- Feb 23, 2013
- Reaction score
- Ram Year
- 6.7 CTD
I know these modern transmissions are built different, but I just can't get used to towing big loads in overdrive. I tow in 6th (direct drive) with the 8 speed, it will sit at 2200 RPMs and just dig in and cruise. It has lots of power at those RPMs, and if I let it upshift to 7th it will tow there for a bit but it's not happy (very eager to downshift) and has no power in reserve. I like the 6th gear because of that, you can still build more speed if needed without an additional downshift so it feels strong and happy in 6th.
Been towing with overdrive gears since I was able to drive, and let the automatics do their thing. Never once had an issue regardless of what I was driving, just make sure it's in tow/haul if it has it.
FWIW, my dad has had dually trucks with at least one overdrive gear since 1994, and has pulled every camper they've owned since then in overdrive at 65 mph with no issues. He's probably logged 100k miles pulling trailers.
It's more about paying attention to what you're pulling and how the truck is behaving, and respecting/maintaining it properly.