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Old 08-26-2014, 01:41 PM   #21
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Forgot to say Channel 19 on the CB.
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Old 08-26-2014, 01:46 PM   #22
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When on the interstate (traveling through) and there's an accident involving all lanes stopped, we pay attention to where the 18 wheelers are migrating to. They have radio contact with trucks coming in the opposite direction so they know which lanes are affected by the wreck and which lanes will move through first.

If one is ahead of us and has their left blinker on, and we're in that left lane, we let them over. They will, most often, share that information with other truckers. We saw that happen Sunday. 18 wheeler trailer caught on fire, all lanes stopped. We were in the left lane. Trucker in center lane wanted over so we let him in. Shortly thereafter we came to an Allegro MH that a UHaul truck had rear ended (shoved their toad up into the engine grill across the back) in our left lane. Almost immediately an 18 wheeler let US back into the center lane to get around it.

It was obvious what caused that MH/UHaul wreck....low hill, just before the spot where the truck was burning. Top the hill and all lanes are suddenly dead stopped, no where to go.

Sneak *always* gives the truckers the "flash over" courtesy; quick flick of the lights as soon as they're clear to move back in front of you.
My philosophy is "If you have a bigger truck than I do, then you go first". 18 wheelers will always be bigger than me and I usually always give them room to get over whether I am pulling my TT or not. Call it "professional courtesy". Now if they are obnoxious truckers, that is another story....
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Old 08-26-2014, 02:11 PM   #23
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Timex,

I've been known to get out, walk to the nearest 18 wheeler and ask 'em which lane the wreck is in when we're backed up, dead still, for miles.

They'll share the info that way too.
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Old 08-26-2014, 02:47 PM   #24
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I always flash them back in after they pass.
I don't think "flashing truckers" after they pass is commonly held knowledge. I find it kind of fun, especially to see if the trucker flashes me back as a thank you. I wish truckers were as courteous to flash we RV'ers back too, but fortunately I don't pass too many. We're the novices out there and could use all the help we can get. So if you are a professional trucker reading this forum, please pass this on to your fellow truckers.
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Old 08-26-2014, 02:52 PM   #25
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I just want to go camping and I'm not in that big of a hurry because my truck isn't in a hurry but he trys like heck to get me there. LOL
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Old 08-26-2014, 03:01 PM   #26
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All good stuff here.
Remember, you're not in a race, you're not going to be late for work, give yourself a steady consistent presence and let the others watch out for you.
Think of it this way:

350 miles @ 65 mph = 5 hours 23 minutes
350 miles @ 75 mph = 4 hours 40 minutes + 20 minutes more for extra fuel stop.

So the increased speed gets you there 45 minutes quicker, but you're probably using more fuel and switching lanes a lot more.
I rather get there safely than spread out all over the road.
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Old 08-26-2014, 03:44 PM   #27
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I keep it right between 100-103 kmh (62-64 mph) regardless of higher speed limits. It seems to be the comfort speed for my setup where it will stay in 5th unless I hit an incline. I put it in Tow/Haul, lock out 6th and set the cruise for the above speed and it's a nice comfortable drive.

If I have a decent tailwind I wont lock out 6th as it will stay there more or less in that situation.
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Old 08-26-2014, 03:44 PM   #28
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Timex,

I've been known to get out, walk to the nearest 18 wheeler and ask 'em which lane the wreck is in when we're backed up, dead still, for miles.

They'll share the info that way too.
A dump truck(er) shared some information with me last Oct as we were going thru Atlanta. He claimed I cut him off but in all actuality, he was going way too fast. I signaled well in advance that I was changing lanes and he was way behind(or so I thought). WORD OF CAUTION, for those that are driving thru a big city, turn signals are just decoration to those in the lane you want to be in. Anyway, as I reached for the mic. to answer him back, the BOSS told me to forget it, we're on vacation!
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Old 08-26-2014, 04:18 PM   #29
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When I had my 35' TT I would cruise 62-64 mph. Now on the open road with my 38' 5er I run 65-70 mph and stay with the traffic when the limit is 65 or 70. I also let DW sit & do knitting while ONSTAR "tells" me where to go and what lanes I need to stay in. It's a little more pleasant with ONSTAR.
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Old 08-26-2014, 04:27 PM   #30
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The last trip I ran at 60 mph on 4 lane state highways in Cent FL in tow/haul 5th gear at about 2200 rpms. If I go on the interstate then I think that I can run at about 62-63 mph and get into OD 6th gear and drop my rpms to around 1800. That, coupled with the driving tips from this thread, and I should be in good shape. I had to drive to Tampa a couple of weeks ago and took I75 and noticed that all of the truckers were going no faster than 65 even though the speed limit is 70.
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