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    Hello All

    Could someone please let me know if it is good to tow in 5th gear? I have a Nissan Hardbody 30 TD 4x4 2005 model and only tow a 6ft venter trailer.

    There are times that both the vehicle and trailer are fully loaded.

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    I wouldnt tow a heavy load in 5th gear. I have seen a few bakkies get new gearboxes due to loading it and driving in fifth, since the new bakkie has all the power to do it but the gearbox is not able to take all that torque.
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    You should not have a problem with a venter.

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    If it is a 750kg (gross) trailer.... no problem with 5th.
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    I will change to 4th whenever the road is uphill, but 5th is OK for me when there is no real pulling needed, like on level or downhill roads. The size of the load will dictate how soon I change gears.
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    I met a guy a while back that had to replace his gearbox (also a Nissan Hardbody) before he had 30 000km on the clock. Since the engine had no problem handling it, he towed his boat in 5th gear. I know a boat is heavier than a Venter, but according to him, Nissan told him that he should never use 5th for towing.
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    I don't even go to 5th under 90KM/h when driving with no load.. With a trailer or towing another car, I don't even get to 5th
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    Although I am also a newbie on 4x4, my thoughts are that 5th gear is like "overdrive" in the old days, and should not be used when towing, like Jan30 is saying.
    It surely must put some strain on the gearbox.
    I think this issue were discussed previously and towing in 5th gear seemed to be a NO-NO.
    Although you might get different responses from the members it is up to you to decide when and where. I would also go with BF's opinion.

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    if it is a venter trailer you can tow in 5th but if it if fully loaded to 750 kg or more stick to 4th on uphills and uneven roads. diesel bakkies have much more torque than petrols so just remember the strain the box is under during tow. nissans overall dont like being towed in 5th so use your discression...
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    I will only go into 5th gear on a downhill when towing my Caravan.
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    the new gen engines are very powerful and might not notice the load. Fuel consumption might also go as result. So a light venter is fine as you dont have the wind to contend with either. 4th is your direct drive [or 5th on 6 spd cars]and have the least chance to damage
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    Default Towing in 5th gear

    Thank you all for the informative responses, by the looks of it rather be safe than sorry and use 4th gear most of the time and only consider 5th gear when going down hill and on smooth flat roads.

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    With my 4-speed auto box I stick it in 3rd when towing for the same reasons.
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