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Old 05-04-2015, 10:25 PM   #1
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Towing with Cruise Control On

Does anyone tow with their cruise control on? I usually don't but sometimes on long trips it is a nice feature to use. I just do not know if it is a wise choice. Was looking for any input on this
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Old 05-04-2015, 10:42 PM   #2
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Over all, I'm easy on the TV. Unless the road is flat, little wind, and little traffic, I usually don't use cruise control.

With most hills, I let the speed drop a bit going up hill; there just isn't a need to force a downshift for a few miles per hour. On the other hand, I let the speed increase when going down hill; why back off on the throttle when I can use the momentum to help climb the next hill?
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I haven't had the opportunity to try it with our new set up yet, but with our previous rig, (1500 Silverado and 24' TT), I would use it on occasion just to give my leg some exercise. But, usually could only use CC on flat level ground, no wind or with a good tail wind! I see no problem with using it if you have the HP to do it with.
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Old 05-04-2015, 10:49 PM   #4
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Put it on cruise and forget about. Those semi trucks use cruise and they weigh at least 80000 min. You get better fuel economy and you don't tick off other drivers by changing speeds.lol
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Old 05-04-2015, 10:58 PM   #5
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Why wouldn't you?

CC, with trailer mode engaged, is the method I prefer as long as the hills are not too extreme or traffic too heavy. As said previously there is no real need to maintain exactly the same MPH going uphill as when running on level ground so I may kick it off then; depends on how long the grade is and how steep. The CC on my 2012 Silverado works to control downhill speed so no issue there. I even get a tad better MPG in CC so yup, that's how I roll!
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I always use it when towing. Here on the Canadian prairies, it's pretty flat for most of the places we go to, so there's no reason not to. Slightly better gas mileage and my knees like me when we get there. Out in western Manitoba it's a bit hilly, so I turn it off for the hills, then back on again when we get to the flats.
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Old 05-05-2015, 06:32 AM   #7
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Heck, I use cruise on any long trip unless I am climbing or descending large hills, then it's off. It actually helps a lot.
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Been using cruise while towing since the 1980's. When we get to a grade I will keep it on, but help it along with my foot on the accelerator to pick up a little speed for the climb.
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Do it when ever I can!! It eliminates going over my self posted speed of 62mph. With to days electronics and the tow mode of the newer trucks, it makes all the sense in the world. Obviously, it shouldn't be used in congested traffic!! My rig will get 12 mpg over all on a trip. I partially credit the cruise for that.
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Do it when ever I can!! It eliminates going over my self posted speed of 62mph. With to days electronics and the tow mode of the newer trucks, it makes all the sense in the world. Obviously, it shouldn't be used in congested traffic!! My rig will get 12 mpg over all on a trip. I partially credit the cruise for that.
My thoughts, too!
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