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Old 05-21-2013, 02:44 PM   #11
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Not really, other than for entertainment. I put the truck in T/H cruise on at 100kph and let the puter do it's job. If the engine hits 5k so be it, it was designed to do it and the computer won't let it hurt itself at least Ford's won't as they will reduce power if they detect any abnormality be it bad gas, temp going up too quick etc.
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Old 05-21-2013, 02:56 PM   #12
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I don't pay much attention to the tachometer most of the time. My truck just chugs away at 1,600 RPM 98% of the time. I get an occasional downshift and then maybe 1,900 RPM. But I just set the cruise and let the truck manage itself.
Me too. When I am at cruise speeds less then 60 MPH (using the Tow/Haul mode to get there) the RPM is about 1800 RPM. Taking it out of Tow/Haul will upshift to OD and the RPMs drop to about 1600 and I re-engage the Tow/Haul.
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Old 05-21-2013, 03:10 PM   #13
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Looks like the unofficial results lean toward not using the tach when towing our RV's.
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Old 05-21-2013, 03:14 PM   #14
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I look at mine all the time. I also view the real-time MPG info. Neither one seems to impact the way I drive though lol
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Old 05-21-2013, 04:12 PM   #15
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Just curious. We've got a new truck and travel trailer. My first haul last Sunday, I kept the speed around 65 mph which put me at 2500 rpm. However, we were bucking a pretty strong headwind most of the trip.

The truck is an automatic and I seldom let it shift down into a lower gear. Most of the times, I can get a good enough run at a hill that I don't need the extra gear.
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Old 05-21-2013, 04:33 PM   #16
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I watch the RPM's mostly just to see how hard the suburban is working.

I always use the tow/haul mode.
I try to keep it from shifting down unless I really need to or can't get a run at a hill because someone is in front of me.

We don't have much of what most people probably call hills here but there are elevation changes. I didn't use cruise to keep it from kicking down a gear going up the hills.

Do most use cruise? Just on the flat land?
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Old 05-21-2013, 04:52 PM   #17
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I seldom use the cruise. Just feel a little more in control without it plus I don't like it kicking in to a lower gear when I don't want it to.
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Old 05-21-2013, 07:04 PM   #18
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My 2013 Chevy Silverado 1500 shifts like crazy and I'm only pulling a Rockwood Mini Lite 2503S. It's ridiculous when I'm heading into a strong headwind. With a tailwind, it's not too bad.
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Old 05-21-2013, 07:29 PM   #19
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I pay more attention to my turbo boost than my RPM's.
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Old 05-21-2013, 07:30 PM   #20
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I pay more attention to my turbo boost than my RPM's.
Ooooohhhh turbo boost...........
Argh argh argh!
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