Before setting out on a trip, practice turning, stopping,
and backing up the trailer in an area located away from
The DRIVE gear can be selected when towing. However, if
frequent shifting occurs while in DRIVE, use the Electronic
Range Select (ERS) shift control to select a lower gear range.
Using a lower gear range while operating the
vehicle under heavy loading conditions will improve
performance and extend transmission life by reducing
excessive shifting and heat build up. This action will also
provide better engine braking.
If you REGULARLY tow a trailer for more than 45
minutes of continuous operation, then change the trans-
mission fluid and filter as specified for “police, taxi, fleet,
or frequent trailer towing.” Refer to the “Maintenance
Schedule” for the proper maintenance intervals.
Electronic Speed Control — If Equipped
• Do not use in hilly terrain or with heavy loads.
• When using the speed control, if you experience speed
drops greater than 10 mph (16 km/h), disengage until
you can get back to cruising speed.
• Use speed control in flat terrain and with light loads to
maximize fuel efficiency.
To reduce potential for engine and transmission over-
heating, take the following actions:
When stopped for short periods, shift the transmission
into NEUTRAL and increase engine idle speed.
Turn off temporarily.
STARTING AND OPERATING