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Old 05-18-2018, 07:10 PM   #1
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just wondering do you always use the haul/tow switch on your ford truck
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Old 05-18-2018, 07:16 PM   #2
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Yes when towing. Have a friend with a one ton Dodge and he keeps i5 in tow haul all the time.
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Old 05-18-2018, 07:17 PM   #3
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Generally yes. I either tow my Honda Fit, or I am towing a trailer and clays cart. The interstates I drive on are just hilly enough to warrant it.
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Old 05-18-2018, 07:23 PM   #4
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Yes when towing....
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thats what i was wondering i know it disengages the overdrive but on a flat smooth interstate using overdrive would increase my gas millage
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thats what i was wondering i know it disengages the overdrive but on a flat smooth interstate using overdrive would increase my gas millage
Not true. The transmission will still shift into 6th hear if it is not being challenged. The tow-haul just keeps it in a higher gear longer when needed for power. And it will kick in the downshifting also when needed for slowing down. But whether in tow-haul or not, as long as the transmission can, it will go into 6th gear.

Unless they changed the strategy on the newer trucks. Mine is a 2011.
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Not true. The transmission will still shift into 6th hear if it is not being challenged. The tow-haul just keeps it in a higher gear longer when needed for power. And it will kick in the downshifting also when needed for slowing down. But whether in tow-haul or not, as long as the transmission can, it will go into 6th gear.

Unless they changed the strategy on the newer trucks. Mine is a 2011.
Yep, same with Chevy tow-haul.
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Old 05-18-2018, 07:40 PM   #8
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2017 f150 towing 6700 lb wildwood 27rkss, tow/haul mode responds faster to inclines, activates engine braking on downhill braking situations and holds gear steady until the load is stabilized after a climb. It will shift into 6th after things level off - give it time.
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Yes, when towing with my 2017 F-150 5.0L SuperCrew. And also Yes on our Ford motor home chassis as well. The motor home goes in to Tow / Haul as soon as I pull out of the storage slot due to it's weight.

Ford has had a factory rep at the last two Goshen Rally's we've attended and he always tells folks to use Tow / Haul during his seminar. According to him, and my own limited observations, there is only about a half of a MPG loss using Tow / Haul.

Using Tow / Haul when descending a long grade makes controlling your speed much easier and keeps you off the brakes. The extra control I get when using Tow / Haul makes any potential MPG loss well worth it to me.

On level roads I still see 6th gear in use so the current version of Tow / Haul does not lock out 6th gear. It does changes the upshift points in the transmission, provides for engine braking, and some other drive train software tweaks based on what I've read in the Owners Manual and from the seminars.

Tow / Haul mode is the way to go when towing or heavily loaded.
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i have nothing but hills around me for about 25 miles haven't taken new tt very far yet so its always in tow/haul going for a long trip this fall. getting a second knee replacement next week so i will be laid up for a few months.
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