1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

Towing Question

Discussion in 'Towing' started by tacosport18, Aug 7, 2009.

  1. Aug 7, 2009 at 8:50 AM
    #1
    tacosport18

    tacosport18 [OP] Member

    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2009
    Member:
    #20783
    Messages:
    8
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jeff
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Vehicle:
    09 TRD Sport DCSB
    I am new to this board and I recently purchased my first Tacoma (09 TRD Sport, DBL Cab SHort Bed w/ towing package) and I am getting ready to tow a 3000lb fishing boat with it. My question is should I use drive 4 or 3 when towing the boat? My father's was told by several mechinics to pull in drive 3 in his chevy silverado to avoid tranny problems down the road (he had OD, 3,2,1 for his automatic). As the tacoma has OD, 4, 3, 2, L, I wanted to know what everyone uses / recommends for towing. I was thinking towing in 3 or 4 for city driving, 4 on highways? Any feedback is greatly appreciated.

    Jeff
     
  2. Aug 7, 2009 at 8:52 AM
    #2
    Incognito

    Incognito μολὼν λαβέ

    Joined:
    May 25, 2009
    Member:
    #17626
    Messages:
    13,625
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Colton
    VA
    Vehicle:
    2012 Pyrite AC TRD OR
    See Build thread
    Try to keep it out of overdrive. I'd say go 4th gear, because I don't think you'll have any problems with it struggling.
     
  3. Aug 7, 2009 at 9:21 AM
    #3
    petersharp

    petersharp Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2007
    Member:
    #3566
    Messages:
    925
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Do you need to ask?! It's up there ^
    Louisville, CO
    Vehicle:
    Ex DC LB Sport owner.
    From what I understand the reason for keeping it in a lower gear for towing is to stop it constantly changing gear if you're in a hilly area or just on the border (speed-wise) of two gears. If it's in one gear and stays in there quite happily then I think you'll be ok.
     
  4. Aug 10, 2009 at 7:02 AM
    #4
    tacosport18

    tacosport18 [OP] Member

    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2009
    Member:
    #20783
    Messages:
    8
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jeff
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Vehicle:
    09 TRD Sport DCSB
    Thanks for the input guys.
     
  5. Aug 10, 2009 at 7:12 AM
    #5
    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

    Joined:
    May 8, 2008
    Member:
    #6497
    Messages:
    106,156
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    FlimFlubberJAM
    Tenoe, AZ
    Vehicle:
    2013 Rubicon Unlimited,
    4.10 gears, sliders, and lots of buttons.
    I tow a 3000# boat often, and I leave it in Drive, unless it starts to "hunt" between 4th and 5th on hills. Then, I just drop it in 4th.
     
  6. Aug 10, 2009 at 7:14 AM
    #6
    ClemsonTacoma

    ClemsonTacoma Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2009
    Member:
    #16193
    Messages:
    3,613
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Cam
    Lexington, SC
    Vehicle:
    Tacoma
    Pioneer DEH-P5100UB single din HU and black dash kit, Alpine 12" sub custom inverted box bed liner'd, various interior trim painted black, 48 blue LED domelight, cheepo floor mats, hose clamp mod, Cobra CB and knock off firestik, Stock steelie rims, with 265/75/16 Sumitomo HTR Sport A/T's
    We tow our sailboat in D...its not that much prob 1000lbs but we have overdrive i thought 4 was OD
     
  7. Aug 10, 2009 at 7:16 AM
    #7
    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

    Joined:
    May 8, 2008
    Member:
    #6497
    Messages:
    106,156
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    FlimFlubberJAM
    Tenoe, AZ
    Vehicle:
    2013 Rubicon Unlimited,
    4.10 gears, sliders, and lots of buttons.
    "Overdrive" is a gear ratio that is lower than 1 to 1, for example a .85 to 1. I belive out 4th gear in the autos is a 1 to 1 ratio
     
  8. Aug 10, 2009 at 7:21 AM
    #8
    ClemsonTacoma

    ClemsonTacoma Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2009
    Member:
    #16193
    Messages:
    3,613
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Cam
    Lexington, SC
    Vehicle:
    Tacoma
    Pioneer DEH-P5100UB single din HU and black dash kit, Alpine 12" sub custom inverted box bed liner'd, various interior trim painted black, 48 blue LED domelight, cheepo floor mats, hose clamp mod, Cobra CB and knock off firestik, Stock steelie rims, with 265/75/16 Sumitomo HTR Sport A/T's
    so do we have an overdrive button or something?...when im driving and i drop it to 4 it seems like overdrive in other cars/trucks
     
  9. Aug 10, 2009 at 7:23 AM
    #9
    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

    Joined:
    May 8, 2008
    Member:
    #6497
    Messages:
    106,156
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    FlimFlubberJAM
    Tenoe, AZ
    Vehicle:
    2013 Rubicon Unlimited,
    4.10 gears, sliders, and lots of buttons.
    An "Over drive" lowers the rpm's. 5th gear is the "Over drive".
     
  10. Aug 10, 2009 at 7:24 AM
    #10
    ClemsonTacoma

    ClemsonTacoma Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2009
    Member:
    #16193
    Messages:
    3,613
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Cam
    Lexington, SC
    Vehicle:
    Tacoma
    Pioneer DEH-P5100UB single din HU and black dash kit, Alpine 12" sub custom inverted box bed liner'd, various interior trim painted black, 48 blue LED domelight, cheepo floor mats, hose clamp mod, Cobra CB and knock off firestik, Stock steelie rims, with 265/75/16 Sumitomo HTR Sport A/T's
    Oh, not really good with all these terms...never mind then...
     
To Top