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Old 02-28-2015, 02:34 PM   #21
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Do you need a extended pin box on a long bed truck?


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Old 02-28-2015, 02:53 PM   #22
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Do you need a extended pin box on a long bed truck?


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Old 02-28-2015, 03:02 PM   #23
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I always use tow/haul and exhaust brake when towing. As far as the "exhaust brake prohibited" signs go, I can't even hear mine engaging when braking, but I can sure hear all the trucks coming past my neighborhood that didn't read the sign.
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If it is towing ANYTHING, I keep it engaged in the Tow/Haul mode, up hill, down hill, flat land.
Agreed, except my bass boat or ATV trailer. They're light.
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Old 02-28-2015, 03:57 PM   #25
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On a 5% grade, going down, with my tow mode AND exhaust brake, I actually have to accelerate! Now that's a warm and fuzzy feeling. If you have ever in your life experienced brake failure due to heat you hear me!! Brake systems have improved in the past 30 years. My failure was in the mountains in an early Lincoln Continental ( it was NEW at the time). My 2500 Dodge, 6.7 Cummins is my BABY! �� tow a 36 ft Silverback and am a happy camper. ��
been there done that coming down a 7% grade in my armada towing a 7300 lb tt and no truck runaway ramps to be found. Bought a diesel that same season.

OP- I always use my tow/haul mode and exhaust brake when towing. It helps take the stress out of towing for me. I also use both in snowy or icy conditions as it is less brakes I will need in that mess. Momma loves her diesel and won't tow with a gasser ever again.
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Old 02-28-2015, 04:12 PM   #26
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I also use both in snowy or icy conditions as it is less brakes I will need in that mess.
that is actually not a good practice. You end up using the rear wheels for braking, via the engine, and make it likely for the rear to come around on you. Braking with the pedal puts more to the front, which is what you definitely want in slippery conditions.
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that is actually not a good practice. You end up using the rear wheels for braking, via the engine, and make it likely for the rear to come around on you. Braking with the pedal puts more to the front, which is what you definitely want in slippery conditions.

X2 on this. If towing that's a jackknife waiting to happen.


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I never tow in bad conditions. I grew up in MD and NJ driving in snow and ice and this works really well for me. Maybe because the way in which I do it using engine combined with brakes?
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I never tow in bad conditions. I grew up in MD and NJ driving in snow and ice and this works really well for me. Maybe because the way in which I do it using engine combined with brakes?
just not a good practice. You only have as much braking as the tires can stick to the road surface, so having more braking on the lightest part of the truck (rear) is a bad thing. I'm sure you have ABS. It only is of any good when braking normally. It will stop best as conditions allow, and you will still have steering. When engine braking brings the rear around, nothing you can do at that point
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I guess the concern would be that a novice driver would read the quote that engine brakes are are good to use in inclement weather.
Cruise control and engine brakes are no bueno in inclement weather. Glad it works for you. Happy camping.



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