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Old 07-19-2014, 08:48 PM   #21
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Acceleration getting on the hiway, passing, going up hills, keeping up with traffic - IMO it's not safe to be a 'rolling road block' with everyone trying to pass you.
And if you have more power you won't be using 'all' of it just to get down the road - so less wear and tear on the engine/drivetrain, less tiring on the driver (which means a safer driver).
So using your scenario, 99.9% of semi's are "rolling road blocks" that everyone is trying to pass and they need more power and are unsafe. (using your logic)
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Old 07-19-2014, 09:07 PM   #22
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I have to agree with OldCoot... I don't accelerate quickly in an effort to save gas but I also do not merge into traffic dangerously slow. When you are driving a bigger rig, everyone can see you and no one is purposefully going to hit you. The biggest problem, like driving semis & buses, is people cutting you off when you are accelerating down hill. This is why having adequate BRAKING & CONTROL is important and why I feel 1/2 ton trucks should not be pushed near their max....

EDIT: The cause of many semi jackknifes are due to a car cutting-off the semi & then quickly dropping in speed. The larger vehicle cannot stop as quickly & if the trailer brakes are too weak the tail swings-around, etc. as the semi driver attempts to avoid killing the guy who cut him off... This can also happen in rain & ice when stopping quickly...
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Old 07-19-2014, 09:23 PM   #23
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come drive in western pa and WV. Semi's can and do 70mph no problem. But entrance ramps to the hiways are often short and just as often, uphill.

So you gotta get from 30 to 60ish in a short distance - traffic MAY move over for a big rig..but some rich guy on vacation with his camper? Heck no.

I've seen slow vehicles frustrate other drivers - to the point they'll pass illegally over the double yellow or even the burm of the hiway - so yes, being 'too slow' IS a hazard to yourself in some instances.
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Old 07-19-2014, 09:38 PM   #24
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...I've seen slow vehicles frustrate other drivers - to the point they'll pass illegally over the double yellow or even the burm of the hiway - so yes, being 'too slow' IS a hazard to yourself in some instances.
Well, bottom line, I have no control over other people's frustration and if they are unfortunate enough to hit me, it will be theirs and their insurance company's problem, as for them passing illegally, the state police can deal with that and see how that affects their frustration level. They will have to do what I do when I drive a car and encounter a slow moving rv or semi, either pass them or relax and follow them. Life is a constant challenge in many ways.

prof_fate, you just need to relax and enjoy the ride, none of us are going to get out of here alive.
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Old 07-20-2014, 06:22 AM   #25
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well, when I was passed the cops were no where to be found. (on the left berm on the pa turnpike - TT in the right lane beside me - I had no place to go had dipcrap not fit or hit something in the berm, etc). Had I swerved and hit the TT the cause would be far down the road and I"d be paying the price.

And how considerate of you to make your not being able to keep up with traffic 'their problem' to deal with.
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Old 07-20-2014, 06:52 AM   #26
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well, when I was passed the cops were no where to be found. (on the left berm on the pa turnpike - TT in the right lane beside me - I had no place to go had dipcrap not fit or hit something in the berm, etc). Had I swerved and hit the TT the cause would be far down the road and I"d be paying the price.

And how considerate of you to make your not being able to keep up with traffic 'their problem' to deal with.
I keep up with the flow of traffic, I just don't go over 65mph, regardless of the speed limit. I travel between 55-65 depending on traffic. I just can't control other people's level of frustration if they want to accelerate faster or travel at a higher speed. I do my best to be considerate, but that's all I can do.
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Old 07-20-2014, 08:38 AM   #27
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We tow ours with a 2007 honda ridgeline with sway bars and a brake controller. Ridgeline is rated for 5000 pounds. Does great!
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Old 07-21-2014, 09:09 AM   #28
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dont trust the mpg sticker. I have never seen 24mpg. the best i see is 19 mpg or 9mpg towing. the last 2 trips towing i have only avg around 8.6 towing. I have the 2013 5.7L with 3.92 and dont have a heavy foot.
The truck tows my mini lite without any issues.
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Going with the Hemi Ram will allow you to upsize to a larger trailer (mid 20s fully enclosed). You might even look at them now. Heck, my '14 Wildwood 261BHXL was over $1K less than my '08 Trail Cruiser C191 Hybrid. I blame that purchase on my Tundra (replaced my Dakota). Truck's fault.


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Old 07-22-2014, 11:01 AM   #30
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I just purchased a 1500 with the new EcoDiesel and I get 27+ on the highway doing 70+ without the trailer and 15+ towing my roo 21ss.
It's a pricy option, but pays for itself quickly.
It's only available in the Crew Cab or Quad cab. I was able to get $9,500 off sticker on a Crew Laramie, so shop around.
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