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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost View Post
    Iv always towed in 5th in my GQ is it only a Gu problem?
    i tow all day every day in 5th gear and always have my rigs done 580,000 km + and have never had a problem with it it must be a gu problem

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    I would say the light loads would be fine in 5th, however the higher loads might be recomended to downgear quickly and use 5th on the dead flats or downhill.

    as soon as your on an incline downshift.

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    Mmmmm! As I have just spent a load of time rebuilding my GU box for this exact reason, I woudn't risk it myself. The issue doesn't seem to be so much the trailer as the torque on the shaft at low revs in 5th gear. A loaded utility might do just the same thing. So it's mainly a matter of revs. The torque rating on 5th or OD on any vehicle is quite low and all manufacturers recommend you don't use overdrive when towing. So as a rule of thumb, if your payload on the vehicle is 600kg then towing a 600kg trailer should be fine...in theory.

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    are you saying the load is too much 4 the ute????-----payload all up will be 700k ??????
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    No. I am saying when your load exceeds the vehicle payload, that is when towing in 5th becomes an issue. As a guide that is.

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    what is the towing capacity of the GU then??

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    I tow a Jayco Dove which is kitted out with all my Camping Gear, 70 Litres of Water and 40 Litres of Fuel in 5th Gear on level roads but change down on slight inclines. My Car is a 98 GU and I have a suspicion that the 5th Gear has been Fixed as the Truck has Electric Brakes and was used for towing Horse Floats. Has done 280,000 K's

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    I tow in 5th all the time. My MQ had nearly 600,000K's on the clock when I sold it, it was used to tow my speedway car for many years all up weight of car trailer and spares would have been around 2.5-3 tonne, this job was taken over by my GQ ute with no problems in 5th gear. 4th gear is the one that has gone in the GQ at nearly 400,000 k's.
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    I did the spline in my 2000 td4.2 at 55k rang nissan roadside assist and they told me to keep going in 4th to Alice 300 ks away and drove it for a week till parts arrived. The gearbox was striped new shaft sychros and bearings all under extended warranty and knowing the dealer principle well didnt hurt. I regularly towed at $130 in the nt (camper tinnie on top)

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    hey dx-----the load has been expanded to about600kg pop top and probably about 200 kg in tray!!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by DX grunt View Post
    How loaded up is your ute gunna be?
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