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Old 08-06-2014, 09:14 PM   #15
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I also thought that when I got my big ol Class A and towed out on the highway the other cars and trucks would be passing me by at a high rate of speed no matter what the actual speed limit was. I was delighted to find that the other drivers were relatively courteous and not really driving much faster at all. most trucks were traveling about the same speed I was between 60 and 65. I learned to watch the truckers, try not to slow them down going up hills and be courteous. Of course there are some areas near big cities where the tailgaters hit the highways , but out on the super slab things went very smooth.
This was mostly through Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Tennessee, Indiana, Louisiana, Alabama.

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Old 08-06-2014, 09:34 PM   #16
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65 mph is tops for me...Usually I'm more in the 62-64 range. My best gas mileage are on limited access hy-ways where the speed limit is 55. 80 mph is just plain insane. ?%$3@?? well, at least with 10 air bags you might live, just hope you don't take me out. With everyone talking or texting on their phones, doesn't take much of a distraction at 80 mph+ to lose control.

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Old 08-08-2014, 12:06 PM   #17
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Speaking of El Paso you can pretty well bypass the downtown areas by: if heading east on I-10 taking NM hwy 404 to 213 which becomes TX3255 and then taking loop 375 which picks up I-10 in the estern part of El Paso. If you miss 404 you can take loop 375 off I-10 and follow it around but the west part of the loop is pretty steep in both directions. A good portion of the 375 loop goes through Fort Bliss. That's the route I chose in both directions.
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Old 08-08-2014, 07:55 PM   #18
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I have rolled down the interstate for hundreds of miles at 70+ in our Mandalay. Other than a small fuel mileage hit, it's just not a big deal.

If the traffic is going 75, then I'm also rolling at 75 so I am "going with the flow" so to speak. If everyone else is going 75 and I'm going 50, I become the hazard that will cause a problem.

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Old 08-08-2014, 08:27 PM   #19
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Check the speed rating on your tires if you are considering sustained travel at or above 75 MPH. Most truck 22.5 tires are speed rated at 75 MPH.
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Old 08-08-2014, 08:51 PM   #20
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80 MPH speed limits, in many states, yeah sure.

I don't go over 65 for the most part.

Some say that this makes me more of a hazard, but they are not a hazard because they go 75 or 80, and therefore they are going along with the flow of traffic. They say that because others are driving faster, everyone must drive faster. That is simply their preseption, but I know that I pose more of a risk to myself and others if I drove 75 or 80. As would anyone else if they are driving as large and as heavy of a rig that I drive, and especially if they are also toeing a car.

At least I will not be slamming into someone in front of me, and if someone runs into me from the rear, you can bet that they will be found at fault and sited as being a reckless driver, because they were not driving a safe speed.

I don't care if the speed limit is 80, you can not simply drive as though there are not others drivers that must go slower than you, and that at times traffic will be flowing at a slower speed than you want to go. We all must recognize that the speed limit does not mean that you can blindly disregard what a safe speed is in relation to other traffic, weather conditions, construction, etc, etc, etc...

A safe speed does not always equate to the posted speed limit.

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Old 08-08-2014, 10:00 PM   #21
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80 MPH speed limits, in many states, yeah sure.

Imagine having a steering tire blow out at 80 MPH. I'm thinking that you'd be wishing you were going 60 at the time. The carnage in an accident indeed is worse at higher speeds. Cars have improved, but we're driving rigs that are exempt from more advanced safety requirements. The concern I have currently is getting in an accident with a car and despite our mass, we may not fare as well as we would think.

Many auto drivers don't know how to react when they have a blowout. I have a friend that had one in a modern minivan on a straight interstate road and clear/dry conditions. Applied the brakes (the wrong thing to do). The car spun around 180 degrees and they nearly rolled it. Imagine them doing that in the lane next to you driving at 80/85 on cheap Chinese tires. Keep safe. It's not worth it to save a few minutes.
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I'm in no rush when I'm on the road with my rig...I will not go faster than 65mph......and the majority of the time its 60 mph.
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Old 08-09-2014, 12:20 AM   #23
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My MH will maybe hit 75 downhill, 80 if you rolled it out of a C-130....

Recently took my daughter back to South Dakota State from SoCal in her Escape and we were grateful for the higher limits through Utah, Western Colorado, and Wyoming. Got to Glenwood Springs the first day and all the way to Brookings the next.

Plenty of people passing us even at 80-85.......and especially whenever the limit dropped to 75. Police presence was truly oppressive between Longmont and the Wyoming border - I'd guess 1 every 5 miles or so.
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Old 12-31-2014, 04:59 AM   #24
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IH-10 is not a different strokes type of road it is a long long run through no mans land from San Antonio to El Paso and points beyond. Nothing to see for mile after mile. 85 mph at times feels like you are parked. But that being said, while my Harley runs smoothly at that speed, I cannot see why one would run those speeds in a motor home. My wife reminds me many times while driving my pick up that that it is not a bus and I should be going more than sixty in a seventy-five mph zone, so I tend to dive slower most times.
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Old 12-31-2014, 05:45 AM   #25
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As others have noted. The posted speed limit indicated how fast one can go without getting a speeding ticket. But if the road is wet or ice covered or visibility is poor etc, then one can be cited for other violations such as "driving too fast for conditions" . I liked the double nickle days of the 70's and California has it right in part, from my perspective. Would rather see all at the same SAFE and economical speed. Slowing down saves lives and provides better fuel economy, plus for me, I enjoy driving at lower speeds. Well about 62 is a sweet spot for me in my RV and that is where I sit most of the time in IDEAL driving conditions. I go slower when it makes sense to do so. I have driven across Texas on I10 several times and I watch those folks racing by me and say let them go. I have also towed a TT on the Autobahn in Germany - now that is where one really sees the crazy drivers. Just stay out of the left lane there.

I would imagine better fuel economy would also mean less polution, another reason to slow down. I know others like to put the petal to the metal, so I guess the 80 mph speed limit meets those folks needs, but not for me in my RV. Safety trumps time in my books, and in an RV, the journey is the vacation, so why not just sit back and enjoy the ride. I never rush anywhere.
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Anyone who drives a MH faster than 65 to 70 has more guts than sense.
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The cars of today are certainly better bulit to handle higher speeds. To bad the drivers are not. I see people leaving more distance between the car in front of them at a stop light that at 80 mph. Some are just clueless.
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As mentioned before please check the speed raring & inflation on tires. Fuel economy loss just costs a little more cash. A tire blow out may cost you or others their lives.

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