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Old 12-05-2019, 08:54 PM   #1
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Cruise Control

I am towing for the first time in 20 years and have a question about cruise control. I remember back in the 90ís my owners manual said not to use cruise control when towing. In my new truck manual it doesnít mention anything about using cruise when towing. I was wondering if there would be an issue using cruise when travelling down the highway. I have a 2019 Dodge 3500 diesel DRW. My 5th wheel is 43í with a GVW of 18000.
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Old 12-05-2019, 09:11 PM   #2
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I use my every time I tow. Iíve pulled for 10s of thousands of miles and no issues. I even use it on long steep downgrades with assist from my diesel brakes.
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Old 12-05-2019, 09:12 PM   #3
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Is it constantly shifting out of overdrive? My guess would be no.

The only time I don't use the cruise is if I'm towing with a vehicle that is constantly shifting down. Otherwise, I'll run the cruise.

Edit: I should clarify.. Only if it's downshifting to go up hills constantly and the REV's are getting really high. Downshifting to go down hills is a good thing.
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Old 12-05-2019, 09:13 PM   #4
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I use it all the time! Set somewhere between 60-65 hauling my 42ft Crusader. Rides up and down hills with ease thanks to the 6.6 and exhaust braking. Can't see any reason not to. Enjoy and relax!!
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Old 12-05-2019, 09:47 PM   #5
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X4 Your 6.7 CTD will pull that trailer all day in cruise control & not think twice about it! These newer trucks all have "smart engines & transmissions" and in tow/haul mode with engine brake engaged it will do everything possible to keep you rolling (and stopping) smoothly.

It may actually may come down to more of a comfort thing. Some drivers are not comfortable using cruise control when doing (towing) anything they're not completely comfortable or familiar with & prefer to "feel" everything manually.
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Old 12-05-2019, 10:35 PM   #6
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I use it almost all the time I tow because otherwise I can’t drive that slow!
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Old 12-05-2019, 11:29 PM   #7
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I use it almost all the time I tow because otherwise I canít drive that slow!


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Old 12-05-2019, 11:41 PM   #8
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Cruise

Thanks for all your replies. I will give it a try and see how I like it.
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Old 12-06-2019, 01:24 AM   #9
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I use it ALL the time especially since its adaptive cruise control. Makes driving way less tiring.
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Old 12-06-2019, 06:21 AM   #10
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I use mine towing...BUT !!! it also depends on the road conditions. Heavy rain ? NO !, Foggy ? NO !, High Winds ? NO ! otherwise...it's "set it and forget it."
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Old 12-06-2019, 07:10 AM   #11
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Always use it
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Old 12-06-2019, 08:34 AM   #12
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use it! and then adjust your speed as required using the up speed / down speed buttons. as somebody mentioned it will keep your speed at 65 as opposed to my foot that somehow keeps pushing further down on the accelerator.
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Old 12-06-2019, 09:54 AM   #13
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Biggest thing with mine is if there are hills. It overshoots at the top and has to use the exhaust brake on the down hill. So I run hills manually. Otherwise. I use it all the time.
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Old 12-07-2019, 10:50 AM   #14
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Unless the CC forces a downshift, I use it all the time.
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