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Old 08-10-2013, 07:42 PM   #15
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We rarely tow above 60 mph. and stay in the right lane. People see an RV and expect to have to pass you, plus our mpg is much better at 60!

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Old 08-10-2013, 07:44 PM   #16
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i find ay 60 mph there are two kinds of drivers.....
group one wants to do anything to not get stuck behind you and will spot you early.
group two wants to draft behind your trailer to save fuel.
group two no longer wants to save fuel at 55 mph :-)

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Old 08-10-2013, 08:34 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by ROBERT CROSS View Post
1800-2000 RPM, 60-63mph. Find the engines sweet spot.

x2. 7.3 Diesel Honey Badger likes 1900 rpm but ain't afraid to go to 3000 to "power" around packs of idiots. I like to find a few 18 wheelers I'm comfy with and settle into a cadence between 60-63. Leaving enough room in front of you is key.
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Old 08-10-2013, 08:43 PM   #18
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I always see the big rigs turn on flashers when going uphill at slower than posted speed limits.

My comment was that when NOT towing with either a car or truck, you should have your vehicle warning flashers on at speeds around 45 to 50 mph on highways and interstates so as folks come up behind you they are visually informed there is an issue ahead.

The attached trailer creates it's own message that the combined vehicle could be traveling slower than the speed limit. If the rig's speed is really slower than traffic, turn on the flashers.
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Old 08-10-2013, 08:47 PM   #19
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I will generally drive the same as if I have no Airstream behind, at least the speed limit, maybe 5-10 over if conditions are favorable. I often find myself accellerating faster than common cars at intersections and traffic lights, these people , grouped together, accell slower than an 18 wheeler, heck no! I also plan hills that might slow me down by getting a good run at the bottom so I can (hopefully) crest at least at the speed limit. I carefully scan from each of the three mirrors and back to front to keep constant information about the traffic around me. I'm not in a race , but do not like to drive slow. That's one of the reasons I own an Airstream and tow with a V8 Ram. John
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Old 08-10-2013, 09:01 PM   #20
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Around 60 mph for me, where conditions allow. Anything above that and the fuel economy is shot. There's also the little matter of three and half tons of trailer becoming progressively more unstable as the speed is increased.

I don't subscribe to the "keeping up with the flow" argument, either. It's up to others to pass you if they want to, not for you to speed up so they don't have to.
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Old 08-10-2013, 09:05 PM   #21
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If I go 70 I am the slowest vehicle on the road. Everybody else passes me.
Our company has a mandatory 65 mph speed limit.
If I go 65 I am the slowest vehicle on the road and everybody passes me.
Slower is always safer. You have more time to identify a danger and avoid it by evasive maneuvers or braking..
I tow the trailer at 55 because I get 12 mpg at 55 mpg.
If I go 70 towing I get 7-8.
Don't worry about all those people going 80. They will go around you.
You will find that driving is a lot less stressful when you are the slowest vehicle on the road. You hardly ever have to change lanes or pass anyone.
Slow vehicles do not pose a danger on the highways. It is the speeders that bring the danger. All dangerous or stressfull situations on the road are brought about by people speeding or improper lane usage or not paying attention and crossing over the line.
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Old 08-10-2013, 09:23 PM   #22
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I think 60 will be right for me - I'm very conservative about driving believe me!!

My personal debate was 55 vs 65 - 60 is middle ground so there

I'll be watching mileage to indeed find a sweet spot

Good point switz
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Old 08-10-2013, 11:29 PM   #23
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Towing, we usually go 55-60 mph. The gas milage is so much better than if we go faster. On the Interstate, we just stay in the right lane. On two-lane highways, we stay right when there's a passing lane or occasionally just pull over if we are blocking a line of cars.

There have been a couple of threads about people towing at 70 mph when something went wrong. One bad accident and one near-miss.

Have a safe trip!
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Old 08-10-2013, 11:35 PM   #24
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Do this before you drive with your flashers on:
Parked, with the flashers on, turn on a turn signal and get out and see what you've got.
If the flashers override the turn signals, you are unsafe. This means that with your flashers on when you signal a turn or lane change all the guy behind you will see is an idiot with his flashers on.
I can't tell you how many times I've come upon a slow-moving vehicle with its 4-way flashers going (apparently this makes the driver feel "safe") and as I go to pass, the guy changes lanes thinking he's signaled a lane change (obviously unaware that he has defeated his turn signals). He might just as well have taken a hammer and smashed them out. There is a law against driving a vehicle without operational brake lights and turn signals.
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Old 08-11-2013, 06:14 AM   #25
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I usually try to drive 65-68 on the open highway as that's the sweet spot for my truck between managing my EGTs and maintaining overdrive on the rolling hills. On more congested roads, I'll stick pretty close to the posted limit. On steep inclines, I will use flashers, but do not change lanes with them on. No one should be changing lanes with flashers on regardless of whether they defeat the turn signals or not.

I do believe there is a "too slow" speed on the highway which cause people to pass you aggressively. I believe this can be just as dangerous as driving too fast.

Just drive as cautiously as possible, while not becoming a nuisance, rely on your experience, and just use plain old common sense to adjust your speed accordingly.
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Old 08-11-2013, 06:53 AM   #26
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It is illegal to drive with your 4 ways on in the state of Florida. Period. Jim
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Old 08-11-2013, 07:11 AM   #27
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of course, all y'alls responses are fine and dandy, but you have to remember......he lives in NASCAR country !!!
Every time I've been in the greater Birmingham area, all them there rednecks drive the freeways like they believe they are the next Richard Petty and I-65 is really Talladega.....

Pharm, once you get away from that part of the world.....things will calm down some, then you can run at 60 and it won't seem like you are just standing still.
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Old 08-11-2013, 07:16 AM   #28
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Slower drivers in the right lane are not the problem... slow drivers that refuse to get out of the left lane are.

I am completely baffled by the mentality of people that think they can occupy the left lane for hours on end. I may be old school but I was taught that you move left to pass then back to the right. I have to drive I-95 between Philly, PA and Jacksonville, FL on a regular basis. It is very common to come up on someone riding the left lane at the posted speed limit or even below it, THAT is dangerous, it isn't very long before people start passing on the right and whipping in and out trying to get around the rolling road blocks. Unfortunately it seems to not be an issue to LEO.

I can see using 4-way flashers for a brief period of time if moving well below the posted speed limit while getting up to speed, or on steep grades. I use mine when traffic slows suddenly to warn vehicles behind me that speeds are reducing rapidly, once the vehicles behind me have obviously gotten the message I turn them off.


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