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Old 02-19-2011, 06:46 AM   #71
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They gain a much higher fuel bill. I get at least 10% better milage at less than 60 then I do at 65. The way I figure it, that's at least $.35 per gal.
I may be one who would pass you. I do not go above 70 unless I find myself in the fast lane & being pushed by traffic. Sometimes it just happens. I will excellerate just to get in the slower lanes & yes I may have been passing you. For 1 reason I will do 65-70 within the posted limit is that I have checked my mpg's & from a tank full at 60 compared to 68 I have no difference in mpg's 6.7 to 6.8. For a second reason, I unlike most who have posted on this am not retired & must get from point A to point B within a certian amount of time, because time is money & a little bit more for gas may be worth it at the time. But trust me saftey is my first concern & if the traffic, terrain, road conditions, or my physical condtion warrents a slower speed I have no problem doing that. The reason I may have passed you 2 or 3 times is because we stopped for fuel/food or rest when you did not or we spent a longer time doing so.

Someday I hope to be retired like a lot of you good folks & will be able to enjoy our travels much better.

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Old 02-19-2011, 07:22 AM   #72
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On a long trip if I were in a hurry I would simply take shorter rest stops as apposed to driving faster. The turtle always gets there before the rabbit and gets better fuel mileage and in the case of a tire blowout does not break his shell.

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Old 02-19-2011, 11:22 AM   #73
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I tow heavy...we tend to go for months at a time and the "sweet spot" on my Hemi in Tow/Haul mode is around 63 mph. The tires on my TT are only "rated" to 65 mph. While I may, at times, be in a hurry to get to my destination, I'm not in so much of a hurry to not make it at all, due to a "hurry" inspired accident. It is what it is and the road is littered with pieces from those that like to push the envelope. 5 mph additional in a "driving day", which for us is 6 or 7 hours of real driving, is 30 or 35 miles. At 63 mph, that takes me an extra 30 minutes or so...not much of a difference in the scheme of things.

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Old 02-19-2011, 12:45 PM   #74
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These days I drive for fuel economy. Generally no faster than 63. Engine seems to find a sweet spot purring along at about 1650rpm's and producing pretty decent fuel economy, about 9mpg at this speed.

Since I drive the Northeast mostly, I don't see too many highways posted above 65 mph, so I don't get pushed too much. I too try to stick to the right lane to let others go by who prefer to travel a little faster.

Otherwise I do posted speeds on 2 lane roads, generally 55. I might goose it up 1 mph or so to get it to shift into 6th gear.

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Old 02-20-2011, 01:47 PM   #75
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We only travel as fast as our ANGEL can fly...he or she flies a lot slower as the years go by...lol
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Old 02-20-2011, 02:05 PM   #76
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I try and keep it at 60. I tow a Honda Fit and they are only rated for 65 when towing. Plus I like the fuel savings. Life is too short not to enjoy the ride. I still am working ( 6 more years! ) but I don't want to miss the sights. !

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Old 02-20-2011, 02:14 PM   #77
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I set the cruise control at 60 mph. I drive in the right lane if they don't like they can go around.
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Old 02-20-2011, 04:57 PM   #78
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65 on I-40 & I-10 in Southern California
I would remind you that the speed limit is 55 in CA for any commercial vehicles weighing greater than 26,000 lbs. A motorhome is not a commercial vehicle even if it weighs more than that, you can tell by the license plates. But a motorhome with three axles or towing a trailer or a toad is held to a maximum of 55 mph. By law a truck shouldn't push you in CA, but it happens.

With all that said, I will keep it to 55 on the highways, and 62 on the interstates.

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I feel safe between 55-60 I'm in no hurry most of the time
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Old 04-06-2011, 03:07 PM   #80
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I also prefer to keep the speed at 55 up here where I live
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best driving speed

60 MPH safer stopping didtance ,better economy more cntrolabe speed! right and center lanes!
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62/63...Allison gets in 6th gear, it's a more relaxing driving experience than faster, and the fuel mileage is tolerable.
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Old 04-06-2011, 06:08 PM   #83
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We stay in the slow lane and drive between 60 and 65 even though our interstates are 75 here in Arizona. It seems like the larger (42' and up) MH's drive much faster than us because we are being passed all the time. I find that anything over 65 gives me a feeling of less control.
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Well...."big red" as we call her, pretty much dictates what speed I drive. I can get double digits between 58-63, any faster than that and it turns into a motorhome and gets down into the single digits.....REAL FAST!

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