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Old 05-20-2016, 02:26 PM   #31
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Thanks!
Yea that's my normal way, why take 10 minutes to read the manual when you can figure it out in an hour & a half... hence the name "Oops"
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Old 05-20-2016, 03:07 PM   #32
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What all of you are calling 'screaming' is normal engine braking. By not using it going down a mountain you have a good chance of overheating your brakes and then will be in real trouble.


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Old 05-20-2016, 04:50 PM   #33
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Yeah, I hear that half truth/myth often from folks who have either never owned one or had a bad experience (which you can have in gassers also).

Our duramax is almost 10 years old we've never had any maint costs that we wouldn't of had on a gasser (hoses, belts, etc). The only thing that actually costs us more is oil changes

Everybody has preferences/opinions and ours are just different on this subject. As long we get our RVs down the road it's all good.

Yes there are bad experiences with any motorized piece of equipment. Diesel bad experiences are just more costly. I bought some rims and tires off a die hard diesel guy last week and we got to discussing vehicles. He had a 6.7 Dodge and just after his warranty was done he heard a slight knock in the engine on the way home from an camping trip, took it in to the dealer and was presented with a $15,000 estimate to have the bottom end of the engine replaced. And no that was not for a whole engine.

Just sayin
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Old 05-21-2016, 02:39 AM   #34
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What all of you are calling 'screaming' is normal engine braking. By not using it going down a mountain you have a good chance of overheating your brakes and then will be in real trouble.


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I will agree to disagree with ya on this one. In manual you can downshift slowly to the correct gear for speed control without over revving your engine.

When you brake on a steep grade in drive the tranny can quickly shift down 3 or more gears causing your rpms to get much to close to the redline (screaming).

You'll never convince me that is normal. And the manual advices you to use 'M' to prevent excessive rpms on steep downhills while also saving your brakes.
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Yes there are bad experiences with any motorized piece of equipment. Diesel bad experiences are just more costly. I bought some rims and tires off a die hard diesel guy last week and we got to discussing vehicles. He had a 6.7 Dodge and just after his warranty was done he heard a slight knock in the engine on the way home from an camping trip, took it in to the dealer and was presented with a $15,000 estimate to have the bottom end of the engine replaced. And no that was not for a whole engine.

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I agree, diesel repairs are definitely more expensive. But really, 15k? I would of found a new mechanic or bought a Chevy😂
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Yes there are bad experiences with any motorized piece of equipment. Diesel bad experiences are just more costly. I bought some rims and tires off a die hard diesel guy last week and we got to discussing vehicles. He had a 6.7 Dodge and just after his warranty was done he heard a slight knock in the engine on the way home from an camping trip, took it in to the dealer and was presented with a $15,000 estimate to have the bottom end of the engine replaced. And no that was not for a whole engine.

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$15K ~~~ did he have a gun during that robbery? He should have bought a Ford
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Old 05-21-2016, 08:06 AM   #37
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As far as I remember the tow/haul mode gets switched off when you go into manualaw, which makes sense since it's just changing when it'll shift (it's just alternative settings for the electronic transmission). Remember to turn tow/haul back on if you want it when switching back to automatic.

I found that my transmission jumps around too much for my liking even on the slightly hilly bits of I-10 in the FL panhandle, so used manual there, but switched back to automatic on flatter ground.

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Old 05-21-2016, 08:21 AM   #38
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With the newer trucks such as mine the manual never really gets to the point of when to use or not use TH mode. It is kind of up to the driver if he feels he needs to use it. Me I only use when encountering a good grade other wise I use standard drive mode. Get better milage also. Later RJD
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Old 05-21-2016, 09:54 AM   #39
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The manual is one thing, hands on is another. I guess the "look before you leap" thing comes to play here. I reviewed the manual and talked to the service rep at the dealer. The overall consensus was when you hitch up, you go to tow haul. Period. Whether that is true or not is open for discussion, but it is what I will do.
My TV performed as if it was towing a load designed for it but not hurting it. I just want to know if there are alternatives to (as stated above "Oopps") correctly operate the equipment within limits.
An old timer at the RV park we stayed in recently made a valid statement. "Those that say it tows like it's not even there are liars".
Not calling anyone here a liar. Just absorbing some words of wisdom.
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I agree, diesel repairs are definitely more expensive. But really, 15k? I would of found a new mechanic or bought a Chevy😂
yes, we know the Chevy's never have injector issues...
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