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Old 05-15-2011, 11:24 AM
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Arrogant huh, you have some nerve

Cruise control is only a device to maintain speed.
On a long straight road like we have here, no problem.
On bending roads up and down hills then no.
I turn it of when approaching Perth hills.
But from Kalgoorlie to Northam 500km almost completely straight flat road then on cruise.
With cruise on I am more alert less tiered the without it.
Like all things they have their place and time.
Ah, I didn't realize you were in OZ and covering long stretches of flat, desolate highway, I suppose I owe you an apology as you seem to understand then it's appropriate, not all drivers do!

I was thinking more about the idiots I see pulling double rigs on US interstates running 2 car lengths behind other vehicles at 70+ mph, it's truly scary and there are dozens if not hundreds of deadly wrecks each year here in the US caused by distracted drivers, professional or recreational. I've personally witnessed the aftermath, it will change you outlook.

I still don't think cruise and recreational towing are compatible but YMMV
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Old 05-15-2011, 11:49 AM
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Ah, I didn't realize you were in OZ and covering long stretches of flat, desolate highway, I suppose I owe you an apology as you seem to understand then it's appropriate, not all drivers do!

I was thinking more about the idiots I see pulling double rigs on US interstates running 2 car lengths behind other vehicles at 70+ mph, it's truly scary and there are dozens if not hundreds of deadly wrecks each year here in the US caused by distracted drivers, professional or recreational. I've personally witnessed the aftermath, it will change you outlook.

I still don't think cruise and recreational towing are compatible but YMMV
mjw930 all's good

We have speed limit of 60mph on open roads.
I have seen my share of carnage as a volunteer vehicle rescue worker in my younger years.
Most trailer accidents are caused by SPEED, wrong tyres, under-inflated tyres, overloading.
I would not trust ACC to slow down approaching another vehicle.
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I drive a 120 ton road train 3trailers with cruse control.
And tow with my WJ a trailer 2.5t with cruse control no dramas.
Would not do it in traffic.
But ACC in the WK2 does use brakes when needed.
Yes, but does the ACC cause the proper signal to be sent to the trailer brake sending unit if you have one installed? I believe that the wiring for the trailer brake controller is keyed off of the position sensor on the brake pedal, not on the actual braking power being applied, especially by the ACC, and that may be why they say that you shouldn't use the ACC when towing.
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Re: ACC and towing?

If the trailer brake controller is connected correctly, trailer brakes will work when ACC brakes the vehicle. WK2s with the trailer package come with wiring to connect to a trailer brake controller under the dash. I have towed trailers with and without brakes and used ACC with no issues. I know some will disagree.
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Re: ACC and towing?

Prior to posting this thread I had towed my 08' Fleetwood E1 tent trailer twice. Each trip was about 30 minutes South of town to a familiar camping site. The trip is primarily small hills and on each trip I used the ACC. I noticed that the trailer brakes are active when the ACC applies the brakes. I really didn't have any issues at all but since I will be towing my trailer across Canada I figured I'd post the question just in case there was a risk of damaging something.
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Prior to posting this thread I had towed my 08' Fleetwood E1 tent trailer twice. Each trip was about 30 minutes South of town to a familiar camping site. The trip is primarily small hills and on each trip I used the ACC. I noticed that the trailer brakes are active when the ACC applies the brakes. I really didn't have any issues at all but since I will be towing my trailer across Canada I figured I'd post the question just in case there was a risk of damaging something.
It's good to know the ACC activated the trailer brakes, that's great! Too bad I don't have ACC
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