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Old 08-06-2012, 03:51 PM   #1
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Gen 1 - Towing uphill

Hey Folks,

I recently picked up a used travel trailer - 16ft with a rated dry weight of about 2,700 lb. The previous owner added an A/C and a mod to the rear bumper for carrying bikes/wood, so dry weight is probably closer to 3,000 if I'm conservative.

I live up a fairy steep road, I'm guessing around a 30 degree slope or so. The steepest section is short, maybe 30-40 yards and I'm wondering if I should drop the truck into low gear "L", or just leave it in drive (OD off of course) to negotiate this hill.

My rig: '99 Xtra Cab 4x4 3.4L V6. I've already added a tranny cooler and brake controller and upgraded the entire suspension last year, but am fairly new to towing.

Should I have any concerns pulling this trailer up a short steep slope?
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Old 08-06-2012, 04:10 PM   #2
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you'll be fine
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Old 08-06-2012, 04:13 PM   #3
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put it in gear and go! lol for a 30-40 yard driveway you will be fine
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Up hill will be fine.

Going down the hill with that automatic transmission would be my worry.
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OP is you're driveway asphalt or concrete? If not id put it in 4low for going back down
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I'd hope with the brake controller it would hold but it's still a little nerve racking.
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AS far as down hill, I would upgrade to braided brake lines on the truck. I picked up the Wheeler's brake lines from a forum member for a song and installed them right before I bought my new boat. It's a Lowe 175 Fish and Ski with a 115 4-stroke. With boat, trailer, motor, fuel and gear, I would say it weighs between 2200 and 2500 lbs. Doesn't seem like a lot, but you can tell it's back there. The new trailer doesn't have brakes, so I knew my taco would have to be able to to handle the weight of the boat. With the braided lines, it took all the spongenous out of the pedal and they grab better.
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Thanks for the feedback all, that was what I needed to hear.

The steepest part of the Court is pebbled concrete then transitions to asphalt at a lower grade. I really just need to get it up to my house to do some work on the trailer, then I'll be keeping it at a storage unit. I'm in the PNW, so when the rain starts, there is no way I want to chance pulling up and down as that pebbled concrete gets pretty slick when wet.

I like the idea of 4 low going down - great tip.
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Thanks for the feedback all, that was what I needed to hear.

The steepest part of the Court is pebbled concrete then transitions to asphalt at a lower grade. I really just need to get it up to my house to do some work on the trailer, then I'll be keeping it at a storage unit. I'm in the PNW, so when the rain starts, there is no way I want to chance pulling up and down as that pebbled concrete gets pretty slick when wet.

I like the idea of 4 low going down - great tip.
As long as you are not turning the wheels 4 low is fine
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