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One thing I'm wondering about with the Transit (most specifically, the long body, high roof, DRW, EB version) is how well it will tow.

I'm not looking to do extreme duty work, but if I do get one built out as a class "B" motorhome, I'm looking to haul along a small enclosed cargo trailer (total weight of the trailer would be 3000 pounds, 5000 pounds maximum), which when parked at a renaissance faire, will help with stashing items that I need on site, so I don't have to carry them back and forth every weekend.

I'm wondering if I might have to look into a third party transmission cooler, similar to what is needed on Sprinters, or if Ford already has that in place (similar to the cooler on F-150s.)
 

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a transmission cooler will be a great investment from what i know especially if you will be towing very often
 

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Without the transmission cooler do you have a risk of over heating the engine or something? Will it actually increase the amount you can tow or the duration of how long you can tow something?
 

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Has any of the Sprinter guys put a t/c or a rtd in the line to monitor the temp out of the trans. to the radiator?
 

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I don't know about a thermometer, but I do know that transmission coolers are put on with Sprinters, not for more towing capacity, but to handle steep grades both up and down, without overheating the transmission.

I'm thinking of the same thing for the Transit. Load capacity numbers won't change, but it helps extend transmission life when heading to a trip to Colorado with a trailer in tow.
 

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I'm thinking of the same thing for the Transit. Load capacity numbers won't change, but it helps extend transmission life when heading to a trip to Colorado with a trailer in tow.
Regarding load capacity, have you estimated a probable Gross Combined Weight Rating when towing a 5,000 pound trailer?

A large Class B with dual rear tires could easily exceed 9,000 pounds, and probably more when loaded for a trip. If you add a 5,000 pound trailer wouldn't you be over the GCWR of the EcoBoost?

I've been working on same problem in that I want a large Class B with capacity to occasionally tow a small travel trailer to take family along. New vans like ProMaster and Transit will make it tough due to limited total combined weight.
 

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All applicable towing questions are relevant to any Van-Two my wife and i do in the next few years so i'll be keeping up on threads like this one.

We regularly tow a 2300lb loaded at scales 15 ft fiberglass trailer with our Chevy 1500 AWD (6,900 at scales w/7k GVWR). With the 5.3L v8 we have no issues towing and the GCWR is 12K with our rig so some similar weight-rating numbers.



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