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Carvin Marvin

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Just acquired a 2014 31' Newmar. How do I remove the hub caps on 19.5 tires? How does the "Tow Mode" function. Haven't got the books. Thanks in advance for assistance.

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Don't know about hub caps but tow mode just keeps it out of over drive and decreases fuel mileage.

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Carvin Marvin wrote:

Just acquired a 2014 31' Newmar. How do I remove the hub caps on 19.5 tires? How does the "Tow Mode" function. Haven't got the books. Thanks in advance for assistance.


Depends on the type wheel, but if the caps look like chrome lug nuts (about 8 of them) there will be two that hold the hubcap on. Look carefully to determine which is fake and which holds the caps on. Somewhere in your rig, there is likely a T handle tool with a socket fits these "nuts". Carefully loosen the two 'real' nuts and the cap should come off. Good news is these two are 180 degrees from each other.

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On a 2014 the tow/haul button will change the way the transmission shifts,but will let it go into overdrive.Its very usefull in hilly driving as when you tap the brakes on a downhill run it will downshift.The earlier fords had an overdrive button that locked out overdrive.If the hubcaps are the stainless ones with fake lug nuts two of the nuts have dimples on them.These two can be unscrewed and the hubcap will come off.


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Posted: 09/04/19 08:53am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

More than likely, the wheel covers are held on by three nuts.


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jy is correct...but allow me to add to that. Tow/Haul not only changes the shift points of the transmission, allowing it to hold a gear longer for towing or hilly climbs, it also functions as a "transmission brake" when going downhill. jy mentions this as well.

I recommend going to Ford website and you can download a PDF of the chassis owners manual, which should be a must for a chassis you are not familiar with.


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ferndaleflyer wrote:

Don't know about hub caps but tow mode just keeps it out of over drive and decreases fuel mileage.


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Horsedoc wrote:


Depends on the type wheel, but if the caps look like chrome lug nuts (about 8 of them) there will be two that hold the hubcap on. Look carefully to determine which is fake and which holds the caps on. Somewhere in your rig, there is likely a T handle tool with a socket fits these "nuts". Carefully loosen the two 'real' nuts and the cap should come off. Good news is these two are 180 degrees from each other.


One easy way to find the real nuts vs the fake ones is to tap them (gently) with the wrench and listen to the sound they make. The real ones go tunk, the fake ones go clack. You can peer and squint and try to make out the dimples in the top and/or sides, but it's so much easier and quicker to rap them.





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mleekamp wrote:

jy is correct...but allow me to add to that. Tow/Haul not only changes the shift points of the transmission, allowing it to hold a gear longer for towing or hilly climbs, it also functions as a "transmission brake" when going downhill. jy mentions this as well.

I recommend going to Ford website and you can download a PDF of the chassis owners manual, which should be a must for a chassis you are not familiar with.


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It likely will look like this.
https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=........in1Mkwfanr0JdF1kiPd&ust=1567701965149465

If you don't have one buy an 1 1/8 (?) socket and an extension will work. You don't need to tighten them very tight, just snug them down. And watch for tire shops that attack them with the impact wrench.

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