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Old 11-21-2012, 11:36 PM   #1
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Cruise control and towing

I recently bought a new pick-up with lots of modern stuff like power everything, my last pick-up was ordered without the bells and whistles.

Anyway, I now have cruise control and was wondering if it should be used while towing my 13 footer.....I know one should not use if really windy, bumper to bumper traffic, in snow, ice, and perhaps rain. I generally travel about 60 MPH and avoid interstates when I can.


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Old 11-21-2012, 11:52 PM   #2
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I use mine while towing. 2005 Dakota 4.7l magnum.

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Old 11-22-2012, 12:57 AM   #3
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Our manual says no towing with cruise control. At first I thought that that would be a real inconvenience but no cruise and no problem. We don't go far in a day though.
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Old 11-22-2012, 04:34 AM   #4
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Hi: Imo... Cruise control is generally used while on the Interstates. Long stretches of fairly flat boring travel. Then I will use it. When traffic gets thick and in hilly terrain it's off!!!
Interstates are great for getting some where quickly...but you don't see anything on the way.
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Old 11-22-2012, 05:42 AM   #5
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Since our vacation days are limited, we often go long stretches on the interstates to get places quickly. The cruise is on when possible and safe.
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Old 11-22-2012, 05:56 AM   #6
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I actually asked my mechanic about this before I went on my last long trip with my 13' Cloud and he said as long as the transmission isn't shifting different gears constantly to keep up that driving with cruise on and O/D engaged would be fine.
Like others have said basically flat open road is the only time I didn't see some shifting happening with my Jeep Liberty.
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Old 11-22-2012, 06:53 AM   #7
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I use mine on the open road too. When roads are hilly or curvy, I like to stay on top of things, and not use the cruise.
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Old 11-22-2012, 07:19 AM   #8
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I pretty much ditto what the above posters said. Whenever feasible I use cruise regardless of which trailer I'm towing. I use od regularly with our Egg Camper but never with our Kodiak because it's too much weight for our engine/transmission combo.
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Old 11-22-2012, 07:33 AM   #9
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My Ford owner's guide says OD is fine as long as the transmission isn't hunting up and down for a gear frequently.
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Old 11-22-2012, 08:22 AM   #10
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Personally I never use it....... Even when not towing! I don't care for it. My 09 Tacoma has never even had it turned on.

As long as your vehicle owners manual says it's ok with your vehicle brand go for it. Just don't become one of those that think just because they aren't controling the gas pedal they don't have to actually drive! Some people put cruise control on their brain the minute they hit the switch!
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Old 11-22-2012, 08:38 AM   #11
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Personally I never use it....... Even when not towing! I don't care for it. My 09 Tacoma has never even had it turned on.
I'm with Robin. My truck is a 2000 and the only reason I have it is because it came with the truck. I don't even know if it works! (and don't care)
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Old 11-22-2012, 09:33 AM   #12
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I can't seem to find the cruse control on my 95 Firefly, or the power steering, or .... Oh ya.
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Old 11-22-2012, 10:08 AM   #13
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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.
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Old 11-22-2012, 12:03 PM   #14
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And don't use it in bad weather like rain or snow/sleet. You could end up in an out of control hydroplane situation....with a trailer!

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