Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-12-2016, 03:02 AM   #81
Seasoned Rookie
Lefty59's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Northern Colorado
Posts: 227
We use cruise control whenever we can while towing unless going up fairly steep hills or on downhills - regardless of the grade. Typically I like to let the truck 'roll' or coast down the smaller hills and cruise will often downshift to slow things down unnecessarily IMO most times...especially when the downhill is short and leads right back to an uphill stretch.

On the steeper/longer downgrades, I like to control the descent using the tow/haul mode (always active when we're towing) and the engine brake feature.

We averaged close to 12 mpg towing on our trip to Canada last summer and the majority of the trip was with the cruise control engaged.


2014 Ford F350 SD 4X4 CC LB 6.7L PSD
Bob & Debbie, USAF Retired
Lefty59 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2016, 07:35 AM   #82
Senior Member
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Wisconsin/Florida
Posts: 486
Originally Posted by Bluemax542 View Post
I use cruise control on my last trip from Huntsville to San Jose ca. The only time I did not was when it was not safe or in town. I have a new 2015 ram 1500 with the Hemi. My old 1500 Chevy did not do so hot on cruise.
I have to agree, GM needs to improve their cruise control. We had an '08 Sierra with 4-speed auto and HD tow package. It was miserable trying to use cruise when towing even on mild inclines. The tendency was to over-rev even after cresting. It was like anticipating a thousand piece puzzle yearning to come apart under the hood. The 6-speed in the '13 Silverado has made a vast improvement-still not what one should expect from one of the largest car companies. Information is that they are coming out with an 8-speed that may help the cruise when pulling a load. See what happens.

PenJoe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2016, 03:00 PM   #83
Engineer of Crazy Train
ChooChooMan74's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Tiverton, RI
Posts: 1,582
Originally Posted by Telstar View Post
I use only on flat ground when ther is no wind. If you use it on uphill with a diesel there is a chance the engine computer will shut the engine down.
On my 4th diesel, although the 2nd computerized, and never had an issue. Never heard of this issue.
TV - 2015 Ram Truck EcoDiesel
TV - 2006 Jeep Liberty Turbo Diesel (Retired to Daily Driver)
TT - 2015 Rockwood Roo 183
Locomotive Engineer
Nights Camping --- 2015 - 19 Camped | Winterized -- 2014 -18
Come read my Camping Blogs
ChooChooMan74 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2016, 06:18 AM   #84
Senior Member
tugboat369's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: MT Airy, NC
Posts: 371
I use CC when ever possible the only exception is for weather and traffic. Will use tow mode when towing slightly less MPH but a lot less stress on the truck. And going down hill let the transmission and engine save the brakes. Cooking the trailer brakes on a down hill is not good for the bearings let the truck do the braking in TM.
Camping from 2008, Life member Good Sam / KOA / iRV2
2014 Columbus 320RS
2011 Ford, F250, 6.7D, SRW
tugboat369 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2016, 06:31 AM   #85
Senior Member
Rrickim63's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 458
Wish i had cruise control😎

2006 Roo 23B hybrid

1999 Chevy Silverado Ext cab 4.8L with tow package
Rrickim63 is offline   Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:24 PM.