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Old 09-21-2016, 03:59 PM   #1
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Gear shifting when towing

Towing a 2016 Wildwood 28DBUD trailer with a 2013 Lincoln Navigator. See picture attached. When I start off from a stoplight, I get to 3000 RPM and it doesn't shift into second gear for a while. It hangs at 3000 RPM then goes to 2nd gear. I know with a heavy trailer the shifting is supposed to be a bit slower, but I am wondering if this is normal or am I pushing the Navigator. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Tha ks in advance.
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Old 09-21-2016, 04:23 PM   #2
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Do you have the 'tow package'--------heavy duty radiator, trans cooler etc?

Are you using 'tow/haul' mode?

Tow/haul extends the shift points before upshifting and will downshift when decelerating------great for towing

That trailer is 7760# GVWR
You are at limits of real world towing for your Navigator
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Old 09-21-2016, 06:02 PM   #3
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Thanks. Yes the Navigator has HD Tow package, radiator,.trans.cooler,.etc and yes tow/haul mode is engaged
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Old 09-21-2016, 07:32 PM   #4
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Do the shifting your self. It will be much easier on the rig. You are smarter than the computer. Have fun.
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Old 09-21-2016, 07:38 PM   #5
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Do the shifting your self. It will be much easier on the rig. You are smarter than the computer. Have fun.
Wow, I really wonder how many people in the world are smarter than a computer?
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Old 09-21-2016, 07:40 PM   #6
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It is a relatively heavy trailer, but it sounds like the transmission is doing what it should. Just keeping the RPM up in higher end of torque band to get moving. Also, depends on how fast your trying to get moving. As long as there's no slippage, or overly high temps I wouldn't worry about it.
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It is a relatively heavy trailer, but it sounds like the transmission is doing what it should. Just keeping the RPM up in higher end of torque band to get moving. Also, depends on how fast your trying to get moving. As long as there's no slippage, or overly high temps I wouldn't worry about it.
Bike rack is so far so good. Been on 8 trips with 4 bikes on it each time and no issues that I am aware of. Not sure about any long term issues yet because we bought the trailer in April of this year.
Thanks for your input on my towing. I think my next RV will have a steering wheel. Many people think I have too much trailer for my Navigator. They may be right but I have no use for an F250 or F350 pickup truck because my wife would drive it everyday and we need a third row to cart kids around. Take care
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I second the opinion about that trailer being too much for the tow vehicle.

It sounds like the transmission is working just as it should.

You do have a use for an F250, you would use it to tow that trailer easily and safely.

You will know if the bike rack is a problem after a failure.
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Wow, I really wonder how many people in the world are smarter than a computer?
Most of them... The computer is only following the instructions given in the programed software written by a human. The computer is just better at crunching tons of incoming data, multitasking and responding at light speed.
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The bottom line is--let your transmission do the shifting for you. To say that the poster, with no idea of when or how they would control the gears, should shift instead of letting his unit do the shifting is ridicules. Chances are every person on this forum would shift at a different RPM while the transmission will consistently shift to the appropriate gear as it's designed to do.!
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The bottom line is the difference between those of us that actually drive and those that only know how to step on the gas.
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I LOVE the tow/haul mode on my Avalanche. Shifts the tranny at just the right time. I just have to remember to put it back on after stopping for gas or snacks.
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That trailer is 3/4 ton truck territory
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Yes it holds the rpms where they need to be to keep you in peak torque longer. Mine shifts at about 3000 rpms also and it downshifts early to help you slow down. I use mine when I tow.
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