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Old 07-09-2015, 12:37 PM   #29
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Colorado up the Front Range, posted speed limit 70 on the weekends.

Colorado actual speed going west up into the mountains on the weekend. 0 to 20mph going with the flow in all lanes. If it is SNOWING. If it is not snowing, the same.

Going DOWN back into Denver... 0 to 70, snow, rain, shine, fog or "road closed to traffic".
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Old 07-09-2015, 01:43 PM   #30
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P.S. The one thing Californians do that annoys me is putting "the" in front of highway names. Everywhere else it's I-5. I-80, ETC. Why is California the only one who says, "the I-5"? Is someone getting paid by the word?

It reminds me of Trump calling himself "the Donald"

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Actually, I believe that is an LA thing. Up north, they also find it odd that we do that. They say, "take 101," whereas we always say, "take the 101". I wonder how this evolved, but, as a born and bred Angeleno, it's how I roll.
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Washington's Max speed is 70 like California's. Oregon's however is 65. That is painfully slow if one is entering from Idaho where it is 80.

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Actually The max speed limit in California 65 m.p.h. except when posted otherwise.

The max speed limit for trucks, trailers and 3 or more axles is 55 m.p.h.

But who obeys them ?
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Yes, 55 is the limit for anything that is towing anything. I spend a lot of time driving Hwy 5 and I rarely see anyone that is towing drive at 55. For my safety and the safety of others, I really wish these folks would limit themselves to 55 when towing. I have seen a lot of nasty "accidents" many of which today are caused by speed.

One of the most frightening things for me is to be driving down Hwy 5 in my pickup (and not towing) at 70mph and have a MH towing a 26 foot trailer or a pickup towing a fifth wheel pass me up. Absolutely insane!

When we travel to Yosemite, we have to pass through Sacramento. The traffic nightmare there has nothing to do with folks towing at 55. The Sacramento area is simply a nightmare (as if any other large urban area in Calif is not!!!). Try coming down Hwy 5, through Sac and onto Hwy 99 south! This is about the only place that I have ever had to use my air horns on the MH. And I have yet to make that journey without making a wrong turn somewhere in Sac.
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Actually The max speed limit in California 65 m.p.h. except when posted otherwise.

The max speed limit for trucks, trailers and 3 or more axles is 55 m.p.h.

But who obeys them ?
I looked it up. You are correct and I was wrong.

I always thought California was the land of fast living and fast driving.
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Yes, 55 is the limit for anything that is towing anything. I spend a lot of time driving Hwy 5 and I rarely see anyone that is towing drive at 55. For my safety and the safety of others, I really wish these folks would limit themselves to 55 when towing. I have seen a lot of nasty "accidents" many of which today are caused by speed.

One of the most frightening things for me is to be driving down Hwy 5 in my pickup (and not towing) at 70mph and have a MH towing a 26 foot trailer or a pickup towing a fifth wheel pass me up. Absolutely insane!

When we travel to Yosemite, we have to pass through Sacramento. The traffic nightmare there has nothing to do with folks towing at 55. The Sacramento area is simply a nightmare (as if any other large urban area in Calif is not!!!). Try coming down Hwy 5, through Sac and onto Hwy 99 south! This is about the only place that I have ever had to use my air horns on the MH. And I have yet to make that journey without making a wrong turn somewhere in Sac.
I'm normally cruising at 80mph in LA (when there's no traffic) - that seems to be the regular flow of traffic.

But, when towing, I'm obediently at 55-60 in the right lane. Oddly enough, the over-alertness I have when towing combined with just being mellow are perfect speed limiters for me and I'm not bothered by the lower speed.
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Illinois used to restrict trucks and trailers to 55 mph. I think it used to be enforced very well since once we crossed over onto I55, the tractor trailer operators used to follow that limit fairly closely. We did also, and quite honestly our towing experience was much better than here in Missouri where to many over the road truckers who are independents, 70 mph means 80. Those cowboys can pass by you so fast that if you don't have a good anti sway hitch, they can suck you right into their lane as they pass.

Alas Illinois pulled that law a couple of years ago or so and I think everyone has the same speed limit. It was nice while it lasted.

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Washington's Max speed is 70 like California's. Oregon's however is 65. That is painfully slow if one is entering from Idaho where it is 80.

When in California, I try to travel with the flow of traffic and stay out of the forbidden lanes when towing.

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P.S. The one thing Californians do that annoys me is putting "the" in front of highway names. Everywhere else it's I-5. I-80, ETC. Why is California the only one who says, "the I-5"? Is someone getting paid by the word?

It reminds me of Trump calling himself "the Donald"

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Actually we even drop the "I". It's just "the 5" or "the 80".



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Indiana has had the two tier speed limits - cars and trucks on the Interstates. On the secondary roads, only one speed limit is posted.

I was driving North on California Highway 89 today in remote areas in the mountains and woods. Posted speed limit for every one was 55 with the usual 55 for trucks/vehicles towing signs also along the road. A couple of trucks were running over 70 and I followed along a ways back to let them run interference with any flavor of LEO.
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Actually we even drop the "I". It's just "the 5" or "the 80".



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At least that makes some sense, with all the freeways in SoCal that are not interstates.

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Mexican food place in a place that used to be a Bank. THAT should tell you something about California.

Yeah, it tells you Mexican food here tastes like a million bucks! Paco's (in the bank) is really good, but if you're still around Sacto. check out Carmelita's.

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While on I-5 yesterday, at least the trucks with 3 (yes THREE) pup trailer attached were keeping close to the 55 limit. When they hit the inclines, they really slowed down and most drove on the side burm. I hurried past them when on the descents. That was just a long snake wiggling behind the truck......
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Triple trailers in California? Are you sure you weren't in Oregon? As far as I know only up to double trailers are allowed in CA.


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P.S. The one thing Californians do that annoys me is putting "the" in front of highway names. Everywhere else it's I-5. I-80, ETC. Why is California the only one who says, "the I-5"? Is someone getting paid by the word?

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Ken, I'm stunned!! You must be the first person I've ever met who is only annoyed by one thing that Californians do!! You've just made me violate the sacrosanct rule taught to me by my high school English teacher to never use more than one exclamation point, and particularly not in the same sentence!! I personally am annoyed by a great deal of the things Californians do, and I can't imagine living anywhere else!!

When in California, particularly around Sacramento, don't overlook maximum enforcement days. Interestingly, these are published in advance in the paper, maybe just to warn the locals to behave, at least for one day. But on those days, expect to be ticketed for going 71 in a 65 zone, even if you would normally be okay at 80.
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