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Posted: 05/05/19 11:47pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

In general you shouldn't have to worry about engine oil temp towing anything near or at the truck's tow rating.
250 sounds high though for cool weather, but idk what you were doing with the truck. Watching the gauge after a full throttle pull up a grade, or cruise at 60mph on a flat road?
Either way, Dino oil is good to at least 260 ish without any ill effects. Syn is good north of 300deg.
Were your trans and coolant temps high as well? If not then maybe you have an issue with oil cooling.

If it makes you feel better, I'm not a newbie to towing and can't say I've ever looked at oil temp (well, couple times on my new company truck that has the feature) and have never blown an engine.
Change the oil, keep an eye on it and see if it was relative to the conditions or an anomalie.


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5000 miles on good oil is nothing

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give us the numbers on the truck. I suspect you are asking a lot of your ram.


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If you do your own oil changes make sure you use the correct weight which is 5w-20. Personally I use Walmart full synthetic high milage in my Ram and also in the Grand Cherokee I just traded in. That had a Hemi too. Some people will scoff at using Walmart oil but it has an API rating so it meets all the standards. But be warned if you use high milage oil (any brand) for any length of time you'll have to stick with high mileage from that point on.


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ejd43 wrote:

My apologies, the camper is a keystone cougar. Unladen weight is 7,000 lbs. It says my max is 8500 lbs that I can tow according to the chart. I really hope I didn't miscalculate what the truck can actually haul.


What model Cougar? Most with a dry weight of 7K are more than 8.5K loaded. And dry weight is irrelevant.

I think you don't have enough truck for the trailer.

For comparison, I have a 2015 GMC Sierra with their full on trailer package. Brochure says I can pull 10,900 and I'm at the payload limit with a trailer weighing 8,200 (actual scale weight).

But I'm not sure engine oil temp would be the first to overheat. I'd think the tranny and coolant would heat up first, so that's odd.


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LoudRam wrote:

But be warned if you use high milage oil (any brand) for any length of time you'll have to stick with high mileage from that point on.

Untrue urban legend

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philh wrote:

LoudRam wrote:

But be warned if you use high milage oil (any brand) for any length of time you'll have to stick with high mileage from that point on.

Untrue urban legend


How so? The additives in high milage oil swell the seals to stop leaks and blow by. The seals then brake in or wear in again with the expanded size. If you stop using high milage oil then the seals shrink back to the original size and leak more.

Now there was a myth about once you use synthetic oil you can't go back to regular dino oil. Is that what you were thinking of?

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My oil routinely climbs close to 240-250 when towing my trailer. The truck has lots of built in protection, which has never reared it's head yet. Mine is a 2015 Ram 1500.


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LoudRam wrote:

How so? The additives in high milage oil swell the seals to stop leaks and blow by. The seals then brake in or wear in again with the expanded size. If you stop using high milage oil then the seals shrink back to the original size and leak more.

Now there was a myth about once you use synthetic oil you can't go back to regular dino oil. Is that what you were thinking of?


Which seals do you think "swell"? Most sealing is done with RTV. Rotating parts and some other seals are a polymer, so they don't react to anything in the oil.

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philh wrote:



Which seals do you think "swell"? Most sealing is done with RTV. Rotating parts and some other seals are a polymer, so they don't react to anything in the oil.


https://www.cars.com/articles/is-oil-for........ines-worth-the-extra-cost-1420680439321/

https://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/05/use-high-mileage-oil-car.html

These two articles explain what happens when you use high mileage oil and what seals are affected better than I could.

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