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Old 07-06-2016, 03:45 PM   #1
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Towing up steep gravel hill

So I live in a rural area and my driveway is about 400' of steep gravel driveway. I have a x213 that I figure is close to 6,000lbs loaded and towing with a 2013 Expedition with the heavy tow package.

My question is this: To get up the hill, do I use 4x4 High and a little speed or 4x4 low and crawl up the hill? Never used 4x4 Low for anything before but wanted to ask the experts here. And yes I read the manual and no it doesn't make any suggestions on what I should be doing in this situation

Thanks for your advice!
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Old 07-06-2016, 03:49 PM   #2
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4x4 High + momentum is where I would start

I have only used Low one time so far (last weekend in fact) and that was only to move my camper up onto some boards for leveling (I started in High gear but didn't like how many rev's I needed to get things moving). Probably worth noting I have a gas truck so may not have had to do that were it a diesel.

In a non-camping scenario, I've only ever used Low for stuff like rock crawling or yanking someone out when they are stuck
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Old 07-06-2016, 04:22 PM   #3
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What have you tried and did it work? If it worked, keep doing that. If it didn't try something else.
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Old 07-06-2016, 04:45 PM   #4
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Haven't pulled it up the hill yet. This will be the first time
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Personally I would use 4 Low. There are times for speed and times for Low End Torque. If it is that steep, Slow & Steady will be best
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If your worried about losing traction you don't want to do that at high speed. Not being there and not seeing situation we can only guess the physics involved. 4 low will allow you to get the RPMs high for power while keeping the gearing low for torque. It doesn't allow the wheel speed to become dangerous/spinning out.
When off-roading we always use 4 low for long steep climbs where wheel speed could lead to loss off traction and control, leading to disaster. The old run and gun at high speed in 4 high is fun in a buggy, can't imagine so much fun hauling a trailer.
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4x4 low and slow is the way to go !!! oh oh oh .....
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^^^+1...what he said!
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Personally, I'd use 4-low and take it easy. Taking runs at things in a heavy combo can might get you there... and it might not. You also have to come back down.

You can always try it the other way if low and slow doesn't work. If it works for BBQ it's gotta work for towing right?
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Old 07-06-2016, 06:26 PM   #10
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I'd use 4 low. Using momentum to go bouncing up a gravel road on a steep hill sounds like a good way to ruin your day.
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