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Title: 2016 Ford Tritan V10- downshifts by itself?? Sounds like it is screaming downhil
Post by: TandScantwait on September 25, 2017, 07:07:06 AM
Hi guys! We are on our first road trip with our 2016 Thor Miramar 35.2 (class A) that has some bigger hills. While driving down hill the engines seems to downshift by itself. And the RPMs go to over 5000, sometimes it seemed to upshift when appropriate by itself. And other it times it wouldn't and we had to shift into neutral to get the low gear to release. Is this some sort of feature of the newer models to help people not burn out their brakes? We are towing a Jeep Wrangler, but did not have it in tow/haul mode, when we did put it in tow/haul mode it didn't change. Tapping the brake, holding the brakes or accelerating had no effect when the downshift was  happening. Any experience is appreciated.
Title: Re: 2016 Ford Tritan V10- downshifts by itself?? Sounds like it is screaming downhil
Post by: Gary RV_Wizard on September 25, 2017, 07:20:28 AM
Ford calls it automatic engine braking, and heavy duty GM transmissions also have a feature like that. Basically downshifts automatically on steeper grades, just as you should be doing manually if not equipped that way.  As long as the rpms stay below the "red line" max, no need to worry. It sounds as though your tranny upshifted when necessary to do that.

I think you have a Ford V10 in that coach. If so, 5000 rpms is not unreasonable. The 2-valve V10 actually doesn't reach peak hp until around 5500, and other variants of that engine have their peaks around 4700 or so. It is designed to be able to handle those rpm - higher rpms is one of the differences between a V10 and a V8 of similar size.

Have you looked at the Ford chassis manual that should have come with the coach? It surely would explain the engine braking feature.
Title: Re: 2016 Ford Tritan V10- downshifts by itself?? Sounds like it is screaming downhil
Post by: reniram on September 25, 2017, 07:54:59 AM
I was not aware of the built in transmission features..We have just returned from the mountains of Colorado and I found it is a very useful feature to have.... The first time it happened to me I freaked out...I fiddled with the Tow mode then I thought the cruise control was  taking over on the downhill...anyway...once I got used to it I found I only needed to touch the brakes just a tad to help the transmission control the steep downhills..We don't particularly like the racket inside the cab when the motor is revving it's heart out , especially when climbing the uphills...and for that reason alone, I would not be choosing this set up on my next rig.   Thanks for the information...
Title: Re: 2016 Ford Tritan V10- downshifts by itself?? Sounds like it is screaming downhil
Post by: Memtb on September 25, 2017, 08:50:42 AM
     It's a design safety feature! That engine is designed for high rpms. Unless we're talking extreme high rpm, you're fine!
Title: Re: 2016 Ford Tritan V10- downshifts by itself?? Sounds like it is screaming downhil
Post by: BIG JOE on September 25, 2017, 10:57:57 AM
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Title: Re: 2016 Ford Tritan V10- downshifts by itself?? Sounds like it is screaming downhil
Post by: kdbgoat on September 25, 2017, 11:33:48 AM
His transmission may not have the manual feature.
Title: Re: 2016 Ford Tritan V10- downshifts by itself?? Sounds like it is screaming downhil
Post by: john owens on September 25, 2017, 12:28:11 PM
I am wondering if they have made improvements since 2011 trannys were built. My rig may do the same thing but only if I am using tow/haul feature...Also I thought all v-10 engines were 3 valve since 2006 or so...Anybody heard about that?
Title: Re: 2016 Ford Tritan V10- downshifts by itself?? Sounds like it is screaming downhil
Post by: kdbgoat on September 25, 2017, 12:45:27 PM
The V-10 in vans and motorhomes usually has a 5R110 (I think that's the model) behind it. In 2016, Ford started using the 6R140 behind it. A much better transmission in my opinion. Ford had been using the 6R140 tranny in the super duty pick-up line since 2011. It's a shame it took them so long to put it behind the V-10.
Title: Re: 2016 Ford Tritan V10- downshifts by itself?? Sounds like it is screaming downhil
Post by: BIG JOE on September 25, 2017, 07:08:12 PM
Use your gears ?

Try shifting out of Tow Haul* and into M (manual)(if equipped), or lower gears available depending on transmission, and selecting the gear(s) that suit You (and the traffic) for RPM and Speed... with Light Braking.. as needed... for the % grade you are descending. 

Same applies for RPM and Speed... for Climbing hills.

Once you have done this a couple times.. it will become " Second Nature". You are Operating your Equipment.. Not just Driving your RV ? (or letting It.. drive You ?)  ;)

*Gas or Diesel.. WE need to be in-charge of the proper Gear, and engine RPM's. The manufactures have put a lot of R&D into these things.. to make driving them.. as easy as possible.. BUT (just My opinion) at or near Red Line RPMs, controlled by a computer... While going up or down  Loong hills..  Sooner or Later... something is going to go South. Drivetrain Wize... over Time & Miles

The Only time use Tow/Haul is on Interstates and Major Highways. But.. when I see the signs that say: Truck Lane, or.. X % down Grade for X Miles, Trucks Use Lower Gears... I shift Out of Tow/Haul, and Manually Operate our RV Up or Down the grades, with Traffic and Road Conditions in mind.

I'm sure we all do this, in some form or another.. but for those that may be New to all of this.. the above may something to think about ??? :)

Revised ?
Title: Re: 2016 Ford Tritan V10- downshifts by itself?? Sounds like it is screaming downhil
Post by: RVRAC on September 25, 2017, 10:47:37 PM
Mine has it and I think is a nice feature.
Title: Re: 2016 Ford Tritan V10- downshifts by itself?? Sounds like it is screaming downhil
Post by: kdbgoat on September 26, 2017, 06:12:53 AM
My F-250 had it behind a 6.2 gasser. I used manual even when towing on flat ground. It was close to being a 6 speed manual without a clutch. When running in auto, it seemed to hold gears longer than what I liked. That said, the transmission was probably smarter than me though.
Title: Re: 2016 Ford Tritan V10- downshifts by itself?? Sounds like it is screaming downhil
Post by: BIG JOE on September 26, 2017, 02:37:35 PM
My F-250 had it behind a 6.2 gasser. I used manual even when towing on flat ground. It was close to being a 6 speed manual without a clutch. When running in auto, it seemed to hold gears longer than what I liked. That said, the transmission was probably smarter than me though.

Didn't go there... but I do a lot of the same with my 6.7.  ;) :)

I only use D, in Tow/Haul, on CC out on I-5 & 99 here in CenCal. Stated before but.. this is my First Auto Trans in the 5 DRW's I've owned. I still miss the gear shifting.. but this 6 speed auto, in Manual, IS.. nearly the same.. without the clutch.
Title: Re: 2016 Ford Tritan V10- downshifts by itself?? Sounds like it is screaming downhil
Post by: AStravelers on September 26, 2017, 02:59:53 PM
I am wondering if they have made improvements since 2011 trannys were built. My rig may do the same thing but only if I am using tow/haul feature...Also I thought all v-10 engines were 3 valve since 2006 or so...Anybody heard about that?
All the Van based E-350 & E-450 chassis have the 2 valve V-10 engine

The F53 chassis have the 3 valve V-10 engine.

I believe the 2016 chassis have the 6 speed transmission.  Keep in mind there are quite a few 2016 model motorhomes build on 2015 model year chassis so those will not have the 6 speed. 
Title: Re: 2016 Ford Tritan V10- downshifts by itself?? Sounds like it is screaming downhil
Post by: kdbgoat on September 26, 2017, 03:46:20 PM
What Al said above is correct. Unfortunately, my 2016 is built on a 2015 chassis.
Title: Re: 2016 Ford Tritan V10- downshifts by itself?? Sounds like it is screaming downhil
Post by: BIG JOE on September 26, 2017, 04:52:41 PM
All the Van based E-350 & E-450 chassis have the 2 valve V-10 engine

The F53 chassis have the 3 valve V-10 engine.

I believe the 2016 chassis have the 6 speed transmission.  Keep in mind there are quite a few 2016 model motorhomes build on 2015 model year chassis so those will not have the 6 speed.

Probably shoulda stayed in the F series box.. but Manually shifting is still an option ?
Title: Re: 2016 Ford Tritan V10- downshifts by itself?? Sounds like it is screaming downhil
Post by: AStravelers on September 27, 2017, 10:44:11 AM
Probably shoulda stayed in the F series box.. but Manually shifting is still an option ?
With the 5 speed, you cannot manually select 4th gear.  Only the computer will shift into 4th.  I really hate that about the Ford 5 speed.  There are lots of times going up or down long grades I want to select 4th and just keep it there.  Letting the computer select 4th, it sometimes will shift up to 5th and down to 4th, unless I press harder on the accelerator than I really want to. 
Title: Re: 2016 Ford Tritan V10- downshifts by itself?? Sounds like it is screaming downhil
Post by: BIG JOE on September 27, 2017, 11:11:25 AM
With the 5 speed, you cannot manually select 4th gear.  Only the computer will shift into 4th.

Does the 5 speed have Tow/Haul ? If so.. try shifting Out of tow/haul and selecting 4th ??
Title: Re: 2016 Ford Tritan V10- downshifts by itself?? Sounds like it is screaming downhil
Post by: john owens on September 27, 2017, 11:37:38 AM
I always thought that when I am in tow/haul mode...my tranny is in 4th gear...Unless I am pulling the toad I like OD gear even going up slight grades. The tranny does not bang around downshifting which is annoying..I just watch my rpm's and 5going up hill try to stay at or above 2000 on the tach. Interesting thing about these setups is there is no REDLINE. I guess high RPM's won't hurt anything.
Title: Re: 2016 Ford Tritan V10- downshifts by itself?? Sounds like it is screaming downhil
Post by: BIG JOE on September 27, 2017, 01:42:50 PM
Probably shoulda stayed in the F series box.. but Manually shifting is still an option ?

Due to the All the Transmissions available, based on Year, Make, Model. Series. and/or job #.. I'm going to back out of this thread.

The One thing I Will say is: Depending on which transmission [You] have.. you might try... (if equipped) IN tow/Haul.. Out of Tow/Haul shifting gears, to see what works for [you]. If your trans doesn't have Tow/Haul.. try Manually selecting the gears, for the given... Up & Down hill tasks.

There's more to it.. than putting it in "D".. and going. If you are so inclined ?  ;) :)
Title: Re: 2016 Ford Tritan V10- downshifts by itself?? Sounds like it is screaming downhil
Post by: AStravelers on September 27, 2017, 06:14:16 PM
First the gear selector with the Ford 5 speed has D, 3, 2, 1.  Note there is no "4".

No the tow haul does NOT take you out of 5th into 4th.  The tow haul changes the shift points to a little higher RPM's.  It also will force a down shift when going down hill to take advantage of engine braking.  It also locks up the torque converter under some conditions that the normal shifting doesn't.

There are not a lot of makes and models for Ford chassis for RV's.  There is the E-350, E-450 and F53.  (Yes there are a few RV's built on the F-450 and F-550, and I have seen reference to a F59, but they are not part of this discussion)  I don't believe Ford has made changes in the gear shift selection in the 5 speed on the chassis models since they introduced the 5 speed and added the tow/haul mode. 
Title: Re: 2016 Ford Tritan V10- downshifts by itself?? Sounds like it is screaming downhil
Post by: Dorian on September 28, 2017, 11:33:40 AM
It's just saving your brakes from wear! :)  My F-150 does the same when I'm in Tow/Haul mode, but I find it does it more aggressively if I have the cruise control set because it will try to bring my speed down to the set speed using engine braking and keep shifting down.  Without cruise control on it still downshift, but I pick up more speed and eventually use the brakes because it doesn't downshift as low.
Title: Re: 2016 Ford Tritan V10- downshifts by itself?? Sounds like it is screaming downhil
Post by: john owens on September 29, 2017, 02:23:08 PM
First the gear selector with the Ford 5 speed has D, 3, 2, 1.  Note there is no "4".

No the tow haul does NOT take you out of 5th into 4th.  The tow haul changes the shift points to a little higher RPM's.  It also will force a down shift when going down hill to take advantage of engine braking.  It also locks up the torque converter under some conditions that the normal shifting doesn't.

There are not a lot of makes and models for Ford chassis for RV's.  There is the E-350, E-450 and F53.  (Yes there are a few RV's built on the F-450 and F-550, and I have seen reference to a F59, but they are not part of this discussion)  I don't believe Ford has made changes in the gear shift selection in the 5 speed on the chassis models since they introduced the 5 speed and added the tow/haul mode.
Title: Re: 2016 Ford Tritan V10- downshifts by itself?? Sounds like it is screaming downhil
Post by: john owens on September 29, 2017, 02:27:13 PM
Well I got the quote in but couldn't answer...SO..I have always thought my Ford gear shifter ..yes has the D for drive...with an O embossed over that. That tells me with a 5 sped tranny the D is 5th gear or overdrive. Push tow/haul you are locked into D which is 4th gear...Right??  Small chance I am wrong...lol
Title: Re: 2016 Ford Tritan V10- downshifts by itself?? Sounds like it is screaming downhil
Post by: AStravelers on September 29, 2017, 04:46:11 PM
Well I got the quote in but couldn't answer...SO..I have always thought my Ford gear shifter ..yes has the D for drive...with an O embossed over that. That tells me with a 5 sped tranny the D is 5th gear or overdrive. Push tow/haul you are locked into D which is 4th gear...Right??  Small chance I am wrong...lol
Nope.  At least in the Ford F53, E350 & 450 since 2004-2005 with the 5 speed.  T/H does not force out of overdrive (5th gear) into 4th.
Title: Re: 2016 Ford Tritan V10- downshifts by itself?? Sounds like it is screaming downhil
Post by: motoxbob on September 29, 2017, 07:12:28 PM
    If the OP has a tow/haul button the constant downshifting down a hill is what it is supposed to do, if he has the button engaged that is. On my 2007 it doesn't do anything as far as switching out of overdrive it just seems to slightly change the shift points as I drive along. It is on the downhills that it makes the biggest difference.
Title: Re: 2016 Ford Tritan V10- downshifts by itself?? Sounds like it is screaming downhil
Post by: alvins4062 on October 08, 2017, 09:02:51 PM
I have a 2016 class C with a 6 speed. What factors cause it to automatically downshift on grades? Is the cruise control engaged?
Title: Re: 2016 Ford Tritan V10- downshifts by itself?? Sounds like it is screaming downhil
Post by: mcangelo4 on October 09, 2017, 08:15:15 PM
This was my experience this summer as well! Screaaming!!! Thought I was goinf to blow her up lol
Title: Re: 2016 Ford Tritan V10- downshifts by itself?? Sounds like it is screaming downhil
Post by: Dorian on October 13, 2017, 12:42:37 PM
This was my experience this summer as well! Screaaming!!! Thought I was goinf to blow her up lol

Nah, it's just noisy because the engine is sucking air.  As long as your RPM's aren't in the red, you're fine.  The engine isn't PUSHING at this high RPM, it's just spinning away.  If the RPM gets too high, it SHOULD shift up a gear on its own.
Title: Re: 2016 Ford Tritan V10- downshifts by itself?? Sounds like it is screaming downhil
Post by: BIG JOE on October 17, 2017, 09:27:51 AM
With the 6 speed. Cruise Control OFF. Tow Haul OFF*. Manually downshift to 5th.. let it "Drift" down the hill using Light Braking to control the speed you feel comfortable with.. depending on Traffic. 4th if needed.

(* with Tow Haul ON.. applying the brakes.. will command a Downshift)

When Climbing a hill.. manually downshift to whatever gear keeps the RPM's between 2 & 3000 RPM's.

Try this.. Betcha yul Like It ?  ;) :)

Joe