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I have added Headers and dual exhaust since 2/2012. Towing power only gets better. When towing boat on hill I leave shifter in 4th without loosing speed. I can climb hills around 70 mph with cruise set now.
 

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Any opinions on the tow mode button, hauling a 3100 pound camper, half interstate and some city, been driving with it on all the time, been watching my fuel gauge take a hit as well, about 9mpg on the last 40 mile trip, please opinions and facts wanted , 2007 v8 crew cab four wheel drive se titan...
 

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In my opinion, when towing it is never wrong to use the tow mode button. Even more important is to never tow in Overdrive. Use 4th instead.
 
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Ok guys I am confused. I own a 2009 Crew Cab LE with the tow package. I have the tow/haul mode which I will use when towing our new travel trailer, but I see comments about using the tow mode but shifting into 3 or 4th at the same time. Doesn't shifting into 3rd or 4th negate the tow mode? My owners manual states using 4th for assisting with braking down hill.

I am trying to figure out the best scenario for towing. The trailer is 7400 Lbs and we have a wd hitch with anti sway bars so I want to be smart about the towing process. I know I will have to be patient while towing because of the added weight so My speed will be reduced but also what about towing uphill??????

Looking for any advice and input. Just a little nervous about the experience.

Thanks

Tim
 

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Generally, when you hear about shifting to 3rd or 4th we're talking about when towing up an incline. With that much weight you should be in 4th all the time. If you are going up an incline and you see the transmission temperature gauge start to creep up then shift to 3rd. It's OK to be proactive and shift to 3rd before that but you probably don't want to be in 3rd at 60 MPH. There are times when I have to shift to 2nd to keep the transmission temperature down.

Going down hill you're going to manually shift to the lower gears to keep your speed down and save your brakes. Tow/haul mode doesn't come into play when descending, only when accelerating.
 

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. With that much weight you should be in 4th all the time.
Agreed.

Use a weight distribution hitch and a brake controller, extend tow mirrors, engage tow haul, disengage the backup sensors, select 4th gear, and drive according to load and conditions.
 

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Thanks guys for the input. I do have a weight distributing hitch, brake controller, tow mirrors, back up sensor disengaged, tow haul mode will be engaged, truck will be in 4th gear.

Thanks again
 

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HRTKD,
Thanks for the advice. I was mistaken in the model I have, I stated LE when it is actually an SE. But I do have the tow package. We were practicing towing a little this weekend and I did engage the tow/haul mode as well as put the truck in 4th gear. The truck did seem to tow a little easier so that is the set up i will use whenever I tow the trailer. I have not had to handle hills just yet so that will be a bit of an adventure when they come up.
 

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I am an absolute noob here so please use lamens terms. I just bought an 08 Titan with 76k miles on it to pull my new 4700 lb travel trailer. I put it in drive and everything is fine except for when going up a hill. Every single time I drive up a hill while towing the transmission gauge moves to hot. Mechanic changed the transmission fluid but that didn't solve it. I keep reading to put it in 4th but idk how the hell to do that. I've got it in D and I drive it. How do I get it in 4th? I have the manual shift button and when I push it while driving nothing happens. I just pushed it at a red light (with trailer in tow), and D turned to 4. How do I operate this manual shift? If at a stop, do I drop it to 1, then as I accelerate up it to 2, 3, 4 and keep it in 4? How fast am I supposed to be going to shift up each gear? Any detailed info for this noob and her husband would be so appreciated. Just bought the damn thing and feeling like we made a huge mistake even though we thought this truck could tow a lot more... helpppp
 

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its ok to exp. with 5 on long flatt to try and get some mpg just watch your gages for temps but never in any hills and I do think the titan has good torque some hills will not down shift. I cant wait to start towing with my new to me 2012 pro-x as I had an 07 for ten yr before this 12 and was a towing machine wish I had a picture of the bed full of rocks woooow but I bought a truck to use as a truck not a car
 

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I am an absolute noob here so please use lamens terms. I just bought an 08 Titan with 76k miles on it to pull my new 4700 lb travel trailer. I put it in drive and everything is fine except for when going up a hill. Every single time I drive up a hill while towing the transmission gauge moves to hot. Mechanic changed the transmission fluid but that didn't solve it. I keep reading to put it in 4th but idk how the hell to do that. I've got it in D and I drive it. How do I get it in 4th? I have the manual shift button and when I push it while driving nothing happens. I just pushed it at a red light (with trailer in tow), and D turned to 4. How do I operate this manual shift? If at a stop, do I drop it to 1, then as I accelerate up it to 2, 3, 4 and keep it in 4? How fast am I supposed to be going to shift up each gear? Any detailed info for this noob and her husband would be so appreciated. Just bought the damn thing and feeling like we made a huge mistake even though we thought this truck could tow a lot more... helpppp
An aftermarket transmission cooler, in addition to the OEM cooler, should help. My '07 was rock solid for the first couple of years. After that, the transmission was prone to overheating when towing uphill. I had to actively manage the transmission. What I found that worked best was to keep the transmission in 3rd gear and not exceed 45 MPH. That was my strategy for towing uphill. On the flats, no big deal, let the truck do it's thing though I might have kept it in 4th gear. I did eventually put the aftermarket transmission cooler in. It helped for sure, but I still had to manage the transmission. By using lower gears, the engine RPM increases which also helps pump more transmission fluid through the transmission. This helps keep it cool.

As I recall, I simply pull the gear shifter out of the last position and up one, once I was up to speed. That puts the transmission into 4th gear. Does your truck have the tow mode button? If so, use that. It helps hold the engine RPM a little higher in the first three gears.

I finally got sick of managing the transmission and bought an F-350.
 
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