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Will I be able to tow?

Discussion in 'Towing' started by tablesalt, Apr 13, 2011.

  1. Apr 13, 2011 at 5:44 AM
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    Hello everyone,

    I have a 04 V6 off-road package with no towing package. Will I be able to haul three humans with motorcycle gear, two motorcycles in my truck bed, one motorcycle trailer (from U-Haul) w/ motorcycle in it and some other miscelleanous things?

    For those who live or have been to California, I will be heading up the Grapevine on I-5.

    Thanks


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  2. Apr 13, 2011 at 6:10 AM
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    Are you up for it? The truck doesn't care, it's ready for anything.
     
  3. Apr 13, 2011 at 6:18 AM
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  4. Apr 13, 2011 at 6:18 AM
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    I'd put 2 (or 3 if you can fit them) in the trailer rather than the bed of the truck and keep the lighter gear in the bed. It might mean a slightly heavier trailer but it'll handle much better if you have a real hitch, not the bumper ball. What are you hauling for bikes, I'm assuming sport bikes if you're putting 2 in the bed but if they're Harley Road Kings, they're freakin heavy! Also, what are you thinking for a Uhaul trailer, some of the bigger ones are hefty unloaded (you mentioned the Uhaul motorcycle trailer but I've never been able to get ahold of one up here). Just some things to think about...

    In short, you'll be fine as long as they're not 800+ lb cruisers.
     
  5. Apr 13, 2011 at 6:29 AM
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    If you plan on doing this more frequently, I would get a hitch receiver installed. You can get a class IV for <$150.
     
  6. Apr 13, 2011 at 8:37 AM
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    i apologize. i wasnt clear. what i meant to say was that the
    truck didnt come with a tow package, but i got a tow hitch instal from uhaull. i am taking sport bikes. iam thinking now of renting a 4x7 trailer. sorry about that.

    thanks
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  7. Apr 13, 2011 at 8:59 AM
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    You will be in good shape then. Like someone else said, I would tow all the bikes on a trailer and leave your bed for storage of more gear. You will probably only be towing 1200-1500lbs worth of bikes plus whatever the trailer weighs.
     
  8. Apr 13, 2011 at 9:52 AM
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    cool. then i wil go with the 5x8 trailer so we can fit all three bikes.

    thanks

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  9. Apr 13, 2011 at 9:55 AM
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    I would look into a transmission cooler.
     
  10. Apr 13, 2011 at 10:45 AM
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  11. Apr 13, 2011 at 10:56 AM
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    More necessary than insurance I would suggest .
     
  12. Apr 13, 2011 at 10:59 AM
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    Definitely invest into a trans cooler. Even tho that much weight up the grapevine isn't that bad it's a good investment.
     
  13. Apr 13, 2011 at 12:14 PM
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    I will look into it most definitely after I tow these bikes. I usually just load two bikes on my bed. Any good deals on Transmission coolers?


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  14. Apr 13, 2011 at 2:42 PM
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    So ruin your tranny, stop giving crappy info.
     
  15. Apr 13, 2011 at 7:32 PM
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    Any links to a good trans cooler? Still need one for a manual shift?
     
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    you can pick one up at most auto parts stores...its pretty much just a tiny radiator and some tubing. Not really needed for a manual transmission.

    Automatic transmissions use fluid to transfer energy (torque converter). The fluid in manual transmissions is strictly there for lubrication and cooling. It does not get as hot as an automatic would.
     
  17. Apr 14, 2011 at 6:42 AM
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    I highly doubt he's going to ruin his tranny towing 3 motorcyles. The OP isn't going to be towing a whole lot of weight..maybe 2000-2500 lbs. Especially this time of year when it's not super hot yet. In the heat of summer towing in the mountains...maybe.

    Is a tranny cooler a good idea with an automatic transmission? Absolutely.

    Is it absolutely necessary? Depends on the conditions.
     
  18. Apr 14, 2011 at 6:45 AM
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    You will thank yourself for this later. It will make a much more pleasant tow having all the bikes in the trailer. Adding just 1000 lbs to the bed really alters your stability, but 1000 lbs behind the trailer just hits the gas mileage. I'd go for the trailer and improved stability / ride anyday.

    If you have a manual transmission you don't need a cooler. If you're doing it sans cooler with an auto, just keep it in 4 and when you feel the truck shifting alot to keep up your speed drop it to 3 and take it easy on the speed. The cooler will keep the tranny temps down if you're shifting alot.
     
  19. Apr 14, 2011 at 6:49 AM
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    When was the last time you serviced transmission and rear diff? Cheap to do on a manual.
     
  20. Apr 14, 2011 at 7:10 AM
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    This is a good point, servicing the rear diff and transmission wouldn't be a bad idea if you're due or overdue. In my opinion, the amount of weight your talking about towing wouldn't call for a transmission cooler unless you're going to tow it all day every day (or as stated in the hot summer months through the mountains). Obviously the cooler wouldn't hurt, but I wouldn't even be thinking about it with that kind of weight.
     
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