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What gear do I use???

Discussion in 'Towing' started by resfireman30, Aug 20, 2008.

  1. Aug 20, 2008 at 7:57 PM
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    resfireman30

    resfireman30 [OP] eewwwrrpp

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    Ive looked everywhere and I can't find it so I have a 05 pre runner and im about to drive 600+ miles from Mississippi to Texas with roughly 4000 lbs enclosed trailer. when I put it in "d" i dosen't run as low as it does in overdrive but when i put it in 4 it runs up there. so my question is, is it ok to run in "d" when going pretty much across the flattest land i have ever drove on ? I know i get roughly 8 mpg when in 4 and ouch that junk hurts but the truck gets lighter the father i drive cause my wallet will be empty by the time I get there. Any comments
     
  2. Aug 20, 2008 at 7:58 PM
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    tacomaman06

    tacomaman06 Carolina Alliance: Lead, follow, or get the hell o Staff Member

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    im gonna say tow in 4th gear.
     
  3. Aug 20, 2008 at 8:05 PM
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    tarheelfan_08

    tarheelfan_08 Carolina Alliance

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    i agree
     
  4. Aug 24, 2008 at 12:17 AM
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    wushaw

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    I don't know of the Tacos autos ( or mauals for that matter) but isn't there two reasons not to tow in OD.
    1. Tranny hunting causing heat build up.
    2. OD gear not designed to tow with.

    What does the owners manual say???
     
  5. Aug 24, 2008 at 5:19 AM
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    concrete jedi

    concrete jedi Well-Known Member

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    I would drive in 4th, not in OD. I pulled a trailer across country and as wushaw stated your transmission will be hunting way too much, your revs will be high and our wallet will be lighter too, sorry but that's how's it going to be. Maybe you could mount a mast and hope for a nice tail wind. ;)
     
  6. Aug 26, 2008 at 9:57 AM
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    SamSter0077

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    I tow a 4,000 lb Pop-up every other weekend, in Texas (pretty flat). Been doing it for a year in 5th gear. If you can drive it to where it is not shifting in & out of 5 (w/TCC engaged), I think it is ok. If you don't feel comfortable, drive in 4. DO NOT USE CRUISE CONTROL if you are in 5 though... I get 13-14 in 4th gear, 16-17 in 5th.

    17k miles on a 07 truck, I have had the truck one year. TGFT (Thank God For Tacomas)

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