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Old 04-17-2015, 12:07 PM   #21
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I towed the octane 273 to fla. and back from ny never once in tm. Got 8.5 mpg both ways. A little disappointed. I'll have to try it on the trip out west this summer. Oh, duramax/allison.
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Old 04-17-2015, 12:21 PM   #22
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If I'm towing, it's in tow mode.
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Old 04-17-2015, 12:30 PM   #23
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We do when climbing or descending grades in the mts/hills.

Also when slowing for stops and starting out again.

On the open flat roads in cruise control we are turning at 1500rpm and TM not necessary.
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If I head east from the house, towards the flatlands, I seldom engage TH. However, if I go west when I pull out of the drive, I'm always in TH. I think Allison owners have the advantage of choice. Any other tranny and I would always use TH mode.
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Old 04-17-2015, 02:27 PM   #25
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Here is why I ask about tow mode. While towing at road speed I could en gauge tow mode and for 30 miles nothing would happened. If I en gauge it while starting up it works as it should. We were at sea level or less than 100 feet all day the land is very flat. The truck seems to pull with no effort at all.
You are towing a 7500lb trailer with a Duramax. It probably hardly even notices it. In your case I would leave it off in the flats (better mileage)and engage it on hills and mountains to take advantage of the exhaust brake.

With the 6.2 gasser that we have tow mode is always engaged while towing and even when hauling heavy stuff in the bed. I don't want my transmission hunting for the right gear.

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I use mine almost all the time. When traveling on flat ground I often take it out of tow haul mode but it is very handy when on flat ground if you need to make a quick stop.

If you need to stop and don't put it back in TH, you could miss an opportunity to stop in time.
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Old 04-17-2015, 08:52 PM   #28
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I use tow mode all the time, it is really good for breaking during down hill travels.
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When I pull my FW or TT I use Tow Mode. When I tow my 2 ATV's I don't, they don't weigh enough even with their Trailer.
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