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Old 05-28-2014, 09:51 AM   #99
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Just look around any truck stop and watch their driving. They are not the group of professionals they used to be. I am VERY VERY carful around truck drivers.
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Old 05-28-2014, 10:44 AM   #100
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I think truck drivers have the same diversity as most other professions. You have good ones and not so good ones. I managed a district that had many miles of gravel roads. Each year we would re-gravel a portion of them. Some of the truckers were a pleasure to work with, others we would hope found work elsewhere.

I imagine truckers talk about RV's the same way we are talking about them. Some of us are good and some are not so good. I wonder what they think of the "vulgar display of wealth" cluttering up the roadways meandering at varying rates of speed. Do they expect an old fellow with plaid shorts, Elmer Fudd hat, braces, knee high socks and white tennis shoes to step out of the RV at a fuel stop? I hope not but I have seen some examples of Walmart RV.

The fact of life is we all get to drive on the roads, we have to share the roads and butting heads will not make it better for anyone. We do it because we can, others do it because they have to. I like the bread, milk and groceries in the store because of them.
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Old 05-28-2014, 11:51 AM   #101
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What is the fascination with 63 mph? It seems a lot of you drive at 63 mph.

If the speed limit is 65, why not drive 65? Or 67? Then you wouldn't have the problem you described here.


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Since Canada uses the metric system, many highways have a posted speed limit of 100 kilometres/hour. Speedometers on Canadian vehicles have the km/hr predominant with the supplementary miles/hr often difficult to read. In addition to the rationale presented by other posters, another perhaps technically irrelevant but not unimportant factor is that 100 km/hr = 62/63 miles/hr. So some of your Canadian neighbours enjoying US hospitality may simply be driving at 62/63 miles/hr because that's what we're accustomed to back home. LOL
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Old 05-28-2014, 12:48 PM   #102
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The reason I drive 62/63 mph is because there is a tow speed limit of 65 mph for the CRV toad. I believe that limit exists for many other toads also.


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Old 05-28-2014, 02:49 PM   #103
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The reason I drive 62/63 mph is because there is a tow speed limit of 65 mph for the CRV toad. I believe that limit exists for many other toads also.


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I believe you are correct. My Honda Element manual says it should not be towed above 65. My wife is quick to remind me if I'm getting close to breaking "her" idea of the speed limit anyway. So I cruise around 63 just to have piece and quiet.


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Old 05-28-2014, 08:16 PM   #104
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The reason I drive 62/63 mph is because there is a tow speed limit of 65 mph for the CRV toad. I believe that limit exists for many other toads also.


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Dennis try I 80 across Nebraska and see what speed the truckers run
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Old 05-28-2014, 08:33 PM   #105
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The reason I drive 62/63 mph is because there is a tow speed limit of 65 mph for the CRV toad. I believe that limit exists for many other toads also.


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67 MPH=8.5 MPG, 62 MPH=9.8 MPG-Nuff said.
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Old 05-28-2014, 09:06 PM   #106
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67 MPH=8.5 MPG, 62 MPH=9.8 MPG-Nuff said.
Just curious, but is that mpg from actual miles driven divided by actual fuel used or what your dash computer is telling you? I have never heard of a 450hp Cummins in a tag axle coach getting more than 8-8.5 pulling a toad at 62 mph.
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Old 05-29-2014, 09:20 AM   #107
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I think truck drivers have the same diversity as most other professions. You have good ones and not so good ones. I managed a district that had many miles of gravel roads. Each year we would re-gravel a portion of them. Some of the truckers were a pleasure to work with, others we would hope found work elsewhere.

I imagine truckers talk about RV's the same way we are talking about them. Some of us are good and some are not so good. I wonder what they think of the "vulgar display of wealth" cluttering up the roadways meandering at varying rates of speed. Do they expect an old fellow with plaid shorts, Elmer Fudd hat, braces, knee high socks and white tennis shoes to step out of the RV at a fuel stop? I hope not but I have seen some examples of Walmart RV.

The fact of life is we all get to drive on the roads, we have to share the roads and butting heads will not make it better for anyone. We do it because we can, others do it because they have to. I like the bread, milk and groceries in the store because of them.
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Old 05-29-2014, 09:40 AM   #108
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I'm an admitted rookie RVer...I pull a 26 footer, from bumper to hitch, travel trailer. I purposely keep my speed at 60 mph, to help with fuel mileage, because I am a rookie, and my TV recommends not towing over 65 mph.

I do whatever I can to accomodate truckers...give them room...let them back in while passing, etc. They're on time constraints. I'm not.
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Just curious, but is that mpg from actual miles driven divided by actual fuel used or what your dash computer is telling you? I have never heard of a 450hp Cummins in a tag axle coach getting more than 8-8.5 pulling a toad at 62 mph.
Guess I just got a good one. I run my generator ALL the time because of wife's health issues so actual fuel per mile is not really a true indication. According to Entegra the dash computer is extremely accurate based on actual fuel going into the engine. MPG's quoted were on consecutive days on fairly flat I-80 across western Nebraska. Wind conditions (calm) the same each day. I drive with cruise on, engine brake always engaged and Allison's economy button pushed. According to Entegra's expert this is the best way to run for optimum fuel economy.
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Guess I just got a good one. I run my generator ALL the time because of wife's health issues so actual fuel per mile is not really a true indication. According to Entegra the dash computer is extremely accurate based on actual fuel going into the engine. MPG's quoted were on consecutive days on fairly flat I-80 across western Nebraska. Wind conditions (calm) the same each day. I drive with cruise on, engine brake always engaged and Allison's economy button pushed. According to Entegra's expert this is the best way to run for optimum fuel economy.
That's the way I drive too, however, I am pulling a 12,000# trailer most of the time and average 6.5 - 7mpg. I have found that most computer driven mpg features are anything but accurate. I thought I was getting a consistent 9 mpg too (just towing a light 3500# trailer) , but when hand calculated miles driven divided by fuel used over several tanks, I found the computer to be 20% high. Others have said the same. Yours might be different, but check three tanks by hand to confirm it. I think you will be disappointed. Deduct 1/2 gallon per hour of generator use and you will be close.
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I totally agree with Crasher.

I pull a 11,000 lb trailer so my combined weight is just north of 47,000 lb's. In a wide variety of terrain I will average 6.5 mpg. In mostly flat terrain I will get 7.0 mpg. Without anything behind me it will be as high as 8.5 - 9.0 mpg.

I have a ISC-350HP. These were all calculated before I installed the Banks Power Pack last August. It won't be until April next year before my next trip to Alaska where I can measure the mpg with the Banks kit. However, I only expect .5 mpg improvement if I even get that much.

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I am pretty shure I had a guy pulling a 5er cuss me yesterday. I was in the semi hauling a load of corn to town. I could see this camper a few miles a head of me. Got the cruise set on 60. I slowly caught up to him. He was doing about 55. Came to a downhill so I passed him. I realized when I pulled back in that my turn was only a mile up the road. OOPS Sorry bout that.
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