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Posted: Jul 11 2008 at 10:24am | IP Logged Quote Sherrie

Hello,

I have a 2008 Frontier SE 4x4 Crew Cab and towing a 19' camper with a dry weight of 3600 lbs.  Manuel doesn't indicate when towing whether OD should be left on or off. 

I have heard so many opinions, not sure what to do?  Dont' want to have tranny problems.

What to you guys do?

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Posted: Jul 12 2008 at 10:23am | IP Logged Quote dannyg

the dealer told me that always have the overdrive off when towing. Now what dannyg thinks is with 3600lbs I would keep it off for better brakinng and control

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Posted: Jul 12 2008 at 12:22pm | IP Logged Quote Boomer

You should never tow any appreciable weight in overdirve unless you are on perfectly flat ground.  Also, using lower gearing will give you more control on both acceleration and braking.  It may cost you some gas but can save a transmission and possibly help you avoid an accident.

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Posted: Jul 18 2008 at 1:53pm | IP Logged Quote jroeder

I gather you have an auto transmission.  Towing a similar-bulk, but lighter camper I find myself using 5th gear in my manual-equipped Crew Cab just to keep moving in western Wyoming wind.  The tall final drive ratios in the Frontier make for good unloaded mileage, but get sketchy when towing.

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Posted: Jul 22 2008 at 3:32pm | IP Logged Quote Sherrie

Thank you for your advice.  Went to Hershey, PA, hit some mountains and took the OD off.  Seemed to do better that way.  So I guess that is where it will stay when towing.  Gas milage was terrible.  Only got 9-10 miles per gallon.  Must of been those mountains.  Go figure. 

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Posted: Jul 24 2008 at 1:55pm | IP Logged Quote Alec

i have the manual transmission and i can only use overdrive gear when driving on perfectly flat ground while going 60 mph or more while towing any serious weight
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Posted: Jul 25 2008 at 6:49am | IP Logged Quote Boomer

Sherrie, I live in PA in Lancaster and routinely drive to State Copllege in the middle of the state.  You NEVER want to tow in OD on those mountains and hills. It is interesting to know that some of the grades in PA are steeper than those encountered in the Rockies.

 

Hope you enjoyed your time in Hershey.  If you ever go back, try lunch at the Hershey Hotel.  Strictly coat and tie but what an experience.



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Posted: Jul 25 2008 at 1:06pm | IP Logged Quote Sherrie

Thanks Boomer,

Had a great time at Hershey, always do.  Just love it there.  May just have to check out Hershey Hotel.  I heard so many things about it. 

We have been to Lancaster and Hershey quite a few times, but this was the first time we pulled the camper and really noticed those mountains.  Wow - what a difference. The truck pulled it ok, but thought it would do better in the mountains.  On flat ground, we didn't even know it was there. 

We are pretty new to the whole RV thing and learning as we go along.  Our Nissan dealer said to keep it in OD unless we feel it searching for gears, then take it out.    We did fine in OD until we hit those mountains, then it had to come out of OD.  Hope we didn't do no damage keeping it in for a short time.  Now we know to tow with OD OFF!!  Temp stayed the same the enitre drive.

Thanks again for your advice.

Sherrie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted: Aug 17 2008 at 1:59pm | IP Logged Quote andersbw

Thanks for the info!  I'm getting ready to use my '07 Frontier (auto transmission) to tow my wife's '99 Saturn SL2 cross country from Delaware to Washington state and was wondering about the OD function.  Owner's manual wasn't too helpful.

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