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Old 09-02-2011, 10:59 PM   #99
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i would like to kill the myth. Speed, emphatically, does not kill. I go 500 mph everyday i go to work. I have been over 1200 mph and i have friends who have been nearly 1800 mph. There have been people who have been 15000 to 20000 mph. So lets do away with the absurd notion that speed kills. It simply is not true. What is true, is that a sudden stop will be a joy killer. To make the point it is the change in speed that is the danger.

The person who is 20 mph slower than traffic is just as much a danger as the person who is 20 mph faster than traffic. If you are unwilling to keep up with the flow of traffic you are a hazard!

Lets kill another myth. Speed limits are safety limits. Speed limits usually have little to do with the physics of highway or car design. They are set with an arbitrary notion of whats reasonable and an eye on the production of revenue for the municipality. When the new denver airport was built the 25 mile drive into the prairie had a speed limit of 55 mph. The airport had a budgetary line item for revenue produced from tickets.

I have driven all kinds of motor vehicles from motorcycles to semi's and have never seen a blowout cause an accident, they are rare incidents. If you want to see how to survive one watch this.

For the record, i have never had a speeding ticket.

i could not help but chuckle at your post of going 500 (mph) miles per hour and 1,200(mph) you must have been on an airplane or amtrack i did not know there was a car, mh that could go that fast. Lord help those that were going 15,000 to 20,000 mph. They must have ended up in outer space. Safe travels to you. No wonder you never got a speeding ticket, there is nothing that could catch you and perhaps with that speed they never knew you had passed.
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Old 09-02-2011, 11:15 PM   #100
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From the looks of it the writers on this thread a going slower than almost all the RVers I see on the road. I generally go 62, unless road conditions dictate otherwise. When I am really in a big hurry the cruise goes up to 65. I would say most other RVs are passing me. IMHO the general RV speed in the western USA on the interstates is 65+.

The 55 rule while towing is plain ridiculous. My observation is the 95% of the people ignore that limit.

Different RVs have different speed "groves". Meaning, different vehicles have a speed they like to travel at. My old GMC motor home would go silly fast. Easily. And it did so riding like a huge Caddy. You had to be really careful not to go over 70. My current class A likes 65. I usually go slower, but it is really happier at 65. Drives better, goes down the road better, and so on.

IMHO if you are driving your RV in constant fear of a catastrophe you need another hobby. Something having to do with agriculture. That is really slow. Big OTR trucks use similar tires to what we use. Many many of them blast past me doing 80.
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Old 09-03-2011, 12:05 AM   #101
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All the states I been in on interstates, none of them have varying speed limits in each lane. The right lane is for speed limit, so is middle, and so is far left lane. None of them show things like right lane 65, middle lane 70 and left lane rocket speed only. So if we all stay within limits, not much passing is necessary. I do like it when you rushed drivers bunch up like a herd of cattle leaving me out in the open doing speed limit only and nothing on either side of me. Your all in that huddle ahead of me trying to crash into each others rear ends. Try it. Its great.
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Old 09-03-2011, 01:43 AM   #102
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You know what? I drive all over this country, in a car, and NEVER had an RV pass me... 60 to 85mph and I am always the one passing them... I'm sorry, I just dont see this great speeding hoard of RV's out there....????
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Old 09-03-2011, 01:45 AM   #103
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All the states I been in on interstates, none of them have varying speed limits in each lane. The right lane is for speed limit, so is middle, and so is far left lane. None of them show things like right lane 65, middle lane 70 and left lane rocket speed only. So if we all stay within limits, not much passing is necessary. I do like it when you rushed drivers bunch up like a herd of cattle leaving me out in the open doing speed limit only and nothing on either side of me. Your all in that huddle ahead of me trying to crash into each others rear ends. Try it. Its great.
No.. but regardless of whether you are doing speed limit or not, the RULE is 'Slower traffic keep to the right'... It is NOT you job to enforce, only to obey.
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I'm only in CA for 16 miles until I get to my turn-off, but the condition of I-8 in CA is horrid. So bad, it creates an oscillation when towing at 55 that it caused a stress crack on the skin of my 33' 5er. So bad, that I had to strap a top bedroom window closed with 1" aluminum straps because the vibration would open it and destroy the blinds. Since I could see any east-bound CHP that could come up on me after a turn-around, I usually drove at 60-65. Over 15 years and no tickets. Darn, now I jinked myself. :(
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Old 09-03-2011, 08:41 AM   #105
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All the states I been in on interstates, none of them have varying speed limits in each lane. The right lane is for speed limit, so is middle, and so is far left lane. None of them show things like right lane 65, middle lane 70 and left lane rocket speed only. So if we all stay within limits, not much passing is necessary. I do like it when you rushed drivers bunch up like a herd of cattle leaving me out in the open doing speed limit only and nothing on either side of me. Your all in that huddle ahead of me trying to crash into each others rear ends. Try it. Its great.
I can tell where to find one. Go into Seattle on I5 during commute time and the speed changes at a blink of an eye. There are 5/6 lanes and I saw at least 3 different speads at the same time across the lanes. As traffic slows or speeds up the speed limit changes to match. I would expect it can happen anytime but most likely during commute time.
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Going with the flow means that if theres a pileup of 70 or 80 vehicles, you are right in the middle. Yep, keep up with the nitwits, so you can be sure that you get your place right in the middle when theres a sudden stop..
California highways are great for there 100 vehicle pileups. Faster is always better, gets you to the accident quicker.
I'll stay in the slow geaser lane thank you.
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News this AM---Texas raised it's speed limit to 85 mph.
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I'm convinced that the only reason some drive 75 MPH, is that their rig won't go 85 MPH.
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Sorry, been in California for 54+ years...very few places are 55, most freeways are 65 and when you are out of major cities it's 70.

But the answer to your question is drive the speed limit or pay the price, just like everywhere else.
He has a trailer, limit is 55.
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Going with the flow means that if theres a pileup of 70 or 80 vehicles, you are right in the middle. Yep, keep up with the nitwits, so you can be sure that you get your place right in the middle when theres a sudden stop..
California highways are great for there 100 vehicle pileups. Faster is always better, gets you to the accident quicker.
I'll stay in the slow geaser lane thank you.
ALL of the large pileup accidents in California are because of visibility problems. Until you have lived in Tule fog in the central valley you have no idea how bad it can get. Try getting on the freeway with 150' visibility and then it goes to 50'. The fog is only 40'-50' thick and bright sunshine lights it up like a huge florescent bulb. You can be driving at 35 mph and couldn't stop in time if something was stopped in front of you...you drive slower than that and you get rear-ended. The CHP actually resorts to escorting traffic many times trying to keep folks spread out. Not really a good example of how 70 mph speeds are a problem.
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He has a trailer, limit is 55.
I don't think this whole thread has been about speed limits pulling trailers, but if that's what he was talking about then OK, 55 it is.
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News this AM---Texas raised it's speed limit to 85 mph.
Yes...It's call population control, so be sure to do you part, drive 100 mph or more.....
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