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Old 05-05-2018, 06:12 AM   #1
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Wanting to tow 18000 pound 5th wheel, truck is 2wd and 3.73 gears straight drive. Any suggestions besides get a diesel lol?

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Old 05-05-2018, 07:09 AM   #2
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Old 05-05-2018, 09:34 AM   #3
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Drive in tow mode to extend the life of your transmission, and I would get the transmission fluid pan replaced with one for a 4x4 truck, it's a little deeper so it holds about a quart more transmission fluid. I installed a Dorman 4x4 pan on my transmission, I liked it because it comes with a drain plug, making fluid changes easier.
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Suggest bigger / better tranny cooler, Sonnax line booster, deeper tranny pan, DTT & 4:56 Motive gears...all much cheaper than buying the Cummins .


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Old 05-06-2018, 11:15 PM   #6
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I'll be the negative nancy here, you're going to be 2x or more your max towing weight, close to 400 lbs or more over your max payload if the trailer is balanced right. I wouldn't even embark on this if you're not just moving things around the property or an incredibly short distance down the street.

If you're determined to do this anyways, all the above will help, gears, trans mods, etc. But check your tire weight ratings, find some form of helper bag or similar for your suspension. Working trailer brakes and controller are a must, that weight will push your truck right out of the way if you have brake hard.
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