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 Post subject: Gearing down for hills to save on brakes....
PostPosted: 28 Sep 2013 12:20 
New to the board and pulling my trailer - hope no question is stupid :ugeek:

I drive a 2007 Toyota Tundra 4x4 V8 5.7 SR5. I've been camping in tents and or the back of my trucks for many years. I now pull a Creekside 18ft. travel trailer. Is it recommended to gear down for those big long hills to save on brakes. I have the option of sequential gears. We have some pretty long big hills and I'm looking at ways to save on my brakes as well as having better control going down hills like from Duffey Lake into Pemberton for example. I've haled it locally however I'm driving to Houston BC in the next week or so to fish and for the first extended stay in my trailer - ah warmth at night, hot shower, a BED and of coarse my own indoor thrown. Life is good!

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.........thanks :D


  
 
 Post subject: Re: Gearing down for hills to save on brakes....
PostPosted: 28 Sep 2013 18:25 

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Well long as you got good tranny cooler and keep the oil and tranny fluid is in good shape. I do that with my F350 Diesel with a C6 auto tranny, I drove it through the Coquahala with a heavy 30 footer fully loaded.



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 Post subject: Re: Gearing down for hills to save on brakes....
PostPosted: 28 Sep 2013 19:50 
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I agree.
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 Post subject: Re: Gearing down for hills to save on brakes....
PostPosted: 28 Sep 2013 20:20 
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I just take mine out of overdrive when coming down hills. That helps with the decent and saving the brakes. I don't have full control of gear selection with my tranny, so that's all I do.



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 Post subject: Re: Gearing down for hills to save on brakes....
PostPosted: 28 Sep 2013 22:23 
Thank you for the replies. Much appreciated.


  
 
 Post subject: Re: Gearing down for hills to save on brakes....
PostPosted: 29 Sep 2013 10:27 
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I take mine out of OD and keep it in Tow Haul mode. If the hill is long and steep I will gear down and let the engine do some of the braking. The key to long hills is to start out slower reducing the risk of overheating your brakes.
Agreed on the trans cooler and servicing.....



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