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Old 04-18-2015, 07:09 AM   #31
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Smile Tow Mode

We have an 01 Astro Van and always tow in "tow mode" it keeps the trans from shifting too early and keeps it out of OD. I don't know if any other manufacturers offer a tow mode, I am not sure that GM still offers it.
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Old 04-18-2015, 09:13 AM   #32
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TH anytime the trailers behind me. The shift pattern changes but on the flat n level without wind @ 63/65 mph, Mine will find 6th and the RPMs drop to ~1700

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Old 04-18-2015, 10:13 AM   #33
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Agreed. DH usually tows, but when I do - first thing he checks is that I've remembered to engage it.
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Old 04-18-2015, 12:11 PM   #34
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If the trailer has brakes, surge or electrical, I use T/H mode ON, no brakes T/H mode off.
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Old 04-18-2015, 05:35 PM   #35
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Manual transmission here. No tow modes, making it my own choice and feel of the truck as it drives. However, being a heavy duty truck, 1st gear is a "granny" gear so normal driving is always starting in 2nd gear, and whenever I am towing, I start out in 1st gear.
The downside to a manual transmission is when pulling grades my speed drops off sooner and I end up having to downshift sooner and usually pull a hill slower than the automatics transmissions unless I really want to high RPM push the hill. The advantage is that I get much better gas mileage than the automatic transmissions.
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Old 04-18-2015, 07:24 PM   #36
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I always use tow mode.
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Old 04-18-2015, 07:45 PM   #37
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I always use tow mode. Helps avoid overheated tranny etc
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Old 04-18-2015, 08:14 PM   #38
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100% of the time in TM. My specific generation does make it into OD once at cruise. What I love about my TM is that if I touch the brake my engine will DS one gear and slow without using the brakes. Another touch of the brake and another gear drop. If I tap the accelerator, one gear up and so on. Makes going downhill a breeze and keeps the brakes cool for when I really need them.

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Old 04-18-2015, 10:06 PM   #39
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You should use the Tow Mode all the time. Running the engine at higher RPMs will not hurt it. If your TV has a 4:10 gear, you can get away with running in OD on flat ground. Anything else will burn the trans up. Shifting under load, especially in OD kills transmissions. The OD clutch is not made to with stand torque.
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Old 04-19-2015, 06:26 AM   #40
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Always tow mode in my F150 when the TT is back there.

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