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Old 07-24-2014, 12:00 PM   #1
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2010 RAM 1500 programmer for towing

the hemi is a beast and tows great, but sucks that gas!!! would a programmer set for towing mode actually help with mpg? i know my tires dont help much but was exploring what options are out there
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Old 07-24-2014, 12:09 PM   #2
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Unfortunately, a gas motor is always going to kill the mpg towing with a programmer you might need to use 93 octane and at the most get 1 better mpg, best thing is slow down. With my diesel I always saw 9 to 11 with the TT. Went to a 5er now see 12.5 almost all day
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Old 07-24-2014, 12:33 PM   #3
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Yea I know gassers don't see much from programmers...I'd love to upgrade to a 2500 diesel but the one I want is hard to swallow that 50k

I set cruise on 60-65, flat land it's good for 10mpg but head north to the hills and I'll drop to 8.5-9.5

I guess I should see if they would help with shift points and what not
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Old 07-24-2014, 03:13 PM   #4
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Unfortunately, a gas motor is always going to kill the mpg towing with a programmer you might need to use 93 octane and at the most get 1 better mpg, best thing is slow down. With my diesel I always saw 9 to 11 with the TT. Went to a 5er now see 12.5 almost all day

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Old 07-24-2014, 03:21 PM   #5
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you'll probably spend more on fuel. 93 octane requirement with minimal if any MPG improvement makes it not worth it
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Old 07-24-2014, 03:31 PM   #6
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On the diablo, they offer a mileage booster tune with 87 octane then they have 3 different performance tunes for 87,91, and 93 octane

I might try a tank out on 89 octane just to see if that makes a difference
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Old 07-24-2014, 07:19 PM   #7
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Don't use cruise while towing if you want the best gas mileage. With cruise it's just pouring the fuel in trying to maintain a speed it shouldn't be maintaining. You're better off using no cruise and letting the truck slow up slightly when pulling grades.
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Old 07-24-2014, 07:29 PM   #8
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My Superchips towing tune uses 87 octane. I honestly don't see much difference between it and the stock tune - tow/haul mode. I think it was intended for those who don't have the tow mode. My truck will tow great on cruise at about 60 for a while then for no reason start gear hunting, and I have to shut the cruise off.
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If you're getting 10mpg on flatlands then that is very good. Why do you say "I know my tires don't help much" are you running a larger size or an aggressive tread?

I use cruise except when i get into some hills. Then i kick it off and feather the pedal with my foot. The Ford cruise control is lazy wen trying to maintain speed when approaching a hill. My Dodge was great when towing in the hills with the cruise on.
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Old 07-26-2014, 01:40 PM   #10
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The dodge cruise works great in the hills....I feel it maintains the speed better then I can during hills

I run a 35 x 12 nitto trail grappler so that took away from my mpg just by itself
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