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Old 02-02-2006, 11:08 AM   #21
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I have but only in dead flat areas. With tow/haul engaged, cruise control is a little too agressive and tends to cause the tranny to hunt when I'm in OD.
According to my manual OD towing is ok unless I get excessive hunting.

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My tow/haul button is located on the end of my gear lever. This is where my F-150's and my wife's Expedition's O/D on/off button is located. I think when you engage the tow/haul it automatically disengages the O/D. Correct me if I am wrong somebody. I just assumed the dealer meant not to tow without the tow/haul engaged.
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That may be the case in Ford products. GM allows it to be used.

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Old 02-02-2006, 11:52 AM   #23
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tried using the cruise control on the 05 250psd while towing.

as jack reports, except for really flat areas with no head wind, i didn't like it.....seemed to use more fuel and did shift sooner and with more throttle than i would have. also doesn't let the rig sail as much in a tail wind or decline...

once up to speed much of the trailer control is via throttle.

yes it's possilble to tow above the speed limit with the 250.....but the drift is so gradual that c.control isn't really needed....the 34 provides enough mass to modulate rabbit like accelerations.

i tend to drive the truck, especially while towing by the tach....

you are gonna love it when finally used for towing.......the ride improves and the brake controller is sublime....

one of the issues with higher speeds is of course the tires are only rated to 65mph.

it's easy to drift upward of 75/80 and once there, the eye becomes used to the movement at that speed, and that is what makes it so hard to get back down to 65.......just like when first driving on secondary roads after a long stretch of interstate.....in any vehicle.

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Old 02-02-2006, 12:31 PM   #24
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TV Motor Sweet spot....

Hi all -

Been busy for a while. Got a nice note from the Forum site that said I should post again - here I am.

Read the thread with interest as I think that the right towing speed question has more to do with the Motor's sweet spot than with the trailer. Naturally, the trailer dictates the situation (not too fast with a poorly pulling trailer!!!) but it seems like my 'Burb has a engine sweet spot at about 2400rpm. There is power there - no lag or lugging - but the mileage is still OK. I pull a 34' with the 6L.

Someone else (several actually) mentioned that a certain speed was 'just right' but terraign, tranny gear and motor all affect that 'just right' spot - Oh, and trailer size, and weight too.

Never easy is it!?

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