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Old 08-04-2014, 02:58 PM   #11
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IMO the 6 speed being an overdrive transmission is actually a 5 speed where towing is considered. And it would depend on the ratios of the 4'th gear of the 6 speed compared to the 3'rd gear of the 4 speed as to which one is better for towing. This is where the downshift/upshift work is done in towing.

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Old 08-05-2014, 02:11 PM   #12
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I have read that the newer 6+ speed transmissions dispel the old theories of having a high numerical gear like the 3.42, 3.73 and 4.10 because the trans itself has the lower gear (or higher numerical) ratios and they have closer ratios which help. I would be surprised that a half ton truck with a strong small block would have any trouble at all towing a 5k-6k travel trailer but of course that would depend on personal taste. A stronger drivetrain will have less downshifts so if you don't mind here the engine rev (sing) on inclines then I can't see why your combo wouldn't be adequate. I used to rent the much earlier vintage 4.8L single cab Uhaul pick ups when my E350 extended window van with the 460/C6 was in repairs to tow my then 9K+ boat/trailer about 15 miles from harbor to storage. I've owned/towed with an 98 Explorer with the 5.0L and 4 spd trans and when I got the newer 06 Explorer with the 4.6L and 6 sp trans it performed better and gained efficiency. I also towed with a 03 Navigator (5.4L) and believe the 1/2 tons are good haulers for moderate weight loads. As long as your are within the weight limits it boils down to personal taste.

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Old 08-05-2014, 06:25 PM   #13
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well...we shall see guys....looks like I'm purchasing a camper that weighs about 4100 lbs. They are going to put a weight distribution hitch on it for me. I'll update this adventure as we go....

Thanks for all the great input!!!


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