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Old 02-28-2016, 12:55 AM   #31
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I swear there are some drivers who are out to kill you. I have no idea why, but they righteously speed up because you dare to pass them when they are doing the speed limit.
Three times in my driving career I have pulled out to pass a vehicle going just under the speed limit. There was no passing lane, but passing was permitted and there was no oncoming traffic. And, three times, the car I was passing sped up to prevent me from getting by. Three times oncoming traffic suddenly appeared in view and three times I had to make a decision to get back into the right lane.
At that point, I didn't care if that car was in the right lane beside me or not. That was where I was going.
When towing, I've only tried to pass once and the guy in the motor
home ( doing 70 kph in a 90 zone ) sped up. I have since made the decision not to pass, no matter what the situation. And, I hope that &^%( + is in the ditch.
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Old 02-28-2016, 02:20 AM   #32
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55-60 on highway . Pat
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Old 02-28-2016, 07:37 AM   #33
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I try and stay 2-3 mph under the speed limit, up to about 68. I do the same without the trailer but without the top end. I use the cruise alot when traffic is light and the hills don't cause shifting, tow/haul mode helps.

Sweet spot for mph? The slower the better, but at $1.60 a gallon I'm not overly concerned.
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Old 02-28-2016, 09:03 AM   #34
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With the Escape tires rated at 65mph I keep my speed at around 63-65. In the (very) rare instance when I need to pass someone actually going slower than me I'll boost it up to about 70mph to pass. When I replace the original tires I'll probably look into getting ones rated for a higher speed.
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Old 02-28-2016, 09:16 AM   #35
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I try and stay 2-3 mph under the speed limit
I'm usually 2-3 over.
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Old 02-28-2016, 09:16 AM   #36
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I use my tachometer more when towing as I like to keep it 1800-2000 rpms, no sense racing up a hill at 3500 rpm when a little slower at 2500 will do the trick. My average speed is approximately 55 with stops avery 3 hours for fuel and walking the dogs.
That said, when some roads cause the harmonic distortion effect. I stay in the fast lane, seems like there, the pavement is smoother, if they want to pass I'll pull over but go back when clear.
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Old 02-28-2016, 09:16 AM   #37
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57 to 60 mph has been yielding 17mpg, which with a 36 gallon tank equals a 600 mile range. I'm hoping my Silverado 2500 HD diesel lasts a few more years. Same truck, same speed I used to get 14 to 15 mpg with a truck camper weighing 1000 pounds less. Cheers, Cliff
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57 to 60 mph has been yielding 17mpg, which with a 36 gallon tank equals a 600 mile range. I'm hoping my Silverado 2500 HD diesel lasts a few more years. Same truck, same speed I used to get 14 to 15 mpg with a truck camper weighing 1000 pounds less. Cheers, Cliff
Good example of wind versus weight effect on mpg.
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Old 02-28-2016, 09:50 AM   #39
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I am usually right about 60-65 on the freeway, and about 55-60 on two lane roads, or in places like CA that put a 55mph speed limit on vehicles with trailers. I use the cruise control as much as possible, but not when there are many hills, or much traffic.

Apparently, unlike some, I slow down when there is a passing lane, hoping as many of the people behind will get by. I am always happiest when no one is behind me.
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Old 02-28-2016, 11:26 AM   #40
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I generally drive the speed limit, or a bit more if that is what the traffic flow is, up to 120 kph (75 mph). I always keep my tires at maximum pressure, which at least for the Goodyear Marathons I had on the 19, allowed for a max speed of 75 mph.

I like to use cruise control wherever possible, but it traffic is heavy, or the road winding, I don't.

Drivers going slower that the traffic who don't allow people to pass, especially the ones who speed up where conditions allow passing, definitely are frustrating. I love the roads where it is the law that they must use pullouts to let a queue pass.
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