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Old 05-01-2015, 07:43 AM   #1
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80 MPH Speed Limits

The last couple of days we have driven on interstates with 80 mph speed limits, like I-90 in South Dakota. More states are upping their speed limits due to safer vehicles and safer highways.

I mosey along at my usual 62 mph with Airstream in tow. Trailer tires are rated for 65 mph. My Super Duty uses more fuel in headwinds, and more fuel at higher speeds.

Passing traffic is now running 20 mph faster than slow old me. Traffic appears from behind the trailer and zip they are by. I was surprised that even Class 8 trucks by owner - operators were running a good 70 mph and sometimes more. They must be using more fuel.

It will take some getting used to. I sensed the higher speeds made me an obstacle and maybe a rather unsafe one. Should I mount a "slow moving vehicle" triangle on my trailer's bumper?

Are other Airstreamers sensing the same thing?

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Old 05-01-2015, 07:48 AM   #2
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There are plenty of trucks that will only run about sixty two, you won't be the "slowest thing on the road" keep it in the right lane when you can and enjoy your trailer!


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Old 05-01-2015, 07:51 AM   #3
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I run about that same speed. Getting passed like I was standing still. My plan is to get off the interstate highway system and stay off whenever possible.
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Just get in front of a truck that is going 62mph.
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Old 05-01-2015, 08:05 AM   #5
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Some states require that if your under the limit by fifteen mph, you activate flashers use and keep to the right lane. It's the formula I follow by general practice.


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A long time ago I recall a bumper sticker that read " I may be slow but I'm ahead of you"
I like that line. Yeah, slow on a super highway can be dangerous but if you feel that your safe speed is just too dangerous then we just get off and enjoy the view on the local roads. I do it all the time. Here in the east we don't see this high a speed limit so it really doesn't become an issue but out west, yup it does. I'm comfortable in the range of 65 - 70 and will stay there.
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Like a rock in a stream, let the flow go around you. I drive a 18 wheeler 59-62 is mostly my speed.
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Should I mount a "slow moving vehicle" triangle on my trailer's bumper?
Only if you're going to be towing your trailer at 45mph or less; that's the speed below which the triangle is required by law.
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Only if you're going to be towing your trailer at 45mph or less; that's the speed below which the triangle is required by law.
In il. it is illegal to use slow moving triangle on any thing except Implement of husbandry [farm equip], Animal drawn equip. or Neighbor hood vehicles [where permitted]. This quote from Il. rules.
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In il. it is illegal to use slow moving triangle on any thing except Implement of husbandry [farm equip], Animal drawn equip. or Neighbor hood vehicles [where permitted]. This quote from Il. rules.
Other states have additional requirements. in both Oklahoma and Louisiana— the states I've lived in since getting a driver's license— if it's not human powered (i.e. mopeds and bicycles are excluded) and it's not ABLE to reach 45mph, then the triangle is required. A vehicle that CAN go faster doesn't require it, even if it's traveling below 45mph.

I had to get my Airstream Interstate towed once when the starter failed. Unless the driveshaft is removed, the Sprinter van that the Interstate was made from can't be towed at more than 30mph unless it's up on a flatbed. Under Louisiana law, the tow truck driver was required to use one of those triangle signs on the back of my Interstate.
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Stay off the interstates and use back roads. We cruise at about 70 but small cars passing at 90+ causes more issues than trucks passing us. Sometimes getting on back roads and slowing down is a good thing. Now if you are trying to put 800 miles a day behind you, then that may not be an option.

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Freeway speed limits here in CA are typically 65, but you wouldn't know that because the majority of drivers are going 75 to 80. The speed limit for trucks and vehicles pulling trailers is 55. Because everyone seems to be exceeding the posted limits, I drive like you...62 to 65 mph. And, I stay in the right or middle lane (if there are three lanes). This allows others to get around me and that's just what I want. I'm in no hurry and I'm never bothered by those who are. I gladly let them by. This includes pulling aside in appropriate turnouts when on two-lane roads to let following drivers pass me by. This typically results in a friendly toot of the horn or hand wave.
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Also remember a polished trailer is almost invisible under certain circumstances. Having something on the back that is not a mirror will make the trailer more visible and less likely to be rear ended at 90 MPH. Tie your pink flamingos back there if you must polish.


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A graffiti on the back of Kilroy behind sandbags with a Gatling gun might help.
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