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Old 05-24-2012, 05:16 PM
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Tow/haul to pull camper?

Should I always be using tow/haul mode when pulling my camper? I'm getting differing opinions around here. Thanks guys!

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What are you driving? I run the tow/haul when I'm in hilly areas, not on the straights. Usually towing around 9000lbs.
What you don't want is your trans shifting look for gears.
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FWIW, I use Tow/Haul mode whenever I am towing something. Especially when I am towing my 8000 lb camper. I have seen posts where some guys have had issues when not using tow/haul and others have not. I have always used it when I tow and have never had any issues. You are going to get a lot of mixed reviews.
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I tow an 11.5k fifth wheel, and don't use very often. I will use it in the mountains to utilize the torq shift trannie braking, or if in the hills and the transmission begins to hunt, but I rarely use it on the flatlands. I've had no problems this way.
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I tow an 11.5k fifth wheel, and don't use very often. I will use it in the mountains to utilize the torq shift trannie braking, or if in the hills and the transmission begins to hunt, but I rarely use it on the flatlands. I've had no problems this way.
This is what I do too.
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Old 05-25-2012, 07:31 AM
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I tow a 12k fifth wheel and always use the tow/haul mode. When i am towing i never use the cruise control, i maintain a steedy speed with my foot on the pedal and get about 1 to 2 mpg more by not using the cruise control.
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I use and recommend using the Tow/haul button when towing anything over 8-10k...

Reason is because this option delays the tranny shifting to bring it into the 2-2.5k rpm zone (where the power is)

It also prevents the tranny from upshifting too soon and burning up the T/C and Tranny
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Old 05-25-2012, 08:13 AM
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I guess I'm good to go since I only tow about 6K.
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Old 05-25-2012, 08:16 AM
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Then its at your discretion... City driving with any type of load it would be nice to turn it on as it wont let it upshift to early. highway driving you should be fine
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i use it in town and on hills towing other then that i don't worry about it my trans shifts less w/o it and gets better mpg i just have to not worry about it slowing down on slight grades.
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