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Old 05-31-2014, 08:43 AM   #11
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Use OD until your transmission starts to hunt for the right gear then manually downshift.

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Old 05-31-2014, 09:30 AM   #12
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Thanks for the info,have been towing in 3rd.

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Old 06-01-2014, 11:48 PM   #13
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You will find that most people towing in OD have 3/4 and one ton trucks with heavier transmissions. Your transmission will last a lot longer towing in 3rd.
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Old 06-05-2014, 08:52 PM   #14
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My 2011 F250 has tow haul and I hate it. I just run it in D, if tranny starts shifting alot, I drop it in M 4 or 5 and run it flat out. If you have an OD option, I would not tow with it on. There ain't enough flow of oil going to the cooler, the OD clutch pack will fry even if you have an extra capacity cooler. I tried towing in OD once with one of my F150's, undercoating on the floor boards was sizzling around the tranny.
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Old 06-06-2014, 01:57 PM   #15
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In general, the TH button just change the transmission shift algorithim in the truck's computer allowing up-shifts and downshifts to occur at higher RPMs.

my '99 suburban K2500 didn't have a TH mode, but towed better and RAN COOLER when I used 3rd gear for everything but flat open interstate.

I now have a truck w/a TH mode. I still don't do a "set and forget" with it. If the transmission is hunting, I will manually downshift and keep the engine between 1500-1800 rpm.

Not true with my dad and his 2002 F150 and his 7000# 5er. He just uses D and lets the truck do all the work. 150K miles later and only normal maintenance.

Just keep your fluids fresh, watch the engine temp and don't drive too fast.

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Old 06-08-2014, 11:56 PM   #16
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With both the previous truck (03 Silverado 4spd) and current (2012 Silverado 6 spd) I put in drive, hit tow/haul, turn on the headlights and proceed. The transmissions took care of when to shift with no problem.

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