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Old 03-25-2014, 07:59 AM
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I am new to diesel pick ups, proud new owner of a 04 F250 6.0 4x4 supercab.. Many questions to follow after this one I'm sure. I have a 31' Greywolf that weights 6020lbs. it was towed by a 05 ram 1500 quad cab 4.7 baby v8 with mpg's of about 6 per mile. On the flat it was ok but worked, on hills here in central PA it worked hard. Will at that small weight (compared to some I have seen posted) be a issue if I leave it in o/d? The truck has the five speed auto . I do have weight distribution and sway bar which I do plan continued use of just for safety purpose, better to have and use than need and be caught in a situation and not have on. Any help now and in the future will always be greatly appreciated. Oh if we ever end up at the same camping facility all are welcome for beer and mountain pie.
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Old 03-25-2014, 08:07 AM
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i pull a boat that's 5500 on a 500 mi trip at least 10 times a year and when im driving under 55 and go through some small towns I keep it in tow haul just for the stronger shift points. on the interstate if the traffic is light I used OD but when traffic is heavy and im on the peddles more I keep it out of OD for better response. I don't think you will cause damage, I usually alternate for convenience when the situation calls for it.
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Hello all,
I am new to diesel pick ups, proud new owner of a 04 F250 6.0 4x4 supercab.. Many questions to follow after this one I'm sure. I have a 31' Greywolf that weights 6020lbs. it was towed by a 05 ram 1500 quad cab 4.7 baby v8 with mpg's of about 6 per mile. On the flat it was ok but worked, on hills here in central PA it worked hard. Will at that small weight (compared to some I have seen posted) be a issue if I leave it in o/d? The truck has the five speed auto . I do have weight distribution and sway bar which I do plan continued use of just for safety purpose, better to have and use than need and be caught in a situation and not have on. Any help now and in the future will always be greatly appreciated. Oh if we ever end up at the same camping facility all are welcome for beer and mountain pie.
Before I reply, are you calling the tow/haul function overdrive?
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Old 03-25-2014, 08:20 AM
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First off welcome to the site! And when you get a chance check out the RV section on here. And we always can use some new camper pics! And Im gonna take you up on the beer and pie thing if I get the chance....
What I do with my truck is out on the flats I turn the tow package off. But if the truck seems to be going through the gears too much or if the EGT's get to be crazy then I kick it back on.
You should get a monitor on the truck with a egt sensor. This will tell you for sure how the truck is performing. As well as the oil cooler etc.
Here is a couple threads to check out-http://http://www.powerstroke.org/fo...n-control.html
This is a very easy mod to do. And it gives you the control to turn on the fan when you see fit. Or you can leave the switch off and let the truck run as normal. I found I used this a TON during our trip to Yellow Stone. Lets you get ahead of the temps before they start building up.
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Old 03-25-2014, 08:27 AM
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Don't know what went wrong with my first post but try these. Hopefully they will work.
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Sorry about that, went out and looked. Its tow / haul on the shifter not overdrive.
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Sorry about that, went out and looked. Its tow / haul on the shifter not overdrive.
As previously mentioned, the tow/haul feature is simply based on preference. While engaged, you will notice that you run the lower gears out longer. You will probably appreciate that when traveling through hills and even going from light to light in town. However, if you don't mind the tranny shifting a bunch, you will not hurt your transmission by not engaging the tow/haul. I can't remember what board it was written on, but the guy that actually wrote the software side of things for the 6.0 trannys said that it is completely a preference thing and not something where you have to worry about damaging it because of "abuse".

Living in Florida, almost everything is flat so I rarely ever utilize tow/haul. I think you are going to notice that towing a 6,000 lb trailer with your F250 is going to be a walk in the park versus Ram 1500.

Besides the monitoring system which I do think is a huge benefit, I would also recommend looking into an aftermarket tuner. For $400, you can add a significant amount of HP/torque that will also help you with towing at low speeds. I personally run an SCT tuner but everyone has their own favorite that they will debate for.

Enjoy your need truck.
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Your tranny "shifting a bunch" will cause it to over heat. Not to mention if you had a egt sensor that you would see unneeded egt temps.
And a monitor is a must with a 6.0. Get a monitor before you even consider tuning. IMO
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