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    Default Re: Towing a trailer

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick G View Post
    If it's a CVT, it may void warranty. Other than that, I've never found it different to towing in a manual (never towed in a CVT myself though).
    Have a Toyota Corolla with CVT and Toyota installed a tow bar for us. Obviously no warranty issues. Only use it for a domestic type of trailer wouldn't tow a caravan or the like.
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    The new Subaru Legacy with CVT is rated to tow 1.8ton. With around 190kw on tap there is no issue with the car having the power to tow that weight, but man if I owned one, I would not do that on the regular haha, don't trust CVTs that well yet.
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    Depending on the weight in the trailer, there's a higher risk of cooking things... going downhill you risk cooking brakes, going uphill for a long stretch risks cooking the transmission.

    The auto transmissions I've had have always included pipes to the bottom of the radiator to assist in cooling the transmission fluids, but overheating remains a possibility.
    As I understand it, the risk may be that the hot fluid becomes frothy, which will result in more slippage in the torque converter (giving less torque).
    Radiator fluid should not smell like burnt toast.

    Consider engine braking on the downhills to take some heat off the brakes.

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    `Main thing if you have sh it in the trailer tie it down with rope or strops which are pretty cheap. If you in need of a laugh watch Asians at Auckland boat ramps backing in the trailer. I have seen one actually pulled out of his car by someone waiting for the ramp and he backed the trailer in for him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony View Post
    In the near future I will be embarking on a new adventure - towing a trailer with an automatic.
    Anything I should know about? Traps for young players?
    check the cars braked and unbraked towing capacity. you may be surprised how little that is.
    take into account the trailers own weight.

    highly recommend using a braked trailer.

    know the weight of your load. know the trailers weight limit.

    load the trailer correctly. it should be slightly tow bar heavy with most of the weight over the trailer tires.
    typically want about 5%-10% of the trailers weight on the tow ball.

    cover you load and tie things down.

    if trailer is wider than your car use your mirrors to help line up the left side. do not line up on the center line like a learner driver.

    shift down gears going down hill, yes you can do that with auto's.
    if your have a good braked trailer the trailer brakes will take care of the trailer load, so you will go down hills like normal which is why i recommend braked trailers. however many trailer brakes are crap.
    Tweak it till it breaks

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    Quote Originally Posted by tweak'e View Post
    check the cars braked and unbraked towing capacity. you may be surprised how little that is.
    take into account the trailers own weight.

    highly recommend using a braked trailer.

    know the weight of your load. know the trailers weight limit.

    load the trailer correctly. it should be slightly tow bar heavy with most of the weight over the trailer tires.
    typically want about 5%-10% of the trailers weight on the tow ball.

    cover you load and tie things down.

    if trailer is wider than your car use your mirrors to help line up the left side. do not line up on the center line like a learner driver.

    shift down gears going down hill, yes you can do that with auto's.
    if your have a good braked trailer the trailer brakes will take care of the trailer load, so you will go down hills like normal which is why i recommend braked trailers. however many trailer brakes are crap.
    That's all really good advice - thanks. I suspect the trailers from my local petrol station will be unbraked, so I might have to look a bit further afield.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony View Post
    That's all really good advice - thanks. I suspect the trailers from my local petrol station will be unbraked, so I might have to look a bit further afield.
    unfortunately nz trailer/towing laws are a bit weird. its not illegal to tow above your tow ratings, provided you can stop in 7 meters at 30kmh (like who actually tests that!) but your insurance company will have other ideas.
    also warranty can be declined if your lucky enough to have a new car.
    so its really common to have hire trailers and loan trailers which are not suitable. rare to find single axle braked trailers. even tho even utes have unbraked tow rating of 700kg. cars are usually far less.
    Tweak it till it breaks

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    Quote Originally Posted by tweak'e View Post
    unfortunately nz trailer/towing laws are a bit weird. its not illegal to tow above your tow ratings, provided you can stop in 7 meters at 30kmh (like who actually tests that!) but your insurance company will have other ideas.
    also warranty can be declined if your lucky enough to have a new car.
    so its really common to have hire trailers and loan trailers which are not suitable. rare to find single axle braked trailers. even tho even utes have unbraked tow rating of 700kg. cars are usually far less.
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    @Tony; (a) being able to run in jandals.........

    Is that like running in spandex? What's a jandal? I hope it's more than trotting out in your BVDs.


    I figger that as far South as I have gone so far, I may now get a break in bad fortune
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    Quote Originally Posted by SurferJoe46 View Post
    @Tony; (a) being able to run in jandals.........

    Is that like running in spandex? What's a jandal? I hope it's more than trotting out in your BVDs.
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