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Old 09-22-2017, 07:07 PM   #1
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Tundra / truck gear box gearing question ...

hey folks,
got a strange question here ... I need to back up my trailer onto a new parking pad I've cut out on my lot, it's about a 20-degree slope maybe .. kinda tricky given how low these trailers are but here's my question ... are truck or specifically Tundra gearboxes beefy enough & geared to push backwards 5,000 lbs and with a significant strain, being that it's being pushed uphill?

the reason I'm asking is that previously I owned a Lexus RX330 and would reverse my popup onto my driveway, about a 25degree slope and clearly the gearbox didn't like it ..!

Alternatively, guess i could invest in a front hitch and try pushing it up ..

I can get a local tow company to do but would cost $200!!

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And btw. Can't regularly tow up and then back into parking place due to space constants. I have to back right in.
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Should be no problem.
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Had to back uphill out of a one lane road in Vermont after discovering that the bridge washed out. Not sure of the slope, but it was steep enough that I had to go into 4 wheel drive to back up the steepest part. Tundra was just fine. (5.7L with tow package)
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If you have 4wd putting it in low will make the incline a breeze and reduce the lugging on transmission.
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I can't imagine it being a problem.
The Tundra is not being asked to lift 5000 pounds, just roll it.
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The Tundra is not being asked to lift 5000 pounds, just roll it.

Totally agree.
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The Tundra will handle in fine. I have a 2007 4x4 and I have backed loads heavier than that up hills. I would be concerned with bottoming out the trailer on the steep incline
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I live on a tiny, winding hillside street in Los Angeles. I regularly back my 25' Airstream into my driveway. It's not easy, because of the curves but my 2008 Sequoia handles it just fine. The transmission is heavy duty.
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No problemo. It will put some load and heat into the torque converter for sure. But that's what it's designed for. And is no worse for wear than taking off from a light at full skunk.

It won't change your situation, but having low range is a huge benefit for situations like this. Much more fine speed control without lurching. I use it often to get situated and park in various spots.
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4:10 gears and in reverse should be a piece of cake!
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Great advice here, thanks .. my Lexus probably just had a regular sedan gearbox and really couldn't handle the weight of backing my pop-up camper up a steep driveway. It would smell of burning rubber or whatever ! So my bigger issue is just making sure I don't bottom out, will have to use wood under the trailer wheels probably.
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