Retro fitted cruisse control, how good is it?

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  1. Encantador

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    I use cruise a lot in my petrol car, have been considering spending £400 (ish) having it fitted to my Fiat Ducato 3.0 Diesel MH.

    Would be interested hearing from anyone who has had it done and can comment on how well it works. I have driven some dodgy hire cars with awful CC, so a bit concerned whether it will be worth it in a MH.

    Does it help with fuel consumption on long journeys?

    Thanks

    Steve
     
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    I have a 3 litre auto ducato with cruise it is factory fitted and brilliant I know a man who fits cruise and you get a bit of discount

    http://www.davenewell.co.uk/
     
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    My cruise control is standard on the MH so can't help with after fitted ones however with fuel economy I find it is slightly worse with the cruise control on anything other than a flat road. I believe this is because the CC will maintain the same speed up hill and down on an undulating road, whereas if I'm doing it myself I will use the speed gained on the downhill bit to help me up the next hill, losing a bit of speed.
    I find it very useful on long empty roads though because otherwise I find myself unconsciously going faster and faster, which isn't very economical either.
     
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    We have cruise control retro fitted on our Knaus and I wouldn't be without it. It really does make a difference for m'way and peage driving and we have been very pleased with our fuel consumption over long journeys.:thumb:
     
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    PM Dave Newell for the best advice, advert rotates on top of page right

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    PETER I just said that:Rofl1:​
     
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    :Smile: Hi I have had it retro fitted to a 1999 2.9 Sprinter 250000 mile's it is very good but every now and again it drop's of on it's own first time it happened thought it broken, but after 3 year's I am used to it. Perhap's on a 3500 mile trip it will drop out twice normaly on a steep hill when full throttle is bring applied I also have a 2003 316 Sprinter 350000 mile's with factory fitted cruise it never drop's of, both drive the same on cruise :Smile:
     
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    I have retro-fitted it to my 3.0 Ducato. Brilliant. As well as pre-set speeds(3xNo) it also works as a speed limiter. I use it all the time just as I do for the factory fitted one in my car.

    I know it helps with fuel consumption but I rate it for reducing driver fatigue and possibly saving my licence. ...........Griff
     
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    We have a Dave Newell kit on our van .. that was 3 years ago and boy has it earned its keep !!
    Lovely bit of kit, and the one tiny problem I had ( self imposed I might add ) Dave sorted for me in about 10 seconds with a few words of wisdom !

    £400 might be a fair whack, but if like us you are do a lot of long distance stuff, it really is money well spent ( 2.8ltr pre-facelift Pug, gross weight 4.1 tonnes )
     
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    Must admit thought they were a gimmick till I had first came as factory fitted but now would not be without one, if not fitted would have one fitted.
     
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    cruise control

    We have cruise control on all our vehicles and now wouldn`t be without it, it`s a totally different approach to driving, makes you think what`s going on ahead.
    Once you get used to it you`ll want to use it all the time, it`s just a pres on a button and cancels on breaking, easily reset when you want to go back to it.

    Had both and as said before a retro fit did used to drop out when going up a steep hill sometimes, never found a common denominator just happened occasionally.

    Our advice would definitely go for it, we feel it does help with the fuel concumption but most of all it keeps your speed within the speed limits.
    That`s got to be worth it. :thumb:
     
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    Ours was factory fitted too and I use it all the time. If, like me, you have all the time in the world and think about economy, it's nice to sit at 55/60 in the nearside lane on motorways and dual carriageways and not worry about overtaking lorries too often. On our mainly single carrigeway A roads from west Norfolk I can sit at 45/50 for the 60 miles or so it takes to get to anywhere with a decent road! :Rofl1:
     
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    First came across cruise control in a hire car in the States in 1992. Couldn't believe how it transformed the driving experience.

    Have had it on all my cars since - including retro-fitting to one of them - and currently have a factory-fit on the motorhome too.

    The retro-fit on the car worked perfectly - never any problem or dropouts.
     
  14. JeanLuc

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    Ours has a factory fitted cruise control (2.7 Merc with 5-speed automatic gearbox). I use it most of the time on every trip. Would not want to be without it.
    I also recommend Dave Newell although obviously, he has not fitted cruise control for me, but other work has been very good.
     
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    no they don't

    No they don't Peter.. I switched the adverts off:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1: when I need something I will switch them back on.. this way I do not keep clicking on them by mistake. Plus get very fed up with the ones that flash all the time, spoils the experience of MHF... anyway I know where you are.


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    we have it as standard on yanks

    While we have it as standard on yanks, I always have it as an option on a car if available.

    The only thing is I tend to hit the off button if I see a big hill so I can control the drop down speed that will happen... on the Ford E350 we also have a tow/haul switch that alters the ratio of the gears and allows me to select a better slow down and climb rate ..ideal on hills.. gears do not change down as fast when climbing up.

    But cruse control is a great bit of kit

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    Lots of new HGVs come with them fitted now. After using them on trucks it made me realise how much better the whole driving experience.
    When the trucks were automatic gearboxes as well it was brilliant. To maintain speed on hills they would do all the gear changing for you.

    I wouldn't be without one for long distance driving.
     
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    Cruise control is a great bit of kit in my humble although very slightly biased opinion. We sell CC more on driver comfort than fuel saving although it can help, especially on modern powerful motorhomes where the speed can creep up without you realising.

    To the couple of posters who mentioned their cc dropping out occasionally, it is designed to do this to prevent holding full throttle on a labouring engine. Typically the cc will drop out if the road speed drops by more than 15% of the set speed.

    D.
     
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    I have been considering having a CC fitted for some time, but I have always associated them with larger engined vehicles . Anyone have any experience how these would work on a 2.2,100BHP ,5 speed Ducato?:driving2::driving2:
     
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    Should be perfect - no problem whatsoever, I'd have thought.

    The after-fit cruise control I had on a car was on a bog standard Renault Laguna 1.6 petrol. Smallish engine for a medium-large car.
     
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