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Old 02-06-2012, 11:22 AM   #15
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I adopt and adapt.

I drive the speed limit which I have adopted as a general rule because of ten years of MH experience. Since I tow there is a different limit in each state. When on a thinly traveled Interstate or State Highway traffic can move by me or around me safely; and I do not hold anyone up.

In Arizona/Nevada, however, the speed limit is 75 for everyone. I will drive 65 (pretty much my maximum) there, stay in the right lane and watch my mirrors for upcoming traffic. If there are no cars/trucks around I may slow down. I yield to faster cars/trucks, usually before they get to me if it is safe for me to do so, if not safe then at the soonest opportunity.

In a very congested areas I adapt my speed accordingly taking a cue from truckers as to speed and lane of travel. In LA there is a pace and it is best to match the pace rather than constricting traffic---which means I pace myself to the trucks.

Sometimes for a brief time I drive faster than I prefer just to clear traffic or at least the part I play in keeping it smooth. then I can settle back to my normal pace. In hilly areas I am cognizant of what is going on behind me and take turn outs liberally to keep traffic from stacking up. I always leave a lot of room in front if I can---no matter my speed.


I am generally very comfortable at 58 to 62. My MH likes it so do I.
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Old 02-06-2012, 11:23 AM   #16
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I drive between 60 and 62 MPH. In the 5,000 miles I drove last year it was the sweet spot for staying in the right lane and not passing many vehicles. Probably 95% passed me.

Not sure if it saved me any fuel dollars since I'm not driving at 60 -62 for fuel mileage. It's more about being relaxed and not making a lot of lane changes.
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Old 02-06-2012, 11:23 AM   #17
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Old 02-06-2012, 12:51 PM   #18
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I try really hard to stay at 65 or less...

Being fairly young and still heavy of foot, this is hard to do. My knight is perfectly stable and comfortable up to 80 and beyond.

The old folks who insist on driving 55 amuse me...
Unless they are right in front of me.
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Old 02-06-2012, 12:59 PM   #19
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55mph Gas is expensive... when you're retired time is cheap.

ps... remember, your tires are only speed rated at 75mph.
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Old 02-06-2012, 01:01 PM   #20
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I travel at 60-62 or the speed limit which ever is less. I like to put the cruise control on and not worry about changing speed or lanes Don't know if it saves fuel as I have not driven at 70 on any trip to find out.
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55 or less on California freeways and 60 to 62 where the roads are better.
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Old 02-06-2012, 01:06 PM   #22
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Old 02-06-2012, 01:10 PM   #23
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We seem to have had this thread before but here we go....

I used to drive 66-70 mph with my 2005 Ambassador 38 until I blew a steering tire at 70 mph and it threw it off the front rim immediately leaving me rolling on one front tire and one front rim. Right after that I changed my driving to 60-62 mph, added a TPM a Steer-Safe and changed BOTH front tires.
Now I wouldn't condemn anyone that wants to run faster, but now I am saving on both fuel, AND underwear.
I am not a fool and yes, it could happen to me again even at 60, but if you've ever experienced a catastrophic blowout at speed, you probably decided to drive a tad slower.
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Old 02-06-2012, 01:19 PM   #24
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1000 miles @ 55 = 18 hours
1000 miles @ 65 = 15.5 hours
1000 miles @ 75 = 13.5 hours

That being said I drive between 60 and 65. I use the cruise control except on hills.
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On the Interstates I drive between 60 - 70.. mostly staying around 65 or so. I also try to be mindfull of the truckers when they are in lane restricted areas. I do not want to be running in the only lane they can use holding them up.
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double nickles here. Often you will notice as you travel around the country trucks are restricted to 55 or 60. It's my wallet so when it's not an issue I do 55 but in heavy traffic sometimes you need to pick it up just to keep the bone heads from pulling right in front of you and jamming on their brakes.
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We are typically in the 60-65 MPH range on the freeway, unless posted speed limit is less.
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I was following a Montana 5th wheel pulled by an F-350 on I-470 today. It had a decal on the back that said Barbershop Harmony Society. The speed limit at that part of the interstate was 65. I wanted to get a look at the trailer so I was trying to stay close. He was going 80mph! I just wonder what kind of fuel burn he was doing not to mention what he would do if something blew out at that speed. Seemed awfully foolish to me. I let him go his way, it was too fast for me.
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