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Old 08-13-2008, 08:00 AM   #15
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I like the auto, but that doesn't mean that manual is bad. Terry hit it right on. Some vehicles are not designed to tow with a manual, or tow heavier weights. I never understood why, but since I'm a GM guy, I don't worry about that kind of question in my trucks (most are autos)...Corvette though, definitely, go manual.

I have also heard bad things about the Dodge trannies. I know the 4L80e and the Allison are fairly bulletproof for the average RVer or person that tows. I have over 100k of hard driving and towing on my auto 4L60e. The real key for any trans is heat, though reports I heard from the Dodge camps were clearly not heat related. At any rate, keep it below 200 degrees, don't wait until 100k to change the trans fluid, don't drive it like you stole it when towing, and you could have a trans last a very, very long time.
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Old 09-03-2008, 05:58 PM   #16
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Stick shifts today arent like the ones from the 70s or before. Most of them have ATF fluid in them now. Before Gear Lube. Automatics generally have a higher towing capacity also.
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Old 09-03-2008, 06:43 PM   #17
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When i was a kid i thought i wanted to be a big rig truck driver..my Dad quickly talked me out of it. But i find now that I drive a Ford Crew cab dually with a manual trans towing a trailer thats 30 feet long.. If navigating isnt enough its even more of a thrill when you are pulling a grade and your determined on making that downshift smooth and seamless to keep your Rpm correct and not wake the passenger..

It all comes down to preference. The whole thing is just an expression of who you are. I work with people that have the opinion that camping is only done at the hilton hotel... not to mention ever pulling around a travel trailer. We are a rare breed.

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Old 09-03-2008, 07:01 PM   #18
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Real men drive automatics; they are secure enough to let the gears shift themselves.

That said, for a tow vehicle, I'd take whichever transmission was cheapest. To me, it does not matter at all.

Mrs R, however, insists upon a manual. I married above my station in life
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Old 09-03-2008, 07:01 PM   #19
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Our Ford to tow the AS is the first automatic we've ever owned; all the rest have been/are manuals.

For me, it's a toss-up. I like the automatic. It's convenient -- and really nice when starting up a grade from scratch with an obstacle immediately behind us. But I constantly reach for the shifter and cluth when driving it.


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Old 09-03-2008, 09:42 PM   #20
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Thats funny eubank .. My kids have laughed at me when I slam my left foot against the ground, My wife asked once "whats that all about"
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Old 09-03-2008, 09:43 PM   #21
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It's been said, but you will get better gas mileage with a manual in the dodge. My father in law has a manual and my brother in law has the exact same truck in automatic and the manual gets at least 4 more mpg... both 3/4 tons 06' ..The only problem I have with it is, the gears are to low.. You never use first unless you have 10,000 lbs back there, and when in 6 th gear, if you hit 90 you are about red lining it..... Not that you need to hit 90 mph towing but just going down the freeway in the middle of nowhere is nice to cruse....
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LOL,

I bet this could go on forever!
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Old 09-04-2008, 06:45 AM   #23
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Most vehicles that I have checked the specs on, (most of those have been 1/2 ton), have a lower tow rating with the manual transmission. However, I think the limiting factor is the clutch, not the transmission.
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Allow me to throw in my two cents…I have a 2007 Dodge 2500 4x4 diesel with the automatic transmission. I tow a 27FB International with NO problems at all. It’s hard to make this truck downshift on any of the hills in and around Tennessee. Mileage is good…15-17 when towing. So as to the question of auto or manual, I selected the automatic so that if for any reason, I should not be able to drive, my wife, who does not know how to drive a manual transmission, would be able go for help.
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I like the idea of a manual transmission. Shifting it yourself is almost an expression of masculinity. SuEllyn just doesn't get it it.

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Some how topic always strays. Stick shift and masculinity I do like the idea of holding it in gear, I hate when your almost to the top and then she drops 1 and holds it half way down the other side.
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Donna specifically requested a 3/4 ton Hemi with a manual transmission... the rest didn't matter. She is a ranch woman and got used to the low first where you could start the truck and step out to throw stuff in as the truck idled down the path... I think you could do the same with automatic but there is no discussing the issue with her.
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Don't know if dodge is doing it, but some automatics you can also manually shift... "Tundra" I have a Sequoia that is auto but going down hill or up, I can manually shift the gears as well, Makes it kinda nice....
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