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Old 07-12-2012, 10:02 PM   #31
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Judging by these two statements is it safe to say you were 75-80 mph when not climbing hills? Thats crazy if true.
My guess is that he was in 2nd gear; not going 75 mph?
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Old 07-12-2012, 10:07 PM   #32
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My guess is that he was in 2nd gear; not going 75 mph?
I was speculating based on his comments that he was doing 65 up the inclines and that it would lose 10-15 mph when climbing hills. 65+10=75. Thats why I made that comment.
I don't think he'd be in 2nd gear while driving on level ground.

Based on his rpms and attempting to hold 65 up grades I would say he was driving way too aggressively/fast either way you slice it.
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Old 07-12-2012, 10:11 PM   #33
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Ah, I see what you are saying . . . .
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Old 07-12-2012, 10:19 PM   #34
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You either spend your money on a deisel or fuel. RVing is certainly not an activity where you can be overly concerned with mileage. Let's face it...you're pulling a house down the road...*<(:{)-
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Old 07-12-2012, 10:19 PM   #35
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I was speculating based on his comments that he was doing 65 up the inclines and that it would lose 10-15 mph when climbing hills. 65+10=75. Thats why I made that comment.
I don't think he'd be in 2nd gear while driving on level ground.

Based on his rpms and attempting to hold 65 up grades I would say he was driving way too aggressively/fast either way you slice it.
He was probably just trying to run with traffic. If done correctly it's safer than running 10 - 20 MPH slower than traffic.
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Old 07-13-2012, 12:48 AM   #36
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He was probably just trying to run with traffic. If done correctly it's safer than running 10 - 20 MPH slower than traffic.
That's debatable. Especially if you are adding to the danger by running your vehicle/trailer setup beyond its limits. What speeds is the common trailer tire rated for? I live on Interstate 80 where people fly around at 85 mph but there's also an abundance of tractor trailers putting around at 60-65. At those speeds your just part of the scenery and fit right in. Just gotta use your mirrors and patience and make sure your not trying to play frogger. Not quite as dangerous as driving recklessly.

But I don't want to start an argument based on differing opinions.
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I have to agree with about slowing down and taking your time. I have a 05 Nissan Titan and a sandstorm 203 slc and at its heaviest is right at 6800 pounds. I will run the highway at 55 mph and my truck not in OD will run right at 1900 Rpms which is perfect in my book. If I have to down shift my truck only go to 3500-3800 Rpms which is still not working the engine to much. I won't buy a diesel unless fuel goes down more and can guaranteed to stay but that won't happen. And I can't justify having a diesel the other 8 months out of the year I am not pulling my camper.
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Old 07-13-2012, 06:21 AM   #38
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That's debatable. Especially if you are adding to the danger by running your vehicle/trailer setup beyond its limits. What speeds is the common trailer tire rated for? I live on Interstate 80 where people fly around at 85 mph but there's also an abundance of tractor trailers putting around at 60-65. At those speeds your just part of the scenery and fit right in. Just gotta use your mirrors and patience and make sure your not trying to play frogger. Not quite as dangerous as driving recklessly.

But I don't want to start an argument based on differing opinions.
No argument. Some people choose to run with the 70-75 crowd. That's not reckless in my opinion. What is reckless is when you have someone running with the 60-65 crowd (which is fine just do it wisely) and then decide they want to go around the one in front of them but don't know how to use the pedal on the right. So they run side by side for miles. If they want the scenery , take the scenic route.
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Old 07-13-2012, 08:37 AM   #39
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I live on Interstate 80 where people fly around at 85 mph but there's also an abundance of tractor trailers putting around at 60-65. At those speeds your just part of the scenery and fit right in.
I find 1 of those truckers doing about 65, and drop myself behind him for miles and miles. Nice and relaxing, enjoy the scenery (not directly in front ), and watch the cars pass. I got me a deer gitter, and if I see his tires start to smoke, I know I need to think about slowing down my rig.

I wonder if it also helps with my fuel mileage, although I don't probably follow close enough to get in the good draft.
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What is reckless is when you have someone running with the 60-65 crowd (which is fine just do it wisely) and then decide they want to go around the one in front of them but don't know how to use the pedal on the right. So they run side by side for miles.
This is somehow different than tractor-trailers overtaking one another? Lots more of them on the road them RV's...or are they supposed to take the scenic route too?

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