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Old 10-15-2013, 12:44 PM   #21
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I keep it at 55mph on freeways no matter what the max speed limit is. My gas mileage is better, stopping distance shorter, and overall I just feel safer. On slower roads I tend to stay 5mph under the speed limit. I also lower my speed to the lower recommended limits (yellow signs) that are posted on curvy sections of road.

I keep an eye on the rearviews and try to pull over to let traffic pass me if it's backed up behind my TT.

I feel that at the lower speed the stress on my truck (transmission and engine) and trailer (tires, mainly) is less, which in my opinion will extend their lives.
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Old 10-15-2013, 01:36 PM   #22
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Maximum 60 mph.
If there is a head wind, maximum 55 mph, maybe 50 mph for a really strong head wind.
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Old 10-15-2013, 06:19 PM   #23
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Was just thinking about some of the posts on other threads where folks were running above 65, sometimes even 70 or 75. In addition to the extra unnecessary risks of running at those speeds, what is the point of getting there 20-30 minutes sooner, just so you can sit around and use up time ? For me, a lot of the fun of camping is the trip to and from the CG. At slower speeds, you can see a lot more, and driving is actually fun for me. Guess I was raised in a slower time, where we took time to enjoy and smell the roses along the way, and didn't worry about consuming a few extra minutes in the process. We didn't worry about having to stay in instant touch with every member of the family via cell phones, and we actually used our brains and some thinking when planning our trip with paper maps. In other words, we did not expect everything to be done for us with the mere press of a button, and we still do things pretty much without computers. Cell phones are used for emergency purposes only while on a trip. It's a lot more fun that way. JMHO
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Old 10-15-2013, 06:44 PM   #24
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Was just thinking about some of the posts on other threads where folks were running above 65, sometimes even 70 or 75. In addition to the extra unnecessary risks of running at those speeds, what is the point of getting there 20-30 minutes sooner, just so you can sit around and use up time ? For me, a lot of the fun of camping is the trip to and from the CG. At slower speeds, you can see a lot more, and driving is actually fun for me. Guess I was raised in a slower time, where we took time to enjoy and smell the roses along the way, and didn't worry about consuming a few extra minutes in the process. We didn't worry about having to stay in instant touch with every member of the family via cell phones, and we actually used our brains and some thinking when planning our trip with paper maps. In other words, we did not expect everything to be done for us with the mere press of a button, and we still do things pretty much without computers. Cell phones are used for emergency purposes only while on a trip. It's a lot more fun that way. JMHO
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Old 10-15-2013, 07:09 PM   #25
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I agree with tinlizzie as well. Often times the journey is as good or better than the destination.

I think it was Pink Floyd that suggested many people are in a race to get to their grave.
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Old 10-15-2013, 08:00 PM   #26
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I usually stay between 60-65 MPH. Tires aren't rated for more than that and my combo is very comfortable at that speed.
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Old 10-15-2013, 08:17 PM   #27
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I stay around 60 with the TT. This past weekend I was doing 85 without trailer and some big units sailed right past me.
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Old 10-15-2013, 08:23 PM   #28
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How fast do you drive

Mostly around 65 but with a good tail wind i have caught myself doing 70 to 75.
I was reminded at the gas pump to slow down. Lol
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My truck likes 62 with the TT on. On our two or three long trips each year DW is following pulling the rest of the toys and that works well for her Expeditions.
But to get to the OP's comment on sturdiness, the first and last five miles of all our trips are at 4 to 20 mph on decomposed granite washboard. It can rattle your teeth at a crawl in the TVs. Lord only knows what's going on back in the trailer. Our Eagle has been up and down that road I'd guess 20 times each way and the only problems have been the table's screws pulled out and it fell over. It sits on a slide so the screws are too short to do any good so DW puts pillows on the chairs or I lay it down. And the valence over the window fell and had to be fastened better. Again, the screws couldn't take much stress. We had similar good service from an entry level Forest River product prior to this Jayco. I think being very careful behind the wheel has a lot to do with it. And that may be why some of us have a lot of trouble with ST tires and some of us don't. I respect the tires' 65 mph rating even when passing on the highway. I try to avoid going faster than necessary.
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Old 10-16-2013, 06:44 AM   #30
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60 here on the interstates. I upgraded my tires to G614's so I have a 75 mph max speed now, but I don't care. I just completed a 260 mile trip yesterday and got 12.8 mph. Any faster is for others.

Now to enjoy the races for the next 4 days. At Road Atlanta.
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