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Question Towing With Mini Max Questions?

Power Level Settings are: Stock, Tow, Street, Performance. Why is it suggested to tow on the Stock setting when one of the settings is for Tow? If it is because of high temps then why call one of the power levels Tow?

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I tow in mild usually. I think that is what is now called the tow setting. I haven't been back stateside since the changes. I just keep an eye on temps, and so long as everything is good, I go. If EGT's get a little warm, I back it down a setting. In Texas, with very few hills, I seldom have problems.

I'll be anxious to see what others have to say.
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They no longer have one called "Tow". Its called Wild, Mild and Hot now. I always tow on 'No Power" or "Mild". And watch temps. I seem to be find on mild with my trailer empty, but if I have anything significant in it I drop down a level.
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I usually tow in Wild. This is usually with a 27ft Haulmark enclosed, or a 32ft PJ flatbed. I find that I rarely see over 950 for EGT's. I get better fuel economy this way, and unless its really Hilly my temps run consistently cooler than on Mild. Almost forgot....Its in mild tuning mode (not hd300)

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I usually tow in Wild. ........ my temps run consistently cooler than on Mild.

Hmmm. Wife is actually towing today. I might have her put it on wild and see if the temps come down.

Are you running full exhaust and seeing only 950 on the EGT's? I'm still stock exhaust except for the DPF, so I bet I'll be closer to 1200.
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They no longer have one called "Tow". Its called Wild, Mild and Hot now. I always tow on 'No Power" or "Mild". And watch temps. I seem to be find on mild with my trailer empty, but if I have anything significant in it I drop down a level.
I've got the latest update- and stock, mild, wild, and hot, are replaced with stock, tow, street, and performance.. the values of whatever name you select are the same, though..

why 'tow'? dunno.. maybe they were reaching for options, and that one fit and also matched names comparable tuners are using.. the concern for towing in above stock settings, is that a hellalotta torque is laid into the transmission, which resists it, as you would imagine a load would do, and gives you an opportunity to break something.. the lessor tunes (stock, tow) are better for this purpose..

edited to add: my preference, fwiw, is to roll out in stock setting- once the load is rolling, shift on the fly to either tow, or street.. preferably tow.. I seem to get better mileage on the higher settings, as counter-intuitive as that sounds..

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I think the changes in the names came in conjunction with the introduction of the Street Tuner. I think it's a way for H&S to draw less attention from the feds on the whole emission controversy.

As for the increased torque and opportunity to break stuffs, I agree. Personally, I'm extremely light on the go pedal when towing because it usually involves the likelihood of injuring horses, but with a flatbed of plate steel, I could definitely see twisting expensive items in half.
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The increased torque is only there after a certain point in pedal position. You control all this with your foot. I tow on my 275 tune which runs lower egts and etc because of timing and etc. Of course I would never floor it. All they are doing is making a "recommendation" because of the amount of users out there who think that they can tow whatever and use all the pedal they want. Most people "with sense" tow on higher settings because they control the pedal and usually get better fuel mileage while running cooler egt's

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