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Old 02-11-2011, 08:13 PM   #15
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About fifty eight to sixty two on the ''junkyard'' and I try to take secondary roads if they go where I want to go. Hurry makes Worry.......

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I was able to do the math last Thanksgiving on a trip from the Florida Panhandle to San Antonio. The truck pulling the fiver seems to like 63 miles per hour best, that's where I get the peak fuel economy on the lie-o-meter. I averaged 10 miles per gallon. Any slower and the transmission would shift down. Any faster and the mileage would drop.
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Old 02-11-2011, 08:43 PM   #17
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For me it's very simple. I'm driving a tarted-up 11-ton truck. I stick to the truck speed limits.
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Old 02-11-2011, 08:44 PM   #18
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Sweet spot is 58-63. I normally run whatever the truckers are running, you know, the owner operators who pay for their own fuel and know the best efficiency. Don't try to run with the company drivers. Have you ever noticed that vehicles seem to travel in clumps. You drive along at 55-60 and suddenly in you rear view mirror there will be a clump of cars gaining on you. Next thing you know the clump has passed by and it's back to a pleasant, quiet highway until the next clump appears. They must get lonely.
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Old 02-11-2011, 11:31 PM   #19
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I run about 60 MPH. Also because of the type of brakes (hydro boost) 2000 gas,workhorse chassis, I have to stomp down hard to stop.

I'm told that's the way this brake system is. I hope the slower speed will gives me some extra space to stop.

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Old 02-12-2011, 12:07 AM   #20
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55-60 and all the back roads I can get to. Anyone can travel the superhighways but real scenery is the back roads that eventually get you there. We can make a 400 mi trip last for 3-4 days and do. I try to make excuses to stay on back ways and let those on supers crash away at any speed.
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Old 02-12-2011, 12:13 AM   #21
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I'm most comfortable at 55 to 62mph. My fuel economy is reasonable and the ride is pleasant. I have been known to push toward 70mph, but I feel like I can hear the gas being sucked into the engine, and the ride becomes strained...it's me not the MH. Once I start the rig my vacation has started, and part of the enjoyment is seeing the countryside, and stopping whenever we feel like taking in the sights. If I am in a rush to get someplace we will take the car or book a flight.
On two lane roads I will pull off at every wide spot in the road to let even one car pass. I don't want to ruin anyones day.
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Old 02-12-2011, 12:31 AM   #22
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If so, what is it and why?

I'll go first

50-55mph, the handling and performance just drops off much past 60mph and there's such a large quantity of stupid on the road, that the extra margin gives me a better window of reaction, the Redneck Express doesn't stop on a dime.

I've been known to do around 45 mph on back country 2 laners where I'm more interested in seeing what's around me than getting somewhere.

If ya pass me, ya pass me, if ya pass me like an idiot, I will promote you to colonel as you pass.
The speed limit up to 65. Things just get a little uneasy over 65.
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Old 02-12-2011, 01:39 AM   #23
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So far, I'm noticing an exact opposite trend of the place where this thread actually originated. There, the average speed is up towards 70 and quite a bit of malice directed towards those that don't fly along like a BoH.
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I recently posted something similar on the Monaocers discussion forum WRT rig size, speed, etc. Got a variety of responses and basically told I was going too slow.

Well, the bottom-line is I will continue to drive at whatever speed I feel comfortable and fully in control of my rig.

My 40 ft. coach is at the top weight or over, 36,000 lb's, my 26 foot cargo trailer is most likely at 11,000 lb's, it will handle 12,000. When hauling together, I am about 72 feet long so I am long and heavy. On two lane county or state highway roads, I am usually at 50-55 mph. On 4 lane freeway's I am generally at 60-62 mph.

Recently, coming across the country from CA to FL there were areas of Texas and other states that had limits of 80 mph. That's insane! You will find me ALWAYS in the very right hand lane which allows all of those people that want to kill themselves to drive as fast as they all want to go and they do.

After driving over 3100 this last trip, I never had a problem with people getting upset or irate, they always had plenty of room to go around including the OTR truckers that were always doing the limit or more.

No one will change my mind as I know exactly what my abilities are with my rig. Nowadays, I not only have to drive for myself, but ALL of the others that are on the road, it's called Defensive Driving. I am constantly planning out "what if's" in every driving situation so that I don't accidentally become involved in their situation.

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I agree..Getting there is half the fun. We do travel the super highways when we have to.. but we are retired also and enjoy seeing the "Back Country".

Interstate: 60-65 mph
Back Roads: speed limit or slower, Max 55
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55-60 for us, no faster. We use the interstate, stay in the far right lane unless we need to move over.
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I like to cruise at between 98 and 102.
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Generally the speed limit up to a top of 65 mph. The truck will pull the trailer well over 75, but what is the point? RVing is supposed to be fun, it is not a race. But every time we have the trailer out, we have some less than sane person blow by us in his RV like we are sitting still.

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