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Old 06-15-2019, 10:37 AM   #1
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How to feel in control going down hill?

Many would think this is someone that is really unskilled at pulling a trailer or even driving an RV, but I find going downhill, I start picking up speed and I can’t really figure out how to manage that.It actually can be quite frightening for me. Any tips would be appreciated .
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Old 06-15-2019, 10:44 AM   #2
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Shift to a lower gear before starting downhill. DO NOT RIDE BRAKES!
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Old 06-15-2019, 10:50 AM   #3
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What’s your tow vehicle?
Automatic transmission or standard?

Does it have a tow haul mode?
Does it have a tachometer?
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Old 06-15-2019, 10:55 AM   #4
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Toyota 4runner. 6. 2000. Automatic but I do have 2nd, 3rd and overdrive.
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Old 06-15-2019, 10:59 AM   #5
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What is your trailer (profile says "looking"). Does it have brakes?
Generally downshift (if the auto tranny allows it) and go slow.
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Old 06-15-2019, 11:00 AM   #6
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Quick answer is gear down.
Any chance your Toyota still has the manual that came with the vehicle? Toyota is very thorough in describing driving the vehicle. If you don't have it, search for it online.
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Old 06-15-2019, 11:03 AM   #7
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I will look at it. Thx!
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Old 06-15-2019, 11:04 AM   #8
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Thanks everyone! I think I probably just need to practice down shifting and learning when. Even when I am just in the Toyota going down a steep hill, I just pick up speed and it feels on safe. Thanks again
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Old 06-15-2019, 11:19 AM   #9
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Still dont know if your "Looking" trailer has brakes. If it does not, adding brakes is the first thing to do get better downhill control. Dont keep on them as that can cause overheating and fade, but slow down enough to downshift.
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Old 06-15-2019, 11:50 AM   #10
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When going downhill you should brake firmly in short bursts to take off several MPH with time in between applications to allow the brakes to stay cool.. Of course engine braking to help keep the speed down.
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Old 06-15-2019, 12:46 PM   #11
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Toyota 4runner. 6. 2000. Automatic but I do have 2nd, 3rd and overdrive.
If it has a tachometer, try to keep the rpm of the engine no higher than 4,000 when choosing a gear to use. Less stress on the transmission and less heating of all the engine fluids.
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Old 06-15-2019, 01:08 PM   #12
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A Scan Gauge is a useful tool to monitor critical temperatures like transmission, coolant, and such. These numbers become more important when towing in the mountains.

https://www.scangauge.com
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+100 What trailer and does it have brakes? Brakes on a trailer are a huge help downhill. Many vehicles you should not be in overdrive, check your manual.
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Old 06-16-2019, 12:35 PM   #14
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Another "trick" is to use the same gear going downhill as it takes to go uphill
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