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Old 04-26-2006, 05:17 PM   #15
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Well, you have learned through this question that the answers are varied and reflect personal preference.

Add my voice to those who use cruise and OD whenever the terrain is level enough to keep the tranny from "hunting" for the right gear.

There is no reason not too, as far as I'm concerned, and I've been towing with cruise and OD for more than 20 years.

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Old 04-27-2006, 04:08 AM   #16
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CC is meant to be used or it would not be offered on all classes trucks. I used CC towing a 5er with my 1996 Dodge CTD and I use it on my Chevy K3500 towing my 15K# 5er. I disengage CC when in hilly terrain or congested areas. Traveling through the plains states gets really tiring without using CC. Previous advice on using CC is good. CC also dissuades me from attempting to run with the big trucks.

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Old 12-12-2006, 06:24 PM   #17
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I'd like to add that as a matter of driving safety discipline the cruise control be disengaged when in the passing lane of the Interstate, or when pulling out to pass on a two-laner.

As a former OTR driver I've seen some boneheaded problems with cruise control (such as failuure to pass my big rig with 5-mph PLUS overtaking speed); and, as in the above advice, seeing the driver frantically cut out the cruise when conditions were not what he expected; i.e., the conditions changed.

The discipline is what matters: removing any posssible impediments to vehicle control.

I'd be willing to wager that the use of cruise control is a large contributing factor to accidents involving private vehicles on Interstates. (I know any number of truck drivers that would state that more emphatically).

I wouldn't care to own any vehicle without cruise control. Especially these modern ones that will maintain a couple of mph of set speed; and I love being able to tap up/tap down to adjust speed.

But I believe strongly that passing maneuvers are best done w/o the cruise; that the throttle "override" is problematic in any of a dozen scenarios to warrant disengagement of the control.
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Old 02-10-2007, 01:58 PM   #18
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First, I agree wholeheartedly with Rednax

Second, Dave had it right way back at the beginning of this thread, use common sense - if it works, fine; if not, don't use it.

When I was towing an 8,500lb fiver with a Dodge 1500 the cruise would cause it to down shift on a grade as shallow as an overpass, hence I did not use cruise when towing.

Since I started towing with the HDT I use cruise all the time. All that happens on a hill is the engine note gets a little deeper! Of course, there are no shifting and hunting issues with the manual trans.
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Old 02-11-2007, 07:55 AM   #19
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Iuse cruise control whenever possible. I keep an eye on the EGT and Boost as well as the speed. When the speed starts to drop on a grade and I anticipate an automatic down shift, I will disengage the O/D and will likely cut off the cruise control. I go back to O/D and cruise control when the conditions allow. I usually override the cruise control when passing with the throttle, but go back when in the cruising lane.
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Old 02-24-2007, 05:05 AM   #20
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I almost never use cc, but we were just crossing from one coast to the other through Florida, and with a road as flat as possible as far as I could see, I was able to use OD and CC without any problem what-so-ever.

First time for that as we are normally in hilly terrain and you'd never want to use it there.

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My '97 E150 (4.6L Triton V8, auto) has an overdrive off button (overdrive is on by default when you start the engine) which completely disables overdrive so when towing you can keep it off, as the manual tells you to do anytime you tow.

It's also equipped with cruise. I used cruise on a fairly level road bringing my TT home (60 miles) on a fairly level road and found that it did well. Less so on hills since by the time the van notices it's a bit too late to compensate and it slows down considerabley. For long straight stretches of roads I plan to use cruise as much as possible. It takes a lot of stress out of driving, having to keep your foot pressed down on the gas for an hour or more. Of course your results my vary depending on your tow vehicle and the size of the trailer you're towing. I have a pretty light weight, single axel '67 Shasta so it tows pretty well.

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