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Old 02-08-2015, 10:16 AM   #51
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62 MPH is what I like to maintain. My main consideration is the safety of all, then fuel consumption and relaxation! I do see those knuckleheads out there driving their big / long rigs at high speeds, with no consideration for their own families safety or the safety of other families on the roadways!

Slow down, relax, save fuel ........and enjoy the journey!
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Old 02-08-2015, 12:02 PM   #52
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You are correct ST type tires have a Max speed rating of 65 mph. I suggest people consider this like they do their engine RedLine rpm. It may be possible to exceed the Redline but we all know you will end up paying for every second with a decrease in engine life. Tires are the same. Once you do damage they do not repair themselves.
A friend bought a hybrid camper and took a lot of trips in the first few months of the season. He was bragging about driving 70-75mph and what good time he was making. I warned him about the oem tire ratings. He checked them and told me he found pre-failure damage in 2 of the four. He replaced them and now keeps his speeds down below 70.
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Old 02-09-2015, 02:39 PM   #53
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Glad to hear so many people are aware of tire ratings. I lived in Florida for 17 years and saw a LOT of excessive speeding by class A drivers as well as those towing RVs. I see it here (KY) still, but far less often. About a week ago we were in the Smokies and got passed on I-75 by someone dragging a canvas popup - they had to be doing 80... Imagine a blow out at 75 or 80. How many people do you know with the driving skill to deal with that without taking out themselves or someone else?

My regular travel speed is usually 62 but I never break 65 - if I have to pass and that means going over 65 I just sit there (that keeps the wife alarm from going off, so it's an added bonus.)

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Old 02-09-2015, 03:16 PM   #54
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Read all the posts, it appears post #35 and myself keep it between 55 and 60.It all depends on road/weather conditions but for the most part I do it for safety and fuel economy, try stopping really quickly from 65 and then from 55, check your time and distance it took to stop. You will be surprised! Just saying!
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Old 02-10-2015, 06:02 AM   #55
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The Chinese Bombs on my 2014 Rockwood 8289ws are rated for max speed of 65 mph. I pull with a 2012 Ram 2500 4x4 mega cab 6.7 cummins diesel. After engine start I check all lights turn signals brake lights etc. I then set in tow haul mode and turn on engine brake. Then set brake controller. Once on the highway or interstate I remain in right lane with cruise set at 60 mph and let everyone pass me that wants too. 60 mph is 1500 rpm and gives me about 11 mpg. Coming back from Disneyworld last year I decided to go to 65 mph for a short distance. My rpm went up to 1600 from 1500 and mpg dropped by 1 mpg so it's back to 60 mph max for me. Love the engine brake on the Ram.
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Old 02-10-2015, 08:35 AM   #56
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trucks with trailers

here in cali, on the free way the posted speed limit on trucks with trailers is 55, I asked a cop one time(while I was getting a ticket) if that meant that all the trucks (semi's) were breaking the law, he just told me to worry about what I was doing, I was getting a ticket for bypassing a the scales in my work truck while they were open, he said thet my work truck which was a 3500 chevy utility was to stop at all scales,,,
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here in cali, on the free way the posted speed limit on trucks with trailers is 55, I asked a cop one time(while I was getting a ticket) if that meant that all the trucks (semi's) were breaking the law, he just told me to worry about what I was doing, I was getting a ticket for bypassing a the scales in my work truck while they were open, he said thet my work truck which was a 3500 chevy utility was to stop at all scales,,,
Seriously? Must of been a slow day. What was the outcome?
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I was getting a ticket for bypassing a the scales in my work truck while they were open, he said thet my work truck which was a 3500 chevy utility was to stop at all scales,,,
You may want to have a look at your state's regulations pertaining to GVW and commercial vehicles. Your 3500 could fall into a category which requires registration and inspections. The trucks you saw bypassing the scale likely had in-cab communications from the scalemaster governing their need for inspection...
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he said it was a utility body, or a altered bed, any time you alter a pu bed you have to stop a the scales, if you are driving a pu and you extend the bed up to carry anything higher than the bed itself, that requires you to stop at the scales, his words not mine, it cost 450.00 for the lesson

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You may want to have a look at your state's regulations pertaining to GVW and commercial vehicles. Your 3500 could fall into a category which requires registration and inspections. The trucks you saw bypassing the scale likely had in-cab communications from the scalemaster governing their need for inspection...
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he said it was a utility body, or a altered bed, any time you alter a pu bed you have to stop a the scales, if you are driving a pu and you extend the bed up to carry anything higher than the bed itself, that requires you to stop at the scales, his words not mine, it cost 450.00 for the lesson
Those W&I guys can be jerks sometimes. I got a ticket because the bumper on my tractor did not extend to the outside of the steering tires, even though that is how the tractor was delivered when new...
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