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Old 02-15-2012, 06:13 PM   #1
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Pulling slow...

How do you guys do it? I'm a little high strung...or anxious to get where im aiming. Guess it has to do with time constraints because of working. I just can't slow down. I find myself at 80 plus sometimes. I don't even realize it...maybe it's the power of my truck,..might be in my blood, just don't know.

I am planning a repair trip to the Mothership at the end of this month. My appointment is on a Monday...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.

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Old 02-15-2012, 06:24 PM   #2
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How do you guys do it? I find myself at 80 plus sometimes. I don't even realize it...maybe it's the power of my truck.


Back in the 50's this 180HP, 1955 Merc towed this Airstream over 90MPH.

Today our 260HP V6 family sedan with Airstream in tow could do the same but we don't.

I think you need to step up to the plate and just simply drive responsibly.
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Old 02-15-2012, 06:36 PM   #3
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As they say Shane, drive like hell and you will get there.
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Old 02-15-2012, 06:42 PM   #4
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How do you guys do it? I'm a little high strung...or anxious to get where im aiming. Guess it has to do with time constraints because of working. I just can't slow down. I find myself at 80 plus sometimes. I don't even realize it...maybe it's the power of my truck,..might be in my blood, just don't know.

I am planning a repair trip to the Mothership at the end of this month. My appointment is on a Monday...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.

Shane
I've only had one 400 mile trip so far, but my approach was pretty simple. I started out being paranoid of everyone else and hitting something, and then I decided that while I am towing the trailer I am in a completely different "zone". I am going to hang out with the truckers in the right lane, put on some tunes, and set the cruise control at 60 mph (55mph limit in California).

When I drive without the trailer, my approach depends heavily on the conditions and watching others. Open stretch of road, I have no problem hitting 80+. LA city limits, not very far above the speed limit. People are stupid and crazy and I don't trust them.

When I drive offroad, I know the limits of my vehicle and am in yet a third zone. In fact, offroad driving has been great for me because I really know much better obstacle avoidance on the freeways as a result, just because I have learned exactly where my underbody is and how the forces affect the vehicle.

Of course, if you are towing in no wind, daylight, no cars around, with high visibility, then go as fast as you want.

Just my 2cents.
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Shane,
That's my kind of trip when on a mission. Sooner than later, though. As we are talkin' $5/gallon for gas in some parts before too long.
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I get what you guys are saying..I'm gonna go slow to Ohio!



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Old 02-15-2012, 06:46 PM   #7
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I know what your saying Shane! Going out Im good with planning on 50 miles per hour of travel. This allows me to drive about 60 to 65 MPH and stop as we please for rest stops. Thats on the way out. We drive about 5 or 6 hours a day total. Thats on the way out.
On the way home I find myself traveling 70 MPH or better and driving for 12 to 14 hours a day. Im trying to learn that Im on vacation and slow down. Ill never understand why Im in a hurry to get back home and back to work. Heres to learning better habits
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Shane, it's tough. I own an Airstream and tow vehicle combo that cruises very happily and securely at 75, and I daily drive some fast cars on occasion.

But I admit that there can be a certain zen-like relaxation to putting along at the limit. Let other people do what they want. Maybe entertain yourself by seeing how good fuel economy you can get.

That said, there are times when getting out of what looks like a messy situation is needed. So try for 65, but use the power only when it's needed...

Note: These concepts sound good when typed. Any resemblance to reality is purely coincidence.

Best of luck at the mothership. I hope the trailer gets repaired to your satisfaction.

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I drive 150miles per day on my normal commute on back roads so my speeds are often 80-90mph so I have a lead foot. At times I have caught myself pulling the stream at 80 not realizing it. I obviously slow down when I notice.
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If I read this right, you are going to (slow down?) and drive only 550 miles a day if your appointment is Monday morning. I do know from experience that a job rudely interrupts real life, but, in my opinion you need to slowly work yourself from destination oriented to journey oriented. I couldn't do it when working either, but now a 550 mile trip would take me 3 or 4 days with detours for exploring.
I had to hurry so much at work that I had to force myself to slow down on my time. For me, the destination is the excuse for going, and I sometimes never reach the planned destination because the journey is so much more interesting.
Try setting a close destination and take your time getting there. You may like it. Or, then again, you may not.
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Always a contrary bugger, I get my almost Zen like pleasure from going slowly and seeing if I can maintain an even pace. Up here in the great white north, the speed limit (when it's enforced) is 62mph. My trailer tires are rated to 65mph max. I pull the trailer for pleasure. Why would I want to go faster?

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If I read this right, you are going to (slow down?) and drive only 550 miles a day if your appointment is Monday morning. I do know from experience that a job rudely interrupts real life, but, in my opinion you need to slowly work yourself from destination oriented to journey oriented. I couldn't do it when working either, but now a 550 mile trip would take me 3 or 4 days with detours for exploring.
I had to hurry so much at work that I had to force myself to slow down on my time. For me, the destination is the excuse for going, and I sometimes never reach the planned destination because the journey is so much more interesting.
Try setting a close destination and take your time getting there. You may like it. Or, then again, you may not.
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I'm gonna leave Saturday about 5:00 am and drive till dark.?..or longer...

Knowing me I'll be in Ohio before I stop and rest...but I will go slow....not faster than 65mph is my goal,..no matter what.

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Shane,

Look at it this way..... about 17hrs driving time with 31 hrs of rest time, no problem.

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Part of the reason for towing more slowly...around 60-65 mph is good...is that typically trailer tries are simply not built for high speeds with the loads they bear. You'll also find that you have better mileage. So it is safer to keep the speed down. We had a blowout going around 65 and it was bad enough. I can't imagine what might have happened at 75 or 80...Going slower is a good thing, even though it's hard when you're used to barreling through...try it...you might like it!

Towing in CA is always interesting...as noted above, the speed limit in CA while towing is 55 mph...the last time we were there on our way to San Diego, I could have sworn we were the only ones trying to follow that speed limit. And I can tell you that we got VERY nervous when — while heading up the mountains east of SD — we saw gigantic 40+ foot fifth wheels coming at us at what must have been 80 mpg downhill. There was no way they could have stopped that thing if they needed to...I don't care HOW big their truck is. We were always relieved when they had passed...

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