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I'm old school even though I'm not old, 63, I've worked with WWII vets, Korea vets and Viet **** Nam vets in my 40 years in the heavy highway construction industry and the technology in this rig has me scratching my head. I've resisted tech, wasn't needed in my field, carried that into my daily life, but this trucklet has so much tech that I might never reap all that it has to offer. I'm fumbling my way through it, will glean what I need day to day and maybe, thanks to this site, learn to use more of what it's capable of. Thanks to all of you people for sharing.
 

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I drove a low tech 2001 Dodge Dakota for nineteen years before switching to my Santa Cruz. I agree with it was a bit daunting to get all of the electronics configured the way that I like. Take your time, drive it a lot and see what suits you best. Look in your manual for help. You will find a wealth of information here from other owners that will help you learn to enjoy your Santa Cruz. Don't feel scared to ask questions. You can also search the forum for an answer to a question that has already been answered.
Tell us about your Santa Cruz. Pictures are always good to see too.
 
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Gotcha, pics will come when I figure that out, truck porn, put the lettering on the tailgate today, curt hitch came in today, cross bars for roof racks tomorrow, bed mat and tuxmats on order. Sel, Hampton gray w/ activity pkg. Grateful for this forum and the info it provides.
 

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I'm old school even though I'm not old, 63, I've worked with WWII vets, Korea vets and Viet **** Nam vets in my 40 years in the heavy highway construction industry and the technology in this rig has me scratching my head. I've resisted tech, wasn't needed in my field, carried that into my daily life, but this trucklet has so much tech that I might never reap all that it has to offer. I'm fumbling my way through it, will glean what I need day to day and maybe, thanks to this site, learn to use more of what it's capable of. Thanks to all of you people for sharing.
[/QUOTEI am 68 yo, when even I have a tech question I ask My 17 yo, he is good for that, this is after spending 20 years in computer operations, so much changes so often.
 

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As long as you can work the gas pedal, brake pedal and steering wheel that’s all you need 😀. No need to rush it. You will pick things up as you continue to drive it.
 

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Also overwhelmed but the difference is that I don't want to learn this stuff except turn it off. I'm probably one of the few people that don't see tech as progress. Would rather see good drivers than computers on wheels.
 

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Yup, baby steps, some of the new equipment I ran before I retired was getting more technical but still just construction equipment. Some of the features made it easier to run and I picked them up gradually but like driving it's basically the same moves.
 

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It's completely understandable that one might be overwhelmed with the tech these and other new vehicles have coming from a vehicle that didn't. I came from a 10 year old vehicle that only had the basic new world features at the time like XM Radio, push button start (but still had a slide-in key fob, and sport mode automatic with manual click shifting if/when desired. Those features seemed wonderful and it would be hard to go back to anything less now.

My new SC has a ton of "safety" features that are all brand new to me. I was initially confused on what the car was trying to tell me with all it's beeps and warnings. I'd get little adrenaline rushes at every beep while in traffic. Once I began to understand what the features were and discovered that (for the most part) I have control over those features, I learned to use them to my advantage. After 10+ months it all seems normal to me and those warnings are appreciated; especially the cross traffic warning when backing up. The hardest thing to get used to is the slight tugs on the steering wheel and the lane drifting beeps. I still have those turned on, but I could see myself not missing them if turned off. The way the cruise functions is wonderful and I love the one-push set once you are at the desired speed. The somewhat self-driving took a lot of getting used to, but now I know when to use it to my advantage and when to leave it off. It's nice to be able to grab things in the cab, take a drink or unwrap a food item on a road trip and know the car has your back as far as lane drift.

I think the best tech feature is that YOU have control over the new tech features you use. Without that, I'd feel like I do when my desktop computer starts doing something I didn't tell it to. :mad:
 

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My wife has a 2020 Palisade. She wanted me to have some of the new safety features on her vehicle. I soon learned the same button on both vehicles performs different functions on each. Fortunately, we seldom drive each other’s vehicles.
 

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I was just reading about a software update for the nav system on another thread, I have no idea what a flash drive is, yikes, that's my dilemma. I don't even use my cell phone.
 

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I was just reading about a software update for the nav system on another thread, I have no idea what a flash drive is, yikes, that's my dilemma. I don't even use my cell phone.
The navigation system is onboard with higher end trim packages and would need updates to stay current with changes due to new roads and construction. In the lower end trim packages all navigation is from a cell phone connected to the vehicle by Bluetooth signals. The dealer can do the update for you. That might be a good option for you.
 

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I see your point but you have to understand since you resisted embracing new tech, it will overwhelm you for a short while. What seems high tech to you is the status quo in todays modern cars. I'm more of a bike guy than a car guy and I prefer mechanical throttle over the ride by wire, however riding modes, traction control, lean angle ABS/control works and safes lives. I had to rewired my brain to deal with ride by wire on/off twitchiness and fueling. Evolution happens and you either take the high road or parish.
 

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I see your point but you have to understand since you resisted embracing new tech, it will overwhelm you for a short while. What seems high tech to you is the status quo in todays modern cars. I'm more of a bike guy than a car guy and I prefer mechanical throttle over the ride by wire, however riding modes, traction control, lean angle ABS/control works and safes lives. I had to rewired my brain to deal with ride by wire on/off twitchiness and fueling. Evolution happens and you either take the high road or parish.
Go through the menus and turn every safety feature off. Now you have a car your familiar with.
 

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Gotcha, pics will come when I figure that out, truck porn, put the lettering on the tailgate today, curt hitch came in today, cross bars for roof racks tomorrow, bed mat and tuxmats on order. Sel, Hampton gray w/ activity pkg. Grateful for this forum and the info it provides.
I ordered the the tail gate letters and they came with no information on their application. Do you have any helpful advice. I don't want to commit, to realized I screwed up the install. Thx Ed
 

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I got mine from eBay. It was pretty easy, they had 3m sticky tape on the back. I just peeled a little back from the top of each letter, got it lined up in the indent and pressed it in place, peeled the rest of the tape off as I worked down the indent for the letters. Had them in place in about ten minutes. I think I paid about $45, a little pricey, they were a little thicker, not flat vinyl, cleaned spot with alcohol first also.
 
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