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Old 05-14-2011, 09:02 PM
pcityranger pcityranger is offline
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is it true your not suppose to tow in 5th gear because it will burn out the overdrive? i was toldthis and i am towing a trailer with 1500lbs tm. Deff wanna know so i dont damage anything! I can see this may make a little sense but if someone could inform me on this, it would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 05-14-2011, 09:34 PM
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As far as I know of if your towing with a manual tranny you can use 5th gear never been told otherwise. You will probably just need to down shift a lot sooner than you normally would for hills and stuff to make sure you have the right ratio to pull the hills and accelerate after curves.
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Old 05-14-2011, 09:43 PM
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haha in florida so no hills but i hear ya. i just heard it may damage your tranny but this was a new piece of info to me as well.
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Old 05-15-2011, 08:19 AM
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The first generation(1983-1997) trucks owners manuals use to recommend against towing in 5th, not sure the changed it for the later models. Either way I never 5th when towing my boat.
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Old 05-15-2011, 08:45 AM
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I tow a pop up trailer that weighs about 2600 lbs dry.
The manual says to not tow in overdrive as it may "hunt" between 4th and 5th (shifting back and forth) which will cause extra heat, friction, wear and tear, etc.
I do tow in overdrive when traveling on level ground or going downhill.
Turning off the overdrive causes RPM's to go too high for long term highway travel at 60 to 65 mph. Gas consumption greatly increases at the higher RPM.
I turn off the OD when climbing any slight hill or grade and I also use it as an engine brake on long descents.
The frontal limit of a trailer is 50 square feet for my truck.
What do you mean by 1500 lbs tm?
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Old 05-15-2011, 08:53 AM
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the trailer and weight in the trailer combined will be around 1500lbs. i just dont want to damage anything cosidering i just rebuilt the tranny.
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Old 05-15-2011, 08:56 AM
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I think he means 1500 lbs tomorrow, Yea. Just don't go uphill in 5th towing because you'll never make to to the top. Lol.
The main concern is it puts more stress on the engine in 5 then 4
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Old 05-15-2011, 09:01 AM
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As I stated, "The manual says to not tow in overdrive as it may "hunt" between 4th and 5th (shifting back and forth) which will cause extra heat, friction, wear and tear, etc."
THAT is the real concern - burning the fluid and/or parts.
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Old 05-15-2011, 09:26 AM
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OD hunting is the main problem. I towed a really heavy U-Haul trailer about 400 miles and there were times it was dropping in and out of second!
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Old 05-15-2011, 09:27 AM
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my truck is manual
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Old 05-15-2011, 09:30 AM
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my dad always tells me to make sure overdrive is off, he would know i guess he tows 10,000+ lbs every year about 6000 miles with his personal truck. but its not worth the risk man i wouldnt use 5th
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Old 05-15-2011, 09:34 AM
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my truck is manual
I guess we should have asked...
sure would have saved a bunch of time and effort.
You cannot burn out a gear in a manual tranny.
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Old 05-15-2011, 09:55 AM
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there is a reason why they tell you not to tow in 5th in a manual
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Old 05-15-2011, 10:13 AM
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and the reason is....?
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Old 05-15-2011, 10:23 AM
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i dunno, but it will tell you not to in your owners manual LOL, my 86 ranger says it right on the sunvisor to not tow in 5th
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