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Old 09-30-2015, 09:24 AM   #11
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Nice looking trailer and tow combination Frank. I seem to recall that you had troubles getting your brake controller setup with your car. I assume from the picture that all of those problems were resolved.
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Old 09-30-2015, 09:31 AM   #12
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Nice looking trailer and tow combination Frank. I seem to recall that you had troubles getting your brake controller setup with your car. I assume from the picture that all of those problems were resolved.
Thanks Dave! Ah yes, getting the brake controller working in the Escape was a mystery that ended up being resolved by replacing the 7 pin plug at the back... for the 3rd time! It was the strangest thing, all continuity tests checked out, but the controller could not find the trailer brakes. I was at NAPA one day getting some stuff, and saw a 7 pin connector on a peg where all the tow stuff was and thought, what the heck, I'll give it one last try. It worked!

I've been wiring cars and trucks and trailers for decades, and that is one I'll never forget!

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Old 09-30-2015, 10:58 AM   #13
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Ford says not to exceed 60 sq. ft. without a tranny cooler. Tranny cooler is easy to do, as long as it makes sense to keep this truck in shape to haul a 5th wheel down the proverbial road!

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Transmission cooler, I think is a must and don't drive with the transmission in OD, over drive, if it has that setting.
Many years ago, and I did it twice, slow learner, on a 50-60 mile flat section of hwy, I put it into OD. Both times people started honking at us as we were putting out a smoke plume from the auto trans fluid spraying all over the exhaust pipes.
Within the year I had to put in a new transmission and after that I drove that same section of road many times with no problem. Of course it was probably because the new tranny included a new external cooler.
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Transmission cooler, I think is a must and don't drive with the transmission in OD, over drive, if it has that setting.
Many years ago, and I did it twice, slow learner, on a 50-60 mile flat section of hwy, I put it into OD. Both times people started honking at us as we were putting out a smoke plume from the auto trans fluid spraying all over the exhaust pipes.
Within the year I had to put in a new transmission and after that I drove that same section of road many times with no problem. Of course it was probably because the new tranny included a new external cooler.
Good advice. We'll see if I keep this truck of get something with more tow capacity. Tranny cooler is easy to do, no problem there, and I do have a thing on the end of the gear shift lever that allows you to push it and takes the truck out of OD. Never had to worry about any of that towing the Parkliner, but certainly with a 5.0TA, I would have to.

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Old 09-30-2015, 12:21 PM   #15
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Ford recommends that O/D not be used only in situations where excessive shifting is caused, like hilly roads. Otherwise, it should be used to increase fuel economy. At least this is the case for my 2012 F350, and my new F150.
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Old 09-30-2015, 01:41 PM   #16
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Good advice. We'll see if I keep this truck of get something with more tow capacity. Tranny cooler is easy to do, no problem there, and I do have a thing on the end of the gear shift lever that allows you to push it and takes the truck out of OD. Never had to worry about any of that towing the Parkliner, but certainly with a 5.0TA, I would have to.

Great advice, thanks!

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That tow/haul mode works great in our F150. I don't have a tranny cooler but watch the temp. gauge a lot and it never moves above normal, even up long hills. Now haven't tried the mountains yet though!

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Old 09-30-2015, 02:16 PM   #17
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That tow/haul mode works great in our F150. I don't have a tranny cooler but watch the temp. gauge a lot and it never moves above normal, even up long hills. Now haven't tried the mountains yet though!

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I'll second that on the tow/haul mode. Works very well on the 2015. Its always engaged when I tow, and I don't have to fool with the OD button.
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I'll second that on the tow/haul mode. Works very well on the 2015. Its always engaged when I tow, and I don't have to fool with the OD button.
I thought the OD button was the tow/haul mode?!? If it isn't, what is the haul/tow mode?

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I thought the OD button was the tow/haul mode?!? If it isn't, what is the haul/tow mode?

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I probably should have been more clear. There is no OD button. Its tow/haul, sport, or normal.
Tow / haul mode changes the shift strategy, and also raises the line pressure, to reduce the chance of slippage, causing heat buildup.

The older OD version simply turned off the OD. The new design, doesnt have OD, but another gear. Tow/haul mode also holds the gears longer, and on longer downgrades it downshifts earlier, not unlocking the converter, which helps braking too.

Ford recommends using tow/haul mode whenever you tow, and I do. Its a very noticeable improvement when towing, especially on the ups and downs.
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