Cruise control or not?

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by #1don, Jan 26, 2021.

  1. #1don

    #1don Medium Load Member

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    I'm a 30 year vet of the road.... Getting ready to buy my 1st truck... Maximum fuel mileage is what I look to achieve.... I have heard different options as to whether to use the cruise control. I'd like some options from experienced O/O's not 1 year 1st truck operators..
    Also any other advise given would be appreciated...
     
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  3. ready2truck

    ready2truck Light Load Member

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    30 years on the road and you never found out for yourself?
     
  4. Old Man

    Old Man Road Train Member

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    Screw the fuel mileage either way, I’m going for comfort.
     
  5. not4hire

    not4hire Road Train Member

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    How can you go into the sleeper and whip up some microwave KD if you don't have cruise control?
     
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  6. Mattmanstroked

    Mattmanstroked Light Load Member

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    Fuel is the biggest expense, makes sense to try for the best mileage you can get.

    Spec the truck for the work it will be doing.

    Use your foot.
     
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  7. Rideandrepair

    Rideandrepair Road Train Member

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    Foot can always beat the cruise. It can be done just using the cruise also. Leaving it set, and getting a run on a hill ,then bumping it down a bit while topping a hill for instance, instead of letting it pour on the fuel. Cruise can’t see the top of a hill. I went a couple years without cruise. My hamstring still gets cramps from it. Comfort rules.
     
  8. not4hire

    not4hire Road Train Member

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    Not all feet are created equal, but I agree. The OP should try it for himself and then he'll know.
     
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  9. GreenPete359

    GreenPete359 Road Train Member

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  10. Dave_in_AZ

    Dave_in_AZ Road Train Member

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    The one thing that constitutes the truck actually being broke, unable to be driven, is if the cruise breaks.
     
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  11. rbrtwbstr

    rbrtwbstr Road Train Member

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    I can beat the cruise every time. But, it's all mountains and rolling hills around here. And, there's only a few places that I go where I can actually get any real use of cruise control.

    I'd guess if you're on flat ground the cruise would be the way to go.
     
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