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Old 02-16-2012, 07:09 PM   #43
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The first truck I ran 20+ years ago was a 1984 Ford 8000 Cabover with a 210 HP Cat 3208 and a strait 5-speed. Cruise control was easily set at 55 mph by holding your right foot to the floor and not letting up till you got where you were going. Hills were pulled at a steady 15 mph in 2nd with that same throttle position. Spring seat, no air, and no radio and you were praying to get out of that thing after a few hours.

Seriously, I don't try and force much more than 500 miles in a day if I am traveling for pleasure. I enjoy the trip much more that way.

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Old 02-16-2012, 07:18 PM   #44
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That is safest way. There will be times when you will be just fine on open highway. Not everyone owns 2011 ford 350 super. Is that rated at 700lbs torque?

800lbs of torque.....btw....



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Old 02-16-2012, 08:05 PM   #45
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We have gone from Visalia, Ca to Chapel Hill, North Carolina four times in the last three years, right at 6,000 + miles each trip. I have learn that using the cruise control and setting it at 60 MPH saves a lot of diesel. At 65 to 70 MPH I was getting 11 MPG, I have a Chevy 2009 Duramax, at 60 MPH I get 14 to 15 MPG.

We have made the trip to a full seven days driving instead of five days. I stop every day now by 4:00 PM, and feel a lot better. It took some getting use to, but it is nice. By the way, I use Goodyear Marathon tires and have never had a problem, I feel better about them now that I'm going slower.

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Old 02-16-2012, 08:10 PM   #46
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Everyone has heard about the deteriorating highway infrastructure around our Country. Never push your luck while RV-ing, trying to get from point A to point B by going over the posted speed limits. After dark, driving can become even more dangerous, with more than meets the eye!
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Old 02-16-2012, 08:24 PM   #47
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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, 09:31 PM   #48
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A couple of five years of Airstreaming, I doubt if we've put more than a couple hundred miles towing on freeways. We see more on secondary roads and the pace is considerably less stressful.....i hauled a four horse gooseneck with therapetic riding horses all over the southwest and that really teaches you to be smooth and safe. However, when I'm pulling one of my hot rods on the flatbed, that damn roadster in the rear view mirror pushes me up over 75!
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Old 02-17-2012, 06:08 AM   #49
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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?
May want to look into V-rated tires Shane.
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Old 02-17-2012, 07:56 AM   #50
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May want to look into V-rated tires Shane.
I believe my motorcycle tires are v rated.


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Old 02-17-2012, 08:12 AM   #51
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to pull slow I set the speed control and keep my foot off the power pedal
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Old 02-17-2012, 08:52 AM   #52
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I visualize the tread peeling off my Chinese Marathons and tearing off half the side of my trailer.
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Old 02-17-2012, 09:50 AM   #53
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I'm going to leave Saturday morning and gonna try and not go over 65 mph the whole way. 1100 mile journey. Just me no wife,dog or son......I was gonna leave early Sunday morning and do it in one day, but gona try and see if there is a huge fuel price difference.
Getting back to the original point of the thread, if you normally try to do 1100 miles all in one day, especially solo, then no wonder you'd be high-strung. Averaging 80mph, you'd be on the road for at least 13¾ hours straight, not counting fuel, food, and bathroom stops. Plus most people would arrive either too exhausted to move, or so wired that they couldn't sleep when they got there.

Averaging 65 mph, you're behind the wheel a little under 17 hours to make 1100 miles. Keeping that pace only adds 3¼ hours of driving time to the one-way trip.

Honestly, whether it makes a difference in fuel prices or not isn't the point, nearly so much as the fact that splitting the drive into two days allows you a much more reasonable amount of driving time per day, and lets you take leisurely breaks for meals and necessities. Even if you can't get rid of your leadfoot and still make 80mph, it's better to do the trip in two days rather than one; you'd only have 7 hours a day behind the wheel at 80mph, or 8½ hours a day at 65mph.

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