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Old 07-09-2014, 05:44 AM
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Transfer Case Selector

I have a 2013 F350 Platinum. I would like to tow it 4 down behind a large Motor Home. The manual says only if the vehicle has the manual shift for the transfer case to go into neutral. Mine of course has the electronic selector with no choice to go into neutral. Does anyone know it this can be modified or if there is anyway for the transfer case to go into neutral?
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Old 07-09-2014, 09:57 AM
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The 2015 manual has a small section on towing. I think the same would be for the 2013 model also. For RV towing with ESOF it states to haul on trailer. Doesn't state any way to put transfer case in neutral:

Recreational Towing
"Note: Put your climate control system in recirculated air mode to prevent exhaust fumes from entering your vehicle. See Climate Control (page 103). Follow these guidelines if you have a need for recreational towing, such as towing your vehicle behind a motorhome. We designed these guidelines to prevent damage to your transmission.

Two-wheel Drive Vehicles and Four-wheel Drive Vehicles Equipped with an Electronic-shift Transfer Case
Do not tow your vehicle with any wheels on the ground, as vehicle or transmission damage may occur. It is recommended to tow your vehicle with all four (4) wheels off the ground, such as when using a car-hauling trailer. Otherwise, you cannot tow your vehicle.

Four-wheel Drive Vehicles Equipped with a Manual-shift Transfer Case
1. Put the transmission in position N.
2. Put the transfer case in position N.
3. Put the hub locks in the FREE position.
Always make sure that both hub locks are set to the same position."

Hope this helps.

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Old 07-09-2014, 10:17 AM
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Pull the rear drive shaft off.
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Transmission in neutral, driveshaft out, hubs unlocked. You should be fine


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Old 07-09-2014, 01:40 PM
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Yea I wanted to do this on my gasser. I didnt even think that towing with all 4 wheels down would be bad. For those who dont know, like me, if you tow with all 4 wheels down, the transmission doesnt have fluid circulated through it and can cause issues if the engine isnt on and the transmission insides are moving.

hope that explains more.
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Old 07-09-2014, 02:31 PM
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Sold my dump truck a few years ago and the man who picked it up arrived in his 2WD pickup. He pulled out his tow bar and hooked up his pickup. Before he left he started up the pickup, put it in neutral, released the brake and off he went. Said it would be fine for the 4 hour trip. Learned something that day.
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Sold my dump truck a few years ago and the man who picked it up arrived in his 2WD pickup. He pulled out his tow bar and hooked up his pickup. Before he left he started up the pickup, put it in neutral, released the brake and off he went. Said it would be fine for the 4 hour trip. Learned something that day.
Do you know for certain that it survived its tow without damage?
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Old 07-09-2014, 04:13 PM
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Do you know for certain that it survived its tow without damage?
That's what he does all over the eastern US. Talked to him when I mailed the manuals a week or so later. Asked how the tow went and said no problems.

I wouldn't do it but to each his own.
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I hear ya. I was just curious about "the rest of the story."
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