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Comments for When towing, can I use cruise control and overdrive?

  • I use cruise control when towing on flat highways. This was a problem, though, when my tire blew out and my rig slowed down as a result. Cruise control tried to keep me at speed, causing a tug-of-war between the two forces.

  • Your comment on cruise control downhill is not accurate for every vehicle . My 2012 F150 and 2017 F250 both apply the brakes automatically wen going downhill with cruise

  • Years ago I had a 1996 1/2 ton pulling a travel trailer on flat ground. Set cruise and direct drive and away I went. Stopped for gas and hit the road but forgot and left it in overdrive. I made it to my destination in second gear. Spent that weekend getting the transmission replaced. Just be careful when using the cruise control. It can get expensive.

  • We have a 2013 Ford F350 SRW diesel and use cruise control all the time. Ford tow/haul is designed to maintain speed up and down hills. Had a long talk with dealer owner and shop manager Also did some web research, tow/haul is the cats meow for sure. The older trucks are a different story.

  • Last summer, I used cruise control all the time while traveling 7000 miles through the Maritimes with a 20′ RPod. I have a 2017 Jeep Cherokee. It was easy and hauled a lot more smoothly than without cc on. Never had a problem as the car seemed to adjust perfectly to conditions and speed.
    However, I was very careful going downhill. Usually applied brakes which canceled cc. It’s scary to have that thing pushing you downhill! LOL!

  • I have a 2013 Ford Expedition with a tow package and have found that cruise control will try to maintain the set speed when going downhill. It will downshift whether I’m tin tow/haul or not. It gets to pretty high RPM and I’ve actually had it lock in even if I cancel the cruise control. The only way to shut it down is actually accelerate to get it to upshift. Tow/haul does the same thing, even if not in cruise control. Increasing speed from a coast at the top of a hill will result in the downshift. Sometimes the best thing to do is take it out of automatic and manually set the transmission in 3rd or 2nd.

    I use cruise all the time, even if a little hilly. It works great especially on the flat, but I accelerate prior to an uphill run and hold it steady slowing to the set speed rather than letting it downshift on its own. It seems to react too late when you start climbing and can’t catch up. I grew up driving a VW bug, so I’m used to getting a run up before each hill.

    I usually only set cruise on 55 or 60 (depending on wind) to stay within tire and sway limits. It gives me a little room to increase speed now and then.

  • I took a trip, 3000 miles, with 2010 Tundra pulling TT. Brother in-law was on same trip with 2005 Tundra pulling TT. We would fill tanks and fuel consumption would be the same within a 1/2 gallon. On several legs of the trip I would use CC, brother in-law does not use CC. My fuel consumption each time with CC was several gallons greater than his. CC would shift trans much more frequently. This was a good test, I no longer use CC pulling TT.

  • 2014 Jeep Trail Hawk Cherokee. Wow does it tow nice with a 20 foot swift jayco. The hills are something else. I do remove cc when it tries to accelerate and then when on the down hill go back to cc. Otherwise I kind of knew this but just checked in to make sure.

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