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Old 09-14-2012, 08:27 AM   #11
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I was taught to downshift to a gear the will hold the speed you need to maintain going down hill. When your speed goes beyond that speed then use your brakes to slow it down to 5MPH under your desired speed. Then let your engine do the braking again. Repeat this all the way down the hill. This way you have brakes that stay cooler and keep them from fading later on down the hill.
Same here - right out of the CDL manual.
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Old 09-14-2012, 10:41 PM   #13
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My understanding is Tow/haul is for use on hills- Going up it will hold the transmission in gear as long as possible to prevent unnecessary down shifts. Going down hill it will provide engine braking and if you quick tap the brakes will manually downshift a gear for more engine braking. On the flat, no advantage but in life I like it in stop and go traffic.
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Old 09-16-2012, 03:25 PM   #14
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New at this only had MH a couple mos. 2001 V10 FORD 33.6 georgetown,tran has 1-2-D and overdrive.
We pull a trailer w/victory vision m/c on it total 1250# pulling. We have pulled it a couple time felt like we weren't pulling anything. Going to FL in oct. for a while do you think we will have trouble stopping this rig in the smoky mountains?What must I DO going down a hill or up for that matter?
P.S. the brake have been check out and found to be good. seem to stop alright.
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Old 09-16-2012, 03:35 PM   #15
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What is this tow/ haul mode you speak of?
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Old 09-16-2012, 03:41 PM   #16
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I have a newer (2011) Dodge diesel. When using tow haul mode along with turning the engine braking on there is absolutely no reason to even touch your brakes much going down hill. I was amazed at not having to use the brakes much with my first pull with this truck and our trailer. You can also manually upshift or downshift through each of the six gears of the automatic transmission. I use very little braking while pulling the trailer, should help with brake wear on both the trailer and the truck.
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:22 AM   #17
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New at this only had MH a couple mos. 2001 V10 FORD 33.6 georgetown,tran has 1-2-D and overdrive.
We pull a trailer w/victory vision m/c on it total 1250# pulling. We have pulled it a couple time felt like we weren't pulling anything. Going to FL in oct. for a while do you think we will have trouble stopping this rig in the smoky mountains?What must I DO going down a hill or up for that matter?
P.S. the brake have been check out and found to be good. seem to stop alright.
“Tow Haul” will help.
2 quick taps of the brake will tell the transmission to down shift.

DO NOT shift into 2 or 1!

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Old 09-17-2012, 11:29 AM   #18
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Old 09-17-2012, 01:19 PM   #19
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Retired Navy here...you mean drop the Sea Hag? She's not going to like that!
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“Tow Haul” will help.
2 quick taps of the brake will tell the transmission to down shift.

DO NOT shift into 2 or 1!

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Why not shift down to 2 or 1? what is tow haul? Is tow haul some thing I add on or is it all ready on my rv?
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