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Old 11-28-2019, 12:20 PM   #1
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How Fast Do You Drive

I understand that there’s a lot of variances to consider, but I’m heading down I-95, pulling a Jeep Liberty, doing 65 in the right hand lane. The weather is excellent, there’s only a little wind, and no construction. The speed limit varies between 65 and 70 as we cover the miles. My tendency in my truck when I’ve driven this route is to cruise around 75-80. When I ran the RV up to 70-72 it seemed to be more susceptible to ruts in the lane, wind, a little looser, etc. I’ve only had 1 MH pass me in over 7 hours on the road and he was doing about 80. So, am I being too cautious just because I’m new at this or does my going 65 sound about right? Just looking for general thoughts and comments based on your experiences, not necessarily The obvious things that go without saying.

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Old 11-28-2019, 12:32 PM   #2
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65 is a great sweet spot.

80 in a motorhome? Nope
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Old 11-28-2019, 12:36 PM   #3
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65 sounds about perfect to me. By doing 65 in a 70 mph zone, you aren't going to hold up traffic and you can relax watching the rest pull away. You'll not get tickets, worry about radar, or have traffic very close to your front. Lots of the time, if traffic is light, I will even slow down to 60. I am a retired deputy sheriff and have had my share of speed. Now it's time to relax.
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Old 11-28-2019, 12:40 PM   #4
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65 MPH is my maximum speed. Part of it is due to the recommendation from Honda not to exceed 65 when towing a CRV, and part of it is that I like to relax a bit when driving. Usually, I am in the right hand lane with the cruise control set at 62 on an Interstate. Covering a mile every minute gets us where we are going. When on a secondary road that has stop signs and stop lights, I am usually 5 MPH less than the posted speed limit. - Pokey Paul
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Old 11-28-2019, 12:40 PM   #5
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We stick to about 65.

Most likely the guy doing 80 was exceeding the speed rating of his tires, as most MH tires are rated 75 or less.
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Old 11-28-2019, 12:44 PM   #6
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63 to 65 works great for me. I even hold that in California ignoring their stupid 55mph hold up traffic rule.
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My ideal is 62. Fast enough to not be in the way and that actually seems to be my best miles per gallon speed. Basically I try to stay within 58 - 65 MPH.
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Old 11-28-2019, 12:48 PM   #8
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My ideal is 62. Fast enough to not be in the way and that actually seems to be my best miles per gallon speed. Basically I try to stay within 58 - 65 MPH.
65 driving 1999 Dutchstar gasser. Towing CRV. Speed limited by crv towing speed. About 6.8 mpg. RV loves that speed
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Old 11-28-2019, 12:51 PM   #9
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65 driving 1999 Dutchstar gasser. Towing CRV. Speed limited by crv towing speed. About 6.8 mpg. RV loves that speed
I don't tow and my overall MPG's right now is at 7.929. 2008 Winnebago 30B Ford Triton V10. Also use the 5 Star Tuning system.
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Old 11-28-2019, 12:54 PM   #10
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We have had our first RV for almost 2 years. On good conditions you described, 65 is my top speed. I generally drive at least 5 MPH less than the posted speed limit.

Our best investment was Safe-T-Plus, steering stabilizer. It helps keep the RV in the lane when windy or trucks pass. Before installing it my top speed was around 50 - 55.

When conditions are not favorable, I slow down.

Also try to keep mileage per day less than 300 miles. Driving an RV with toad takes a lot of energy.

We are retired. What is the hurry?
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Old 11-28-2019, 12:54 PM   #11
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Speed limit when conditions are good.
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Old 11-28-2019, 01:00 PM   #12
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Monday I was delivering a used Thor something or other diesel to Quartzite and its cruise control wouldn't let me go above 75 so 75 is what I did. I never go very far under the speed limit because I become a slow moving hazard. It's like the truckers who are governed to something in the low 60s, a hazard. Keeping up with traffic is much safer.
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Slower than the speed. Slower than conditions dictate. Can’t imagine a front tire blow out at 65-70. The atmosphere is always more peaceful going slow and low.
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Old 11-28-2019, 01:04 PM   #14
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We normally drive the truck speed limit. 55 to 60 MPH seems to be the truck speed limit in most places. Our coach seems to handle the highway curves best at this speed. Although, in some places we run at 65, but our mileage suffers much above 60 MPH.
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