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Old 07-21-2011, 06:23 AM   #1
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Tow vehicle related- towing with cruise control on

Do any of you use the cruise when towing say on an interstate? I was using my cruise the other day on the interstate and after about 50 to 60 miles I noticed my engine temp had risen a small bit. Not enough to be harmful but not where it normally runs the temp. My truck is Dodge 2500, 6.7 L, 4x4. I don't know if this is normal as this is my first diesel engine. My gas chev silverado temp never moved. When I disengaged the cruise the temp. came back to where it normaly runs.
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Old 07-21-2011, 06:34 AM   #2
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I don't use the cruise when towing. With the trailer pulling down the tow vechile anyway I don't like the "hard" kicks into acceleration mode even on a slight grades. I have to double check but I believe my owners manual on the truck said not to use cruise when towing.
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Old 07-21-2011, 07:55 AM   #3
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I seldom use the cruise control while towing. I would have to leave OD off for that to work properly, without a lot of shifting. I prefer to "feather" the accelerator as much as possible in OD, and manually cut the OD off when I know some shifting is going to happen. I can maximize my fuel mileage this way.
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Old 07-21-2011, 10:13 AM   #4
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Do any of you use the cruise when towing say on an interstate? I was using my cruise the other day on the interstate and after about 50 to 60 miles I noticed my engine temp had risen a small bit. Not enough to be harmful but not where it normally runs the temp. My truck is Dodge 2500, 6.7 L, 4x4. I don't know if this is normal as this is my first diesel engine. My gas chev silverado temp never moved. When I disengaged the cruise the temp. came back to where it normaly runs.
Not to mention safety. If the trailer takes a side slip on oil or something and your truck slows down the cruise control will accelerate the truck (possibly when you are facing the ditch) when in fact you need to slow down. A jab on the brakes is sometimes the worst thing you can do to get a trailer whip under control. Same for winter driving, with or without a trailer connected. Never use cruise control in winter for the same reason.
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Old 07-21-2011, 10:13 AM   #5
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I did not use it in my F150 towing our travel trailer, but I do with my F250 diesel towing our fifth wheel. The F150 was constantly down-shifting with the cruise on, and I was like mtnguy where I would turn cruise off and feather it to keep it in OD. The diesel on the other hand only down-shifts on the larger hills, otherwise it just keeps chugging along in OD.
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Old 07-21-2011, 10:54 AM   #6
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i only use cruise when towing on flat ground that i can see for miles and during the day.
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Yep, only on ultra-flat terrain for me.
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As long as it's not constantly shifting into lower gear for hills, I use mine.
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I don't use cruise but I notice a slight increase in temp. when towing but nothing to worry about.
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Old 07-21-2011, 06:18 PM   #10
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Use it all the time when towing. I find that I can average about 1MPG better fuel economy if I use it. Only time it is not on is if I am on a windy stretch of road where the speeds are too up and down.
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