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dodge guy

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Posted: 12/23/19 01:39pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Well I was going to say to double check the prodigy’s settings. But it looks like you took things a few steps farther. Good to hear. You’ll love the new TV.


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Posted: 12/23/19 03:24pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Any chance you made sure it had the max towing and max payload options?
Either way the F150 will be a marked improvement.


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wanderingbob wrote:

From your picture, how do you remember to lay the flag pole down , that would increase your wind resistance . Just saying !
Going under a overpass/bridge will take care of that.[emoticon]


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naturist wrote:

Agreed. Sounds like too aggressive on the trailer brakes perhaps combined with too much depending on brakes instead of using lower gears and engine braking.

If your TV lacks a tow/haul setting on the transmission, it is up to you to gear down at the top of a hill. Having an auto transmission does not make sticking it in D and forgetting it a good option outside of the “normal” non-towing transmission program, which is set to get you into the highest gear possible and take advantage of free-wheeling down hill to maximize gas mileage.

I, too, tow with an SUV with a 6 cylinder engine. While the transmission has a sport mode, it has no tow/haul mode, so I put it into manual mode heading downhill. I can go down a 15% grade at speeds up to about 40 mph in second gear (6 speed gearbox) hardly using the brakes. A 7% grade on the interstate at 60-65 mph in third gear requires no brakes at all because of wind resistance.


2ND THIS ^^^ Get your brakes set properly and use your trans on down hills and you shouldn't have any problems.
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Looks like it was a very merry Christmas at your house towbo!
You'll enjoy the towing (and general driving) experience greatly!
Congrats on the new rig!


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TowBo wrote:

Just updating ya'll. We updated our brakes. We kept an eye on the transmission temp and the kia did fine. We traveled 1500 or so miles last summer with the trailer. Mpg was between 13 and 15 mpg. Thanks for all your help! This next summer will be even better. I just brought home an F150 Ecoboost for my husband this Xmas.


Smart lady!! It will be night & day different.


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