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Towing heavy load with 6.4, need advice.

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I'm a Marine pilot and I'm about to move from Jacksonville, NC to San Diego, CA. I have a 18' tandem axle car hauler (weighs about 2000lbs, rated at 10,000) that I plan on towing my wife's 2001 Toyota 4Runner with. My truck is a completely stock with the exception of an Icon 2.5" level kit with 4" blocks in the rear, adj track bar, shocks, etc (shouldn't affect towing too much). I'm not new to diesel trucks and definitely not new to towing, but it doesn't seem like this truck has a lot of instrumentation to monitor things such as EGT's, inlet temps, etc.

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I know I'm going to get crappy fuel economy, but I get reimbursed for that pretty much. How will I know when my EGT's, etc are getting too high?

And for the fuel nuts:
Unloaded on a 1200 mile round trip this past week I averaged 17.2 mpg @70mph. I'm pretty happy with that. On the way home @80mph it was 15.8. 10mph makes a huge difference apparently.

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I don't see you having any problems. I towed a 48' enclosed with a truck/trailer combined weight of 26,120 lbs from NY to TX and back, 3000 miles round trip. Truck was bone stock with 2300 miles on it when we left. We ran 75mph the entire time.

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Tow/Haul mode & go like hell! I pull 16-18k with mine all the time & besides blowing the I/C boot off a few times no probs!
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if your stock with no tuner then don't worry. keep your foot in it and don't look back. I would just let it idle for a few mins when you stop for fuel or food and what not. And 10k is nothing for these trucks. my halls 15k+ and has no problems running down the highway.

Now if you were tuned then you would need to watch Egt, Trans Temp and what not and the tuner should be able to do that for you depending on tuner.

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just turn on tow/haul and drive. Make sure that you let your truck idle for a couple min before you shut it off after you have been towing with it
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Thanks for the info. I figured that I probably couldn't hurt it stock. I always let mine idle down after a tough haul to prevent coking, etc...

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Thanks for the info. I figured that I probably couldn't hurt it stock. I always let mine idle down after a tough haul to prevent coking, etc...
I am a mechanical engineer....I have to know everything about what the machine is doing.

That being said, I have a DashDaq in my truck to monitor egts, oil temp, true engine coolant temp, and to tell me when she is in regen.

Most importantly, thank you for your service! It is very much appreciated!
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I am a mechanical engineer....I have to know everything about what the machine is doing.
Tell me about it. As a pilot I'm always wanting more gauges to look at in my truck. My wife says it's a problem...

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Nothings wrong with wanting your truck to look like an airplane inside.

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, yeah...

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