Towing lighter trailers - Ford Powerstroke Diesel Forum
User Tag List

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 9 Old 08-31-2012, 11:28 AM Thread Starter
Powerstroke.org Rookie
 
Diqueed's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 21
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Towing lighter trailers

I have a 99 F350 with automatic, this weekend I'll be towing about 3,000 lbs of loaded tent trailer. The question is, because its a lighter load when I'm climbing through the mountains should I worry about taking it out of overdrive or should I be good?

'99 F350 Crew Cab Short Bed
'94 Z28 Camaro
'74 Opel Manta, Yes an opel manta!
Diqueed is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 9 Old 08-31-2012, 11:48 AM
JJR
Compression Ignition Addict
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Omaha
Posts: 304
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
If it keeps shifting in and out of overdrive turn it off. Otherwise you should be fine.
JJR is offline  
post #3 of 9 Old 08-31-2012, 02:45 PM
Compression Ignition Addict
 
Zaairman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Wright City, MO
Posts: 3,029
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 12 Post(s)
Thanks: 7
Thanked 18 Times in 18 Posts
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
Um... you'll be fine. Have you ever towed before?

Zach
2000/2006ish Ford F-250 Larryette 7.3 Powerstroke 4x4
5" Sewer Pipe Exhaust (video clip), DIY 6637 Intake, Wicked Wheel'd, De-foiled, Missing EBPV, Edge Juice with Attitude, Few leaves added here and there, 35" BFGs, 16x10 Eagle Alloys, Alpine W200

SLAPS Member #153
Zaairman is offline  
post #4 of 9 Old 08-31-2012, 03:01 PM
Compression Ignition Addict
 
nine6stroker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Loveland, CO
Posts: 6,966
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 14 Times in 14 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
I've towed far more than that through the Rockies in OD with no problems. Although if I dropped to 60 or below, I drop it out of OD to keep EGT's in check.

1996 F250 7.3 PSD 4x4 - "Dally"
270k miles
It's got some go fast stuff
Sitting on 2006 F-350 axles and suspension

nine6stroker is offline  
post #5 of 9 Old 09-01-2012, 01:28 AM
Compression Ignition Addict
 
AOx4's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Ventura, CA
Posts: 180
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Dont even think about the trans. Tow it and go. If the trans needs something like OD off, you will know.

If you think it will help, push the button. If you like what it does, keep it. If not, push it again.

3000 is nothing for your truck.

- Trey
"Jaws"- 2002 F250 XLT CrewCab Short Bed 4x4 7.3L

Phoenix 6pos (Stock, 65dd, Whisper, 100p, 120r, 80t), 6637 Intake, RR-IC Boots, OEM Black CPS, DeFoiled, 08 Tail Lights, MBRP TB 4" w/ muffler, Firestone load bags, 05+ Tow mirrors, Custom Flag Mount

My Youtube videos
AOx4 is offline  
post #6 of 9 Old 09-01-2012, 06:10 PM
Compression Ignition Addict
 
mountainsideogre's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Douglasville,Ga
Posts: 547
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Just like the others have said, your truck should have no problems towing that little of weight even up hills.

Brent

2001 F250 7.3
8" superlift on 37 m16 with 20's
ats ported compressor housing
4" turbo back straight pipe
PPE 6 position chip
s&b intake
transmission built by Gene's in Dallas

mountainsideogre is offline  
post #7 of 9 Old 09-04-2012, 06:40 AM
Banned
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Fort Bragg, NC/Buff, NY/Midlothian, VA
Posts: 5,630
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Quote:
Originally Posted by Diqueed View Post
I have a 99 F350 with automatic, this weekend I'll be towing about 3,000 lbs of loaded tent trailer. The question is, because its a lighter load when I'm climbing through the mountains should I worry about taking it out of overdrive or should I be good?
Hell when I tow 5k I keep the OD on unless the gears start searching.

Quote:
Originally Posted by JJR View Post
If it keeps shifting in and out of overdrive turn it off. Otherwise you should be fine.
Agreed.
85_305 is offline  
post #8 of 9 Old 09-04-2012, 04:17 PM
Compression Ignition Addict
 
Joel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Abbotsford
Posts: 2,700
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Thanks: 29
Thanked 125 Times in 113 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
With that light of a load I wouldn't even feel bad about using cruise control

PIS 175/80's, Van Turbo with EBPV, BD Billet Wheel
Lots of money spent at RiffRaff
Holley fuel pump, in tank mods, crappy riding leveling kit, DP-F6, 5 Gauges+Edge CS in dash, CB radio in Dash, over 100 goofy little mods
Still pretty slow, just less slow now.
Quote:
Originally Posted by peixinho View Post
I love finally having my truck back... that 7.3 dog that I was driving was just not cutting it.
Joel is offline  
post #9 of 9 Old 09-04-2012, 07:27 PM
Compression Ignition Addict
 
nine6stroker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Loveland, CO
Posts: 6,966
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 14 Times in 14 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Last time I towed a relatively heavy load (bed full of camping gear, and a flatbed trailer with 3 utility ATV's and 3 dirtbikes, plus 4 guys in the cab), I set the cruise at 75 and enjoyed the ride, just kept an eye on EGT's on the hills.

1996 F250 7.3 PSD 4x4 - "Dally"
270k miles
It's got some go fast stuff
Sitting on 2006 F-350 axles and suspension

nine6stroker is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Ford Powerstroke Diesel Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome