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probably a dumb question...but gear?

Discussion in 'Towing' started by 12tacoma928, Sep 22, 2012.

  1. Sep 22, 2012 at 6:02 PM
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    12tacoma928

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    I have a 2012 4x4 dbl cab automatic transmission with tow package, will be towing a 3620 dry hybrid travel trailer, have a weight distribution hitch which was included with the used camper. I have seen on the forum(s) people talk about "4" to keep the transmission in, but do they mean for a 5 speed manual or automatic? Should I be in "D" (think people on here have said that) or "4" for automatic?

    sorry to be such a noob! thanks for any help!:confused:
     
  2. Sep 22, 2012 at 6:07 PM
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    D unless it is hunting , then 4
     
  3. Sep 22, 2012 at 6:08 PM
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    Automatics are the issue.....run them in 4th....not "D" when towing.
     
  4. Sep 22, 2012 at 6:09 PM
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    Why
     
  5. Sep 22, 2012 at 6:12 PM
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    Enough modifications to piss the wife off!!
    Towing a load on the Interstate (55+ mph) with slight grades will have it shifting alot....overheating the fluid in the tranny....causing excess wear. In town or at lower speeds it would not matter.
     
  6. Sep 22, 2012 at 6:15 PM
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  7. Sep 22, 2012 at 6:17 PM
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    That's what I said , D unless it's hunting , then 4

    Does the tranny cooler not cool the tranny fluid ?
     
  8. Sep 22, 2012 at 6:21 PM
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    You are correct Oz.....you have to play it by ear when towing. I tow in "D" until I start hitting the hills. ;)
     
  9. Sep 22, 2012 at 6:21 PM
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    I'd definitely install a seperate trans cooler to seperate it from the rad, considering the horror stories of the lines rupturing inside the rad then killing both the engine and the trans. [​IMG]
     
  10. Sep 22, 2012 at 6:27 PM
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    Another one on top of the Tow Package cooler ?
     
  11. Sep 22, 2012 at 6:32 PM
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    If it runs through the rad then ya. I'd give it its own electric fan, too.
     
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