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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-06-2015, 09:44 PM Thread Starter
 
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Pulling trailer

Hi all.
In a few weeks I will be pulling a trailer with my toy for the 1st time. It will be a 6 x 12 enclosed trailer that weighs about 1,700 lbs. It will be filled with my motorbike that weighs about 900 lbs.

My truck has a switch on the stick shift for hauling trailers. Should I use it all the time or just when going up and down hills.


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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-06-2015, 10:20 PM
 
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Its a nice feature when going down hills as it uses the engine to brake and not your trucks brakes. Other than that you'll not even know that little bit of weight is behind you. I use the tow/haul mode whenever I pull a trailer but thats just me. It's not always needed though.

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You won't even notice the trailer is there! Does the trailer have brakes? You probably won't have to use T/H unless you come to a fairly steep hill.

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I'd say no real point in using T/H mode for highway driving. I had a similar setup last year (Hauling my Suzuki M109 on a flat trailer) and had ZERO issues driving normal. There were no brakes on my trailer. However, I did use the T/H mode going through parts of Montana due to the mountains. I found that T/H made the engine rev higher before shifting, which gave better power (torque ?) but also drank gas faster.

I'd suggest trying it on/off as you go and figure out what works best for you, but with the power in these trucks its not a necessity for that load.

Have safe trip !

BTW: You heading to Daytona Bike Week ? ?

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I'd say no real point in using T/H mode for highway driving. I had a similar setup last year (Hauling my Suzuki M109 on a flat trailer) and had ZERO issues driving normal. There were no brakes on my trailer. However, I did use the T/H mode going through parts of Montana due to the mountains. I found that T/H made the engine rev higher before shifting, which gave better power (torque ?) but also drank gas faster.

I'd suggest trying it on/off as you go and figure out what works best for you, but with the power in these trucks its not a necessity for that load.

Have safe trip !

BTW: You heading to Daytona Bike Week ? ?
this mirrors my experience with T/H.
I don't use it any more unless hilly/shitty conditions.
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I have the same style trailer, use it for the Harley in the summer and sled in the winter, I use the t/h mode all the time
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Thanks all that posted. I shall just play with the button. And yes CDM76 I'm heading for Daytona bike week. But I will be there a week early and get to see the 1st weekend, then off home again and ready for Port Dover on the 13th in March if the roads are dry.

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like others have said, you will never know its back there. I tow a cargo trailer full of tools, 2500lbs and never use the T/h unless there is a strong head wind.

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Thanks all that posted. I shall just play with the button. And yes CDM76 I'm heading for Daytona bike week. But I will be there a week early and get to see the 1st weekend, then off home again and ready for Port Dover on the 13th in March if the roads are dry.
Awesome. Enjoy ! I'm heading to Florida tomorrow for a week. Unfortunately, couldn't do Daytona Bike week ... but looks like might sneak into Daytona 500
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