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Posted: 09/17/21 12:35pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

phillyg wrote:

Assuming it's a Ford chassis, it's not necessary to use TH all the time. All it does is change the shift points, and it seems most effective at downshifting on deceleration. I use it to keep the RPMs in the sweet spot. If you're pulling a toad, you might use it more.


F250 not motorhome but the engine braking when using tow/haul is really a big improvement.

It does impact the shift points but not a big difference with freeway driving...once you get to the highest gear you will run in...you generally stay in that gear.


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Posted: 09/17/21 01:08pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Why wouldn’t you use it? You’re HAULING around the “house” part of your rig all the time. Sorta like my TC being hauled around by the truck.

I’ve seen some of the rental units that have tow-haul mode turned on by default every time you start the engine. You can turn it off, but again, why?

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Posted: 09/17/21 01:09pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I very seldom use it and I live in the smoky mnts. I now have over 60 grand on her never been a problem. As far as using it to slowing you down I guess there is two ways to think about that. First keep loading up your transmission and sooner or later maybe a repair or number to a brake job I would rather that may self.


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It should always be turned on. The F53 chassis is designed for many different iterations. However most of the class As will be heavy enough empty that it is considered hauling. An empty bread truck weighing 9klbs and you don’t need tow haul.

Tow Haul is great, changes the shift points to match the weight of the MH even more so when towing. And it activates the engine braking.

I recommend always turning it on.


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Tow/haul is just that: For Towing and/or Hauling. All motorhomes are always Hauling a fully equipped house. They are built with their loads applied and cannot be used Unloaded unless the house is removed. If it was an empty bed truck then it would not be hauling. The F53 chassis is used for multiple build configurations.

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My F-350 only when towing. My motorhome always on.


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Posted: 09/18/21 07:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

One wonders why "not Tow Haul" mode is left available once a motorhome superstructure load is installed on a chassis ...

anyways I use Tow Haul mode and M mode frequently towing and hauling with my F350 won ton

The number one tip I can give for mpg and better performance with a flex fuel engine Ford truck is use 91 gas.

I have no idea if F53 chassis engines respond to 91 or E85 in the same way.

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My F53 has a WARNING sticker on the inside fuel door that says NO E85. Ford recommends 87 or higher. It runs perfect on 87 octane.

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“ First keep loading up your transmission and sooner or later maybe a repair or number to a brake jobs.” Increasing the RPMs and locking the torque converter up is not going to hurt the tranny. In my F350, I use it around town even when empty… saves on the brakes.
Guess I’m old school as I manually downshift my cars, mostly in hilly or for curves instead of using the brakes getting 100,000+ miles out of the brakes. Never had to rebuild a tranny and we live in the mountains.


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PastorCharlie wrote:

My F53 has a WARNING sticker on the inside fuel door that says NO E85. Ford recommends 87 or higher. It runs perfect on 87 octane.


Yup, ours too. I use it most of the time in Tow/Haul mode, I'm at 19,000lbs minimum all the time, and 23K with the toad and the Harley.


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