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Cold engine towing

Discussion in 'Towing' started by Super Guest, Jul 9, 2019.

  1. Jul 9, 2019 at 5:34 AM
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    Super Guest

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    I have a TT weighing in just under 4k. I usually hitch up the night before when I get home from work to leave the next morning. I usually let the engine idle for a minute or so while I get myself situated for the drive, but that does nothing for the transmission/driveline.

    Curious if it would be worth it to not hitch up the night before and take a quick drive around the block to get everything warmed up a bit before towing? Or would just easy driving to start be sufficient?
     
  2. Jul 9, 2019 at 5:36 AM
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    koditten

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    Just easy driving for a couple miles. I do the same. I hook up the night before and just run lightly for several miles with the trailer attached.
     
  3. Jul 9, 2019 at 8:18 AM
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    Even hooked up cold, once I start the engine, I'm still going to do a walkaround for lights, connections, chocks, then get situationally comfortable.
    In those combined minutes, the engine is certainly warm enough to start out, likely slow anyway.
     
  4. Jul 10, 2019 at 12:04 PM
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    Sprig

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    Just start it and go. Been towing trailers, boats etc. for many many years with lots of different trucks and never had a problem with start and go. If it were a problem your owners manual would tell you to warm it up.
     
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  5. Jul 14, 2019 at 8:19 AM
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    I would just leave it unhooked, drive around and warm up the truck quick and then hook up and complete your checks. This might even be better because you'll get more practice hooking up quickly and will make sure everything is setup correctly on the spot instead leaving everything overnight and driving off and possibly forgetting to check your rig correctly.
     

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