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NO power when pulling trailer

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Got a 96 2.4l K24 w/160k on the odo. i've put 100k on her and did the little minor maint that has come along (oil, filters, distributer cap/rotor, plugs, wires, clutch, batts, MAF (not minor in $$) EGR valve cleaning, Seafoam every now and then through the brake booster and the tank) and really have no problems. she gets 23-25 Hwy mpg consistently. Strong engine, I can put anything I want in the bed and she rolls right along (w/the front end up of course).

I put something behind her and she's a dog.

For example, yesterday I drove about an hour away to buy a 6'x10' utility trailer w/wood floor. Mesh floor trailer specs in at 700#s so I'm guessing with wood your talking 800#s tops for this one empty.

I pulled the trailer home EMPTY and barely was making it up slight hills, at times having to downshift to third and this was on I-20.

Is this normal? I'd think not, but have nothing for comparison so am looking for your experiences.

I'm going to go ahead and replace the o2 sensors and check for vacuum leaks under the hoood.

Anything else?

Thanks -
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Whatever is standard for 2wd 5sp MT ext cab.

I looked and I have the HF35 axle and then found this:

The HF35 is a h190 axle with a 3.545 gear ratio. from this link:
...where r you on 1-20? ...
Coming back from N Augusta to Columbia.

Bought a new 6x10' utility trailer - pulled it home empty, would have thought I had my 21' pontoon behind me.
Can't figure how others are having problems towing much lighter trailers.
Maybe that's why I posted the original question.

Thanks for your informative and helpful post.
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