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Old 06-03-2010, 09:24 PM   #1
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Who uses Cruise Control on their TV when towing

Gonna Pull over 3,000 miles next week. Who uses Cruise control and who doesn't,...and why.

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Old 06-03-2010, 09:39 PM   #2
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If the ground is relatively flat, I use cruise. If it is hilly or mountainous, I turn it off, as going uphill the cruise control will floorboard the accelerator. There's nothing quite like the sound of a 454 trying its best to crawl out from under the hood ...
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Old 06-03-2010, 09:40 PM   #3
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Gonna Pull over 3,000 miles next week. Who uses Cruise control and who doesn't,...and why.

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I will use it when I am on a strait and level road. Hills no. Curves no. Wet Roads, no.
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Old 06-03-2010, 09:41 PM   #4
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I have pulled Airstreams for years.....and I have NEVER EVER used Cruise. I want to be "ready" to brake at any second! Also, even without a TT attached, I NEVER USE CRUISE AT ANY TIME IF PAVEMENT IS WET. I have seen too many accidents where drivers have hydroplaned because of Cruise and wet roads.
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Old 06-03-2010, 09:53 PM   #5
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I use cruise about as much towing as I do solo. The system in my car is very precise and has very convenient steering wheel mounted controls, and can be canceled without touching the brake.
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Old 06-03-2010, 09:59 PM   #6
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I use it only on (very) level terrain with no headwind, or the 06 Tundra will keep shifting down. Not good for trans or engine. So that means it is rarely used. I do use overdrive and let the speed fall with the hills a bit running comfortably 58-63 mph or so.

Would be "nice to have" diesel torque but that's nonsense for our trailer, and not what I care to run around with when unhooked. Unless a Touareg TDI

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Old 06-03-2010, 10:22 PM   #7
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I have a concern about the Tundra's excelleration problem. There had been some talk about the cruise control could be the cause. So far we have not used cruise, but could see the advantage on a long straight road without heavy traffic. Still up in their air. Looking forward to additional comments on this subject.
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Old 06-03-2010, 10:24 PM   #8
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I use the cruise on straight and level roads. I turn it off on hills because it tends to downshift too quickly and I would rather loose a few MPH then a bunch of MPG.

Because of safety reasons I never use it in the rain or snow.
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Old 06-03-2010, 10:27 PM   #9
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I set the cruise at 60 mph on Interstate highways pulling our 31 Classic with a Chevy HD2500 and rarely have to use my brakes. Our diesel holds a very steady pace even climbing and descending hills and it takes a lot of work out of driving long distances.
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Old 06-03-2010, 10:30 PM   #10
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using cruise

most folks I know who have cruise control don't use it, mainly because they simply don't understand how to use it, and aren't willing to learn!

I use it all the time, unhitched as well as hitched. of course, you don't use it in wet or slippery conditions! duh!!!

and, depending on the load, or not, and the road, and traffic, you might manually switch into & out of a higher or lower gear, or into and out of the cruise control itself.

our F150 pulls any reasonable grade with the OD locked out without issue.

it's a tool - learn how to use it, and you might actually like it! when all else fails, rtfi....


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Old 06-03-2010, 10:43 PM   #11
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I'll use cruise control pulling trailers w/ our F250 diesel so long as it doesn't shift down. Since we have 3.55 gears, the engine is spinning at perhaps 1500 rpm at 55 mph, so w/ heavier loads it doesn't take much of a hill to make me switch off the cruise control. I find I get better mileage on hills without the cruise control, as I'm smoother than the cruise control, since I can anticipate grades, etc.

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Old 06-03-2010, 11:21 PM   #12
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GMC 2500 HD with diesel and I use the cruise most of the time. If I encounter big hills (like when I travel to Alaska) I will turn the cruise off, but most of the time it is on and does a great job pulling our Safari 27.
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I use it just about like others, but sometimes just let the transmission downshift on hills because it's easier. Sometimes, as on hilly, curvy roads I turn it on and off a lot. On long drives it keeps my right leg from getting too tired and that is a wonderful thing.

The acceleration thing with Toyotas—I have seen no correlation with whether people have been using cruise control or not. Someone did a a study about all vehicles where the drivers claimed they couldn't stop when they pressed on the brake. It was discovered the most common problems where with old men with automatic transmissions who mistook the gas pedal for the brake pedal. Without a clutch to depress, they just kept going and never thought to see if they were on the wrong pedal.

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Old 06-03-2010, 11:43 PM   #14
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Gene, Thanks, RustyRivet thinks that the cruise will be OK , but I am a little apprehensive. But the cruise is a great feature, especially on long flat roads, without much traffic.
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