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Old 01-02-2016, 09:39 PM   #43
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C130, sorry you took umbrage with my use of the term Speeders. I used it as shorthand for those that drive too fast for conditions or the limits of their vehicle. A speed limit it set by the engineers of the highway. It's the speed you can safely drive in daylight on a clear, dry pavement with no wind gusts or crowded conditions. As mentioned in multiple posts above, a vehicle towing an RV has many other factors thrown in that could make even below the posted limit a person labeled as a 'speeder.'

[Moderator Edit] If you travel in other states you'll find many that have speed limits lower tor vehicles towing, trucks, buses, etc. I wouldn't suggest you treat those laws as ridiculous. Reread the post by Army Nurse. I've driven 1,000's of miles on snow and ice over the years, I often see SUVs and pick-ups go flying past us only to pass them on down the road spun out or in the ditch. They thought they could handle the conditions----right up until they couldn't.
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Old 01-03-2016, 09:30 AM   #44
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C130, sorry you took umbrage with my use of the term Speeders. I used it as shorthand for those that drive too fast for conditions or the limits of their vehicle. A speed limit it set by the engineers of the highway. It's the speed you can safely drive in daylight on a clear, dry pavement with no wind gusts or crowded conditions. As mentioned in multiple posts above, a vehicle towing an RV has many other factors thrown in that could make even below the posted limit a person labeled as a 'speeder.'

[Moderator Edit] If you travel in other states you'll find many that have speed limits lower tor vehicles towing, trucks, buses, etc. I wouldn't suggest you treat those laws as ridiculous. Reread the post by Army Nurse. I've driven 1,000's of miles on snow and ice over the years, I often see SUVs and pick-ups go flying past us only to pass them on down the road spun out or in the ditch. They thought they could handle the conditions----right up until they couldn't.

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You keep towing at 50-55, I'll keep towing at 65-70 and not causing traffic disruptions on the interstate. I've completed two 1000 mile plus round trips in the last year and 10 mph speed increase at 12 hours a day is 120 more miles I covered. Just think, that was almost two less hours people like you had to spend on the highways with people like me. Now, you can tell me how dangerous it was to travel 12 hours. I guess all the semi drivers need to slow down to 30-40 mph because the "science" dictates that is the safest condition. [Moderator Edit]
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I never said I tow at 50-55 mph, where did you get that misconception? [Moderator Edit] As for driving 10 hours a day, I hope if you do reach retirement age you'll loose the need to subject the family to such long days of travel. Yes, you got the math correct, a 10 mph increase would mean 120 miles more driven in 10 hours, but let's get real here. Your long days will mean more stops for fuel and restrooms, food, etc. All that cuts into your average mph. I think if you pay attention, you'll notice you really don't make that many more miles driving longer days. Plus, what's the advantage? Do you have time and energy after 10 hrs at 10+ mph to enjoy where you got to? Take a walk, sit out, visit with other campers? Probably not.

I wouldn't mind you driving your way if it weren't for the fact that innocent people will also be on those same roads you're racing down. Slow down, enjoy the scenery, don't take someone passing you as a challenge to your masculinity.

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Yes, you got the math correct, a 10 mph increase would mean 120 miles more driven in 10 hours, but let's get real here. Your long days will mean more stops for fuel and restrooms, food, etc. All that cuts into your average mph.
If you factor in the fact that there are many responsible drivers out there holding you up, you cannot maintain that 10 mph advantage. Traffic, stop lights, weather and numerous obstacles will cut the speeding way down and one might find that half of that "120 miles" would be closer to reality.
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Several posts have been edited or deleted. Let's knock off the personal attack interchanges and discuss the topic please.
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Old 01-03-2016, 11:06 AM   #48
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How fast do you tow your 5th wheel?

We get where we are going and then enjoy the time at the campground. I feel just fine after towing for 10-12 hours. Most of our trips aren't near that long and we break the long ones up at times, just depends on our plans. My family prefers to travel as we do and not stop every few hours I've never had a speeding ticket and never had an accident. I also have the correct license to tow my 5th wheel, the correct tow vehicle, with the best setup I can get. I don't break the speed limit but tow 65-75 on the interstate if conditions and traffic allow. My record speaks for itself and I'm used to long hours, it's not a big deal for me.

I think age may play a factor and hope to one day go where I want whenever I want. As of now, that's not an option. For me, if it's daylight I can keep driving but I prefer to get where I'm going before dark. Others prefer to travel at night. My idea day traveling is about 8 hours max. I've also been passed by lots of people towing 5th wheels and thought they were crazy and I was towing around 70 on wide open interstates. Anyways, safe travels and to each their own. Nothing personal, just an open discussion that got a little out of hand.

As far as stops go we bring food, use the restroom in the toy hauler while fueling. So, besides maybe one extra 10-15 minute stop its not more time consuming. As far as proving my masculinity, there's nothing about towing a trailer at a certain speed that makes me feel more masculine. I've done way more stuff in my life that's about a thousand times more exciting.
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If I'm over in the right lane, doing about 55-60, be jealous of me that I have the time to slow down, smell some flowers, enjoy the scenery, and don't have to be anywhere anytime soon.

I enjoy the journey often more than the destination.
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If I'm over in the right lane, doing about 55-60, be jealous of me that I have the time to slow down, smell some flowers, enjoy the scenery, and don't have to be anywhere anytime soon.

I enjoy the journey often more than the destination.

Yes, I'm jealous. I look forward to that day when I have no schedule but the one I make!
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If I'm over in the right lane, doing about 55-60, be jealous of me that I have the time to slow down, smell some flowers, enjoy the scenery, and don't have to be anywhere anytime soon.

I enjoy the journey often more than the destination.

Well said.
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Yes, I'm jealous. I look forward to that day when I have no schedule but the one I make!
You'll have it, and you'll love it!
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I tow a 15,000 lb 5th wheel. Here in BC the speed limit is 55mph and on 4 lanes goes to 62mph.

I try to stay within the speed limits although my set-up can handle more.
On US Interstates, even though speed limits are 75, I still try to stick around the 65-68 mark. Comfort and fuel economy being my main reasons.
If I'm towing, that means I'm on a holiday and a few extra minutes don't mean anything.
23,000 lbs moving forward takes a bit to bring to a halt. I like to leave a little wiggle room.
I have no problem letting people pass me. I'll even move over when safe or pull off in a pull out to let you guys in a hurry get by.
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I have no problem letting people pass me. I'll even move over when safe or pull off in a pull out to let you guys in a hurry get by.
I truly believe that most are right there with you. I think it is human nature to more vividly remember the negative and not remember the folks that do the little things that help you out unless it's done more personally.

I used to drive big rigs a bit. I can tell you detailed stories about people that did horrible things that sometimes even resulted in horrible problems and inconveniences for users of the road, but cannot tell you the hundreds or thousands that do the right and safe thing every day.

I know folks are in more of a hurry than I am, and I pull over and/or try to make it easier to pass safely. I'm a Golden Rule kind of person, sounds like you are too. Thanks!
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I still work and have things to do and places to be, but when I'm on holidays and on the road, I'm "chillin" and the foot just seems to get a little lighter as the stress lessens.

I actually have to watch my speed towing because my Cummins Turbo Diesel is a "Towing Beast" and wants to run like a thoroughbred!
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I actually have to watch my speed towing because my Cummins Turbo Diesel is a "Towing Beast" and wants to run like a thoroughbred!
That engine growl and turbo whistle are a little intoxicating!



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