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Old 02-27-2013, 11:43 PM   #1
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Towing with a manual trans

Does anyone tow with a manual trans. truck? How do you like it? I've been thinking of buying a manual trans Dodge Ram diesel (identical to mine almost) that I came across. I enjoy driving a manual a lot as a daily driver. I think it would be good to tow with due to the extra gears and noticeably more power to the ground over my auto.

Any thoughts? I know it's not for everyone, but I've had my eye on one of these trucks for a long time.
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Old 02-28-2013, 06:01 AM   #2
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I think most driving "purists" would tell you that manual shifting is the best way to go. I'm sure my automatic does a better job of being in the right gear at the right time than I would manually.

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Old 02-28-2013, 07:18 AM   #3
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KachFam,

I have an auto in my 07 Ram 2500 and have wondered the same thing. Especially around town, stop and go type traffic. Once the TQ convertor locks and it goes into O/D the truck seems to be in the wrong gear for acceleration around the 35-50 mph range. I can watch my EGT gauge and notice it really rise as the fuel is dumped in. I normally correct the problem by hitting the O/D button to take it out of O/D or accelerate hard enough to force it to down shift or come out of O/D. With a manual, I assume all I would need to do is down shift to the gear for more efficient acceleration.

I do believe on some of the newer trucks they have the shift pedals on the steering wheel to control shifting.(?)
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Old 02-28-2013, 07:36 AM   #4
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I tow with my Tacoma 5 Speed manual.
If you like driving a manual, then it's fine to tow with.
Like previous poster said, you're going to make sure you're in the right gear.
Especially seeing hills ahead, you can anticipate what you need where an auto needs to start feeling the effects which is sometimes too late.

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Old 02-28-2013, 06:26 PM   #5
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My 2012 F-250 has a TorqueShift 6 speed automatic. It has a feature that allows one to shift through gears 1 thru 6 manually and its located on the shift lever that's attached to the steering column. Rotate it to whatever gear you want. Amazing stuff. I rarely use it because nothing beats the tow/haul feature. Besides, towing 9200lbs I'd probably burn up a lot of clutches. Terry
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Old 02-28-2013, 09:41 PM   #6
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I love my 05 CTD w/6 speeds. Trailer is right around 7000 lbs loaded for the road. Pulled it once with my folks 2010 CTD - and tow mode is very nice as well.

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Old 02-28-2013, 10:33 PM   #7
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Funny thing, most manuals are rated slightly less for towing capacity than the autos. I know last year the High Output Cummins Ram was not available with a manual, only as an auto. Of course 800 ft lbs is almost overkill anyway!

Another oddity, my wife likes manual transmissions. She has an 09 Civic Si, (which was only available as a manual) and a 12 Wrangler manual.
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To late for me, my manual shifting days are over.
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Old 03-16-2013, 01:12 AM   #9
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Looked around for a few weeks and never found a truck that works for us. The manuals command a premium price around here (aka - overpriced for what you're getting). I'm going to keep my truck - already have some money invested into setup and preventative maintenance. She's getting a bit older, but it costs big bucks to get anything I'd trust more.

I don't love the auto, but it gets the job done and it's about the only thing I don't like about my truck. This week I'm buying some extra gauges, fluids for front and rear diffs, and supplies to change out the coolant, water pump, t-stat, and probably fan clutch (just started acting up). We've got a lot of camping miles coming up!
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Old 03-16-2013, 08:21 PM   #10
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I bought a Dodge with a manual and the biggest problem I found was the downgrade in HP and Torque. I felt that translated to a lower towing capacity. Also, felt uncomfortable with having two feet on the floor trying to back boat and fifth-wheel since I like to back looking over shoulder rather than using mirrors. Traded it for a GMC 2500HD with automatic and like it much better.
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