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Old 02-28-2016, 02:21 PM   #11
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When I'm driving the Georgetown I'm usually on holiday, so not really in a hurry. Going uphill, logic tells me it will get slower. Do you see any of the 18 wheelers racing uphill? Definitely not when they are loaded. So why should I? I'm not driving a race car, I'm driving a Motorhome pulling something and when you come up behind me your common sense should tell you already from a distance "hey watch out" and as you are constantly checking your rearview mirrors (you are, aren't you?) you know if it's safe to start a passing maneuvre or not. There are different vehicles on the road and it is part of your "skilled" driving to make it safe for everybody or do you tell every 18 wheeler to install a bigger engine so you can race him up the hill? Happy camping, Andy
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Old 02-28-2016, 06:18 PM   #12
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We pull our Wrangler all over Oregon... We have the FR30 DS. It's got the V10 and I believe its the F53 chassis...
I don't like the transmission but it pulls just fine.... 6.5 mpg but it gets ya there...
My only complaint is how dirty the jeep is from towing on the dirty roadys here in Oregon
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Old 02-28-2016, 06:35 PM   #13
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Here's why 40 isn't good enough, "Road Hazard" and many levy fines for this, its just dangerous to maintain 40 with others 70-75 in a real world of limited access highways.

"Traffic operation and safety characteristics were analyzed in relation to the posting of the minimum speed limit of 40 mph on Florida rural interstate freeways. The operational analysis results showed that 57% of the recorded vehicles exceeded the maximum speed limit. In addition, while only 0.14% of recorded vehicles had speeds below the 40 mph posted minimum speed limit, safety analysis results revealed that 9% of crash-involved vehicles were estimated to have occurred at speeds below 40 mph. The over- involvement of slow moving vehicles in the crash data suggests that even a small proportion of vehicles traveling under 40 mph can have negative impacts on safety. Thus, regulation of vehicle speeds at the lower end of speed distribution is important. Further, the second-order crash risk model developed to estimate the crash risk of a vehicle on the freeway as the function of the deviation from the mean traffic speed indicated that the minimum risk occurred when the pre-crash driving speed is 8 mph above the mean speed, which is equvalent to the 85th percentile speed observed in the field."

That's what I was talking about.
If a motorhome is doing 40, you can bet there will be tractor/trailer rigs going slower. I don't see anyone getting a ticket for this.
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Old 02-28-2016, 07:47 PM   #14
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If a motorhome is doing 40, you can bet there will be tractor/trailer rigs going slower. I don't see anyone getting a ticket for this.
I have driven our 2011 Georgetown 378TS pulling our 2011 Ford Escape over many mountain passes in the west with no problem whatsoever. Very few times do I get slowed down to 40. Most of the time I am at 50+, even on the steepest grade. I pass trucks all the time. To say 40 is unsafe when all other large vehicles are traveling about the same speed is incorrect. My opinion is your Georgetown will do great. Just stay in the slow lane except when passing and you will be fine.

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Old 02-28-2016, 08:00 PM   #15
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I have driven our 2011 Georgetown 378TS pulling our 2011 Ford Escape over many mountain passes in the west with no problem whatsoever. Very few times do I get slowed down to 40. Most of the time I am at 50+, even on the steepest grade. I pass trucks all the time. To say 40 is unsafe when all other large vehicles are traveling about the same speed is incorrect. My opinion is your Georgetown will do great. Just stay in the slow lane except when passing and you will be fine.

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Completely agree.
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Old 02-28-2016, 08:26 PM   #16
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Completely agree.

Just trying to save some folks from a rear end collision. Best I can find every interstate has a speed limit and punishment for exceeding. They also state a minimum speed limit......

I'm out! Hope no one causes a problem this summer. I've been honked and saluted when in severe under speed situ's. No more, I'm in a 450 HP Cummings DP.
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Old 02-28-2016, 08:31 PM   #17
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Here's the attachment

The minimum speed on Interstate highways is?
The minimum speed on major routes (if any) varies by state. As an example, in many jurisdictions the minimum speed on a 65 MPH Interstate is 45MPH.

Most states have a catch-all rule that states you can be ticketed for driving at any speed that is so slow as to impede the flow of traffic.
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Old 02-28-2016, 08:49 PM   #18
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I'd prefer a diesel, but the wife can't find a diesel with a floor plan she likes as well as the Georgetown...I'm pushing for a Dynamax. We will be fulltiming, and I'm not convinced a gas burner is the way to go.
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Old 02-28-2016, 09:19 PM   #19
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I'm a big fan of the 5star tuning programming. Usually pulling close to 5,000 lbs. behind the 364 and have crossed over east and west coast mountains. I keep up with most of the 18 wheelers going up the hills.
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Old 02-28-2016, 09:39 PM   #20
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Hi folks I just installed the 5 star programmer on my 2015 FR3 30DS a couple of days ago and so far it seems to have addressed the issue of high rpm shift from 1-2 & 2-3 and it feels much more responsive when accelerating . You can definitely feel the extra torque & horsepower. It was very easy to install, took about 15 minutes. Just make sure your jacks are raised up , plug it in and follow the on screen directions it uploads the factory setting and then downloads the new program and your done. I won't know how well it does in mountains for a couple of months. I would recommend this to any rv'er that is tired of lifting their foot for the trans to shift.
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