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Old 09-09-2014, 06:24 PM   #1
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Towing Capacity in Reverse

I have a relatively steep driveway to a barn I store the travel trailer in. I can easily pull the trailer up the driveway, but it's too narrow at the top to allow me to position the TT to get into the barn, so I need to back the TT up the driveway to get the TT in the barn.

In reverse, I don't seem (or at least don't perceive) to have the same power as I have in first gear. The truck has a tough time pushing the TT up the driveway. The driveway is packed gravel, and the wheels seem to spin more in reverse (although I use low gear and 4 wheel). Does anyone know if you have measurably less towing power in reverse when you try to push a TT up an incline as opposed to pulling it up the incline? I have a Ram 1500 with the 5.7 hemi engine.

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Old 09-09-2014, 06:26 PM   #2
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yes you do have the same... should be a 3to1 for both reverse and first gear in the 6speed
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Old 09-09-2014, 07:09 PM   #3
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Perhaps a shift in the dynamics of weight distribution may be coming into play.
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Old 09-09-2014, 07:38 PM   #4
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Thanks, good to know i have the same power in reverse. Maybe as suggested it is a change in the weight distribution, as in reverse the pressure/weight of the TT is pushing down on the hitch. Thanks for the help.
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Old 09-09-2014, 07:45 PM   #5
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snip..... the wheels seem to spin more in reverse.....snip
"If" conditions allow, dis-engaged the WDH spring bars (leave hanging), this will return weight over the TV's rear axle. Make sure there aren't any ground clearance issues if you attempt this.

Just a thought.

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Good suggestion, thanks.
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Old 09-10-2014, 07:10 AM   #7
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If your truck is 4x4, put it in 4x4 LOW to get it up the incline. I have done this and it helps tremendously. The transmission doesn't work nearly as hard because the gear reduction is done in the transfer case.
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If your truck is 4x4, put it in 4x4 LOW to get it up the incline. I have done this and it helps tremendously. The transmission doesn't work nearly as hard because the gear reduction is done in the transfer case.
X2, what I do not like about 4 low is the drive tran can bind up and it feels hard to turn and make adjustments. But that is just from all the differentals being locked. No harm is being done to the TV
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Install a front hitch receiver and push it up the driveway?
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If your truck is 4x4, put it in 4x4 LOW to get it up the incline. I have done this and it helps tremendously. The transmission doesn't work nearly as hard because the gear reduction is done in the transfer case.
he says he uses low gear in his post
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