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I tow my 14' trailer with 2 full size atvs on 35's with a 3.0 and 4.88's...just fine :)
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Towing with a stick, heavy or light, is ALWAYS better with a manual tranny.
Small amount of slip in first gear to get moving, and after that you won't slip again.
60mph, LOCKED in 5th gear
In an auto, your poor tq converter is always sliding around and changing to maintain the speed as the engine loads up.

There is a reason big rigs are sticks, and why dodge cummins duallies come in a 6 speed stick.
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Towing with a stick, heavy or light, is ALWAYS better with a manual tranny.
Small amount of slip in first gear to get moving, and after that you won't slip again.
60mph, LOCKED in 5th gear
In an auto, your poor tq converter is always sliding around and changing to maintain the speed as the engine loads up.

There is a reason big rigs are sticks, and why dodge cummins duallies come in a 6 speed stick.

any cummins has the option of a manual trans
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yeah stick is the best for hauling.. just look at the big rigs. (18 wheelers) they are all stick. i wonder why?
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yeah stick is the best for hauling.. just look at the big rigs. (18 wheelers) they are all stick. i wonder why?
i agree, but our trucks aren't big rigs, and the fact of the matter is that for a ford ranger, auto is better for towing. Sorry to say this, but what we "tow" and what are trucks are rated for is not really "towing" persay
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ok i agree on that too but just in general stick are made for hauling
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ok i agree on that too but just in general stick are made for hauling
definetly! i would drive a stick over auto any day, but it can be a pita sometimes too...it's harder getting up a boat ramp, or off road...etc when towing a heavy load
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You truck will tow the load fine,just make sure to give yourself plenty of time to stop. If your driving 60mph and coming upon a traffic light that is green ahead of you,start slowing down as if you knew is goin to change.
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I have 32's w/ 3:55's and have towed a 2000lb trailer with a 2500lb car on it. You'll be fine.
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If you guys all say stick is better to tow, than how come you lose a couple hundred pounds of towing capacity when you see the towing guides showing auto vs stick, same with 2wd vs 4wd, you lose a couple hundred with a 4x4 compared to a 2wd truck.
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I have 32's w/ 3:55's and have towed a 2000lb trailer with a 2500lb car on it. You'll be fine.
Your transmission must have been like 250* lol. I wouldn't be towing anything with that combo.
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I just prefer sticks over automatics because you have better control over your power,when and where you need it.l
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Your transmission must have been like 250* lol. I wouldn't be towing anything with that combo.
I didn't tow it to far. It was only about 12 miles, but I didn't have a problem. I didn't do any hot rodding while towing though.
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Your transmission must have been like 250* lol. I wouldn't be towing anything with that combo.
x2 ... i worry enough when i tow on my 4cyl with the stick on 3.73's ON THE BUMPER HOOK ... truck NEVER gets shifted into 5th when i tow
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If you guys all say stick is better to tow, than how come you lose a couple hundred pounds of towing capacity when you see the towing guides showing auto vs stick, same with 2wd vs 4wd, you lose a couple hundred with a 4x4 compared to a 2wd truck.

As far as I know, its because Ford assumes that the majority of the population doesn't know how to tow properly with a 5 spd. I have found that I have more control with a manual towing than an auto. I guess if you were a contractor or something, and did a lot of city towing, an auto would be better. But I like my 5 spd, so my opinion is biased
I tow 2 650 lb ATV's, plus all of my camping gear, on a regular basis. I have 265's and 3.73 gears, with no trouble at all.
And the reason why you loose a couple of hundred pounds, comparing 4x4 to 2wd, think of all the extra weight. You have a transfer case, CV's, Drive Shaft. I bet that all those add up to the couple of hundred missing pounds.
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