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Old 06-03-2013, 04:21 PM
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Do I need to turn off my overdrive towing my boat.

I have a 21 foot ski boat and the boat and trailer weight around 3500# should I turn my overdrive off when towing it. I always turn it off when pulling heavy loads but didn't know if my boat was heavy enough to need to turn it off or not.
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Old 06-03-2013, 04:36 PM
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I would guess probably not but if your truck seems to always be searchin for the right gear go ahead and do the tranny a favor and hit the tow/haul button
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Old 06-03-2013, 06:16 PM
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I'm lifted on 37's and towed my old ranger + full trailor... probably about 6000lbs total and left O/d on. It was fine unless I had to slow down on a hill ( I was on a major highway) you should be just fine won't even notice it back there
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Old 06-04-2013, 04:02 AM
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You really shouldn't really feel it behind you,cause I don't feel my ski boat.
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Old 06-04-2013, 04:48 AM
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Thanks guys, I didnt think it would be a problem to pull it with overdrive on. Just wanted some opinions, Ive only had this truck about 6 months and it has a fairly new trans in it so I didnt want to screw anything up. My last truck was a 6.0 and I pulled my enclosed trailer with my mustang in it and it got much better fuel mileage with overdrive on than with it off so I was hoping to leave it in OD and save some fuel. Thanks
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These trucks are made for towing! I tow a 10,000 lbs concrete trailer and have never used O/D button while towing! Never had a problem and tows like a dream!
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Old 06-04-2013, 07:10 PM
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The overdrive button isn't something you say, "turn it off when pulling BLANK pounds" Its something you feel and decide on based on the way your truck feels/sounds.

For example, when pulling up a steep hill, your truck may still be in overdrive based on speed you are going. Your engine will be lugged way down though. This is what you don't want, It puts alot of strain on your transmission. Clicking it out of OD when your engine RPMs are very low causes you to jump back to 4th which increases your RPMs. You will be able to cruise up the hill with higher speed, and more power, all while extending the life of your transmission.

Sometimes, I even use it when not towing. Sometimes the trans doesn't kick out of OD on its own on a hill, so I do it manually with the OD button. When empty or towing, after the hill, when you are back on cruising again, kick it back into OD and you can pickup some more speed at a lower RPM
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Old 06-04-2013, 08:33 PM
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I go off how hard the truck is pulling and how fast I'm going.
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