Hi everybody! I'm looking for as many opinions as possible re: towing with a manual transmission. I prefer them for daily driving but wonder about wear & tear when towing. Our trailer is 1900 lbs dry. The tow vehicle I'm looking at is rear wheel drive rated for 5000 lbs.
(as an aside, why can't I find a GVWR for my Northern Lite?!? It's driving me crazy )
I have an Escape
with a modest 9" clutch with which I regularly tow my 13 Scamp
deluxe.Around the same weight
as your trailer. While I would prefer a larger clutch,It does fine.
My '01 Ranger with 135,000 miles, has a manual transmission with which I have pulled a trailer of some sort for more than half that. These include My car trailer, My car dolly, and various fiberglass trailers.
My former '92 Ranger was sold with 203,000 miles, same service, no clutch problems.
Manufacturers commonly rate manual transmissions lower than automatics because of the skill required to operate them,with an automatic you need only one leg, one arm and half an attention span.
For instance the input shaft on a typical Ranger manual trans is rated to accept about twice the torque of the maximum produced by the largest engine available.
Even if you should wear out a clutch it is a small fraction of the cost of an automatic trans rebuild.
If you decide on a rear drive manual trans truck, consider the addition of a limited slip differential, it will save on tire wear, as well as provide better drivability.