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mountain1
05-24-2011, 09:23 AM
I searched and did not see anything. My friends with motorhomes use cruise all the time. i have avoided doing so. Any thoughts or comments?

branson4020
05-24-2011, 09:25 AM
I love it. I use whenever I can, towing or otherwise.

PhotoPete
05-24-2011, 09:28 AM
I also use it all the time when towing. Never have any trouble with it.

trvlrerik
05-24-2011, 09:30 AM
If I am not on ice or in traffic, cruise control is on.

Bighurt
05-24-2011, 09:46 AM
I use it except as listed above. Tow/haul as well...

Now if I could just get someone to steer...

kakampers
05-24-2011, 09:49 AM
We too use cruise control, especially towing with tow-haul...allows the computer to keep constant speeds with grade braking, etc.

Bob&Patty
05-24-2011, 09:54 AM
Always use ours on open highways. Set it at 62 MPH and let 'er run.

mesteve
05-24-2011, 09:57 AM
I tend to not use cruise when towing the 5er as it keeps the tranny 1 gear lower than I can do when I am in control.

jayc
05-24-2011, 10:50 AM
When we start out on a trip with the trailer, I feel sort of like an airline pilot-ignition-on, tow haul-on, exhaust brake-on. Then when I get up to speed on the highway, I turn on and set the cruise control, and we are on the way!

Works every time.

Bighurt
05-24-2011, 11:39 AM
Always use ours on open highways. Set it at 62 MPH and let 'er run.

62...that seams like a strange number to choose. I myself cruise at 70, even when speed limit increases to 75 I stick to 70. I used to run at 65 but with my upgrades she almost runs smoother at 70 now than she did at 65.

Jay I like the pilot analogy, with all the gizmo's etc the new TV's have I'm surprised the headliner doesn't have toggles.

I saw something I've never seen someone do when breaking camp the other day. Full walk around with a light and brake check...must be a professional driver. I myself always do a walk around. Those pesky 12 volt lamps always seam to bounce loose. And you never know when the wife will put up the antenna. I also do the S maneuver starting out, so I can check free roll.

Ray LeTourneau
05-24-2011, 11:42 AM
I searched and did not see anything. My friends with motorhomes use cruise all the time. i have avoided doing so. Any thoughts or comments?
mountain1, a lot depends on your tow vehicle/trailer combo. If your rig is on the heavy side and it causes your transmission to kick in and out of torque convertoer lock up, you may not want to use the cruise. If your trans stays locked in except for an uphill grade, you should be OK using cruise. It's the constant in & out of lockup and shifting that will cause premature wear and heat build up. If your truck has a trans temperature gage, keep an eye on it.
So what's the correct spelling? :confused: Gauge or gage???:rolleyes:

jnbhobe
05-24-2011, 11:50 AM
I say guage is right Ray! lets see how it comes out. LOL As far as cruise control I use it a lot on the interstate on the 2 lanes I like the pedel. I think if you use the pedel you could increase your mileage but you have to let it loose some speed on the hills.

SilverRhino
05-24-2011, 07:50 PM
I saw something I've never seen someone do when breaking camp the other day. Full walk around with a light and brake check...must be a professional driver. I myself always do a walk around. Those pesky 12 volt lamps always seam to bounce loose. And you never know when the wife will put up the antenna. I also do the S maneuver starting out, so I can check free roll.

This is a practice that we have always followed......Do the same if leaving on a trip with just the TV! ( Habit passed down from my Firefighter father )

One additional reason for 62 over 70, In My Opinion, is that a lot less Highway passes by when you are required to make an emergency stop, laws of physics will always win.

danemayer
05-24-2011, 08:15 PM
I use cruise control unless traffic speed is erratic. In the mountains, cruise control manages speed nicely, especially downhill. Coming down Colorado I70 from the Eisenhour tunnel to Silverthorne, I set it at 35, turned on the exhaust brake, and never touched the brakes.

JJnLilly
05-25-2011, 06:14 AM
I use the cruise whenever possible. I set mine at about 63 (I know why an odd number - but that puts my RPM's at 1700 and get my best MPG there when towing) and go for it. Leave it on except when hitting the mountains or long grades.

skyguy
05-25-2011, 07:27 AM
In the areas we tend to camp in Colorado, I don't get to use cruise control very much. I tend to drive by the gauges (proper spelling), especially watching the EGT, or temp of the turbo. I tried cruise once, but found the turbo gauge could go up way in the red - wayyy tooo hot trying to keep the speed I had set, going uphill.

Bob&Patty
05-25-2011, 10:14 AM
Big, the 62 MPH is for california. Once out of Ca. I usually set about 68-70 depending on the terrain. I like to keep the RPM's about 1650-1750. The fuel mileage is better. I don't have as much downshifting at those RPM's.

A "guage" is a meter that gives one a reading of sorts.

"Gage" is like taking a measurement. " I gage it to be about a mile away".

At least when I went to school........but who knows what they mean now.

NWTFHunter
05-25-2011, 10:25 AM
I to use my cruse control along with the tow/haul on our GMC. Usually set it for 60-62 when traveling on interstare highways and traffic is no problem. I get better milage there and I would rather have folks pass me than me pass them when towing the Bighorn.

porthole
05-25-2011, 10:26 AM
Been using cruise forever.
Even installed some of the first aftermarket types that were nothing more then converted throttle adjusters (truck style)

Back in the mid to late 70's I installed the first version of electronic cruise. Nothing more then an electrically activated throttle lock. SInce then every car I have owned either came with it or I installed it. Same with my bikes as far back as 1974.

Event he current motorcycles have a full electronic cruise control.

As for towing the trailer - all the time. Even at the lower speeds where speed is critical - small towns with 35 limits etc.

So Bob - do you remember those early cruise kits?

Ray LeTourneau
05-25-2011, 11:12 AM
I say guage is right Ray! lets see how it comes out. LOL As far as cruise control I use it a lot on the interstate on the 2 lanes I like the pedel. I think if you use the pedel you could increase your mileage but you have to let it loose some speed on the hills.
I agree but my spell checker wants "gage". I think I can add gauge to it's list of words though.:rolleyes:

Bighurt
05-25-2011, 11:58 AM
Big, the 62 MPH is for California. Once out of Ca. I usually set about 68-70 depending on the terrain. I like to keep the RPM's about 1650-1750. The fuel mileage is better. I don't have as much downshifting at those RPM's.


I try to keep mine around the 1800 mark which in the flat land of ND usually means 70. A month or so ago I was hauling near 16K west on I-40 into Cline's corner NM. I was burning fuel like it was free all the way west, managed 65 till Amarillo then the winds were to high and I had to cut back to 55. NM was evil though saw EGT's near max pulling the grades...smoked out a few Prius owners which made my day. Only had to kick cruise out once as the TCM didn't get to a shift point and she went dropped a gear while in overdrive, that probably doesn't make sense but neither did the resulting effect. Needless to say I never duplicated the event.

Still I like to hit a grade in Cruise and see what the TCM wants to do, if I don't agree I kick her out while I have the throttle and back her down. Of course hauling with a race tune isn't a good idea either.

Moral of all stories is that the Driver is in control, just like spell-check the computer is only as good as the guy who wrote the software. Can't tell you how many kids drive with cruise here in the winter and wonder why they were in the ditch. The word Smart should never be placed before the nomenclature of an inanimate object. And cruise control should come with a disclaimer.

PhotoPete
05-25-2011, 12:21 PM
Bighurt, I have been doing Full walk around with a light and brake check for 25 years. it really is the only prudent way to tow. The one or two times I neglected to do a walk around were the times i drove over the chocks or left something in camp that should have been packed.

Bighurt
05-25-2011, 12:35 PM
Bighurt, I have been doing Full walk around with a light and brake check for 25 years. it really is the only prudent way to tow. The one or two times I neglected to do a walk around were the times i drove over the chocks or left something in camp that should have been packed.

I agree, however just because we do doesn't mean everyone does. It just surprised me as I've never seen someone do it and into such depth. In fact if they had not done the walk around I was prepared to get up out of my chair as they left the antenna up. Sure enough they caught it. I do it not only for my safety and piece of mind but the total rig weight is 20k+ that poses a big risk to others if something is not right. I commend those that do, and try and teach those that don't.

Bob&Patty
05-25-2011, 05:43 PM
Big, my walk-a-rounds are the OL' trucker in me. The OL' sniff and kick it. I do use my mirrors alot making sure that stuff doesn't fall off or smoke is coming from somewhere.

Are you sure that this new generation of kids aren't inanimate objects. A car never drove itself into a ditch..it was the YO-YO driving that did.

Bighurt
05-25-2011, 06:51 PM
Bob, same here except the Ol' part I just do as I learned. I do tire pressure check pre departure but kick the tires at stops, I also feel the tires. When I learned to drive it was check your gauges, mirrors and road position ever 5-15 seconds. With a load my neck gets a work out, to the point I've used the power mirror to move the mirror to get a better angle on tie-downs, tarps, etc. The power mirror also comes in handy for passanger side backing, just move it as the rear of the trailer gets out of vision. Great tool!

This generation of kids definitely has issues. Had a 3 star tell me once that troops coming in the USAF today are smarter than in all years past. I respectfully disagree, kids today may be tech savy but I'm in maintenance and I grew up with a wrench, shovel, and board games. Kids today grow up with a Xbox controller. I never thought I'd have to teach someone how to use a wrench let alone what a wrench is. It gets worse every-year, I have airmen talk about jobs they have online and what they and their game spouse do for a living, yet these guys are still single in the dorms.

I can't say to much I did get a Nintendo at some point. But at what point are kids going to ask what the pedals in the car are for and why the steering wheel doesn't have dual sticks, a pressure sensitive directional pad, two analog triggers, a Back button, a Start button, and six 8-bit analog action buttons.

To keep this on thread our unit does have in the newcommers brief discussion items such as speed on ice roads and that cruise control isn't safe to use on ice, and I believe the NDDOT divers manual has a section on it as well.

I look at cruise control as a tool allowing me to do more visual checks without having to worry about pedal pressure. Just wish the motorpool was fully equipped.

pegmikef
05-26-2011, 04:04 PM
I use cruise control and of course the old first sergeant in me has me using hook up, disconnect tear down, arrival and departure inspection check lists for visual inspections. Works well