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Old 02-21-2012, 10:29 PM
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^I actually like that idea, just disconnect the drive shaft and strap it up, as long as it's secure...
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My dad had a 5.2L in a 1994 dakota. He hauled a 12' Slide-in bed camper and a 18' Bayliner capri behind it with NO issues other than fuel economy. The 318 is a BEAST.
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Where can i find a Transmission cooler and where could i mount the gauge?
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Just be smart while towing, you won't need any of that stuff. It's not like you're towing with a 4cyl Tacoma or something. That truck is designed to work, just don't overdo it.
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I agree, you don't NEED anything else. Just common sense. Don't try cruising at 80mph.

You should have a trans cooler built in to the radiator anyway. A guage may be helpful but just depends how much work you want to do.
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Lots of good advice. I recommend adding helper air bags between the leaf springs and the frame rails. I have the firestone helper bags that T with a single air input added inside the fuel filler door. I tow a vehicle every now and then, all 4 wheels up on a trailer, about 250 miles. i do have a trans cooler, a bit more power and having the air bags keeps the front wheels planted well for steering and braking. The main thing is to take it slow, be smart, listen to your truck when towing.
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Well, Ryan, as you can see, there are lots of differing opinions out there. 1st, decide on your choice of conveyor for the ford. Either has its positives and negatives. If you had a diesel pull vehicle, etc etc. fact is, you have a 1/2 ton pickup, probably with a box with stuff in it , to begin with. I used to do DITY moves, made money doing PCS ing that way. A trailer is terrific, but trailers are heavy. Car dollies are light, and simple to tie a vehicle down on, without damage. My dolly has to have the steering head of the tow'ee unlocked, because the dolly steers like a car, with tie rods, etc, not a central kingpin. either are OK, but I liked the spindle / tierod type, seemed stronger to me. My car hauler trailer is an 07, but just the decking and ramps probably weigh what that mustang weigh. Theres lighter trailers, but theres a lot of 'clop-clops' on the highway between NC and CA, for a light duty trailer's welds to crack, and a new dolly will probably cost you $750, MAX and it'll sell quick at a military base, after you've used it, probably for exactly what you bought it for. I use a light bar, because a MT cop named Barney Fife didn't like the factory installed lights on the dolly, because they were >36" from the rear of the car, frankly, I believe he didn't like 70 Charger R/Ts.There's very low tongue weight with a dolly to point your lights in the wrong direction, unless, you are a stargazer. You will hardly notice the vehicle behind you. Anyhow, do as you wish. A tranny temp gauge is a good idea with any automatic, My Duramax Allison has a factory gauge, that truck was built to pull. They didn't want warranty claims. Your truck has a light. When it comes on, it's generally already damaged. I screw mine to the side of the 4wd shifter plastic mount,the wiring is self explanatory, with the kit. clip nuts secure it. A tranny cooler can be ziptied easily to the front of the ac condenser, hoses run to the pass side of the heat exchangers, take the coils totally out of the loop, by bypassing the radiator completely, you just don't need to heat the tranny with coolant heat, in the part of the world you live in. leaving it inline is OK, If you were going north, I'd recommend it, but you are in the heat. The trans you have is not noted for liking a heavy pull, but in my experience, if you keep that externally adjustable band adjusted properly, so you get a good solid 1/2 shift, the transmissions I own, have never given grief, and they work hard, on and around the farm. Anyhow, WHether you use a trailer or dolly, either are a better choice than a towbar, I've been that route, as well, and do not recommend them, been all over the country with them, too. pretty tough on tires, etc. braking while turning can be quite hair-raising... Good luck!!! PS. Theres gauges & coolers on ebay all the time, or Advance, or Rockauto, Autozone, etc. both for prob $110 or less...

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OK basically i think my plan is going to be with the trailer all 4 wheels up, traveling at 60-65mph taking it slow with frequent stops turning overdrive off i plan on buying a cooler and gauge for my tranny, over the next couple weeks i will be getting my tranny checked out, rear differential oil checked rear suspension checked out, and more. so anything else feel free to drop your info
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That sounds like a great plan. You won't have any issues and with a gauge and cooler you will be able to monitor what's going on with your trans. I'm not sure if the older transmissions run hotter (I'd bet they do at least a little) but for reference, my trans has never gone over about 180 deg even when towing in FL heat. So I'd say if you start climbing above 200 deg you should start considering that as "too hot".
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Sounds like ur on the right path, good luck and semper fi!
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