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Old 06-13-2016, 11:56 AM   #15
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I use Cruise Control on open flat road. I know I shouldn't but I Cruise typically at 65MPH, I have done 80MPH on CC.

If you don't feel comfortable, don't do it, just like everything else.

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Old 06-13-2016, 12:10 PM   #16
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Only on dry pavement, light traffic and reasonably straight road. As others have stated, it also depends on the TV. I only use 6th gear on flat terrain. In hilly terrain, I lock out 6th and my TV doesn't hunt gears plus, cruise works with the exhaust brake to maintain speed on downhill runs. I also find cruise keeps me at or under the speed limit as with the great ride we have, speed tends to creep up very easily.

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Old 06-13-2016, 12:12 PM   #17
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I use mine

I didn't at first with my F-150 pulling the 2001 Safari 25 at 6300# but gradually started using it at 55, the speed I towed with when I had the F-150.

We got a Ram 2500 with the Cummins Diesel. I run in Tow/Haul mode which negates the 6th gear overdrive. 5th is still an overdrive, but the truck handled the 25 and our new to us Classic 30 S/O with no problem. Under good and safe driving conditions, including hills, I will use the cruise control towing at around 60. With the exhaust brake engaged in tow/haul it really controls the speed downhill.


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Old 06-13-2016, 12:19 PM   #18
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Every vehicle I've owned with cruise stated not to use it while towing. This was in the owners manual in the towing section. You can do whatever you want.
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Old 06-13-2016, 12:38 PM   #19
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I use it frequently.
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Old 06-13-2016, 12:43 PM   #20
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Enjoyed all the comments. We have a 2500 Dodge Cummins Diesel with Tow/Haul. The owner's manual says not to and we are going on 3 yrs of no cruise. Right now we are in CO so would probably not be a good place to start. Great comments!
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Old 06-13-2016, 12:53 PM   #21
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Like a lot of folks here, I use cruise control when it's practical, i.e., when there is not a lot of traffic and when the truck isn't shifting a lot. I usually just sit in the right lane, set the C.C. on 60 mph and enjoy myself. If see a hill coming up, I just touch the brake to drop it out, then hit "resume" when I can. I haven't seen a good reason not to use it under those conditions.
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Old 06-13-2016, 01:12 PM   #22
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If conditions allow it, I use it. Responsibly. My truck has the "standard" cruise. I have two other cars that have the more sophisticated "radar" set-up where the vehicle maintains the distance you set to follow the vehicle in front of you. I believe this is much safer, though you do have to get used to how the "tractor beam" reacts when the vehicle in front switches lanes. One of my cars has a set-up where if you are using the cruise control you may also remove your hands from the steering wheel for about 20 seconds and the car steers itself. At the 20 second mark, two large orange hands display on the instrument panel, you get an audible "beep", and the stereo shuts down until you grasp the wheel again. Vehicles with autonomous braking, cameras that check to see what's behind you, lane departure warning, etc., are what is ahead of us as NHTSA mandates devices to make driving safer. I'm sure lots of folks will rebel against this, just as those who refuse to wear seatbelt and sit on them instead. Obviously, towing a trailer brings a whole host of differences. I would be really uncomfortable towing without my Voyager wireless -- knowing who's behind my Airstream makes me a much safer driver. I think all the other devices do the same. Though I do have concerns about shrapnel from my airbag!
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Old 06-13-2016, 02:11 PM   #23
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I use cruise all the time even though I have heard others say you shouldn't.
I don't understand the reasoning for not.
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Old 06-13-2016, 02:31 PM   #24
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I personally believe I can out-drive the cruise control for gas mileage except on flat straight-aways. Cruise is always hunting and trying to keep the speed set-point if there is even the slightest grade. I've never driven diesel or any engine with tons of torque so I can't say I'm particularly experienced in this department, but on all of my small V8 gas engines it's OD off and no cruise. Much easier on the Tranny
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Old 06-13-2016, 03:32 PM   #25
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I use it, but like other posters in their TVs, my Tundra likes to downshift too much and too late. I generally click the cruise control off with the disengage toggle on the steering wheel and use the pedal when approaching any hill or overpass so I can keep RPMs from jumping.
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Old 06-13-2016, 04:29 PM   #26
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I used CC extensively on my 600 mile trek bringing home the new to me 67 Caravel (TV=2008 BMW X5 4.8i) the past couple of days. I learned to put my steptronic automatic in manual mode so I could control the gear selection and take the computer out of the equation.
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Old 06-13-2016, 05:23 PM   #27
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I use the cruise on my '14 F150 the same whether or not the AS is attached. If the terrain is other than flat it will be in Tow±Haul mode. This works well and controls the speed easily. For steelper grades when the cruise is over reacting l kick it off.

Right now we are in South Carolina and the roads don't allow for using cruise at all. Beautiful country but Up/ Down and turning Right/Left constantly.
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Old 06-13-2016, 06:09 PM   #28
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We have been full-timing for a little over 3 years. I just read a thread about a long trip where they use cruise control.

We read somewhere to not do this pulling the AS. How many guys out there use cruise control?
I have a 2015 f150 with a 3.5 Ecoboost. It has the adaptive cruise control on it,I run the cruise all the time even in heavy traffic and in thr mountains.

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