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Old 07-06-2014, 06:55 PM   #1
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Happy we found this site! Have enjoyed reading posts on here and have a few questions of our own. We recently traded in our 25ft Class C for a 32 ft Thor Hurricane. We had traveled from middle TN to Atlanta area with our Class C and had a hot transmission on the "hills" - now that we have our new RV and must make the trip back, we are looking for any input/advice on handling the hills again and protecting our transmission. Or, is there a preferred route out of Chattanooga to avoid the hills?? We are towing a Subaru Baja (3500lbs) with a Blue Ox system. Any and all tips would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance!
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Old 07-06-2014, 07:21 PM   #2
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Glad you're aboard Joe. I have read many posts here that suggest manually down shifting to keep the rpms up. Enjoy your adventures and be safe.
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Old 07-06-2014, 07:33 PM   #3
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Welcome.,
Someone should be along to answer your question.
From my limited knowledge I beleive keeping up the RPMs is the key.
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Old 07-06-2014, 08:24 PM   #4
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Old 07-07-2014, 03:25 AM   #5
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Old 07-07-2014, 04:03 AM   #6
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Cool, a fellow Subie owner.

While I can't directly answer your question, I did want to say welcome.

But I am curious, how hot did the transmission get? And what was your speed up the hills? You might simply need to take a longer time hiking the hill??

Also, the search function here is marvelous - you might have already tried it, but maybe a search on thor hurricane hot transmission might net some results.
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Hi Joe! Welcome to IRV2! It's great to have you join the gang!

Sorry I can't help with your question. Enjoy the forum!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 07-07-2014, 09:49 AM   #9
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Buy a transmission temperature gauge, especially if you are towing. Or, better yet, a Scangauge ScanGauge - Trip Computer + Digitial Gauges + ScanTools
Once you know your transmission is overheating, slow down and/or downshift. Next, install an auxiliary transmission cooler - even if your MH already has one. I have towed various car trailers over 400,000 miles with 4 different motorhomes, always added a tranny cooler, and never had a transmission problem.

Edit: before the Diesel pusher guys chime in, my experience was with smaller motorhomes; a Class C and three front engine Class A's. I acknowledge that DP drive trains are sufficiently robust to not need much add-ons.

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Happy we found this site! Have enjoyed reading posts on here and have a few questions of our own. We recently traded in our 25ft Class C for a 32 ft Thor Hurricane. We had traveled from middle TN to Atlanta area with our Class C and had a hot transmission on the "hills" - now that we have our new RV and must make the trip back, we are looking for any input/advice on handling the hills again and protecting our transmission. Or, is there a preferred route out of Chattanooga to avoid the hills?? We are towing a Subaru Baja (3500lbs) with a Blue Ox system. Any and all tips would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance!
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I'm not a mechanic by any means but I would think if your tranny is overheating its overloaded or even trans cooler is clogged with bugs. Hopefully the hurricane want overheat and everything works as it's suppose to.
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Old 08-20-2014, 06:16 PM   #11
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If your going up a steep hill take it out of overdrive. Your tranny will keep shifting in and out of overdrive causing it to over heat. Also, take it out of overdrive gong down a hill so your brakes don't overheat.
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Hi HURRICANE14,
In the manuals, engine manufacture's web site or call the engine manufacturer and determine the optimum RPM. Once you know the number, when going up hill, keep the tach at this number. The gear you use and the speed you climb the hill is irrelevant. The suggestion to buy a Scan Gauge is something you should consider. I have one for the coach and one for the toad.
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