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Old 02-16-2012, 09:28 AM   #29
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Shane, Shane, Shane - how do I know in my heart you're going to listen and try to change, and then pull that trailer like a bat outta' hell to Jackson Center?

By the way - hope they honor that gift certificate when you get there!
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Old 02-16-2012, 09:47 AM   #30
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Posts like this are gonna help me.....

I feel as if I am in therapy session......

Hello, my name is Shane and I am a lead foot.




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Funny!

Sometimes you have to take a couple of deep. slow breaths and consciously force yourself to do what you are not accustomed to doing.

It becomes easier with practice.


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Old 02-16-2012, 09:55 AM   #31
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DW toes on a regular basis...won't trust the cruise, so that's my JOB.

Finally on a cross-country she realized it was better to use it than listen to my rant's about slowing down...

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Old 02-16-2012, 10:58 AM   #32
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Years ago when I had a truck company in Europe we had a saying that the penalty for being late was not as severe as being hurt or being dead. Slow down and live. The life you save just might be your own.
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Old 02-16-2012, 11:07 AM   #33
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The slower we go, the more people get to pass us, and many give us a thumbs up as they pass. The joy I get from their admiring stares makes it totally worth slowing down a bit.
We go 60-ish. Funny thing though. We get the single digit wave too, but its usually not the thumb.

Keep wondering why all these friendly folks on the roads don't use all their fingers when they wave.
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Old 02-16-2012, 11:22 AM   #34
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I have a very good car, and I learned shortly after getting it that in good conditions the car and I agree on a cruising speed quite a bit above the legal max (and indeed still well above the Texas "fudge factor" where a DPS trooper will usually ignore you if you look like you're not causing trouble.) Cruise control helps me keep the Legacy down in the range where I don't lose all that time I was gaining (by driving faster) while waiting for John Law to write up a citation.

Before we got the Argosy I had learned (on these forums) about the speed rating of trailer tires, and was a little worried that it would be hard to stick to speeds that were "reasonable and proper" for Airstream travel. Like many who posted before me in this thread, I've found that it's not really that hard in practice. I *DO* use the cruise control in the truck, and I've found that I really like the way Ford programmed the transmission to behave on cruise. It rewards an involved driver... if you dial up a little more torque with the pedal before the truck starts to slow on a hill, it'll stay in 4th longer, and come out of "lock-up" without downshifting, etc. All these little details I found in my quest to stick to 65mph.

So far, I think the only times I've exceeded 70mph while towing have been when passing (a rare event indeed!) and I haven't had to put any real effort into keeping the speed down... it's truly a state-of-mind thing.
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Old 02-16-2012, 12:40 PM   #35
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The slower we go, the more people get to pass us, and many give us a thumbs up as they pass. The joy I get from their admiring stares makes it totally worth slowing down a bit.
SO TRUE Brad!!!

Especially with a vintage tow vehicle...but then we probably couldn't go much over the limit anyways!

When we tow with a modern tow vehicle...we use cruise control to keep the slower pace.

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Old 02-16-2012, 12:57 PM   #36
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Gonna do the cruise control thing also,...but from what I understand that hurts the mpg a little.

60 mph.....here I come.

Leaving Saturday next week.

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Old 02-16-2012, 06:50 PM   #37
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My truck has a 5 speed manual transmission. When towing I shift no higher than 4th especially when using cruise control. In 5th with cruise control on, every time you approach the slightest hill the throttle goes all the way to the floor trying to keep the speed set. I find I get better mileage in 4th. The engine doesn't lug down on the hills like in 5th. I don't use cruise that often and never drive above 65mph, most of the time it's right at 60mph.
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Old 02-16-2012, 06:54 PM   #38
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My truck has a 5 speed manual transmission. When towing I shift no higher than 4th especially when using cruise control. In 5th with cruise control on, every time you approach the slightest hill the throttle goes all the way to the floor trying to keep the speed set. I find I get better mileage in 4th. The engine doesn't lug down on the hills like in 5th. I don't use cruise that often and never drive above 65mph, most of the time it's right at 60mph.

Interesting...my truck has a manual mode or I can actually lock out a gear.

Might try that.

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Old 02-16-2012, 07:01 PM   #39
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Speed up, Shane, as long as you can afford new tires and don't mind 8 miles per gallon and maybe handling the aftereffects of tire blowouts since ALL trailer tires are only rated to 65 mph. Sometimes I've wondered about the people who complain about Goodyear Marathon tires. Do they drive over 70 and then complain because the tires fail? Shane, do you use Goodyear Marathons?
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Cruise control worked for me, so I figure I'll keep on using it. I seemed to get better mileage with it too. I can't get into 5th gear without lugging the engine, so I'm a 4th gear vehicle too. That helps a bit. Without the trailer, I'm a "7 miles over the speed limit" kind of person, um, unless I'm in a hurry or bored or hungry or...

Well, actually, I'm a lead foot too. 7 miles over the speed limit is where I set the cruise control.

But not with the trailer. I go about 60-65, preferably 60. The only trouble is that when the speed limit is 55, I find myself still going 60, so cruise control is my friend there too.

But it IS nice giving oneself extra days to get somewhere. You get to stop more often, meet up with more people, take more pictures.
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Old 02-16-2012, 07:34 PM   #41
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Drive slower than you think you need too

That is safest way. There will be times when you will be just fine on open highway with few cars on roads. Was driving my rear wheel drive bimmer to AZ at night going 80 plus up to 110. Well one big rigs dropped it's steel bumper in road. I had no reaction time at all went right over it. Any less of car fwd would have had serious problems or trailer in tow. Nothing happened but there are times to go fast and times to drive safe. Allow lots of room for car in front of you. Problem I have is diesel jeep can not go 60 just upshifts to 5th overdrive even 65 is hard to do she wants 70. Pulling a trailer doing 70 is as safe newer Porshe doing 155. Not everyone owns 2011 ford 350 super. Is that rated at 700lbs torque?
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Speed up, Shane, as long as you can afford new tires and don't mind 8 miles per gallon and maybe handling the aftereffects of tire blowouts since ALL trailer tires are only rated to 65 mph. Sometimes I've wondered about the people who complain about Goodyear Marathon tires. Do they drive over 70 and then complain because the tires fail? Shane, do you use Goodyear Marathons?
I get 13 mpg going 75-80.

I really don't know what tires are on my stream.

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