 5 Star tune and it made the V-10 "wake up" and seemed to acclerate and shift better. Never saw any fuel mileage increase, but liked driving the rig more so probably used the acclerator pedal more? Was going to sell the rig so removed the 5 Star and had forgot how dull it was without. Ended up selling to a relative so put the 5 Star back in and showed the new buyer the difference, he said LEAVE IT hooked up!! No comparrison in with and without.


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Posted: 12/10/20 04:17pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

stripit thanks for your reply. I have seen lots of good reviews for it. Mine is in and out of the transmission on the slightest of inclines. I have to do something. I think the 5 star has many more users than the UPFORD ford ultra tune.

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I had the 5 sat tune in my 02 Excursion. It was a night and day difference in how it towed. He improved shift programming alone was worth it. I gained about .5 mpg towing my 9300lb TT. It does give you a bit more power, but that's not why I got it.
I will be getting it for my 2012 F53 V-10, they have a sale right now for $440. What I want fixed on my 12 is the over safe and intrusive drive by wire. You don't get full throttle when you need it, the stock program only gives you what it was programmed to, which isn't much. More power is always nice, but ide rather see an increase in mileage. However I have heard there are no gains in that area. I will still be getting one.


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dodge guy wrote:

I had the 5 sat tune in my 02 Excursion. It was a night and day difference in how it towed. He improved shift programming alone was worth it. I gained about .5 mpg towing my 9300lb TT. It does give you a bit more power, but that's not why I got it.
I will be getting it for my 2012 F53 V-10, they have a sale right now for $440. What I want fixed on my 12 is the over safe and intrusive drive by wire. You don't get full throttle when you need it, the stock program only gives you what it was programmed to, which isn't much. More power is always nice, but ide rather see an increase in mileage. However I have heard there are no gains in that area. I will still be getting one.


DG,

Thanks for the reply. I have no interest in the fuel mileage, it's poor at best and will always be. You accept that when you buy a motorhome. But this 2015 Fleetwood, when it just see's an over pass coming it downshifts, and its maddening at times. So it seems that most of the reviews claim that it improves the shifting set points. I have seen a few reviews on the other tune product, but it seems the 5 star is by far the preferred tune for the f53 v10. It is due for an inspection the 4th month of 21, so not sure if I want to install now, or wait until after that. Or just get it inspected early and install it.

And although I live outside of Houston, with not much chance of a hard freeze, it is in storage right now and I still winterize it.

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railsbackg wrote:

dodge guy wrote:

I had the 5 sat tune in my 02 Excursion. It was a night and day difference in how it towed. He improved shift programming alone was worth it. I gained about .5 mpg towing my 9300lb TT. It does give you a bit more power, but that's not why I got it.
I will be getting it for my 2012 F53 V-10, they have a sale right now for $440. What I want fixed on my 12 is the over safe and intrusive drive by wire. You don't get full throttle when you need it, the stock program only gives you what it was programmed to, which isn't much. More power is always nice, but ide rather see an increase in mileage. However I have heard there are no gains in that area. I will still be getting one.


DG,

Thanks for the reply. I have no interest in the fuel mileage, it's poor at best and will always be. You accept that when you buy a motorhome. But this 2015 Fleetwood, when it just see's an over pass coming it downshifts, and its maddening at times. So it seems that most of the reviews claim that it improves the shifting set points. I have seen a few reviews on the other tune product, but it seems the 5 star is by far the preferred tune for the f53 v10. It is due for an inspection the 4th month of 21, so not sure if I want to install now, or wait until after that. Or just get it inspected early and install it.

And although I live outside of Houston, with not much chance of a hard freeze, it is in storage right now and I still winterize it.


Yep, mine is the same way. In fact I lose considerable speed on slight inclines! In fact on I90 coming up out from the Missouri River I’ll lose about 25mph. And that’s not a huge incline, just a river valley! My old V-10 Excursion would hold 70 coming up from there. Now I’m lucky to hold 45! I know I’m heavier, but it’s more HP/TQ and one more gear in the trans. Can’t wait to drive it with the tune!

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Posted: 12/11/20 12:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I wish I knew someone that has used that UPFORD, or Ultra RV tune. Probably not that much different than the 5 star. But would be nice to hear some info on that one.

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Posted: 12/13/20 11:43am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

How much more HP do these tunes add or how many secs faster does it take you to go from 40-60 mpgs at WOT? Most reviews say it helps but never quantify how much performance is actually gained by actual users.

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I am not really looking for more HP, and I certainly am not concerned about fuel mileage. But if it helps with the in and out of the transmission all the time on the slightest of hills it will be worth the money for me.

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