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Old 02-12-2006, 05:16 AM   #1
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Can anyone provide information or real world experience towing with a manual transmission instead of an automatic?

I really miss driving with a manual and was wondering if it would be a mistake to consider a tow vehicle with a stick.

My coach is a 22ft. CCD.

Many thanks in advance!

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Old 02-12-2006, 06:17 AM   #2
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My legs are toast. After a long spell of traffic they ache bad.

Some new automatics get better mileage than standards, although the initial cost and maintenance is higher.

Think about being stuck in LA traffic for hours just creeping along, you made the right choice.

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Old 02-12-2006, 06:17 AM   #3
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Many manual transmissions are really weaker than comparable automatics these days. The maximum towing capacity is usually achieved with an automatic. When shopping for a larger tow vehicle for our coach, I found that the towing capacity was significantly less with a manual.
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Old 02-12-2006, 07:17 AM   #4
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I pulled a '77 31' Excella 500 for a short period of time with a '92 Chvey 1500 Z71 4X4 with 5.7 engine and 5 sp. manual. I really liked the truck but not with the manual while pulling the trailer. My son solved that problem by rolling the beloved truck totalling it. I bought a'01 2500hd with 8.1 engine and 5 sp. auto transmission. Aside from the larger engine and heavier suspension, the auto transmission took all the work out of towing which makes it more pleasant when going through small towns with plenty of stoplights or negotiating steep hills.

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Old 02-12-2006, 08:00 AM   #5
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Most, if not all modern automatic transmissions have locking torque converters, which allow a direct mechanical connection between engine and transmission. This, coupled with overdrive and 5 speeds, (GM has a 6 speed Allison now!) make the choice of an automatic a no brainer!
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