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Old 08-06-2010, 12:29 PM
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I just put a brick on the pedal and call it good
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Old 08-06-2010, 12:51 PM
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I tow the boat occasionally and hardly ever have to get out of OD, but when towing the Mustang to the track, there are a few sets of hills where if I left it in OD it would constantly downshift. I have been towing now for 5 years and have had zero problems dropping out of OD when it needs it, but leaving OD on while on flatter roads.

It worked the same way while towing the car back and forth from Oregon too.

My truck is a F250 SRW with the 7.3 PS.
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Old 08-06-2010, 02:40 PM
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I just put a brick on the pedal and call it good
My 'ol Chevy ain't got no fancy cruise control neither.

I blast the AM radio, manually roll down the winders and let 'er roll.
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Old 08-06-2010, 03:29 PM
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Could you go into more detail on this? I was under the assumption if you are towing a decent load that you should have OD on? If I am understanding this correctly you should not use OD in hilly areas because of the constant shifting. I only towed my boat over 50 miles one time and that was the case, constantly shifting up and down some smaller hills. Any input is appreciated.

As far as that tranny cooler upgrade, how much could you expect to pay, and I imagine it would benefit for plowing in the winter as well???

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Simple mechanical advantage. In Drive you have a 1:1 engine to transmission output ratio. In overdrive, your engine is turning less than one revolution for each turn of the trans output. If you are towing a 14 foot aluminum fishing boat that weighs 700 pounds, you could tow in OD and never have a problem. The more weight you pull, the more mechanical advantage you will need.
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Old 08-06-2010, 05:17 PM
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You have to give us vehicle type, I pull a 33' 5th wheel with my boat behind that with about 99% of the time the cruise is on but I have a D-max.
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Old 08-06-2010, 05:44 PM
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Old 08-07-2010, 08:42 AM
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I use it the whole time. Like some said, listen to what yer motor is do'n. When you start up a hill step on the throttle so the tranny don't shift. You can play with it and keep up with it for the most part. I pulled that 240SC home from northern Bama at 80 to 85 all the way on cruz, no problem.
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Old 08-07-2010, 09:03 AM
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all good advice. I towed my 91 from WV to FL with out one problem.
also, remember this. lower rpm does NOT always mean less fuel used. if the engine has to work harder to do what you are asking and stay in the low rpm you are asking it will use less fuel then if it was a little higher rpm but hardly working to do the task.

my rig is a 04 GMC Sierra 2wd ECSB. 5.3L 3.73 rear. not one issue. I also used it to tow my car to the track and/or my friends broke car all the time. lol
heaviest I have towed with it is about 6,000 lbs and didn't even know it was back there.
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Old 08-07-2010, 09:48 AM
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When I bought my truck, my dealer told me to try towing with OD on and if I noticed the truck downshifting frequently, to turn it off. After about 10 miles my choice was clear and I now always leave it off.
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Old 08-07-2010, 07:09 PM
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We will soon tow round trip from Tulsa, Ok. to Page, Az. Boat/trailer weight near 10% tow vehicle maximum. Obviously lots of hills and a continental divide to be crossed on I-40. As a general rule, I do not use cruise control because it forces the transmission to shift gears frequently. Looking for your opinions which are much appreciated. Thanks.

Option 1: Try a lake closer to home
Option 2: Tow it with a Duramax/Allison

If these options are not available, follow the advise of some of the previous posts and let whatever else you are driving tell you what it can do.

I use Option 2 with a few additional diesel junkie extras like tuners, intakes, exhausts, turbo upgrades, aftermarket injectors, etc.
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