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Old 07-21-2011, 08:24 PM   #11
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use mine every chance I get.
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Old 07-21-2011, 08:53 PM   #12
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Depends. I no longer have a pickup. But when I pulled using a Chevy 1500, the owners manual (at that time) said don't. Later when I had a 3500, the owners manual said it was fine (newer, bigger, diesel vs. gas). There are driving considerations that might preclude using cruise (rain, ice, heavy traffic, terrain), but I believe the biggest show stopper is if the vehicle was engineered to accommodate using cruise while towing. If your book says okay, I say okay.
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Old 07-21-2011, 09:41 PM   #13
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I always use the cruise. There is nothing more irritating, especially on the interstates, than someone who isn't using cruise and cannot maintain a constant speed.
As for the comment about safety, the lightest tap on the brake pedal disengages the cruise, and the brakes aren't even applied.
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Old 07-21-2011, 10:04 PM   #14
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I always use the cruise. There is nothing more irritating, especially on the interstates, than someone who isn't using cruise and cannot maintain a constant speed.
As for the comment about safety, the lightest tap on the brake pedal disengages the cruise, and the brakes aren't even applied.
Agreed!

And for safety, you can also hit the cruise's "off" button, or gently squeezing on the trailer brakes will typically shut the cruise off as well if you are in a sway situation.
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Old 07-21-2011, 10:54 PM   #15
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I use mine whenever I can.
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Old 07-22-2011, 09:04 AM   #16
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Thanks everyone, I was curious about the temp. mostly.
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Old 07-22-2011, 09:23 AM   #17
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I have always used mine. You would be hard pressed to be able to maintain speed manually compared to cruise.

If you couple it with ScanGauge you can really figure out where to operate cruise as well as monitor transmission temps if available.

Some of the newer vehicles are coming with cruise control that has a setting for towing. I wish mine had that.

While it is true that cruise has a bunch of problems in the mountains I have learned a few tricks. For one I step on the accelerator to start picking up speed early for the cruise system. When going the down the down side since the CC will lag considerably, I unlock the CC and hit resume. The engine gets back to where it should much quicker...
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Old 07-22-2011, 09:30 AM   #18
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Using cruise should have no effect on engine temp.
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Old 07-22-2011, 09:32 AM   #19
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Sometimes I'll disengage the cruise for a moment and coast to let the TC lock up and bring the RPM's back down if it seems like it's taking too long with the cruise on.
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Old 07-22-2011, 12:52 PM   #20
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I use the cruise all the time and put the tranny in tow/haul. The computer does a fine job and does not let it lug down.
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