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Old 08-17-2017, 06:15 PM   #1
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Tow Haul 5-6% Grades

Haven't really weighed the rig yet, but it's probably between 10-10500 when towing, 11K lb. would probably be max as we try to go lite.. Never be in OD and stay in Tow Haul? pilling a grade, just stay in Tow Haul or go to second gear when ascending the mountain? Dodge Trans, 48RE Auto. Or with my weights, always stay in Tow Haul??
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Old 08-17-2017, 07:44 PM   #2
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I am always in tow/haul mode when towing my TT, and I let the transmission decide the gears. My tranny does have manual shift mode, and I used it at first, but over time realized that in tow/haul mode, the tranny is smarter than I am so now I simply let it do it's thing.
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Old 08-17-2017, 07:56 PM   #3
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Haven't really weighed the rig yet, but it's probably between 10-10500 when towing, 11K lb. would probably be max as we try to go lite.. Never be in OD and stay in Tow Haul? pilling a grade, just stay in Tow Haul or go to second gear when ascending the mountain? Dodge Trans, 48RE Auto. Or with my weights, always stay in Tow Haul??
When we pulled with our 2006 Dodge Cummins I usually locked out overdrive unless the road was level and no wind. Fuel mileage did not seem to be effected by the higher rpm that I noticed and the motor had no problem revving 2200 to 2300 all day. I turn on tow haul and Jake Brake on as soon as I start the truck.
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tow/haul, especially on the downside! saves my brakes.

CHeck out this forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion
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Having recently moved from gas to diesel and to a much larger trailer. I have always appreciated the Tow/Haul mode of my Silverado - either gas or diesel. In both cases the transmissions up and down shift was better than I could do in manual mode - and yes I tried both ways. With the Diesel I also have an exhaust brake that when coupled with tow/haul and cruise control really keeps things under control - both up and down hill.


I see that the GVWR for the WindRiver is only 9500 and the dry wt is around 8000.
I am not sure where you are getting your 11k - unless they had the upgrade suspension option in 13. If you had that I would believe 11K.
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2007 Dodge 5.9L CTD 48re tranny 4:10 diff towing 14K 34' FW that is 13'4" tall

Put it in 'D', push button to turn on tow/haul and set cruise for 65 mph.

Sit back and SMILE

7 yrs FTng traveling weekly.

Can't think of a time I turned OD off....unless I was just playing around with the controls.

Also have an Exhaust Brake..great for descending
Tow/Haul ON, EB ON and it will hold 55 mph down a 6% grade towing 5th wheel
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Tow/haul most of the time. T/h pretty much keeps the truck out of the o/d gears at 65 and turns about a comfortable 2100 rpm. Its fairly effective at managing engine braking on descents. I do keep an eye on the fluid temps and tach on long climbs especially on hot days but I pretty much just let the truck do its thing only intervening when I think its needed.
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Tow/haul when towing.
It keeps the rpms up which makes the exhaust brake work better.

I usually let the tranny decide which gear, but when a big hill is coming up I'll manually downshift at the bottom. I only lock out over drive when the downshifts get too frequent and irritating.
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Tow/Haul any time I'm hitched. The truck is smarter than me. I let it do the work and I sit back and enjoy the ride.
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Tow / Haul here too. Towing a 26' Aerolite usually at 62mph. On the flat / level freeway it will stay in 6th (OD) at about 1700 rpm's. A slight grade will bump it down to 5th 2100 rpm's.

Down hill I'll manually down shift maybe to 3rd or 4th to help take a little speed off. But is too much down shifting hard on your catalytic converters? heating them up too much?
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Are you towing or hauling?

That's what your tow/haul is for. Read the owner's manual.

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Are you towing or hauling?

That's what your tow/haul is for. Read the owner's manual.

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Shifting creates heat. Heat kills trannys. You don't want your transmission shifting when you are climbing a grade.

So if "tow/haul mode" keeps your trans from shifting while climbing - great.
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Tow/Haul any time I'm hitched. The truck is smarter than me. I let it do the work and I sit back and enjoy the ride.
The OP has the 48RE transmission which means pretty much anybody is smarter than it.LoL The 48RE doesn't like to shift down readily so I found that manually shifting down before a hill. To get the revs up was better at tackling the mountain passes excreta. After awhile I just starting locking out OD. The newer 6 speed tranny's seem to be programmed better and the gearing is better.
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