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Unread 07-09-2010, 05:41 PM   #16
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well im making the trip next Fri.! ive got well over 2000 miles towing including one 4 hr each direction tow. this of course will be my biggest but im more confident than this time last year. i will be keeping track of milage for the trip. once out there the truck will sit and i will drive the jeep everywhere

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Unread 07-13-2010, 05:04 AM   #17
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next question, since mine is an auto with the 6spd tranny, i have the abilty to tow in M that allows me to shift between all 6 gears and of course tow mode. should i tow in that setting or tow in normal D and allow the truck to find its own shift points
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Unread 07-13-2010, 05:48 AM   #18
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I see no problem with it(I believe people underestimate 1/2 tons), as long as you have a good tranny cooler, fresh engine oil, and your cooling system is in good shape( it's an 09 so I suspect it is), I would have no problem doing it, the 5.3(as with all gassers towing) is gonna be thirsty, especially in the mountains, but it shouldn't have a problem.
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Really think people do under estimate NEWER 1/2 tons. But thats another topic all on its own.

I firmly believe one of the biggest things is to make sure that the transmission cooler is adequate like said above for such towing,. Got a buddy with a 90Chev towed his Cherokee from WA to AZ and the tranny went out less then 100 miles from his place. It was rebuilt only a few months before that. IMO tranny got to hot.
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Unread 07-13-2010, 05:49 AM   #19
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next question, since mine is an auto with the 6spd tranny, i have the abilty to tow in M that allows me to shift between all 6 gears and of course tow mode. should i tow in that setting or tow in normal D and allow the truck to find its own shift points
I personally think M is only good for when you dont want the truck to downshift or shift up if you need the higher RPMS steady for whatever reason (off pavement..etc)

For normal towing on the road I would let the transmission adjust itself.
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Unread 07-13-2010, 10:48 AM   #20
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I personally think M is only good for when you dont want the truck to downshift or shift up if you need the higher RPMS steady for whatever reason (off pavement..etc)

For normal towing on the road I would let the transmission adjust itself.
well im gonna need those higher RPMS coming down those moutains so when i have to go back up te rpms are there
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Unread 07-13-2010, 04:05 PM   #21
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well im gonna need those higher RPMS coming down those moutains so when i have to go back up te rpms are there
I think you will want to run M. That way you can controll the down shifting going up hill and engine breaking going down as you like. My truck does not have that and it would sometimes go from 4th straight to 2nd If I just left the cruise on.
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Unread 07-17-2010, 08:49 AM   #22
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alight i made it to our first stop, Limon Colorado. the drive through Kansas was a steady incline to the 5000ft we are at now. the whole state of kansas was 100 degrees and my tranny temp reached the 210 point once so we turned off the AC and tried to keep my RPMs down to around 2K which was hard since we were headed upwards. today will be the big test which i think im ready for. this is the only reason we stayed all night in Limon otherwise we would have driven straight threw like previous trips. so far my average MPG has been between 9-10mpg. im expecting 5-9 from Denver to the tunnel
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Unread 07-18-2010, 11:58 AM   #23
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I have a 2000 Suburban with the 5.3 and tow from Cincinnati down into the Smokies alot, it's never flinched....but it's about 10 mpg with the trailer....you should be ok!
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Unread 07-21-2010, 10:06 AM   #24
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I have a 2000 Suburban with the 5.3 and tow from Cincinnati down into the Smokies alot, it's never flinched....but it's about 10 mpg with the trailer....you should be ok!
no offense but the smokies is nothing compared to where im at. currently im at 9000ft above sea level. everything from my jeep to my buddies 4runner is running differently with the high altitude. on a side note i did make it to my destination in silverthorne CO and still maintained 9mpg. the tranny temp. make it up to 250 even with the air off. but i am proud of my little 1/2 ton. today we are towing north to fort collins so i will be putting it to the test today
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Unread 07-21-2010, 05:24 PM   #25
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no offense but the smokies is nothing compared to where im at. currently im at 9000ft above sea level. everything from my jeep to my buddies 4runner is running differently with the high altitude. on a side note i did make it to my destination in silverthorne CO and still maintained 9mpg. the tranny temp. make it up to 250 even with the air off. but i am proud of my little 1/2 ton. today we are towing north to fort collins so i will be putting it to the test today
Hey hey Fort Collins. Were you the one thinking of moving there?

Hope you are enjoying your trip.
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Unread 07-24-2010, 04:08 PM   #26
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Hey hey Fort Collins. Were you the one thinking of moving there?

Hope you are enjoying your trip.
we stayed at the quality inn and suites on mason. my wife just got a job offer in Greeley and we are looking in fort collins to live.
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Unread 07-25-2010, 02:26 AM   #27
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the tranny temp. make it up to 250 even with the air off. but i am proud of my little 1/2 ton. today we are towing north to fort collins so i will be putting it to the test today

glad you made it. you may be proud of the truck but running
the tranny temp that high will make for a short life on an auto.
maybe look into upgrading the cooler.
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Unread 07-25-2010, 05:56 AM   #28
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no offense but the smokies is nothing compared to where im at. currently im at 9000ft above sea level. everything from my jeep to my buddies 4runner is running differently with the high altitude. on a side note i did make it to my destination in silverthorne CO and still maintained 9mpg. the tranny temp. make it up to 250 even with the air off. but i am proud of my little 1/2 ton. today we are towing north to fort collins so i will be putting it to the test today
I would keep an eye on the trans, thats really hot. Dont want to cook it, and have it go out.

Sounds like another cooler or a bigger one could be useful.
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Unread 07-25-2010, 08:38 AM   #29
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I would keep an eye on the trans, thats really hot. Dont want to cook it, and have it go out.

Sounds like another cooler or a bigger one could be useful.
it only spiked going up hill and i used every chance to idle and a lower gear going down to cool it down. the problem when we headed up into the mountains is road construction and stupid people waiting to the last minute to switch lanes. so headed intot he mountains it was 100 degrees outside and we all were going 30mph headed into the climbs. i honestly believe if people were doing the speed limit the truck would have been fine
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Unread 07-26-2010, 12:47 PM   #30
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we stayed at the quality inn and suites on mason. my wife just got a job offer in Greeley and we are looking in fort collins to live.
Nice Good luck in your search.
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