Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 08-31-2007, 12:00 PM   #43
Rivet Master
vswingfield's Avatar
1983 34' Excella
1967 24' Tradewind
Little Rock , Arkansas
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 3,777
Images: 32
Angry Magnetic Car Syndrome

Originally Posted by thecatsandi
Two things could have happened.
One: some people stop driving when the get near another vehicle they speed match un-consciencely (sp?)
This is Magnet Car Syndrome. When one of these cars sticks to yours, you cannot loose it on either side by speeding up or slowing down. The only way to get rid of them is to find slower traffic and scrape them off like s**t of the bottom of your shoe.


vswingfield is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-2007, 02:09 PM   #44

2003 25' Classic
Zanadude Nebula , Milky Way
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 11,346
Images: 1
Thumbs down Sameo-sameo

Originally Posted by thecatsandi
I have had someone try to do that to me I also have had someone merging onto the highway get pissed beacuse I was travelling in the slow lanether ewas traffic next to me and i could not move over.

The soluiton is to slow down and let them just stay ahead of you. Pulling off was the best thing to do.
Last weekend in western PA, 63mph in the right lane noticed p/u merging in r/view mirror, when he reached our speed he stayed right along side of our trunk, we slow down so does he,noticed semi passing both of us in the left lane. He must have noticed what was going on, because just as he got slightly ahead, he sounded the loudest air horns Iv'e ever heard on any semi. Whoever you were I give ya a big 10-4, sent my merging wacko off on the shoulder. Don't know what he was thinking, he may have been just a gawker, but he scared the liquid out of both of us


Sandra wanted to go to Cleveland on vacation,
but Iím the Husband, so we went to Cleveland. 😂

Step aside Starbucks, this is a job for alcohol.
ROBERT CROSS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-2007, 03:54 PM   #45
Rivet Master
Happycampers's Avatar
1979 30' Argosy
Havelock , where we park it
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 1,652
I think a lot of these guys are just trying to intimidate people. A truck driver told me long ago, where the tractor goes the trailer will follow. I put my turn signal on and I am coming over, so either get on the go button or the brakes. These guys that want to get in an accident for a quick buck do it all the time and they don't want to get hurt bad so thy will back off if you call their bluff.

Marvin & Annie
Niki (fur baby)
1979 Argosy 30 (Costalotta)
WBCCI 10103
"Happiness is a warm Puppy" Charles Schulz
Happycampers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2007, 02:59 PM   #46
pmclemore's Avatar

2012 30' International
Walkerton , Virginia
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 2,550
Yup - I like the signals that are in the side mirrors. When I signal that I am coming over, they can see that light and make their decision. Funny thing, though - they never seem to slow and get behind me, but they take the hint and speed up a bit. They I will slow and usually can get some separation.

and if they get in the way again, then I look for an opportunity to set up the thecatsandi scenario - scrape 'em off.
pmclemore is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2007, 03:50 PM   #47
Rivet Master

2005 25' Safari
Salem , Oregon
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 7,370
Images: 18
Blog Entries: 55
Don't Panic.

Hi, I don't panic, don't speed up, or slow down. I'm old and have experienced them all. Jam on the brakes in front of me, plan on getting hit. Change lanes toward me, [trying to squeeze me out or trying to bully me out of my lane] I'm not budgeing. Won't let me over, I turn on the signals, look right at you, if you still won't let me in, I'm comeing anyway. Size matters!
I think spending my whole life in Southern California and shareing the roads with every kind of idiot in creation has forced me to deal with them this way.

2005 Safari 25-B
"Le Petit Chateau Argent"
[ Small Silver Castle ]
2000 Navigator / 2014 F-150 Eco-Boost / Equal-i-zer / P-3
YAMAHA 2400 / AIR #12144
ROBERTSUNRUS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2007, 02:03 AM   #48
audiobox's Avatar
Currently Looking...
Fort Wayne , Indiana
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 113
Images: 10
Or, as a friend of mine once said, "It's a turn SIGNAL, not a turn REQUEST."
audiobox is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2007, 05:28 AM   #49
Site Team
, Minnesota
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 7,097
Images: 59
I'm guessin' your friend has a lot of accidents?

I'll let you in, but you might need to wait a few seconds.
If you can't wait you'd better be a city bus, or a lot bigger than me.
markdoane is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2007, 12:20 PM   #50
audiobox's Avatar
Currently Looking...
Fort Wayne , Indiana
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 113
Images: 10
Actually, he said that within the context of a conversation concerning the drivers who speed up to cut you off as soon as you activate your turn signal.

Originally Posted by markdoane
I'm guessin' your friend has a lot of accidents?

I'll let you in, but you might need to wait a few seconds.
If you can't wait you'd better be a city bus, or a lot bigger than me.
audiobox is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2007, 07:00 PM   #51
Vintage Kin
slowmover's Avatar
Fort Worth , Texas
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 7,791
Images: 1
Ya'll have me laughing pretty good. As to moving over onto the shoulder in Texas, well, this is the generally accepted haf-add way of obeying the law which states that slow-moving vehicles must yield the right-of-way when obstructing traffic. (One is supposed to pull over and come to a full stop). Just as true in California on a two-laner as here in the Lone Star State. We just make a habit of courtesy. And the wave -- to oncomers and others -- is with two or three fingers from the hand draped over the top of the steering wheel. Now seen only on highways not crowded with Yanks and Californios who've fallen for the idea that Austin is cool (hasn't been since the 1970s and the traffic matches Washington, DC for the pain it inflicts.)

Glad to read of a few things I hadn't heard or thought of.

Turn signals? Yeah, here I come, I ain't askin' permission. Especially on an Interstate where they stay (illegally) in the left lane, speeding.

I also use headlights on bright for those who cut over too soon in front of me (and am known to use them in city traffic constantly for the same reason when the cretins are thick on the ground. (Speaking of cretins on the road -- the ones traveling in packs -- I just wrote up a method at length I use in a related topic on SAFE TOWING SPEED; how I like to maintain that with said cretinous drivers).
1990 35' Silver Streak Sterling; 9k GVWR.
2004 DODGE Cummins 305/555; 6-manual; 9k GVWR.
Hensley Arrow. 12-cpm solo, 19-cpm towing (fuel)
Sold: Silver Streak Model 3411
slowmover is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-21-2007, 06:07 PM   #52
E Pluribus Aluminus
Jaxon's Avatar
2008 34' Classic S/O
1967 22' Safari
2005 30' Classic
Rockport , Texas
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 1,215
Images: 10
Send a message via AIM to Jaxon Send a message via Yahoo to Jaxon
Yup, they still do pull over as a courtesy, but mostly in west Texas, though... 'course, there's alot more room out there. Nowadays, when you pass someone on a two-laner highway going slow, they're mostly oblivious as to anyone else on the road, whilst yaking away on the phone...
Bill & Kim
WBCCI 7005 * AIR 9218
The trouble with trouble is it always starts out as fun...
Jaxon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-21-2007, 07:03 PM   #53
Rivet Master
2005 25' International CCD
1954 22' Flying Cloud
1957 22' Flying Cloud
Simi Valley , California
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 2,251
Images: 2
Originally Posted by Ridge Runner
Has anybody had an other vehicle try to cause an accident while towing your trailer.
Last year on our fall trip, we were on I-55 headed north in AK, we noticed an old Chevrolet laying down some smoke and going slow.
I pulled into the passing lane going 65 mph to pass, as we got past the car and turning into the right lane, the car speedup. I pushed the truck up to 70 mph and the car was trying stay in the right lane. I had to push the truck to 75 to get over, noticed the windows were all tinted so you couldn't she the driver or anybody.
The car then speed by me and slowed down to 45 mph and this went on for several times. I started to call the HP , saw a rest area and pulled in and the car speed off. Never saw it again. Unnerving to say the least.
We wil be going that way this fall and I will keep an eye out for that car.
i carry a .loaded .44 mag

very effective.

go ahead,

make my day...

Kevbo10 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2007, 08:29 PM   #54
Rivet Master
Cracker's Avatar
Currently Looking...
Pittsfield , Maine
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 1,099
A little bit off the subject - but the State Police in Maine have got so darn ticked off with drivers trying to run them down when they pull a car over that they just passed a law that demands that drivers pull over into the opposite lane when passing a stopped cruiser with the blue lights flashing. They backed it up with a mandatory, no excuses, flat $300.00 fine! I've always thought that moving over just made common sense. They further passed a minimum clearance law (---I believe it was 5'-0") for passing a bicyclist. This means that you better hug the centerline - even when there's a dedicated bicycle trail on the side of the road. On the other hand, they also granted permission to cross a double yellow line to pass a bicyclist.

2003 GMC 3500 D/A, CC, LB, 4x4 and 2000 Airstream Excella 30. WBCCI 7074
Cracker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2007, 12:49 PM   #55
4 Rivet Member
wanderer1's Avatar
1986 Argosy
ocala , Florida
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 271
Images: 24
As a (25 + years) real life trucker,most of whats been described happens to us in semi's daily of not hourly! Alot of four wheeler's (cars,p/u's) love to play sick games with big trucks for whatever reason. Years ago I learned a trick that works nearly every time. When the cute little four wheeler tries to stay beside you,or speed up/slow down with you,just slow way down. I've slowed to apx.45 mph (interstate min.speed) and set the cruise until they speed on down the road.Most of the offending four wheeler's cann't take going slow too long < them. 95% of them will give up and go on their way! < me Another trick I use is when you need to change lanes,I do not use my turn signal until I'am already starting to move into the next lane - this way the four wheeler's never get a chance to cut you off. And believe me,QUITE a few four wheeler's will speed up the second they see a signal come on from a big truck! F.Y.I., large dump truck's are even HARDER to stop than an 18-wheeler. They carry the same weight + or -,but have less tires/brakes (12 tires on a tri-axle) to stop them. People that cut in front of dump's,right as a traffic light turns red,must have a death wish.
Brian,the proud (2nd) owner of aluminum 1986 '32 Airstream Argosy (Squarestream) #305 Rare? It's either the Hemi Cuda of all Airstream's,or their Edsel.
wanderer1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2007, 06:08 PM   #56
Master of Universe
Gene's Avatar
2008 25' Safari FB SE
Grand Junction , Colorado
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 10,917
I had the same experience as the first post back in 1969 in Pa. No trailer back then. I went to pass a car full of teenagers (I was in my late 20's) on a two lane, and they started speeding up. There we were on a very long and empty straight road going about 95. I couldn't go much faster than him. I was inching forward and the valves were almost floating, so I figured he really liked his left front fender and when my right rear fender was alongside, I started slowly moving to the right. I came pretty close and he gave up and I kept going about 90 to get away from him. It was one of those "make the other guy think you're crazier than him" moments. I don't think I'd do that now. I have, also long ago, in NYC had a guy in front of me slowing down on a expressway because he thought it was funny, so I just laid on the horn. After about a minute of listening to a horn, most people give up. I generally only see this kind of driving where there are big cities or congested roads (and all of Florida). I don't get so mad anymore and just make decisions to protect my wife, me and my possessions. Now that I'm old, every minute of life is more precious. Boy, I sound old, but I don't wear my pants' beltline under my arms, yet. Maybe next year.


Gene is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Which is best tow vehicle Van or Sedan? Mr Jody Hudson Tow Vehicles 10 10-06-2016 09:14 PM
F250 tow vehicle or flatbed? Cheryl Tow Vehicles 19 08-23-2007 01:58 PM
Tow Vehicle Options wlanford Tow Vehicles 10 05-23-2005 12:18 PM
International 22' AS Tow Vehicle rmmm68 Airstream Motorhome Forums 7 11-02-2002 07:48 AM
4x4 tow vehicle... or not? Cheryl Tow Vehicles 11 08-22-2002 11:00 PM

Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:43 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.