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Break in help !!!!

Long story short, my old tow vehicle laid down 1 week before we leave to go from Iowa to Utah on vacation towing our RV (36 feet). We leave this coming Thursday and I don't know what to do for break in. I read I need 500 to 1000 miles before towing and there is no way I will get that in 3 days before we leave. Ideas/opinions welcome !!!!

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Break it in the way you're gonna use it.

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The break period should be for the rear end, front end ( if you have 4x4), and for the transmission. I read watching a video on YouTube about the engines being per breaken in.

When I drove my truck new off the lot, and I babied it. I put 400 easy mile in two days then let then started pulling trailers. I was not as worried about the 500 miles, but the number of heat cycles I put on the trucks working parts (rear end, front end, transmission).
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I thought this was a good article on diesel break-in
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If the manual says break it in, delay your trip. It's just an RV. It's recreation. Things happen, things have to be delayed, and take time. You never hear of a party being rushed. Don't rush it.



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I hooked up my 27' toy hauler with 200 miles on my truck and pulled it from AR to NV. My truck has ran fine since day one.

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How many miles does the truck currently have on it? I disagree with putting off your trip, these trucks don't need an extensive break in they just need a couple hundred miles to get adjusted to itself. I'd say get more than 350 miles on it and you'll be fine.


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Drive it like you stole it, thats what I did with mine when I towed my 33' fifth wheel toy hauler to Moab from Littleton CO, I have 3000 miles on it now, it and it runs just fine.
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Don't delay your trip. I cut the hole in my bed for my gooseneck literally when I got home from the dealership (31 miles on the truck) Hooked up to my trailer two days later with about 300 miles on the truck and have regularly towed 15,000 lbs since then.


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Thanks for all the replies !!!!!!!

I cant postpone trip, non refundable reservations made and one kid flying in to Vegas to meet up with us.

A good friend of mine had today off so he came to my work and spent the afternoon driving around in it. It now is setting at 330 miles!! By the time we leave Thursday I would guess we will be around 400 miles.

I'll go easy the first 100 and then by the time we hit the mountains we should be close to 1000 miles on it.

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