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Old 09-04-2013, 09:42 PM   #11
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On the positive side to that I've become more cautious to people ahead of me who might make a quick lane change and often not signaling. I seen a lot of that just today on the expressway. You can't take no one for granted.
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Old 09-04-2013, 11:11 PM   #12
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I see this every time I am out. Personally I think the people towing boats are the worst. I see them doing 80 mph all the time. They are also the ones I see on the side of the road the most with a blowout.

We were in SD this summer at a gas station and a ton pickup pulled up alongside of me extremely overloaded. The bed was absolutely full of stuff, and he was pulling a large heavy TT, with no WDH. I would not have been surprised if the frame was sitting on the axle.

When we travel I am always on the lookout at the TTs that pass me and look at their setup. I often see them total setup wrong. A couple of weeks ago I saw a small SUV towing a large TT, the WDH was so tight that the rear of the SUV was extremely elevated.
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Old 09-04-2013, 11:46 PM   #13
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I totally forgot what I was going to say in my earlier post!
I was following a large TT that was fish tailing a bit on the highway and when I got to pass it I saw why... He was missing a tire! Running at about 80 km/h on 3 wheels with nothing but the axel dangling where the fourth should have been. Talk about stupidity.
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Old 09-05-2013, 06:17 AM   #14
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I learned about what a tow behind you can do at an early age. Fortunately no one was hurt. I was towing a 14' small boat behind a 1967 Camaro (Yes it was within weight limits for the Camaro which wasn't much). I was going through a small town in central Arkansas traveling at 35 mph. Right in front of the town police station a lady pulled out from behind the building directly in front of me. I remember thinking "I have plenty of time to stop" as my foot was moving from the accelerator to the brake. As soon as I applied the brake I felt my boat. I hit the lady right in her driver door. As I said above I was only traveling at 35 mph so the impact was at something less than that. Imagine what a large TT or 5'er will do to stopping distance!!!

My witness to the above accident was the town police chief who was sitting outside his office on the porch watching the world go by. No better a witness than a LEO as long as you aren't the guilty party.

Even a small trailer will greatly extend your stopping distance.
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I see this every time I am out. Personally I think the people towing boats are the worst. I see them doing 80 mph all the time. They are also the ones I see on the side of the road the most with a blowout.

We were in SD this summer at a gas station and a ton pickup pulled up alongside of me extremely overloaded. The bed was absolutely full of stuff, and he was pulling a large heavy TT, with no WDH. I would not have been surprised if the frame was sitting on the axle.

When we travel I am always on the lookout at the TTs that pass me and look at their setup. I often see them total setup wrong. A couple of weeks ago I saw a small SUV towing a large TT, the WDH was so tight that the rear of the SUV was extremely elevated.

I am sure everyone has seen this but it still cracks me up.

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Old 09-05-2013, 08:55 PM   #16
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I am sure everyone has seen this but it still cracks me up.

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I had one of those blazers ,and they did good just to stop themselves.
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Old 09-06-2013, 06:56 AM   #17
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I agree, it's not just TT's, but even some of the big trucks I see excessive speed and tailgating. My last trip to Lake George, I was traveling right at 65 and I was passed by a F150 with a fairly large TT at a pretty decent speed. 30 minutes later we got to the campground, and he was just 1 vehicle in front of me checking in and I thought to my self, was the risk really worth getting there a couple minutes before me?

I've been guilty of some excessive speed as well, I'll admit. Sometimes I will look down and the speedo will read 75 or so and when it does I immediately back off, but I'm never intentionally doing 75 in the left lane pulling 13K tailgating a Honda! That is just not good for anyone!
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Old 09-06-2013, 08:08 AM   #18
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.....I've been guilty of some excessive speed as well, I'll admit. Sometimes I will look down and the speedo will read 75 or so and when it does I immediately back off, but I'm never intentionally doing 75 in the left lane pulling 13K tailgating a Honda! That is just not good for anyone!
LOL, been there myself. My biggest issue is my TV does not like 55 mph, which is a problem on two lane hiways. I constantly find myself doing 60.
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Old 09-06-2013, 08:34 AM   #19
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Labor Day Drivers and Excessive Towing Speed

When I had the 1992 popup (1200 dry). I would get goin way to fast.

With my 26bh I want the best milage I can get. So I'm generally 55
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I like to drive at a speed and a safe distance from traffic in front of me that will give room for an emergency maneuver or quick stop. 55 to 60 mph works best. I try to limit speed to no more the 65 mph. Recently too I had 5th wheel rigs pass me like I was standing still and also got behind a few tts that were like the tail wagging the dog..

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