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OD on or off for "light" load?

I have a 1996 f250 7.3 Club Cab:

We'd like to get a popup tent trailer. So when checking the manual, as far as I could decipher, it said to leave OD on when towing, which is contrary to what I have known when I had Suburbans and towed a popup camper. We always pushed the little button taking it out of OD mode. Anyway, a popup is nothing for a 7.3 (3500 lbs or so) so I just leave the OD button on the end of the shifter alone and tow away?

Any help appreciated.
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Leave overdrive on unless you find the transmission hunting for gears and shifting in and out of overdrive so to speak. For instance on long flats overdrive is good, in up and down hilly terrain it is probably better to lock it out unless its not causing the above mentioned hunting. A transmission temperature gauge is always a wise investment to help have an idea whats going on.

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