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Old 11-09-2015, 09:34 PM   #43
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So exactly why is 75 unsafe and 65 is safe? I usually run just under 70 but there have been plenty of times I've hit the 75 mark. Don't consider myself to be an unsafe driver and no I haven't caused accidents. Seems unsafe to come up on someone doing 60 when the limit is 70. It goes both ways sometimes. I live in Florida and driving in rain seems pretty normal to me. I think its possible to drive fast and safe at the same time.
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Old 11-09-2015, 09:36 PM   #44
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I have been passed by far more 5th wheels than MH's in our travels. Usually it's a lifted toy hauler, and 4 wheel drive P/U with big tires and lifted.
Ditto, and usually a fairly young couple with kids.
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Old 11-09-2015, 09:39 PM   #45
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65 is my sweet spot at 1700 RPM. So, I travel with the truckers pulling the boat or the Jeep. Sometimes they pass me and vise versa. Once in a while a MH passes and I figure he's in his sweet spot. But most of the time it's 5th wheels and travel trailers flying past me and everyone else. Seems guys driving their diesel pick-ups need to show off their power. I might to since they probably paid way more for their pick-up than I did for our MH. On long hauls in Washington, though, usually you'll see them again along the side of the road with those blue and red lights behind them.
Guess they don't realize that if you're towing anything or have a GVWR of 10,000#'s or more you're limited to the truck speed limit in WA as well as limited to using only the right two lanes on a multilane highway.
At 60 mph I'm turning 1350 mph, rev limit is 2100 and I do think it'll pull it even if I had another overdrive or two.
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Old 11-09-2015, 09:46 PM   #46
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Why the need for speed?

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62 MPH max. See no need for any faster.

You see no need to modify your driving style to suit the driving, traffic and highway conditions? Wow.

On interstates where the speed limit is 70 or more, YOU are the driver that is the accident hazard.


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Old 11-09-2015, 10:12 PM   #47
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You see no need to modify your driving style to suit the driving, traffic and highway conditions? Wow.

On interstates where the speed limit is 70 or more, YOU are the driver that is the accident hazard.


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I was entering a truck stop in WA once and the police officer who followed me in gave me a friendly notice that I was towing and that knocked me down to the 55 MPH range of speed limit.
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I try to drive with the traffic. Not too much passing but not too much being passed.
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Old 11-09-2015, 10:38 PM   #49
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Maybe because he/she could. Not everyone uses common sense.
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You see no need to modify your driving style to suit the driving, traffic and highway conditions? Wow.

On interstates where the speed limit is 70 or more, YOU are the driver that is the accident hazard.
Try that in CA (truck and towing speed is 55) and tell the cop that stops you you were "just keeping up with traffic". The fine will be close to $500.
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I try my best to drive with traffic - and where possible - stay in the middle lane. We did a LOT of travel this year, putting about 8,000 miles on our '05 National RV 32' gasser. We encountered various speed limits on the trips from 55 - 75MPH.

Our longest travels were from CT to Fargo ND and back, and then CT to Sooux Falls SD and back. For all these thousands of miles I stayed within the speed limit and, for the most part, travelled with OTR truckers.

It's actually a nice travel when you can find a good trucker buddy/group and just run the miles down as a group - changing lanes as a "group" ... typically changing lanes for oncoming traffic. If you run with the right group, there's not a lot of passing between us - although there is always that driver (trucker or RV'er) that has to constantly battle with and pass you over and over again.
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My paramount concern is to keep my coach occupants safe. I am driving - my responsibility. I have many miles driving and all the while my responsibility has been met. I do everything within my control to live up to that responsibility. This includes maintenance, vehicle prep and driving habits. It has little to do with what is legal and more about my responsibilities. Thus, I adjust my driving appropriately. I never want to be the one that kills my family or someone else's. So I drive and maintain distances that allow me to react safely. I cannot control others. I will continue to avoid these gomers and let them blow on by.

While I am driving, I rerun the videos of the motorhomes that wrecked that we all see on line and vow not to let that be us.

PS: on dry interstates I will run somewhere around 65 - adjusting downward as needed.
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I don't think speed is the sole factor in safe/unsafe either. There is a study, in fact several over the years, that shows that 5-10 mph over the flow of traffic are involved in significantly less collisions than 5-10 under. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solomon_curve

Further, let's face it, some drivers are more skilled than others. Do you spend less on tires? One of the things you get with better tires is better wet traction. Do you use Rainex to improve viability? Are your wipers less than six months old? Tires with a small tire patch compared to weight hydroplane less easy. Did you do your air brake check this morning to make sure they are adjusted properly? Do you drive your MH 700 miles a year or 7000?

There are a lot more factors than just speed.
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Coma - kinda my point. In our coach, it is mine to ensure.
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Try that in CA (truck and towing speed is 55) and tell the cop that stops you you were "just keeping up with traffic". The fine will be close to $500.
And therein lies the reason that I avoid California.
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Old 11-10-2015, 10:26 AM   #56
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A couple of observations.

First: The low flying RV in the original post COULD have stopped in an emergency.. Of course it might have been one of the more Impressive stops with pieces flying in a thousand directions and people going to hospital by lifeflight, but he'd have stopped. They always do stop.

Second: I would like to say "I don't know about you" but in this sense I do. You and I and the guy with the pilot's license are all going to the same place.. Our Funerals.

Now me.. I'm not in any great hurry to get there.
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