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Posted: 1/3/2016 11:19:55 AM EDT
I just assumed (probably incorrectly) that while towing, you tow in "D".  A friend recently said that it is better to tow in "3", even when on the highway.  What is correct?

I have a Limited 4Runner...so, it's find for towing light loads like a UTV.
Link Posted: 1/3/2016 11:22:27 AM EDT
Depending on the load, you may want to come out of overdrive. You should have a button. Towing at 3rd on the highway would be interesting in any modern 5sp or higher vehicle
Link Posted: 1/3/2016 11:23:49 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By _Matt_:
Depending on the load, you may want to come out of overdrive. You should have a button. Towing at 3rd on the highway would be interesting in any modern 5sp or higher vehicle
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No OD button on Limited 4Runners.
Link Posted: 1/3/2016 11:23:52 AM EDT
You should leave the vehicle in D unless you find it hunting in and out of overdrive, and then you can shift to 3 until the driving situation changes, and then back into D.
Link Posted: 1/3/2016 11:24:51 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 1/3/2016 11:26:17 AM EDT
I don't have a 3 option on my f150 so I just tow in D.  If going through hilly terrain I will take the overdrive off.
Link Posted: 1/3/2016 11:29:20 AM EDT
Link Posted: 1/3/2016 11:36:20 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By Danner130:
You should leave the vehicle in D unless you find it hunting in and out of overdrive, and then you can shift to 3 until the driving situation changes, and then back into D.
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Link Posted: 1/3/2016 4:54:21 PM EDT
When I get onto the freeway or rural highway where I can maintain 60 or even better, I just put in in 6th and leave it there.
Link Posted: 1/3/2016 5:04:00 PM EDT
Towing a UTV should have nearly zero effect.
Link Posted: 1/3/2016 5:06:15 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Danner130:
You should leave the vehicle in D unless you find it hunting in and out of overdrive, and then you can shift to 3 until the driving situation changes, and then back into D.
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and its easy to tell if its popping in and out of overdrive. D should be fine.
Link Posted: 1/3/2016 5:07:49 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By disorientedpilot:
Read the owners manual.
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Link Posted: 1/3/2016 5:13:54 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By 2A373:
Originally Posted By disorientedpilot:
Read the owners manual.


Yup

Every vehicle is different.
Link Posted: 1/3/2016 5:15:11 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By RINO_Hunter:

and its easy to tell if its popping in and out of overdrive. D should be fine.
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Originally Posted By RINO_Hunter:
Originally Posted By Danner130:
You should leave the vehicle in D unless you find it hunting in and out of overdrive, and then you can shift to 3 until the driving situation changes, and then back into D.

and its easy to tell if its popping in and out of overdrive. D should be fine.



this would apply with OP's situation.
Link Posted: 1/3/2016 5:34:23 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Danner130:
You should leave the vehicle in D unless you find it hunting in and out of overdrive, and then you can shift to 3 until the driving situation changes, and then back into D.
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This.
Also, for those with tow/haul mode.  It isn't needed till you hit about 75% of towing capacity.
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