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Old 06-04-2010, 12:43 AM   #15
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Here a Toyota Sequoia 2008 model. 3000 miles will definitely give you some stretches to practice your cruise control while pulling a trailer.

We use the cruise control just like we would when we are without a trailer.
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in heavy city traffic - no
climbing hills - yes if it keeps the gear we want, no if it shift up and down all the time.
In that case we shift the automatic to "manual mode" to 3rd or 4th depending on the grade and continue on cruise control in the gear that doesn't cause the up and down shifting. Note: your uphill gear is roughly the same as your downhill gear. i.e. if you go uphill in 3rd gear then the return trip you also should be in the 3rd not the 4th gear with breaks.

I do not see any reason why not to use the cruise control in rain and snow. Using break or gas will override the cruise control. The old, old, old, cruise controls on some cars worked by "grabbing/locking" the accelerator cable. This release could be kind of sticky or even not happening. Today's modern cruise controls do not have those type issues as far as i know.

I do not see any difference in using the cruise control with or without pulling a trailer. Actually I use the Cruise control more often pulling a trailer.

For our Toyota the cruise control is being canceled when I shift the gear from "auto" to "manual" mode. Need to be aware that you might need to re-set the cruise control based on your vehicle.
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Old 06-04-2010, 02:17 AM   #16
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I have read this warning about CC in rain:

snopes.com: Cruise Control on Wet Roads Hazard

Otherwise I used to use CC when towing on flat, I handle the accelerating on hills, usually with OD turned off.

I actually got out of the habit of using CC at all when I had to disconnect it because of Ford's patented 'burst into flames even while parked' CC system. It's been fireproofed and hooked back up now, but I just never think of using it anymore.
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Old 06-04-2010, 06:21 AM   #17
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I pull a 2004 30 foot classic with a 5.7 l Tundra. I NEVER use cruise control while towing. I want to feel that I am in control of the truck and trailer.
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Old 06-04-2010, 06:38 AM   #18
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Yep, like most others, I use it where it's practical, flat open roads. I turn it off in even modestly hilly terain, even though the truck will easily pull them, because I think it uses more fuel when dealing with hills.
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Old 06-04-2010, 06:48 AM   #19
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I use cruise almost all the time when not towing, and whenever road conditions are favorable I use it when towing as well. I strongly encourage either locking out overdrive, or using "tow mode" if that is an option on your TV. As jm2 said it is simply another tool, and when used correctly it makes driving more pleasant and efficient.
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Old 06-04-2010, 07:24 AM   #20
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cruise - yes

With my past TT or my now MH, always use cruise in dry conditions and open flat interstate. For long distance travel, saves fuel and reduces driver fatigue.
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Old 06-04-2010, 07:41 AM   #21
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Virtually always in dry conditions when on the open road. I use it a lot in town to help me keep to speed limits.

On flat land, with the Duramax, I can sometimes go for hours without a shift out of 6th gear.
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Old 06-04-2010, 08:34 AM   #22
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We use it too. But only on long, flat, underpopulated stretches of highway. We keep our speed around 60-63. Of course, we never use it on wet, curvy or hilly roads ~ I wanna feel the road more and react to the ever changing conditions better on those.

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Old 06-04-2010, 08:43 AM   #23
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CC is a great tool that I use all the time. I tend to have have a lead foot, so this keeps me in check I usually keep it at about 74 MPH. When getting into traffic, rain or snow, off it goes. I always put the suv in trailer mode, so the cc stays on for moderate hills. For the mountains I find it has to work to much and sometimes it will even just turn off. So now I just cancel it when in real hill, mountain territory. It works great and does help in making the trip more enjoyable.
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Old 06-04-2010, 08:48 AM   #24
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Not me..... I feel like it kicks into passing gear where I maybe wouldn't of course we live in the hills. If we were on a flat stretch maybe....I just like having full control. Break with the left foot gas with the right.
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Old 06-04-2010, 09:29 AM   #25
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Put me down as a user of CC. If I do not use CC then I will look down and find myself going 90, with or without the TT attatched. The Commander will hold the speed on most highways with out hunting, If the hills get to where they cause the xmision to hunt I switch over to manual.
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Old 06-04-2010, 09:37 AM   #26
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I use CC on flat roads with little to no traffic. Do not use it in rain. Have yet to tow in snow. I feel comfortable towing around 60-65 MPH. It works great.
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Perhaps because of our towing combo, 1990 half-ton 'Burb and 1970 Globetrotter, I find the CC to be useful in the hills as well as on low traffic stretches of the flats. Our 'Burb has the standard 350 engine and a "gas saver" gear ratio, in the low 3:xx. Maybe because the CC is such an old design, but it doesn't downshift often, or floor it up hills (anymore than I do). We tow in D3.

Heading up to the pass over the Cascades, the CC will let us bog down to a 35 mph crawl, as opposed to a 30 mph slog if it's my foot on the pedal. Downhill is great, as the CC manages the speed around 50 mph, with 2/3rds less braking.

Looking forward to picking up our '93 E350 with the 7.3 deisel. Of course, then we'll be towing our 34' Excella, but still...
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Old 06-04-2010, 12:44 PM   #28
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Hi, I use my cruise control on long stretches of road. I will not use it where crowded, wet, or icy. Cruise control is a wonderful thing, but as mentioned above, Too many people don't know how to use it and all the things it will do; I know this because I used to repair them, test them, and take customers for a test drive to show them that everything works as per design. Most common comment was, "I didn't know cruise control could do all those things." There is a slight delay when hitting the BRAKES [not BREAKS] before the system is canceled, so plan on that, especially in a panic. [try not to panic, you will have better control of your vehicle]
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