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    Hi

    I just bought a Jurgens XT120 trailer with everything loaded into the trailer and the weight of the trailer I would think that it weighs about 750kg to 850kg. Now people tell me that I need to be careful when towing with my Ranger, as you need to watch the gearbox? Is this true and how should I tow with my Ranger? Is it when it comes to a certain amount of revs in 5th that you need to change down to 4th gear? or is it when the revs start dropping and you feel it's not in the torque range, is that when you should change down to 4th?

    Can anyone tell me how this works.

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    Hi Shaun,

    I towed my father-in-law's boat & was told NEVER tow in 5th. Since I fitted a EGT I can see how it effects the motor to tow anything. I was told 5th is a cruising gear and not a power gear - it'll strip if placed under continuous stress.

    Maybe the caravan/trailer guys can shed more light on this.

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    Yes 5th is like an overdrive, I dont think the 5th gear is an issue with a venter size and load, I tow my trailer in 5th but don't labour it, so safe to say down hills and level roads should be okay, don't use 5th up hills when it starts straining or labouring the box.
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    I tow trailers daily and some of them are heavy bastards! It's not really scientific. If your revs are too low, change down. If you keep your rpm in the 2500 - 3000 range it's fine.

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    Change to 4th when accelarating or going up hills, i.e. when it works
    good advice given by Ozosborne
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    I had to have my gearbox fixed after it broke due to wear and tare in 5th.

    I was able to see what part actually 'goes/breaks' inside the gearbox since it was my uncle who fixed it for me.

    The actual problem lies with a R20 worth of roller bearing on one of the gearbox shafts. The bearing is of VERY poor quality and too thin.
    If they replaced that bearing from the beginning with a R30 bearing that is both thicker and stronger, then no one will experience any problems.

    The problem is that the cheap roller bearing wears out due to the forces at hand and when that happens, then the shaft does not spin 'true' and starts to wear out the other gears. Some the gear teeth eventually starts breaking off and THAT is when you get stranded next to the road.

    Now, one can not only replace that roller bearing any longer, as all the gears are worn and chipped. So the whole cluster of gears and shafts needs to be replaced. This gets very expensive and the quotes usually starts at R7k.

    If you can get the roller bearing replaced with a stronger one in advance, then that will be first prize. They just put the shaft in a lathe and take a couple of microns off to fit the stronger bearing.

    R500 to drop the gearbox and refit
    R300 for bearing and oil
    R? Labour

    I now tow in 5th. BUT carefully and only when I am on level ground with no wind from front.

    If you hear funny noises from your gearbox, have it looked at immediately.
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    JD, what shop does the work?? Im keen on looking into it, before I end up broken down. Anybody else had problems?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozosborne View Post
    JD, what shop does the work?? Im keen on looking into it, before I end up broken down. Anybody else had problems?
    I have no idea where Alberton is, so I would not be able to help with a shop in your area.
    Best would be to find the guy in your area where all the garages send their broken gearboxes to in order to fix them.
    Most garages dont have the expertise (or time) to fix a gearbox and ultimately outsources the job.

    You need to find 'that' guy and take your gearbox to him.
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    Thanks!

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    My gearbox failed just after I bought my bakki and I was towing at the time. After the repair I asked the gearbox specialist, and I really mean that, what his opinion was as to the use of 5th gear and he said, as have others above that as long as you do not let it labour then there will be no problems.
    I asked the previous owner if he had towed and he had not so I tend to agree that a poor bearing was to blame.

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