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Old 08-28-2011, 02:31 PM   #11
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When I am out in open country I use cruise all the time. Only use OD if your tow/haul system will allow it. Most smaller engines are better off not using OD.

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Old 08-30-2011, 12:51 PM   #12
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Doesn't the tow-haul button dis-engage the overdrive?

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Old 08-30-2011, 01:04 PM   #13
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1. Overdrive or no Overdrive? I used to have a 2003 F-150 w/ Towing Pkg. I found overdrive was not very useful.

2. Cruise control or no cruise control? Flat out, it worked well

3. I am no stranger to pulling trailers, however, I have never towed one with as much wind drag, so I was a little surprised by the amount of drag when I pulled it home. Same here, I upgraded to an F-250 PSD

4. It was I bit breezy and I did experience some side to side when a big truck would pass me. Is that normal? Can I adjust the sway bar to reduce it? See above

1. When I got it home, none of the interior lights would come on. My truck does not currently supply power to the 12v system, I will get the required relays shortly. But, shouldn’t the 12v work the lights and other minor systems without being hooked to the vehicle or camp power? As mentioned, fuse or battery. Here is a diagram that will help when it comes time to hook up your charge power and any trouble shooting.

2. I don’t plan on using the fresh water tank any time soon, but should I sanitize the system anyway or does it even matter if I am only on city water? sanitize
3. Since I will be in it on at least a semi-permanent basis, are the any tips for keeping it great condition and not allowing it to appear “lived in”? I am looking for tips on cosmetics as well as appliances? Regular housekeeping & maintenance

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Old 08-30-2011, 01:25 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by NewToMeJF26BHS View Post
Doesn't the tow-haul button dis-engage the overdrive?
It might on some models....not on my Chevy.
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Old 08-30-2011, 01:31 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by tafische View Post
snip....not on my Chevy.


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Old 08-30-2011, 02:48 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by Rustic Eagle View Post

X3. In tow haul mode on my truck it will still go into OD, but at a higher speed then out of tow haul. I rarely use OD while towing with my rig, just use 3rd gr.
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Old 08-30-2011, 09:25 PM   #17
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I use my overdrive about 80% of the time. I do not use my cruise. Watch your tach. How far do your rpms drop with overdrive on? I only kick the overdrive out when I am going up a hill. If your rmps dont drop much, then I would say dont use the overdrive. I tow our 23 EXP with a Ford Excursion with a 7.3 deisel 4x4. I tow at 55 to 58 mph which is 1500 rpms. When I kick the overdrive out it jumps up to 2200 rpms causing me to use about 22% more fule. I get 12/13 mpg at 55 and 9mpg at 64 or above.
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Old 08-30-2011, 10:36 PM   #18
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Old 08-31-2011, 01:32 PM   #19
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Old 09-01-2011, 01:08 PM   #20
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Pulling the same trailer you have with a 4.7 litre Tundra, I get a tad less than 8 mpg at about 60. No problem with wind or sway with Husky WD hitch and single friction sway
bar. I do not use CC since in even slightly hilly areas it causes too much shifting.
I will let transmission get into OD (5th gear) especially in downhill stretches.
I would guess that your particular tv will determine how you operate it.

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