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Old 11-19-2013, 08:28 AM   #141
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Wee...... Is there a point obsessing again?
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Old 11-19-2013, 08:50 AM   #142
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I don't know guys? 55 on an interstate hiway? Texas, for example, has a limit of 80 mph (actually 85 in some places) on many interstates. Traveling there, If you are not willing to set at least 65 on the speedometer, you become "road construction ahead" without all the warning signs for the traffic behind you. We just go with the flow of the slower traffic in the right lane with 70 mph as the very top. Amount of traffic and driving conditions has 90 % to do with our towing speed. Most important, leave plenty of room in front for reaction time and the action that follows. Fuel mileage is secondary unless we have the road to ourselves.
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Old 11-19-2013, 11:52 AM   #143
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If people think we are driving too slow, that's their problem, not ours. Anyone can spot the back of an Airstream from a long ways away, and slow down or pass when the opening appears. Nobody is required to drive faster than the minimum posted speed, or their comfort zone, just because some yahoo on the highway is in a hurry.

However, we often take the two-lane windy roads when time permits because the scenery is more interesting. If we notice we're backing up a line of cars, we find a safe spot to pull over and let them pass.

With our "little guy" at 55-60 mph we often get 15 mpg.

From the slow lane, L & J
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Old 11-19-2013, 11:59 AM   #144
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I run about 62 in right lane on toll road. Speed limit is 80Mph.

When people "attempt" to merge, I often move to center lane ....
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Old 11-19-2013, 11:59 AM   #145
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If I want to use 6th gear and have the engine not below the max torque point of 1600 rpm, I am crowding 65. Otherwise, setting 5th as the top gear works for 55 but the mileage drops off...

In the mountains, I use the cautionary yellow turn sign speeds as the max speed and sometime slower when the turns are tight so I do not drop a wheel off curb side and or cross the center line.
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Old 11-19-2013, 12:04 PM   #146
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If people think we are driving too slow, that's their problem, not ours.
No way am I going to go faster than I feel comfortable with the trailer just because someone else wants me to. That's what the slow lane is for, and I do go at or above the posted speed limit, so I'm legal.

In many parts of California, there is a 55 mph speed limit for trailers, so I seldom go above 60 in any case. I don't enjoy traffic school enough to want to revisit it. California law also restricts trailers to the right two lanes, so I won't be anyone's fast lane speed bump.

60 mph gets me there, saves gas, keeps me under the radar, so to speak, and feels good with trailer response and traffic flow. Find what works for you.
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Old 11-19-2013, 01:04 PM   #147
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One has to use some self discipline to avoid following the crowd.

One of the easiest highways in Canada to get carried away with the flow is the #1 eastbound from Canmore to Calgary, AB.
http://goo.gl/maps/4RLoL

This area usually has a strong tailwind for eastbound and you are also loosing altitude. The local traffic runs well over 70MPH when the road and vision are excellent.

On our last trip east in Aug, I had travel trailers, tent trailers, motorhomes and large 5th wheels, pulled my short box pickups, pass me like I was stopped and I was keeping steady at 110kph.

They almost drag you along with the suction they create.

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Old 11-19-2013, 01:29 PM   #148
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It doesn't really take that much discipline to pick a speed and set cruise control...
The speed I pick is to save gas more than anything- extra safety is a good by-product of my initial motivation-
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Old 11-19-2013, 02:22 PM   #149
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Old 11-19-2013, 02:36 PM   #150
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It doesn't really take that much discipline to pick a speed and set cruise control...
The speed I pick is to save gas more than anything- extra safety is a good by-product of my initial motivation-
There is a school of thought found in at least some vehicle manuals which says, "do not use cruise control while towing." I will admit however that I do use it at times when conditions are very good and traffic is light. I am not entirely sure why it is not recommended, but do have some ideas.

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Old 11-19-2013, 02:43 PM   #151
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Guess the 55? On interstates bristled some neck hairs. And yes, everyone should drive at a speed they feel comfortable with. Guess I'll just put on Sammy Hagar' s VOA album and hit the road.
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Old 11-19-2013, 02:47 PM   #152
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I find I can easily keep up with traffic at most speed limits. Here in the NE most states are 65 mph on the interstates a little less off them. Conditions permitting that's where you'll usually find me. Out west I've seen speed limits up to 80 mph but I don't feel comfortable there so I'll still hang our at around 65 or so. Basically it amounts to whatever I feel comfortable at and since I'm in front …… .

OH, and yes I do use my cruise control unless I'm in heavy traffic with no ill effects on my truck and my right leg appreciates it a lot.
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Old 11-19-2013, 07:22 PM   #153
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There are times that going slow is a bad thing. If you go too slow in places like downtown Birmingham or Atlanta you will have cars whizzing past you at 90 MPH and passing you on the wrong side getting in your blind spots while trying to change lanes to make an exit etc. There are also the cell phone distracted idiots that will rear end you because they are not paying attention. This is one reason I don't like traveling on spring break weekends etc that is forced upon you by truancy laws etc. You can only go on vacation when we tell you to. This is all assuming you have kids. This also forces you to get from point A to point B in a limited amount of time.

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Old 11-19-2013, 07:50 PM   #154
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The distracted driver will hit you no matter what speed you are driving- 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, etc.
I have towed through Birmingham many times at the posted limit.
I will not speed- I could care less what 99% of BAD/UNSAFE drivers are doing.
I am sure statistics will prove that accidents more accidents are caused by speeding.
I have never heard of an accident caused by a driver going less than the posted limit.
There is a posted minimum too- for a reason-
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