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Old 09-04-2013, 07:43 PM   #1
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Angry Labor Day Drivers and Excessive Towing Speed

Okay, I just have to vent here a little because I saw something this weekend that really irks me.

I drove from my house in NE Illinois to SW Michigan to visit family over Labor Day weekend and got caught in the major traffic delays going around Chicago. We stayed with the family in their house so we didn't bring the camper. We couldn't pass up the offer: they have a 5 bedroom house on Lake Michigan beachfront property. Sweet!

Anyway, once we got to Michigan and traffic opened up I could not believe the horrible driving I saw from people towing campers last Friday. There was one guy towing a 32 foot or so TT with a 1/2 truck tailgating a car so close I couldn't see the pavement between them. They were rolling at about 70mph. There was an SUV pulling a small popup doing almost 80mph in the left lane of a 3 lane expressway! I just prayed that his trailer tires didn't explode from being overheated while he passed my family. In my opinion there is no reason for anyone pulling a trailer to be in the left lane of a 3 lane expressway and no one should be towing over 65mph and quite often below that.

Do people really have no sense about the weight they are hauling? I admit that I am new to camping but not to towing. I drove big HEMTT 10 ton truck in the Army and drove 18 wheelers over the road for a few years. It just frustrates me to no end to see how dangerous some people drive while towing and how they either don't understand what that extra 4-5 tons does to your vehicle or they donít care. Weight plus excessive speed is a dangerous combination.

Well, thanks for reading my rant. I couldn't help but notice that none of the bad trailer drivers were pulling a Jayco! Hope everyone on this forum had a great holiday weekend.

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Old 09-04-2013, 07:53 PM   #2
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Many drivers scare me almost daily. Too many 4 wheelers on cell phones everywhere.
Agree, you see a fare share of people not towing safely too.
Glad no one got into an accident, at least that you saw.

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Old 09-04-2013, 08:09 PM   #3
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Yep, you see this stuff all the time. Then they are the first to scream foul when their tires fail. I also see some mighty strange if not dangerous tow vehicle/RV/WD combinations on the road and in campgrounds.
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Old 09-04-2013, 08:10 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by Scott View Post
snip.... Do people really have no sense about the weight they are hauling?....snip
Unfortunately in to many cases... they don't.

Yes, I had a great Labor day weekend


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Old 09-04-2013, 08:15 PM   #5
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Yep, it is very scary indeed, on our trip this weekend I saw a 1/2 ton truck pulling a good size 5th wheel, the rear of the truck was so close to the ground I was surprised sparks weren't coming off the pavement.
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Old 09-04-2013, 08:20 PM   #6
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Labor Day Drivers and Excessive Towing Speed

Riding a motorcycle makes you realize how clueless a lot of drivers are.
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Old 09-04-2013, 08:21 PM   #7
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I'll admit I like to get where I am going. Less driving... more camping. However, I try to always keep my speed limited to 65mph when I am towing. I've got a 1 ton truck pulling a 8,200 lb trailer. I could pull twice the load and I keep my speed down. I can't imagine being in a half ton pulling at or above my limit and driving 70+ mph. Whew... scary.
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Old 09-04-2013, 08:51 PM   #8
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To some degree I am one of the "crazies". Until this summer I have generally cruised in low 70's to and from Texas from Arizona.
No more as a result of researching tires AND THIS SITE. I will max out at 65.
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Originally Posted by ecfeick View Post
riding a motorcycle makes you realize how clueless a lot of drivers are.
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Old 09-04-2013, 09:16 PM   #10
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I ride a motorcycle and drive a 10 ton tandem for work and it's amazing how many times people don't see either vehicle! Everyone has to be in front of the line no matter how fast you are going.

Now if we want to discuss how poorly people secure their loads using nothing more than gravity and good intentions...

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