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Old 07-12-2013, 04:22 PM   #51
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For a tip, that helps me, while on CC I use my trucks “instant MPG” by watching this I know how hard my truck is working.
Same here. The EcoBoost equipped trucks come with a very sophisticated readout on many parameters of the truck including immediate, average and past history gas mileage. With instant readouts, you really appreciate how your speed, terrain, wind direction, payload etc. can influence your gas mileage in and out of cruise control.
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Old 07-12-2013, 04:59 PM   #52
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I agree with all the comments on the Allison 6 speed and CC. It seams like the Allison sits in a comfort zone and rarely downshifts while in CC. I use CC all the time and feel comfortable doing so.
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Old 07-12-2013, 05:44 PM   #53
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Depends on your vehicle

The CC on my '05 F250 was horrible. Plus or minus 5 mph as it over-reacted to hills, down shifted, kicked in the turbo... It made for some lousy driving.

My new F350 is a dream on CC. Smooth, powerful, and constant like CC should be. That said, most of my driving is relatively flat and I stay within the speed range of the ST tires. It is a less stressful and more cost effective drive.

I like the suggestion to use the manual tranny when on CC. I'll have to give that a try.
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Old 07-12-2013, 06:21 PM   #54
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cruise control again

Good thoughts!
I try and use my CC to keep my speed as consistent at possible; I get better mileage, it's easier on the equipment and less annoying to other drivers!
Wish I could camp as much as you! Maybe soon......
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Old 07-15-2013, 03:04 PM   #55
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Only in really hilly terrain would I ever not use cruise control. Some people over analyze things with this whole towing thing. Get the hitch set up correctly, find the speed that you're comfortable with (hopefully around 60-65 mph) and just go. Cruise control makes for a lot more comfortable long driving trips.

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Old 07-15-2013, 03:12 PM   #56
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I only use cruise control on when I'm driving in very flat terrain. I never use cruise control when driving hills or mountains, I get much better fuel economy with my foot on the accelerator.
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Old 07-15-2013, 03:58 PM   #57
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Living in the mountainous west, cruise control is never used and I'm used to that so when I do any traveling on the flatlands I forget to use it and soon I am at 70-75 mph before my wife yells at me. I occasionally use it to give my right foot a rest.
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Old 07-15-2013, 04:27 PM   #58
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Living in the mountainous west, cruise control is never used and I'm used to that so when I do any traveling on the flatlands I forget to use it and soon I am at 70-75 mph before my wife yells at me. I occasionally use it to give my right foot a rest.
letting the right foot/leg un cramp when in light traffic is about the only time i use CC
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Old 07-15-2013, 04:35 PM   #59
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Thanks to those who replied. I think I will use the cruise control only when I'm on flat roads or those with slight Hills. I will tap off the cruise control when I approach steeper grades. I do not put enough miles on my truck (5,000/year) for me to justify a diesel or I would have one. I think that would solve a lot of my problems
I am going to average 4,000- 7,000 miles a year on my F250 diesel ...i love the way that truck tows..its nice having the extra exhaust braking when getting off the freeway...and pulling into loves ...pilots/flying j...T/A travel centers.. diesel truck lanes for re-fueling ...very nice.. and did i mention 800 ft lbs of torque ??
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Old 07-15-2013, 05:35 PM   #60
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What does the towing guide for your vehicle say? Mine says not to do it in the tow guide, but there is no mention of it in the owner's manual. If you have a tow guide for your vehicle definitely check there. I found mine online.

Read most but not all of the previous posts, so sorry if someone already said this!
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