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I have a 5 speed late '97 Sportage that I also use for towing our aluminium 16' boat. The total weight of the trailer and boat is 1650 lbs max. I have been towing the rig in 5th gear at 60mph and up to 65mph on a flat road and up gentle hills. Will towing this load in 5th gear harm the gearbox / transmission? I have been told I can damage the transmission doing this. It was also suggested that the noise made by the transmission indicates a problem that towing the boat in 5th gear will make worse. The transmission has always been noisy and seems to come from the rear of the car (the diff area??). The noise is a clunk type of sound that is heard only when changing gears. Will towing my boat actually damage the transmission when using 5th gear? Has anyone had problems doing this? Many thanks for your input.
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Hi there
I tow a Avondale single axle caravan which is 1100kg
about 21cwt in 5th gear on motorways at 60 mph
no problems also on ordinary A class roads at 50 mph
with no problems, my tansmission whines and you get
a clunk when you change gear,it,s done this since all the
time i have had it, it,s a 2001 sportage S MODELwith no bells or
whistles and it is on steel wheels,it,s now coming up to
40,000 miles and still going strong.
 

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i tow a award nightstar weighing 1400 kgs fully loaded and just done 1000 miles in a week and no probs whatsoever

well apart from a rear electric window not working lol


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