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Old 05-30-2006, 08:40 AM   #1
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Good morning all, I am looking to get a hitch for my bonnie and tow my 600LB fishing boat, I am planing on getting a heavy duty trans cooler but other than that I don't know if there is anything else I can do to prepare the car for towing. I also was wondering if I can tow in OD or if I have to put in D. This is all new to me as I have never towed anything with a CAR before.

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Add a trans gauge and watch it. If it builds up too much heat in OD, simply shift to 3 and see if it'* better. That may or may not be too much load in TC lockup.
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Thanks for the info willwren, and BTW nice helmet ( I seen the other post) Also, what'* to much heat? I mean what is a good temp range to stay in, or to not go over?
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I'd say with a large cooler you should not see much of anything over 200F.... 230-260F is cooking...

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I'd say with a large cooler you should not see much of anything over 200F.... 230-260F is cooking...
Cool, thanks for the info. I will be going to get my cooler tonight, is 25,000 lbs GVW to big? I was told you can't put one on thats too big, because the trans WILL get hot no mater what (to a certin extent)
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You would need to maintain a certain minimum temp, also. Say, 150 or so, I think. So, yes, you can get too big. Find one that is thermoviscously (I may have just made that word up) controlled. You want one that cool fluid won't run through the cooling fins. As the fluid heats up, it thins and will run through smaller passages with the cooling fins, if you get what I mean.
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One question, I noticed in your siggy that you have a Ranger Edge, wouldn't that be better suited for the fishing boat?

Oh and where are you getting the hitch from?
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One question, I noticed in your siggy that you have a Ranger Edge, wouldn't that be better suited for the fishing boat?

Oh and where are you getting the hitch from?
Good eye, I have a ranger and I use it to tow the boat now, but after the bonnie is fully restored he truck goes up for sale, the wife and I have a new one on the way and the truck is far from paid for, so tow the boat with the car and sell the truck.

As far as a hitch, I don't know where I am getting it from, but I know I have to get one in a few weeks before my dual exhaust gets welded on........
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