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Old 11-28-2017, 04:43 PM   #1
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Tow Mode or not????

Hi all,

I am towing a new Kodiak with a 2008 Avalanche. It has under 100,000 miles and has been maintained well with synthetic oils and such.

It has the Tow Mode option. My question: Is that the way to go or is it ok/better to put transmission in 3rd and not use tow mode?

I towed the unit home 200 miles in tow mode and it would do some serious downshifts and maintain that hi rpm when ever it thought it was necessary. I understand the rationale behind that. It was a bit hilly terrain on the interstate. But screaming at 4000 plus RPM to get up a hill gets old Haha

I have heard that some people forget tow mode and just use the 3rd position, avoiding the overdrive, which is apparently inherently weak.

Thanks for any insights.

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Old 11-28-2017, 05:00 PM   #2
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I use it on my 2016 Colorado(6 speed), it holds the shifts a lot longer and seems to work really well even on the big hills. If you think you can get up hills with less rpm's, I see nothing wrong with leaving it in 3rd, that's what I did in my old fullsize Chevy with the V-8. I don't think the tow/haul mode worked near as well on the older Chevy's. The best thing you can do for your transmission is put a cooler on it, if it doesn't already have one.
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I think there has been some major improvement in tow mode. I use it when pulling our trailer and it seems to work very good up and downhill. Ours is a 2015 2.7 F150 eco boost.
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I use it on my 2016 Colorado(6 speed), it holds the shifts a lot longer and seems to work really well even on the big hills. If you think you can get up hills with less rpm's, I see nothing wrong with leaving it in 3rd, that's what I did in my old fullsize Chevy with the V-8. I don't think the tow/haul mode worked near as well on the older Chevy's. The best thing you can do for your transmission is put a cooler on it, if it doesn't already have one.
Thanks for that info. I will check to see if it has a tranny cooler. It does have a tranny temperature monitor, so maybe it has the cooler also.

I guess I will try both modes on similar terrain and see what happens. As long as it does not bog the engine down, 3rd may work ok.

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I think there has been some major improvement in tow mode. I use it when pulling our trailer and it seems to work very good up and downhill. Ours is a 2015 2.7 F150 eco boost.

Thanks for the response.
Your F150 has a 2.7 liter engine?? Wow that is interesting.
Just googled it.....aha dual turbos!! Nice!
How is the gas mileage?

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I find TOW MODE works good for me but occasionally I make it shift into overdrive (take tow mode off) while on flat roads. tow mode downshifts really nicely when stopping and going downhill. I drive a '16 Nissan XD PR with the cummins engine and tow 12000 pounds.
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I find TOW MODE works good for me but occasionally I make it shift into overdrive (take tow mode off) while on flat roads. tow mode downshifts really nicely when stopping and going downhill. I drive a '16 Nissan XD PR with the cummins engine and tow 12000 pounds.
Thanks, I think Tow Mode does give you the advantage of engine braking. I will verify this on the next hill. I know that in normal mode, down hill, this Avalanche will keep speeding up. I guess the tranny is set up that way for economy.

Now I have to google another vehicle ..............Nissan XD PR.

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platinum reserve = PR
Platinum reserve? Is that a truck or a cheap bottle of whiskey?
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