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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-30-2011, 12:07 PM Thread Starter
 
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Not Holding Sixth Gear while Pulling

This ones for those who pull trailers.Does your truck hold top gear while pulling? Mine doesn't although I don't travel above 110kph while pulling.I've pulled a car hauler with two quads on it, a 4 place skidoo trailer and my holiday trailer and as soon as it shifts into 6th the speed starts to drop and the tranny kicks down.My travel trailer is 8500# so I can almost expect it but the others are probably half of that and the truck still downshifts.If I could get it to hold without dropping into 5th it would be great.

I'd like to hear from people with similar trucks.5.4 Max Tows.

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-30-2011, 02:30 PM
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I would just put the truck in tow haul mode an go it kicks ouy of 6th ad their is to much of a load on it an they use 6th as like a 2nd over drive gear
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I agree with Matt, if your towing you should use the " tow/haul " mode as it holds your speed better and gives you better grunt when you need it, I have never left it out of tow/haul mode when pulling a trailer. Just easier on the truck and fuel mileage

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I always use Tow Haul with my Toy Hauler which is around 7000lbs loaded with 2 bikes. At 100kph on flat road it runs around 2000 RPM. My old 02 with OD off ran around 3800 RPM at 100kph. I only notice a downshift on hills where it jumps to 26-2800 RPM depending on the hill. I also have the Max Tow.

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lol my 05 with the open car trailer, nothin on it & full tank and me in it ...is 9,200 and change. i drive everwhere with OD off. till goin over 110.

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Just picked up my 24' TT and it was a rough drive home for me. Never having hauled something that big it was interesting on the highway. I rarely hit 6th, usually only on a downhill and when I took my foot out of it. The big sail I was towing would request 5th once we were on the flat. I had the same type of experience with my 1400# pop up trailer although not as hard on the hills and I could get it to stay in 6th longer on the flat but it was still shifting more than it was empty. This weekend with the TT I noticed difference between 5th and 6th was only about 500-750rpm. By the sound of it you are not in the power band for the speed when using the smaller trailers. Are you using Cruise Control?
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Why would you use cruise control when towing ??? Guess you really want to make your tranny work over time, if it's shifting in and out of 6th gear I would not suggest using cruise at all and use your tow/hual thats why FORD put it on the truck

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The truck isn't holding 6th gear because 6th gear isn't designed for pulling. There is a reason that the truck wants 5th. Are you using your tow/haul mode?

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Why would you use cruise control when towing ???
I just wondered if he was, he didn't say he was. I asked because I see people on one of the forums saying "yeah you can pull 11,000 pounds. Dealer said so so you are good to go." or wanting to lemon law a truck over Sync or wondering why they are not getting the EPA ratings when they are doing 75-80mph...

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Yeah i just ise tow haul an let it max 5th gear an keep speeds below 110kms as camping trailers the tires are not rated for fast speeds most like 110 km/h
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