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Old 10-15-2014, 10:28 PM   #1
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My wife and I have been on the road for a month now and we have seen the USA. Over 6000 miles and we have been in very bad storms and one day we went around four 18 wheelers on there side. Some cars crash in a dust storm. But today we found a toy hauler and a F-350 destroyed. I have never seen anything like this. Many RV people covered what looked like the owners. The Speed Limit was 75 and we felt like we were going in reverse. The rain was not bad but the wind was a little tough at times. We have a 2014 GMC Acadia and a pop up.
After that tonight we got a hotel room. Our last day was very sad. They also had a dog. We travel with two and tonight I will pray for better results that what we saw. We will never forget what we saw. I have to thank God tonight for our safe and wonderful 4 weeks on the road.
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Old 10-16-2014, 08:09 AM   #2
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Skirk.. You said the speed limit was 75 and you felt like you were going in reverse.. Does this mean everyone was passing you?

There is a commercial on TV just now where they show what could easily be a scene from a Horror Movie, the voice over says something about When you are in a horror movie you make bad choices" (My comment: If you made good choices there would be no horror in the movie right?)

Well, many people live like they were in a horror movie,, they make bad choices,, Choices like driving 90 with a vehicle designed for 60 tops.

Choices like towing 30,000 pounds of trailer with a Pickup that has a 2500 pound (or less) towing capacity (Though you said F-350 and that is a fairly rugged tractor (Tow vehicle).

Choices like forgetting to install a tire pressure monitor so when a tire blows ... Bad thigns happen, where as with the monitor they might have caught it before it blew

Thinks like NOT watching the videos that may save your life (Search on "Watching these videos may save your life"

Things like under or over inflating tires, or overloading the trailer.

And of course Driving with head up exhaust pipe (Think about that and when you get done laughing, read on).

All these can add up to a disaster.

On the other hand.. you need not be driving an RV to make this kind of decision.. I used to watch traffic on an assortment of cameras and let me tell you the decisions many made were... Scary (mostly tailgating). Though one of the best was on my way to work.

I am in my usual lane (Next to left cause it goes where I go the other lanes do not) and there is an accident, SUV crosswise in road in front of me.. I have to stop as the lanes to my right are busy and changing lanes is not safe at the moment.

Little alphabet size car zooms past on my right
2nd one zooms past on my right
3rd zooms past a bit closer to my door, and suddenly the SUV is not blocking the lane any more as its been moved to the shoulder (The Alphabet size car is on the other shoulder) driver it appears, not or minor injury, I called the office and hit the gas.. Turns out they were watching as well.
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Old 10-22-2014, 06:16 PM   #3
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We made it home after 4 weeks in a pop up. We put 8500 miles on our Acadia and we never had a problem! I will not pull anything over 62 MPH. The tires on my pop up look like new. In the spring I will pack and replace the bearings and seals. It is worth the time and money.
After all the miles we just saw one bad crash. It did not need to happen! I drove a fifth wheel and it pulled wonderful. The pop up was a little more work but not bad to travel the same distance. The MPG was more than twice in the Acadia.
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My wife and I have been on the road for a month now and we have seen the USA. Over 6000 miles and we have been in very bad storms and one day we went around four 18 wheelers on there side. Some cars crash in a dust storm. But today we found a toy hauler and a F-350 destroyed. I have never seen anything like this. Many RV people covered what looked like the owners. The Speed Limit was 75 and we felt like we were going in reverse. The rain was not bad but the wind was a little tough at times. We have a 2014 GMC Acadia and a pop up.
After that tonight we got a hotel room. Our last day was very sad. They also had a dog. We travel with two and tonight I will pray for better results that what we saw. We will never forget what we saw. I have to thank God tonight for our safe and wonderful 4 weeks on the road.
I assume that you mean the RV'ers were killed. So very sad! We don't know what the circumstances were, how fast they were driving, etc. We never drive faster than 60, even on the interstates. On secondary roads it's a max of 55 or slower, depending on conditions. We try to avoid driving at all if it's raining heavily, but I know that's not always possible. No matter how carefully we drive, we can't control the actions of other drivers.

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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When I pulled a PUP.. I put on bearing buddies.. Those little wheels spin way too fast to trust simple packing.

Only had one bearing problem, that was when I upgraded from the PUP to a TT, The PO and not packed the bearings and one was dry.. I put Bearing Buddies on it too after I repalced the bearings on that wheel.
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When I pulled a PUP.. I put on bearing buddies.. Those little wheels spin way too fast to trust simple packing.

Only had one bearing problem, that was when I upgraded from the PUP to a TT, The PO and not packed the bearings and one was dry.. I put Bearing Buddies on it too after I repalced the bearings on that wheel.

My 5er HAD bearing buddies on it when I got it. For some reason the brakes didnt work. I took everything apart. THe brakes were covered in grease. The inside seal went out and grease was forced out. It was not a fun mess to get cleaned up. I threw the bearing buddies away. They are primarily for boat trailers to keep water out of the hubs.
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sorrry you had to see such a bad thing,,god blessed u with a safe trip,,
i have seen my share of fatalities on the road,,the worst was a car rearended another and they had an intince flash fire,,the 2 lady,s that were burnt to death the driver still had her hands on the steering wheel the other just sitting straight up,,,they looked like they hadnt moved but there bodies were so chared from the fire...it was awfull,,,i saw that 20plus years ago,,,,never leaves my mind...

as for the bearing buddies i had them on all my boat trailers and was thinking about them on my tt,s......i may have to research that closer after hearing your trouble..

please excuse my writing my hands dont work well and its hard for me to type...lol
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