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On my Tradewinds, running in economy mode causes the transmission to NOT downshift out of 6th gear on gradual grades as early or often as it does when NOT running in economy mode. That occurs when running with cruise control on which I use as often as I can. I think that early shift down to 5th which requires the RPM to go up could have something to do with mileage but cannot substantiate that because I almost always run with economy mode engaged.

When I am in the mountains, I obviously do not run with cruise control or put the transmission in economy mode.

All that to say these are only my observations which don't prove anything. It's just what I do.

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howdy35 wrote:

On my Tradewinds, running in economy mode causes the transmission to NOT downshift out of 6th gear on gradual grades as early or often as it does when NOT running in economy mode. That occurs when running with cruise control on which I use as often as I can. I think that early shift down to 5th which requires the RPM to go up could have something to do with mileage but cannot substantiate that because I almost always run with economy mode engaged.

When I am in the mountains, I obviously do not run with cruise control or put the transmission in economy mode.

All that to say these are only my observations which don't prove anything. It's just what I do.

Happy travels. Arnold
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