In praise of cruise...

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  1. ericonabike

    ericonabike Read Only Funster

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    ...as in control, rather than Tom. We picked up our second-ever van, an Autocruise Starseeker, last week, which is filled with bells and whistles, including cruise control. I've nver had this before, and had a rather sniffy, purist, attitude towards it - as in 'what next, auto steering?'. My attitude has swiftly gone into reverse, as using cruise suits my driving style to a T.

    I hate braking on motorways - it really should be a last resort in an emergency. If you keep a decent distance and anticipate properly, speed can be regulated by the accelerator. And CC makes this so much easier. I set it to around 62 mph, which means the 3 litre engine's turning over at 1800, its peak torque. Then its both feet flat on the floor, with speed regulated by the CC lever. I spend 90% of a motorway journey in lanes 1 and 2, where a speed of 62ish gets me by lorries happily enough. The CC lever is more sensitive than my right foot, and makes for a more relaxing drive.

    So - that's set me up for a kicking, I imagine...
     
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  2. Popeye

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    Certainly not Eric, all your reasons are exactly why I fitted one. I would say lack of fatigue on long journeys is the biggest plus point.:thumb:
     
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    This is one thing i cannot get my head round .I have had cruise control for a number of years in my van and cars ,and when i used to use it i never felt in control i seemed to speed up round bends and if tired was worried i could fall asleep with car heading on its merry way .So not used it for years now prefare to feel that little bit more in control not to sugest i am lol.
     
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    I too am a fan of cc, but....how you can sit at 62 using lane one and two beats me.

    i generally use lane one at around 52/53mph...when i need to pull out to pass a truck etc i usually have to brake as there is no gap in lane two large enough for me to pull into.

    to anticipate a gap 200mtrs back and start to accelerate is pointless as it will be filled long before it gets to me

    please be aware i run at 7500kg so dont have lightning acceleration so to accelerate to a lane two speed in anticipation could mean even harder braking if the selected gap is suddenly filled by a car from lane three.
     
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    I couldn't agree more. The last few cars I had came with cruise control but didn't (and still doesn't) get much use because there is little point on the short local trips. When I bought the motorhome, however, I soon realised how useful it would be for that kind of journey. I would find myself getting really uncomfortable sitting for mile after mile without moving my foot on the accelerator and developing a pain in the......ankle!
    So I contacted Dave Newell to enquire about having it fitted. I was surprised at how little it cost and he did a great job of fitting it.
    I never go out in the van now without blessing the CC and can drive in comfort and unstressed for miles and miles.:thumb:

    Wyn
     
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    True 70 on the gps and engage cruise:Rofl1:
     
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    So how much did it cost? And what is your base vehicle? Please.
     
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    Transit base and it cost £300ish. Worth every penny as far as I'm concerned.
    If you were to get it done at Dave Newell's the service is excellent. In addition he gives Funster discount and also you can make the trip worthwhile you can spend the day at Blists Hill visitor attraction which is worth the journey by itself. I belive he now offers customers a voucher for admission:thumb:

    Wyn
     
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    Not many Starseekers about, but we have one and love it. Wouldn't be without CC especially on the long drive to the winter sun. :sin: :Cool:
     
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    Even better is SPEED LIMITER, set appropriate limit for road/area 30/40/50mph etc and you will never get a speeding ticket. You can slow down, brake or get back to set limit whenever.

    Peter
     
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    Interesting to read the thread about Dave Newall, he gave me a very good quote when I first bought my van which I plan to have him fit early next year. I have CC in my car and always use it on long journeys, so I can't wait to have it fitted to the van. :thumb:
     
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    I also use cruise to keep me down to the speed limits wherever possible. It's so easy to exceed them with modern vehicles/
     
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    I use it in all our cars and the van. Love it..:thumb:

    I love it particularly for motorway roadworks and the "50 mph" limited / variable stretches.
    It just makes it so easy and relaxing to keep within those annoying speed limits.


    :BigGrin:
     
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    In Belgium, yes. Banned there.

    I am anti, I have to admit. It's so easy to just switch off, or relax as you put it, with such automation and that could lead to a fraction of second lapse that gets you killed.

    Funnily enough there was a program on TV a week or two ago analysing air disasters. They have total cruise control and some pilots are getting so laid back when something happens they don't react properly. One incident, the airspeed was dropping, just a few small digits in a huge display. Pilot missed this. Just before the stall the "stick shaker" alerted to pilot who then pulled the stick instead of pushing it, completing the stall and killing everyone. So cruise control in aircraft has cost hundreds of lives.
     
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    I have had it on my last four cars and now on my motorhome and almost never use it, I always feel I can drive more economically without it and certainly feel more in control.

    When I get old and rickety I may change my mind
     
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    Well if you'd dialled in 60, up a hill the throttle is going to open wide whereas if you were in control you settle for less up hill.

    Makes sense to me.
     
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