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Old 05-09-2006, 08:45 PM   #1
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Drove 108 miles along the I-5 Corridor today
and observed ALL the trucks going along at
exactly 55 MPH. They are trying for max fuel
mileage at today's prices. It was strange to
see it, cement mixers, log trucks, two-trailer
semis, every truck at 55, in both directions.
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Old 05-09-2006, 08:45 PM   #2
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Drove 108 miles along the I-5 Corridor today
and observed ALL the trucks going along at
exactly 55 MPH. They are trying for max fuel
mileage at today's prices. It was strange to
see it, cement mixers, log trucks, two-trailer
semis, every truck at 55, in both directions.
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Old 05-09-2006, 11:04 PM   #3
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It depends where on I-5 you saw them. All trucks and cars with a trailer in California the speed limit is 55. Yes I have found the slow the vehicle goes, the slower the gas Gage goes to the E. ( and it don't mean enough)
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Old 05-10-2006, 03:22 AM   #4
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">every truck at 55, in both directions. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Probably a 'Smokey' in the neighborhood.
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Old 05-10-2006, 04:47 AM   #5
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The section we were on was in Washington State.
Didn't *see* a State Patrolman for all 108-miles, but that's not to say they weren't there.
DW and I are used to seeing the trucks just blasting by and here they were, in the slow lane, running nose-to-tail, rock solid at 55 MPH. A welcome change, I'd say.
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Old 05-10-2006, 05:39 AM   #6
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">gas Gage goes to the E. ( and it don't mean enough) </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

What do you mean E doesn't mean enough?! I guess that explains my running out of gas 3 times huh!?
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">What do you mean E doesn't mean enough?! I guess that explains my running out of gas 3 times huh!? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I was going to ask what color your hair was, but I better not.
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Yep, I'm a blonde, and a natural one at that!!!

I have truly run out of gas 3 times. On our other van, the gauge was a little iffy. It would sit at a quarter and then suddenly be on E. DH kept telling me to watch the trip meter, but it took me 3 times before I listened.

Not only am I blonde, but stubborn too. Poor dh huh.
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Man, if my gas guage gets anywhere near 1/4 tank, the DW has conniptions.
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Drove to ST. Louis and back this past week and all the semi's were doing 65-70 as usual. Illinois has a 55 mph speed limit for trucks,RV's, vehicles pulling trailers. It appears the price of diesel will not affect their driving habits. Transportation companies just pass along the cost of fuel to-er-US.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Steady Eddie:


The section we were on was in Washington State.
Didn't *see* a State Patrolman for all 108-miles, but that's not to say they weren't there.
DW and I are used to seeing the trucks just blasting by and here they were, in the slow lane, running nose-to-tail, rock solid at 55 MPH. A welcome change, I'd say. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

But on a different day on Interstate-5 in about Tacoma and just south of Seattle...

We traveled to Fort Lewis ...to Camping World ...back to Fort Lewis ...then to Hwy-16 for our return trip to Bremerton ...this was approximately 40 miles of probably the heaviest and most traveled part of Interstate-5 in WA State. Most all of the big trucks were running 65 mph or better. They must had been spooked at something the day you saw them.

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Old 05-20-2006, 05:33 AM   #12
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Rich--
Every once in a awhile the WSP carries
on a "crackdown", where they target a
specific group, one time it'll be drunk
drivers, another time it'll be people not
wearing seat-belts, etc. Maybe that day
they were focused on 18-wheelers?? Dunno.
But it was a shock to see it. It wasn't
just happening with one trucking company's
rigs either, it was all of them. I thought
there might be a trend there
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If everyone drove flat out then they would be past the trafic jam BEFORE it happend.
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