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Old 02-04-2014, 11:11 PM   #1
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I have a few questions about towing that I'm looking for some "real world" guidance on. I can google anything, but this group is valuable because you are 'doers', not just 'talkers'. Anything is appreciated.

1) Should I tow my trailer in overdrive or should I turn off overdrive? I recently read something that makes me question this. I assumed overdrive was the way I would tow for fuel efficiency, and I assumed the lower RPM was better for the transmission. Am I incorrect?

2) I am using an app called Torque Pro to monitor coolant temperature and transmission fluid temperature. Does anyone know the normal operating temperatures for these systems? I can set a high/low alarm, but I'm not sure where to set them.

3) The tongue weight on my trailer is heavy, 407 lbs. Should I make any modifications to my suspension, or how can I determine that? If so, any suggestions? I have a local shop that I trust to do the work, but I trust the advice from this group because of the vast experience here.

Thanks for whatever guidance you can provide - I appreciate anything at all.
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Old 02-04-2014, 11:13 PM   #2
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I have a few questions about towing that I'm looking for some "real world" guidance on. I can google anything, but this group is valuable because you are 'doers', not just 'talkers'. Anything is appreciated.

1) Should I tow my trailer in overdrive or should I turn off overdrive? I recently read something that makes me question this. I assumed overdrive was the way I would tow for fuel efficiency, and I assumed the lower RPM was better for the transmission. Am I incorrect?

2) I am using an app called Torque Pro to monitor coolant temperature and transmission fluid temperature. Does anyone know the normal operating temperatures for these systems? I can set a high/low alarm, but I'm not sure where to set them.

3) The tongue weight on my trailer is heavy, 407 lbs. Should I make any modifications to my suspension, or how can I determine that? If so, any suggestions? I have a local shop that I trust to do the work, but I trust the advice from this group because of the vast experience here.

Thanks for whatever guidance you can provide - I appreciate anything at all.
what vehicle??

my f350 will tow up a hill in 6th gear (overdrive on) it depends on where YOUR engine makes power..

as far as temps, what vehcile...they all have diff specificatios...

and as far as tongue weight? what vehicle? are you using a sway control? what are you towing?
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I have a few questions about towing that I'm looking for some "real world" guidance on. I can google anything, but this group is valuable because you are 'doers', not just 'talkers'. Anything is appreciated.

1) Should I tow my trailer in overdrive or should I turn off overdrive? I recently read something that makes me question this. I assumed overdrive was the way I would tow for fuel efficiency, and I assumed the lower RPM was better for the transmission. Am I incorrect?

2) I am using an app called Torque Pro to monitor coolant temperature and transmission fluid temperature. Does anyone know the normal operating temperatures for these systems? I can set a high/low alarm, but I'm not sure where to set them.

3) The tongue weight on my trailer is heavy, 407 lbs. Should I make any modifications to my suspension, or how can I determine that? If so, any suggestions? I have a local shop that I trust to do the work, but I trust the advice from this group because of the vast experience here.

Thanks for whatever guidance you can provide - I appreciate anything at all.
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Safe camping and at least your asking for answers to your setup!...good luck!

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I've had a minivan before and recommend OD off. But, since you have a way to monitor temps, try it both ways. I would be more concerned about your tongue weight on a minivan. I would hook up and do a trial run to see how much it squats down and how it feels.

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Just looked up your camper and it looks like a lot of camper for your tv. I wish you luck.

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From what little I know about the caravan, I would think you are right at max towing for that vehicle. Check the owners manual but I bet it recommends overdrive OFF (that is most common). I would also check what the manufacture recommends for tongue weight. I would also guess somewhere in the 400 lb range.

I don't know the exact numbers for the Grand Caravan, you need to check the manual.
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