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Old 06-13-2016, 06:41 PM   #29
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I use my CC almost all the time when I am on the Interstate system unless I am in mountains. I usually set it at 62 mph and then relax and enjoy the drive. My right knee has been replaced and the CC is wonderful.

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Old 06-14-2016, 02:50 AM   #30
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Sounds like most of us are alike. I use mine on flat open roads in good weather. Sure keeps me from getting as tired.

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Old 06-15-2016, 07:25 PM   #31
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Use it, don't abuse it

Now using CC all the time. It is adaptive and provides a guard against not seeing a vehicle in front slow. This is one of the safety features that sold us on the purchase.

Not using it on long down grade runs. CC activates brakes to maintain the speed at the set point by slowing it when speed climbs. That is the same as riding the brakes. Need to manually control decent, with smooth application of the brakes to slow the speed and subsequent release the brakes to allow cooling. Brake before turns to stabilize the rig. Stay 5-10 mph below your target decent speed.

Be able to come to a complete stop if a vehicle stops in your lane or pulls out into your lane may require a complete stop.

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Old 06-15-2016, 08:48 PM   #32
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As most of the poster - when conditions are light and boring. Not when active response might be imminent.

I have noticed a slight worsening of fuel economy on CC. It tries to push on to keep a speed on a hill when I might relax a little to gain the crest and speed up on the other side. I use the momentum to build back speed and keep it at higher gear/1600 rpm. Same low revs is more efficient than same speed.

CC is crucial to keeping yourself fresh and untired. Use it when you can.
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Old 06-16-2016, 06:16 AM   #33
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Have always used cruise control. With our 6 speed Ram Hemi I would lock it in 4th, 2200 rpm and no hunting for gears on hilly terrain, no loss of fuel economy.

With the 8 speed EcoDiesel it always finds it's own gears with smooth transition between them, no sudden downshifts. Engine compression auto braking feature also controls speed on descending grades. It's the smart, smooth transmission that makes it work so well (and I have been a lifetime manual transmission advocate).

Delivers consistently remarkable fuel economy in cruse control.
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Old 06-24-2016, 05:12 AM   #34
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Cruise these days is different than even 10 years ago. The onboard computer knows more with cruise engaged, so fuel economy is better. Downhills, it does not brake ('13 F150 Ecoboost) but does downshift to hold speed. Steeper downgrades, I have already slowed down, and often, manually downshifted to 3 or 2, to keep from having to overuse the brakes.

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Old 06-24-2016, 02:07 PM   #35
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I use CC every day, all day. 2500-3000 miles/wk for work. In only a few conditions is it off.

Same is true on TVs since 1973.

Let the computer handle the drivetrain. Except under those few conditions, it's better than the driver. His job is to steer, and to determine proper distances for stopping.
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Old 06-24-2016, 03:01 PM   #36
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I may have 1,000,000 miles towing a trailer with cruise with no ill effects.
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Old 07-22-2016, 10:00 PM   #37
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I use cruise most of the time - only off for congestion or wet roads. My Ram 3500 CTD has a manual 6 speed, so I don't have to worry about tow/haul or the tranny up and downshifting - it stays where I put it. 65mph is 1600 rpm - right in the CTD's sweet spot. I also use the auto engine brake feature; so running the hilly parts of I-81 in SW Virginia and central Pennsylvania the CC in 6th holds a steady 65 going uphill without breaking a sweat, and the auto engine brake holds the same on the downhill side - I never have to touch the pedals...
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Old 07-22-2016, 11:34 PM   #38
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C.C. Is my best friend when it comes to long flats. When negotiating hills or moutian runs I feel like nothing can beat your right foot. I think It's easier on your T.V. to maintain your speed yourself. It's nice to have around but never think of it as a moment in time where your brain can relax. Stay ever vigilant!!

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Old 07-23-2016, 12:25 AM   #39
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Thumbs up Cruise or not cruise?

My tow vehicles are older than those indicated by most posters to this thread, but I use my cruise control the vast majority of the time. My usual towing speed with either tow vehicle is between 55 and 60 MPH, and with the Suburban the transmission is in Overdrive. When traveling in the mountains, I disengage the Cruise Control when encountering steep grades. My use of Cruise Control would be different if I weren't extremely comfortable with my tow vehicle and its road manners - - I have had in excess of 190,000 miles with the Suburban and a little over 124,000 miles with the Cadillac.

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Old 07-23-2016, 06:37 AM   #40
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Cruise helps me keep my speed down. I have a tendency to go too fast without it. I only use it in moderately hilly and flat terrain and dry weather.

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