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Old 07-31-2013, 12:16 PM   #1
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Exhaust Brake

I am thinking about taking my 40 ft 5th wheel on vacation to Colorado. Having been there before I know of pretty steep mountains going up and down. Just wondering if anyone has had any experience driving through there and how the tv handled as far as braking. Do I need an exhaust brake? I have a F350 long bed 4x4
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If this is a one time trip I would just gear the truck down for the long down hills. Is your truck gas or diesel?
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If you have a gasser it does not need an exhaust brake. and most diesels in the last 14 years come with a driveline brake.
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If you have a gasser it does not need an exhaust brake. and most diesels in the last 14 years come with a driveline brake.
My truck is a diesel. Is the driveline brake the "tow/haul" mode?
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My truck is a diesel. Is the driveline brake the "tow/haul" mode?
Yes
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This spring I added a Banks Speedbrake to my 2009 Duramax diesel. I already had the Banks programmer & IQ system on my truck.

We took a trip across the Smokies, and then up and over the Alleghanies (on 2 lane roads). Nothing as severe as the Rockies mind you - but some pretty decent hills with a couple days of nonstop up & down. We were towing a 9500 lb. 35 foot 5th wheel.

I absolutely LOVED the Speedbrake. The Banks takes computer control of the turbo, the torque converter, and the transmission while watching exhaust gas temps - while most OEM brakes simply downshift the transmission. This was a major improvement over a very good stock Duramax brake that is activated by tow/haul mode.

Do you NEED it? I don't know - but I highly recommend it.
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My truck is a diesel. Is the driveline brake the "tow/haul" mode?
Yes it only activates when tow haul is engaged...
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on my 2012 Chevy you not only must be in tow/haul but there is a switch for "exhuast brake" that must be punched
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