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Old 04-03-2015, 08:58 PM   #1
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Interstate travel

I'm in my third season as a tt owner. The furthest we've ventured so far was 2 hrs on state highways. No big deal. We have a trip to SD planned this summer. ~12 hrs. Should I stick to state roads or brave the interstate @ 65 mph? I'm a little nervous about every idiot driving up my a** on interstates with 70+ speed limits.

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Old 04-03-2015, 09:04 PM   #2
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Drive at a speed you are comfortable with. I like to travel between 60-65 however dependent on conditions it could be less. The minimum limits are usually less than 60.

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Old 04-03-2015, 09:06 PM   #3
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We do the interstates but much prefer good state roads for scenery and comfort and seldom drive over 60mph on any of them.
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Old 04-03-2015, 09:10 PM   #4
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X2...we have over 50k miles towing a camper and a lot of it on Interstates. We stay in the RH lane at about 60 MPH and only worry about the guy in front or next to us. Just fyi, my son drives for Swift and they are limited to 62 MPH...not everyone drives 70-80.
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Old 04-03-2015, 09:12 PM   #5
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Welcome to the Forest River Forum.

I prefer to use the Interstate highways. I drive between 62 Ė 65 MPH and havenít had anyone try to run up my rear end yet. This includes the Interstate highways with a 75 MPH speed limit. Iíve been RVing and driving like this since 2003. I donít like state roads because of all the towns and light signals you encounter.

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Old 04-03-2015, 09:13 PM   #6
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I stay between 60 and 65 on the interstates too. I stay in right hand lane so I can bail if need be. Here in Atlanta 70 is merely a suggestion as are lane lines. Someone runs into the back of me I hope I feel it. Too bad for them.
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Old 04-03-2015, 09:18 PM   #7
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We traveled from Ohio to Idaho via Interstate. Came back through SD. Our top speed was 65 mph. Just stay in the right lane, watch your "P"s & "Q"s and you will be fine. Focus on your rig, sit back and enjoy the adventure. Things can happen anywhere. Most of the traffic wasn't all that heavy. Often times, I found an 18 wheeler that wasn't in a big hurry and I would drop in behind it at a safe distance. You can try it for a ways and if you feel overwhelmed, take an Exit and pick an alternate route. Just my opinion.
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Old 04-03-2015, 09:26 PM   #8
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Welcome. The way I see it on Interstate driving, there are two lanes, if they don't like my speed they can go around. The minimum speed on Interstate around me is 40 mph. I usually run between 60-65 in normal conditions. If inclement weather and I have to run 40-50 I usually turn my flashers on. I always run with my lights on any road, State, parish/county.
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Old 04-03-2015, 09:32 PM   #9
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You are probably safer on interstates than other highways due to lanes are wider, escape routes are available and for the most part you can drive at a constant speed and folks that come up behind you can pass unhindered by oncoming traffic. Just pick your speed, relax, enjoy the drive, be observant and forget whose behind you. They have the option to pass or follow.
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Old 04-03-2015, 09:39 PM   #10
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One thing I like to do on interstates as I approach urban areas with heavier traffic and closer exits is to move one lane over to allow others to merge in without disturbing my speed. I haven't had anyone try to run up my back yet but I've had to slam on the brakes or dodge merging traffic a few times. You'd think they'd see us and adjust...but that would be wishful thinking!

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