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So the other day I was towing this setup home from my property and I was going up a hill with a slight head wind, cruise was set on 70. Climbing the hill the truck started to down shift, on the 2nd down shift it but like 4300 rpms and seemed to stall out there. While holding the rpms it was slowing down with the cruise still set. Tap the brakes and get back on the throttle and it pulled normal. Did this twice. Anyone had this issue before?

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I don't know much about towing...but I usually turnoff the cruise control when I am climbing a hill.

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Yes it is the cruise control. It has been awhile. But I remember going up a hill it downshifted to 3 gear I believe and fell flat on its face. Scared me think something was wrong. Turned off cruise and all was good. So now if I'm pulling a hill I turn off cruise control.
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Might be some kind of safety built into the cruise control to keep it from redlining trying to maintain the speed when it's not capable of it??? How big of a hill was it? Seems like you should've been able to hold speed with that load unless you were pulling a really steep grade.
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This will happen with no load. If you read in the owners manual is says to not use cruise while towing which I do on flatter ground with some smaller hills with no problems and not to use it while traveling in hilly roads.


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Cruise control kids out when a downshift to 3rd or a lower gear. Owner's manual I believe mentions it very vaguely...however when you are towing up a long steep hill you shouldn't be using the cruise control anyhow and this is the reason. You are cruising along, speed drops about 10mph and disengaged the cruise control automatically and scares the unsuspecting driver into thinking something is wrong.

Its not a towing issue, its a driver issue. Just remember in the future to use that right foot of yours to help it up those hills, once you get up the hill you can let off the accelerator and your cruise control will take back over....that is unless you wait till the cruise automatically disengages, then you'll have to hit the resume button.
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I encounter your issue atleast once a month. I've been told it's normal. I wouldn't worry about it. But it freaked me out the first time it happened. when I was towing heavy with my tacoma I couldn't even put it in cruise. If I'm pulling more than 3k on my trailer I don't even put it on cruise.
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I came from a diesel, first gas truck in 6 years. I'm used to towing 20k pounds with cruise on and never skip a beat. Figured a big v8 with 4.30s should be able to handle a utility trailer with a ranger on it.
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Don't compare apples to oranges.
I came from a CTD 6.7L.
The Tundra likes rpm's and for what ever reason Toyota shuts the truck down in cruise control when it down shifts to 3rd prolly for safety.
Mine has towed my 2014 Jeep JKU (5000lbs+) many times on a trailer and never had a problem.
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The cruise is too abrupt if you ask me. Even with no load it shifts up 2 gears on most hills, and the engine is running above 3,00 rpm. Kills the mileage as well.
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Normal - don't use cruise when towing


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I too came over from a CTD. I haven't had this issue yet but i was expecting to experience issues like this.

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Tundras have a cruise control that's like a bi-polar chick. It chills till a bit of incline then after a few mph drop it wakes up screaming about the need for fuel and lower gears. Best not to use in hilly areas towing or not. Maybe they are better in later years?

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My 2008 would pull my camper and utv trailer with no issues at all with the cruise control. 2014 has the same issues as described.
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