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Old 11-22-2012, 01:14 PM   #15
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Our '08 F-150, 4.2 V-8 (small one) is being pushed by a 19' Scamp deluxe 5er.

I use CC **all the time**

I try to run around 60'ish (tho the Calif speed limit is 55 when towing), and even on NON interstate it runs nice with cruise. As said above, if the tranny starts shifting i disengage until I hit better road conditions.
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Old 11-22-2012, 04:43 PM   #16
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thanks for all the information, hints, advice......for regular driving i sometimes use CC and sometimes not.....depending on the road I'm on and how uppy/downey it is. it does keep my speed down but also makes me think I'm just around for the ride and not as involved in the driving experience. For towing I will most likely just poke along and watch the scenery.

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Old 11-22-2012, 06:06 PM   #17
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I agree with the rest. Everything I have read or been told is to not use the cruise if your tranny is shifting a lot. Only on flat long stretches.
Cruise control will (in most cars) work in any gear above 27 MPH. I commonly use mine in third gear(manual transmission) in town on several streets which go long distances at low speeds. I also use the cruise when towing my 13 Scamp.
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Use the cruse when on flat level highway.
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Cruise control will (in most cars) work in any gear above 27 MPH. I commonly use mine in third gear(manual transmission) in town on several streets which go long distances at low speeds. I also use the cruise when towing my 13 Scamp.

Yup. I OFTEN use it in town. The next town south is VERY strict about speed enforcement, and CC is one way to be SURE I don't get a little heavy on the foot.
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For towing I will most likely just poke along and watch the scenery.
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CC is one way to be SURE I don't get a little heavy on the foot.
Cruise Control is the only I can keep my speed down to 55 mph on the interstates. It is also the only way I can keep at a constant speed, best for optimum fuel economy. Otherwise I am constantly varying speed within a 5 mph window while manually operating the accelerator. I will drop out of overdrive when the terrain is not flat, and I will disengage the Cruise and operate manually when the speed lags to 5 mph below the Cruise Control setting due to hill climbing.

Without Cruise Control I would need crutches to walk due to Sciatica.
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Old 11-23-2012, 10:17 AM   #21
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Hi, Imo. Here's my take on using cruise control while towing.... it's ok on level interstate highways. However, once the terrain gets to be rolling hills or mountains I find the cruise control causes the transmission to downshift or hunt between gears more often than if you were just using your foot on the gas pedal. The result, in hilly terrain, is worse fuel economy and it's harder on your transmission.

My personal recommendation would be to use cruise control only on level terrain.

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