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Old 05-05-2011, 06:51 AM   #57
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I drive 60 pulling the toad or not. I see that most of the replies on here are 62 or less but that sure isn't what is happening on the interstates. I get blown around all day from early morning to the afternoon by it seems like every motorhome and 5th wheel rollling down the road.
Me too, but they're the only ones you see. Those of us driving the same speeds never catch up to one another I'm going slower this year so maybe we'll see each other on the way.
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Old 05-05-2011, 06:52 AM   #58
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I just keep it at the speed limit. Just hate getting tickets.
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Old 05-05-2011, 07:31 AM   #59
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I try to stay around 65 on the interstate. but will sometime push a little higher if i feel i am holding back traffic and making the speeders take risk to pass. But as soon as traffic spreads out i slow back down.

It seems to me the more lanes and heavier traffic, especially around rush hour, causes people to just drive too fast. I try to plan trips to avoid these situations when possible. (one Christmas holiday trip in Houston at rush hour buckets of rain, bad planning on that trip)

I would like to slow down to 55 but, as Mike said earlier, when i slow down to 55 I feel the urge to get up and walk around. lol With that said, on back roads i always stay at 55 speed limit. (unless in TX, then i will push it up a little if i am holding up traffic)
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Old 05-05-2011, 07:40 AM   #60
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For max economy, 60-62 like many other members with gas rigs. When DW wants to get somewhere, as fast as I can go without getting a ticket and mileage be damned!
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Ever since I had a steering axle blow out, I drive about 10 mph slower. That would be about 60mph. Too much drama at 70 when something goes wrong. I also doesn't hurt that I get around 8.5mpg with my Tahoe in tow at 60.
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Old 05-05-2011, 09:25 AM   #62
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I drive the speed limit, sort of, but nothing over 70 on the interstates even when the limit is 75
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For us its 55-65mph and avg 60mph & 11mpg depending on the grade, as 65 is our max speed on flat ground (4cyl turbo diesel 4speed auto)

I think it's a little funny with all the post that range 58-62mph. We can't go faster, but 99% of the MH's on the road leave us in dust trails. I'm sure it's all the folks in the other forums, we don't have any speeders here. ; )
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Old 05-05-2011, 12:45 PM   #64
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60 seems to be a good spot for MPG and I'm not in a hurry anyways!
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During our trip last week on I-40 from L.A. to Grand Canyon and back....height of fuel prices..... we noticed the OTR truckers were mostly slowing down to about 60-61. Most of the RV's were doing about the same with a couple doing over 65. Even though we were not the slowest at 57 mph, we passed very few RV's or trucks, except on the grades .

The only RVing speeders that scare me and seem to be the bulk of rollover accidents (three in one trip in Arizona) are the toyhaulers being towed by lifted trucks. The combination is a recipe for disaster. The dynamics of a lifted truck towing a triple axle toyhauler that is usually WAY to heavy for the truck is crazy. Can they be towed safely, even overloaded.....yes....but not at 75 mph (Az speed limit).
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If I'm on fairly flat land I try to keep the ISL between 1700-1900 RPM's. If I'm in the big hills or mountains I monitor the torque and the speed is what it is.
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[QUOTE=Diplomat Don;848699]During our trip last week on I-40 from L.A. to Grand Canyon and back....height of fuel prices..... we noticed the OTR truckers were mostly slowing down to about 60-61. Most of the RV's were doing about the same with a couple doing over 65. Even though we were not the slowest at 57 mph, we passed very few RV's or trucks, except on the grades .

I saw the same thing on I-40 in California. Most of the trucker were staying on or a bit below 60mph. I'm not sure if it's the gas or the fact that there are very few truckers on the CB telling each other where the Highway Patrol is. I also saw more trucks pulled over by the cops than I have ever seen before.
I agree with Don about the Toy Haulers especially headed to or from the river. It's like Mr. Toads wild ride !

Don, Have you ever eaten at Cafe Frienze in Moorpark, It's really good.
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Did an experiment today. Running out of the badlands eatbound thru south dalkaots, downhill and with a 30 mph tailwind, i recored 9.2 mpg average over 100 miles.

I thought "wow, I got something here" For the next leg I brough her back to my normal 65 mph, and recorded 6.5 mpg over fifty miles. Called the wife and said "hey We can save 30% on fuel if I slow down a little!

Then on the next leg, I went back to 57 for a back to back test... unfortunatley the wind had shifted, now I had a 30 mph headwind, and was right back at 6.5 mpg....

So I guess the 9.2 mpg is only for downhill with a tailwind.
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Had WorkHorse put in a little shorter gearing, 60-65 would of been perfect. However, the 8.1 comes on cam at about 72mph
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with my gearing 70 works well,
but best mileage is about 67
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