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Old 06-21-2009, 05:13 PM
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Towing a F250 with manual transmission?

Hi guys, a buddy is interested in purchasing a 7.3 F250 to use as a tow vehicle, pulling it behind his diesel pusher motorhome. Anyone know if there would be any issues with pulling a five or six speed manual in neutral for long distances?
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Old 06-21-2009, 05:23 PM
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As long as you remove the driveshaft you will be fine.

But the wieght of the truck will give the motorhome a work out.
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I think with a manual there wont be any issues, even with the d-shaft in. If it was an auto you'd have to remove the d-shaft.
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So, ALL the little old men and ladies that pull vehicles behind their motorcoaches PULL the driveshafts? If not, what makes our trucks any different?
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you dont need to pull the drive shaft to pull a manual and if you have an auto with a manual t-case you can put the t-case in neutrel without pulling the drive saft and if its a car they have kits you can install on the cv joints so you can unlock the cv's with a wrench that comes with the kit
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Old 06-21-2009, 06:00 PM
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they also have electric pumps that pump the trans fluid thru the system while its in motion (auto)
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What about 2-wheel drive auto's?
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What about 2-wheel drive auto's?
In that case you will have to pull the d-shaft or get the pump wriott is talking about
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In a manual trans, oil only gets splashed/circulated when the input shaft is spinning (eng. on). With the driveshaft connected the output shaft turns with no oil to keep it lubed... if it were me I'd pull the driveshaft.

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In a manual trans, oil only gets splashed/circulated when the input shaft is spinning (eng. on). With the driveshaft connected the output shaft turns with no oil to keep it lubed... if it were me I'd pull the driveshaft.
I'm not agruing nor am I planning on pulling one or the other. I just find it hard to believe that the 68 yr. old retired man on his voyage will be pulling and reinstalling the driveshaft at every stop, when he and the 74 yr. old wife wants to go site seeing.
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