using cruise control

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  1. 3hooligans

    3hooligans Member

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    I have used it on all my trucks in conjunction with tow haul, not an issue for the truck. I turn it off in traffic and on the hills. It keeps me honest. I set it between 65-68.
     
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    Thanks Everyone
    I just wanted to make sure i wasn't doing something dangerous. Honestly while driving it was smooth and fuel consumption was great lol

    Thanks again
     
  3. tenttrailer

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    I think it depends? If you are tolling with a TV that has all types of surplus in it toll capability or on flatland, I would use Cruse. If the TV is doing much shifting or braking to keep the speed I would not use it.
     
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    We run our cruise all the time, and we reside among the hills. At least while on roads with few towns. We might be loaded 2/3rds our towing capacity and with a 10 speed tranny, it shifts. It shifts so smoothly, we can hardly tell.
     
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    Yep, I have 3/4T Diesel pulling 7.5k TT and I use cruise control on flat ground and turn it off for hills/mountains.
     
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    I pull about about a 7k TT. I leave cruise on in the hills and mountains, which is where I live and do most of my towing. The truck shifts when needed.
     
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  7. Natureangel

    Natureangel Everythings better outdoors...

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    Mostly flat highways I’m using the cruise control, my Jeep has a setting for how close to follower and it automatically adjusts for a couple car lengths. Love that feature!
     
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    I use cruise control on the highway. Even in the mountains when appropriate (something like an interstate pass and not a squirrely jumping-off road) with tow/haul mode. (It saves a lot of braking on the way down.)

    My popup isn't pushing the tow capacity of my truck.
     
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  9. BillyMc

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    I'd set the cruise to back in the driveway if I could.[:P]
    That said I'm less than half my TV's capabilities with PUP passengers and all the stuff everyone can't be without.
     
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    I don’t own a pup anymore, I upgraded to a hybrid. I towed my pup and now my hybrid with cruise control all of the time on the time.
     
  11. Jeep Guy

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    I just returned from a 2,600 mile round trip adventure pulling from Louisiana to Colorado and back. I used cruise for 90% of the trip. In the mountains and very large hills in New Mexico I did not use cruise. For the rest of the flat drives, I used cruise. I do not see any problems with it.
     
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    I've always used the cruse control on highways. It makes things both safer and easier for me. My TV has a tow/haul/ mode which I use when towing and I also drive without over drive engaged. The tranny runs at between 180 and 195 degrees when I tow. I have a temp gauge on it. It also shifts less with the way it is set.
     
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    Even better - ADAPTIVE cruise control. Lock on to a big rig in front of you and enjoy the slipstream. Pick one that’s driving sensibly and slows down up hills to keep your tow vehicle from dropping two gears to keep up. This, combined with a good book-on-tape and the miles go quick and I arrive calm and refreshed. I wouldn’t buy a car without this feature.
     
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    I use it all the time. Driving across the plains of wyoming is flat and desolate. Helps me get to where I'm going with better gas mileage
     
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    I tow primarily in the northeast and we have a good mix of flat and hilly terrain. I pull my pup (1972 Apache Mesa) with my 2017 KIA Sportage. The tv is is a 2.4L (non-turbo) and seems to tow my tt rather well, just need to make sure the trany is not in eco or sport mode. I use cruise when I am on the flat stretches of the highway at around 65. I did notice that when in cruise, on a hill the rpms increased so I just flip over to carbon mode as many of you do and I am able to get better control. My tt is only around 1500 lbs loaded so it isn't too bad.
    By the way, I am fairly new to the forum and I can't tell you how informative and helpful all your posts have been. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.
     
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    If the TV doesn't shift down, doesn't over rev and you are running flat ground, I see no reason to pass up some cruise control.

    If I hear it even contemplate shifting, I'll drive- Thanks!
     
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    I definitely use Cruise Control. In fact, my Tundra has Adaptive Cruise Control that maintains a set distance from the vehicle in front of me, and applies the brakes if necessary. That being said, my 10' Pop-up is far, far below what my truck is capable of towing, so I have absolutely zero concerns.

    I have towed up closer to the limit (dump trailer carrying a full load, close to 10 000lbs of trailer/load), and I certainly didn't feel comfortable using cruise control at all.
     
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    I use it exclusively on the highway when I tow. If I'm not towing, I find I rarely use it. I'm not sure why.
     
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    That's a big 10-4!
     
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    i have used it towing on flat highways, but as soon as the hills start I use the pedal. I don't go as slow but I don't burn as much gas with the TV always downshifting to keep speed.
     

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