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Break in period for towing??

Just wondering what you guys thoughts were on the break in period for towing. Just bought a brand new truck to tow my boat, now come to find out I can't tow it till after 500 miles. ?
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Just wondering what you guys thoughts were on the break in period for towing. Just bought a brand new truck to tow my boat, now come to find out I can't tow it till after 500 miles. ?
Every truck / jeep / suv I've ever owned has said the same in the manual, some for 1000 miles. It's supposed to be for bedding in the brake pads, piston rings and bearings, valve seats, and various other things. Most brake manufacturers recommend you avoid hard stops for at least the first 500 miles.

You're supposed to avoid serious strain on the engine for that time so all these things wear themselves in correctly. The preferred method is to work through most of the RPM range a lot, like in city driving. Hard acceleration isn't recommended, but delaying shifting to run the rpms up is a good thing during this time. Putting real strain on can supposedly cause some of these things to wear improperly.

I found it took no time at all to get my first 500 miles because the truck's been fun to drive. Bought mine off the lot with 125 miles on it, and I had 300 on it by the end of the first day, went on a country drive with the wife.
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I looked for this in the manual but couldn't find it. My previous truck said 1000 kms before towing. I'm at 350ish kms and tomorrow am going to move my snowmobile trailer. If the weather will co-operate I need to pull the sleds out and get them cleaned up and ready for storage.
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It has not been easy to hold back on the acceleration for the first 500 miles but now that I am over it I am loving the feel of the power this engine has. Going to loan it to a friend who is looking at a similar truck to see how it tows his trailer before he decides if he should go 3/4 ton Diesel. I am curious to see how it will handle compared to my 08 2500 6.7. I must admit I did put that pedal down during my test drive with it, its a part of what convinced me to get the Rebel. Missed the sound of the power of gas engines.
To the OP, go for a long drive and get those miles under the belt so you can get the boat in the water. Picking up my boat next saturday to get it ready for the season. Looking like its going to be a great year on the water.
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I've found that a nice drive on country roads with a lunch at a brewpub in the middle of the drive is a really interesting way to rack up miles.
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Thanks for the reply guys
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Nice topic guys ...

In addition to other things, the trailering bundle pre-wires the truck for a 7-stick trailer association, the kind that backings electric trailer brakes
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and trailer battery charging by means of the alternator when progressing. It's altogether incorporated with the wire tackle and intertwined in the under-hood combine box.
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