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post #1 of 9 Old 10-25-2010, 11:25 AM Thread Starter
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Tow/Haul Question

What is the suggested weight for using tow/haul mode when pulling? Or should you just use it any time your pulling something?

Reason for question is because I pull trailers daily for the work I do. When we use the smaller trailer weighing around 2500#'s the tow/haul mode almost feels like overkill.
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I use it going up big hills if it feels like it want to shift a lot thats about it. I agree it feels like over kill sometimes


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There is no set limit on when you use tow/haul mode.
You can use it anytime, even when not towing if you want the engine braking effect and the higher shift points.

Try towing one day with it on and another day with it off and go with whichever seems more comfortable

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The manual basically says you only need it when driving over hilly terrain.

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Yup, mainly helps on slowing down.

Hilly terrain. Yup.

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Ive used mine while towing 2 waverunners in mountains east of Phoenix and on hills coming down into LA. To be honest with you, I like using it even with that small of a load. I've towed my 36' fifth wheel a few miles a few times, both times on flat road, and still liked it because as I was stopping, trans down shifted. Can't say enough about how much I like towing with this rig.

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I mainly use it for heavier trailers and loads, basically when I feel the engine brake will keep the trailer from eating up my disc brakes.

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Tow haul should lock the converter in every gear but first. Will help the trans run cooler and keep the engine in the torque range.

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I often use it in stop and go traffic... the downshift helps..almost like driving a stick... always use it when towing, often turn it off when I have a long downhill run without traffic, doesn't downshift... just rolls..

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