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Towing with an sct programmer

I have an 04 with an intake and 4" exhaust. I pull a 5th wheel camper that might weigh 8k lbs. I bought the sct programmer with the box tunes. My question is I have no egt gauge and was wondering if any of the towing tunes would be safe. Any info would help. Thanks
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thats what I have always gone by.

you could get a plug in monitor like the outlook from bullydog or edge CTS or something of the sort and install a pyro fairly easy and in about 1 hour

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I don't tow with tunes on myself but the questions you asked can go ethier way. The truck could have a good coolant and oil delta and face no problems. Or else you could blow a egr cooler and have hell to pay. If you got a couple hundred bucks laying around I suggest buying a edge for peace of mind and the knowledge of somthing failing before it does.

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I have an 04 with an intake and 4" exhaust. I pull a 5th wheel camper that might weigh 8k lbs. I bought the sct programmer with the box tunes. My question is I have no egt gauge and was wondering if any of the towing tunes would be safe. Any info would help. Thanks
DONT TOW WITH THAT PROGRAMMER YOU WILL RIP IT IN HALF!!!


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You need to either return to stock when you tow, or get a monitor/gauges to cover what you need to be watching.

Way too many things can go wrong when towing with a any programmer, particularly when towing with generic files. My advice is to tow stock, until you can get the proper indicators, and custom files.
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I tow with a custom tune from Innovative Diesel. Not a lot of difference from stock. I would recommend custom tunes.

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I tow daily and use one of Vivian's tow tunes. Went for a year or so without gauges. I had them from my old psd just never put them in until recently. I just didn't beat on it when towing. My truck wasn't really setup like it is now and a couple hack mechanics worked on my rig which I think greatly contributed to the problems I've had.

Nobody is going to like this but here's the way I see it, if your towing (or racing for that matter) are you really gonna let off and pull over going up a huge hill for instance? Then what are you gonna do? Watch the gauge climb even higher getting up to speed? Try and take the time to get the truck dialed in correctly by taking a test drive and checking your gauges before experimenting on a trip.

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I tow daily and use one of Vivian's tow tunes. Went for a year or so without gauges. I had them from my old psd just never put them in until recently. I just didn't beat on it when towing. My truck wasn't really setup like it is now and a couple hack mechanics worked on my rig which I think greatly contributed to the problems I've had.

Nobody is going to like this but here's the way I see it, if your towing (or racing for that matter) are you really gonna let off and pull over going up a huge hill for instance? Then what are you gonna do? Watch the gauge climb even higher getting up to speed? Try and take the time to get the truck dialed in correctly by taking a test drive and checking your gauges before experimenting on a trip.
Maybe in that instance thats all you can really do is to continue till the top. Now if you were driving on flat ground and your FP for example dropped to 10psi you would stop.

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first get a scangaugeII, to monitor the "vital temps", if all is good with the temps, then i would tow with the SCT tow tune, that should give you about 40Hp more than stock.

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I have an 04 with an intake and 4" exhaust. I pull a 5th wheel camper that might weigh 8k lbs. I bought the sct programmer with the box tunes. My question is I have no egt gauge and was wondering if any of the towing tunes would be safe. Any info would help. Thanks
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