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Old 06-04-2010, 03:21 PM   #29
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ALWAYS unless the roads are wet. I cannot top the mileage I get without using it.
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Old 06-04-2010, 03:23 PM   #30
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Cruise - Most of the time

Shane -

I use the cruise with the same frequency, towing or not. If the truck seems to be lugging or down shifting more than I would like, I cancel it and use my right foot to control speed. Same if traffic is dense or the road is twisty and requires a lot of speed changes. Same for any conditions where traction may be compromised.

For the trip you are taking (DFW to Key West), I would probably have the cruise on 85% of the time, if not more.

Just my 2 cents.
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Old 06-04-2010, 10:04 PM   #31
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Todays CC is a whole lot better than what was out there in the 1960's and '70's. That it can keep speed to within a mph or two is still impressive to me. I remember discussions with my father as we pondered the merit of CC and it came down to time versus mileage. Yes, one may be able to regularly increase mpg by the use of the boot, but the tradeoff in time may not be worth it . . as one tires, one's concentration flags and the rig slows. And the fuel penalty may be minor.

That said, mpg is ALWAYS increased by regular use of CC. I have mine on, and set, by the end of the acceleration/entrance ramp. It is strongly recommended in the trucking industry for consistently higher fuel mileage.

As was said above, it can make a good driver better. More time spent with mirrors and situational awareness. Yes, of course, on steep grades it may not be worth it, or in rolling hills, certainly not on slick roads, or heavier traffic, etc.

I would also recommend "cancelling" the CC whenever in the passing lane:

Situations change rapidly on occasion, and if CC is off then having to remember that it may speed up the vehicle is not necessary . . nothing like sudden unintentional acceleration into some other guys rear bumper!

Doesn't even have to be in a Toyota.

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Old 06-04-2010, 10:23 PM   #32
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I just towed 3,000 miles and used it - from the Atlantic - through the plains, over the Rockies and other mountains - and to the beach in San Diego.

I would force a shift manually or drop the speed via the cruise control from 70 to 65 or 60 through some of the higher mountains - for down hill found the cruise with diesel engine braking would keep me on speed wit no brakes neded or at most one or two taps of brakes - my car knows it'd connected to a trailer so modifies shiftpoints as needed automatically.
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Old 06-04-2010, 10:24 PM   #33
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I just towed 3,000 miles and used it - from the Atlantic - through the plains, over the Rockies and other mountains - and to the beach in San Diego.

I would force a shift manually or drop the speed via the cruise control from 70 to 65 or 60 through some of the higher mountains - for down hill found the cruise with diesel engine braking would keep me on speed wit no brakes neded or at most one or two taps of brakes - my car knows it'd connected to a trailer so modifies shiftpoints as needed automatically.
Thanks, but mine is a 2010 not a 2009....

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Old 06-04-2010, 10:28 PM   #34
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Thanks, but mine is a 2010 not a 2009....

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Where did you see any mention of a 2009 vs 2010 in the previous post?
And what difference would that make regarding cc.??
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Old 06-04-2010, 10:49 PM   #35
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Where did you see any mention of a 2009 vs 2010 in the previous post?
And what difference would that make regarding cc.??
Sorry, JSF has a 2009 Classic and he says it's a 2010....It was an inside joke....


BTW, thanks for all the help from everyone.
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Old 06-05-2010, 07:23 AM   #36
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My gas mileage increases by an average of 1.5mpg when using CC. Less fatiguing while driving those 300+mile days...
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Sorry, JSF has a 2009 Classic and he says it's a 2010....It was an inside joke....


BTW, thanks for all the help from everyone.
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Actually my Title and VIN says 2010 so that's why I call it a 2010 even though no 25FB Classic Limited's were made in the 2010 catalog (and it matches the year of the "T-Rex") just like they are now making some 34 footers as seen from my factory visit two weeks back and those are not listed as well.

It just makes me chuckle for some odd reason with my warped humor.

So glad it was made before they did away with the disc brakes and went back to drum - the disc brakes are MONEY.
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Old 06-06-2010, 03:59 PM   #38
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I use CC any time conditions will permit it - both running solo and towing. That excludes most mountain driving, rain, snow, fog, etc. My only complaint, although it's really an Allison Transmission complaint, is that the Allison in my 2003 GMC won't automatically downshift to control speed while using CC on a long downgrade - although it will upshift during a climb. You have to tap the brake going downhill which, of course, disengages the CC. I understand that this downhill operating mode was modified on later model Allisons to provide for an automatic downshift???. Fortunately, this driving situation doesn't come up too often and I can usually find a gear very quickly that will let the Duramax hold the desired speed.
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Old 06-06-2010, 05:42 PM   #39
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I use the CC when road conditions and hills permit, it is less fatigue on both me and my 6 cyl Tacoma
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Old 07-19-2010, 08:54 PM   #40
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FWIW I just had a long conversation with a professional camper trailer delivery driver in Canada this evening. He drove down to Elkhart and picked them up and pulled them all over Canada all during the year.
He towed camper trailers up to 40 ft.
His tow vehicle was a GMC 3500 HD with diesel and he said he had a standing rule, 55 mph on cruise control as much as possible.
This is speed I drove our motor home for the few years we had it and seemed like a sensible thing to do.

He also told me there was a feeling among many of the professional drivers that they did not like equalizers as they felt in the event of a roll over of the trailer, they would tend to lose only the trailer and not roll the tow vehicle. He personally liked the equalizier system in his pulls.

He also told me in Canada the police up there looked hard at tow vehicle vs trailer weight ratios and tended to charge those that had a weight ratio imbalance.

He also said in winter time he never moved until the engine had turned over for 15 minutes when it got cold.

So for what is is worth, it was his experience/opinion.
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We run CC and O/D as much as possible. If it starts hunting a gear (rarely), or conditions are bad, we go manual. We tow around 62mph.
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Chevy 8.1 dually pulling a 26 ft Overlander. I use CC when on an Interstate with no hills or traffic. Do not use it when there is the potential for it to downshift. Allison tranny in car mode most of the time but in tow haul mode when in the hills and not in CC.
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