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Harmful towing?

Discussion in 'Towing' started by 63 beetle, Aug 25, 2014.

  1. Aug 25, 2014 at 8:22 AM
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    63 beetle

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    I'm looking at a 6 cylinder,double cab,short bed, off-road package with the towing package. If I tow my Scout on a Featherlite trailer with a total weight of about 5500# once a year from Houston to Ouray,Colorado will I shorten the engine/transmission lifetime that much?
     
  2. Aug 25, 2014 at 8:27 AM
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    ArcherTaco

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    You should be just fine. I tow a couple snowmobiles all winter with my Taco and at 52K miles it has zero problems. I doubt a once a year trip will do much damage
     
  3. Aug 25, 2014 at 8:29 AM
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    SnowroxKT

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    266 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm
    Max. Towing capacity 6,500 lbs. (*except X-runner 3,500 lbs.)
    Max. Tongue weight 650 lbs. (*except X-runner 350 lbs.)

    You would be under your tow capacity so you would be fine!
     
  4. Aug 25, 2014 at 9:11 AM
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    S.B.

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  5. Aug 25, 2014 at 9:29 AM
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    KenLyns

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    If you are buying a new truck, observe the break-in procedure in the owner's manual (i.e. no towing for the first 1000 mi). Otherwise you are good.

    Change the rear diff oil before 3 yr/ 30k.
     
  6. Aug 25, 2014 at 9:37 AM
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    63 beetle

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    Thanks for the answers. My brother just thinks that he knows everything!
     
  7. Aug 25, 2014 at 9:53 AM
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    Any photos of your Scout? One of these days I'd love to pick up a later Scout II with the 345 and a 4-speed. I see a lot of them out there that they swapped Chevy engines into, though, and that makes me cringe.
     

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