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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 03-25-2017, 06:43 PM Thread Starter
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Ok so I am not used to making long trips on the highway, but I will be towing my boat down to the Florida keys from my house which is about a 400 mile round trip, my question is what is a safe speed to be towing at with 3.55 gears, also should I be in overdrive the whole time?

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Nope you should not be in OD the whole time. Only when you are on the side streets ( up to 45mph zones). Any higher then that. Just hit the button and it will shift momentarily. Sometimes you haft to let your foot off the gas (slightly) in order for OD to kick back on. Obviously don't kick OD off if going up hill (in my opinion). Maybe some one else will chime in that has slightly more experience with pulling boats though.

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Nope you should not be in OD the whole time. Only when you are on the side streets ( up to 45mph zones). Any higher then that. Just hit the button and it will shift momentarily. Sometimes you haft to let your foot off the gas (slightly) in order for OD to kick back on. Obviously don't kick OD off if going up hill (in my opinion). Maybe some one else will chime in that has slightly more experience with pulling boats though.

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Ok so if I'm towing with OD off then I should be running at about 60mph so I am at around 2400 rpms?


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You can drive and tow with your truck in OD with no problems. The only time you need to shift out of it is when the transmission is hunting for a gear such as down shifting and up shifting back and forth. Other than that just drive in OD.

As for speeds, how heavy is your boat and are there any restrictions in place for speeds for vehicles towing something? Other than that just drive at the speed limit if you feel it is safe. Just don't lug the engine down.

Don't over complicate it.

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Boat weighs around 6-7k including the trailer


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You can drive and tow with your truck in OD with no problems. The only time you need to shift out of it is when the transmission is hunting for a gear such as down shifting and up shifting back and forth. Other than that just drive in OD.

As for speeds, how heavy is your boat and are there any restrictions in place for speeds for vehicles towing something? Other than that just drive at the speed limit if you feel it is safe. Just don't lug the engine down.

Don't over complicate it.


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Nope you should not be in OD the whole time. Only when you are on the side streets ( up to 45mph zones). Any higher then that. Just hit the button and it will shift momentarily. Sometimes you haft to let your foot off the gas (slightly) in order for OD to kick back on. Obviously don't kick OD off if going up hill (in my opinion).
Um, just the opposite. You DON'T want OD on side streets and going up hills. You DO want OD on flats and at highway speed.

To the OP - where are you coming FROM? Based on the distance, it sounds like it'll be all or mostly in FL, eh? If you're coming from GA, you may need to take it out of OD on the return trip, since you'll be going up in elevation.
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Thanks for the correction. I always forget the light says "o/d off" when you press the button.

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Um, just the opposite. You DON'T want OD on side streets and going up hills. You DO want OD on flats and at highway speed.



To the OP - where are you coming FROM? Based on the distance, it sounds like it'll be all or mostly in FL, eh? If you're coming from GA, you may need to take it out of OD on the return trip, since you'll be going up in elevation.


Yes it will be all Florida, from Jupiter fl (west palm beach) to the keys


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Just hook up the trailer and go and don't worry about it.

That is unless a elevation change of 20' or so gives your truck troubles now.

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