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Old 09-02-2008, 10:43 AM   #15
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I was a speed freak..80-85 was my norm. But when we got the Casita I slowed to 60-65 and wow
wow what a difference in my attitude. No more getting stressed out and I don't care how many cars and trucks pass me. Now I drive 60-62 with or without the casita in tow and am much happier.
As for folks cutting me off...Nope not a one.
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Old 09-02-2008, 12:05 PM   #16
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Can you imagine being on the other end of the line and being the final person to hear the voice of someone talking on their cell phone?

As I've gained a few years, I think about priorities and responsibilities a little more often. Do my responses to other driver's actions reflect my concern for the passenger in my vehicle? That person most often is the one who is the most precious to me, my wife. Responding to much of life, as would a child, can be joyful, but when driving a motor vehicle it is absolutely essential to grow up and act like a responsible adult (meaning with wisdom)! How I wish parents could impress this on their children instead of showing them irresponsible behavior.

When I was new to driving and had a tendency to speed, I used to ask myself if I could drive fast enough to make up for the 45 minutes it would take the officer to issue the citation. That reminder worked to relax my lead foot! In these days, the high price of fuel has a similar effect, particularly when towing our RV. I'd much rather drive at 65, but that extra 10MPH comes at a $cost of 4 miles per gallon with our rig.

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Old 09-02-2008, 12:33 PM   #17
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We have also slowed down to 55 to 60 mph, mostly we try for the 55 mph and it does keep the stress down. We like to keep off the interstates as much as possible. Near the big cities is when we boost the mph a litte to the high rate of 60 or 62 mph. I know, a speed demon for sure. The main reason, of course, is the much better gas milage we are getting.

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Edit add: We have not gotten so slow in our car however, still staying with the posted speed limit. Except in California where as you get closer to the LA area the slower the speed limit is but faster the traffic starts to flow. To feel save, I just stay with the traffic flow. My brother in law (who grew up out there) advised me to do so, the police, normally, will not bother you by doing so. They are after the ones who are cutting in and out of lane, cutting people off, etc. We have gone into this with the Scamp in tow, had to be a little faster but not as fast as with the car. I have noticed the urgency of drivers with cars with California, Arizona & Texas plates (as well as some other states) on the Interstates and Hwys. It could be as some wrote, the stress of having to get to work, get home, get to the next stop light will not leave them to relax and have a nice drive even on vacation. Too Bad! I was one of the Texas plates going as fast as I could at one time, not because of work, just because I was young and liked speed. Speeding tickets and getting older, having kids, and realizing how easy one can kill oneself takes the need of speeding away. Granted, if allowed to do so without consequences, I be flying along at 80 or 90 mph as in the the olden days. Did you know, a '65 Mustang GT with 3 speed manual transmission would only go 112 mph top out? But man could it get going from a start! Why did I sell that car? I remember cruising along at about 80 mph and passing a Dodge Charger on my way home from college. The Charger then passes me, but slows back down. So I pass him even when he is trying to keep me from it. Then he passes me even when I try to keep him from doing so, back and worth for several passes. Until finally he just let me go back to my cruising speed. His top speed was much higher than mine, but getting to it the Mustang was quicker. This was on the old Hwy between San Antonio and McAllen around December of 1965. Each time he would get around me, he would slow down to 70 or so. I was just wanting to get home. It did give me a memory.
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Old 09-02-2008, 06:16 PM   #18
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Did you know, a '65 Mustang GT with 3 speed manual transmission would only go 112 mph top out?
Shulda had a 65 Mustang with a 289 and an automatic.... I KNOW it's capable of over 125mph. Thank goodness no blow outs, nor cops and common sense prevailed before I finished putting my foot through the firewall.
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Old 09-03-2008, 03:38 PM   #19
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VODKA! ...when I get to my finally destination......oh kidding somewhat ya know after a few speeding tickets i actually learned to slow down...I *try* not to let someones elses poor planning cause me grief...they were late its causing them stress.....I'm going camping and know soon enough that i will be in the woods and they will be stuck in the car rat race

Bourbon works for me......
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Old 09-03-2008, 04:47 PM   #20
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Having other drivers cut you off, often in a very aggressive manner, is indeed irritating (even infuriating!!!). A great deal more so for me when I used to haul horses and the sudden braking on my part to avoid collisions could cause injury to my horses and certainly helped teach them that trailers were not safe places to be. I have fewer qualms about sudden braking with my Escape - worst case so far, I have stuff end up on the floor in the front of the trailer - but no blood or emergency trips to the vet with cut up horses.

Unfortunately, there's not very much you can do about the type-A, vindictive personalities of some of those drivers sharing the road (however briefly as they speed by) with us.

My answer is just stay alert, know that it's going to happen, and have a great supply of relaxing music for the CD player.

I've been trying to think of an appropriate large bumper sticker for the camper that could communicate my feelings to those idiots but haven't thought of anything that gets the message across without being offensive or potentially escalating their hostility.

edited to add: And yes, the thought of a large, cold alcoholic beverage at the end of the day goes a ways to calm my nerves.
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Old 09-03-2008, 06:13 PM   #21
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Shulda had a 65 Mustang with a 289 and an automatic.... I KNOW it's capable of over 125mph. Thank goodness no blow outs, nor cops and common sense prevailed before I finished putting my foot through the firewall.
It was a 289, of course, you had to have the 289 to get the GT option. Today, I'd want the auto but back in '65, I was wanting to shift. The 3 spd was standard and I went with it. But if it would have gone 125 mph, I'd have seen if it would. Back then, before a lot of interstates, Texas had some really good roads, some nice and straight like the area after Alice down toward McAllan. Very few people living out that way, ranch land. More than likely it still is. I may have made a mistake about the crusing speed in that area, it was more like 90 mph.

No more of that kind of non-sense for a long time. Sure didn't let my two kids hear about those days (the speed), I did not want them try to do the same thing.

We are hearing reports of terrible crashes involving speeding and racing, especially in El Paso, TX as well as Cruces. Just too many cars & trucks on the roads these days to be doing what I did in the late '60s and early '70s. Often speed and drinking gets them. I never did the drinking. My nephew, lost his only son in a bad crash involving both down in Harlingen, TX in a much faster and meaner Mustang than a '65 about 3 years ago. The car looked like a soda can wrapped around a pole. The young man had just gotten the car. I do not believe his dad even knew the boy had a car. Very hard on the families who get killed and so often the one who was speeding is not hurt and others are killed. Bad stuff hot cars and youth! My Great-Nephew only killed himself, he lost control and hit a telephone pole or a palm tree. Can't recall which. Lights out very quickly. Prom time is very deadly nation wide for kids being killed.

Maybe gas should be $5 a gallon, it would final take some cars off the roads and Hwys. My wifes brother in law in So Cal said they are seeing less traffic with the high cost of gas. Most from kids not being out just driving to be driving.

However, I sure am hoping the price will keep going down. If not, it could hurt our travel plans, not to mention the economy of the nation.

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Old 09-04-2008, 03:31 PM   #22
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One of the big lessons I learned was towing my first stickie with a Ford F-150 SuperCab. Gas consumption was never great, but really fell when pulling the trailer. I learned that driving at 90 km/h (56 mph for those south of the 49th) optimized my gas consumption and minimized my frustration.

On one summer trip, we stayed overnight at Hope B.C. The next morning we left for thw Tsawwassen ferry to Vancouver Island, a trip of about 160 km (100 miles). About 2/3 of the trip is on the 4-lane TransCanada Highway, the rest on 2-lane highways through residential areas by and large. I put the FOrd on cruise control at 90km/h on a very busy TransCanada Highway and stayed in the right lane. Until our turnoff at Langley, I never touched the brakes or the gas. It was so easy!!

There was a small white sports car that passed us just outside of Hope. I could see him weaving in and out of traffic ahead of us. Then he would get hled up by slow moving vehicles, and we would get ahead. A few minutes later, there he came again, weaving in and out of traffic at speeds over 120 km/h (75 mph). This little scenario repeated itself several times on the way to the ferry. When we got to the ferry terminal pay booth, the white sports car was 3 vehicles ahead of us in the line!!

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Old 09-04-2008, 08:37 PM   #23
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[quote]Simple solution

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Kevin K.,
That, or drive underneath some of the pickups with the extra high lift kits and monster tires. My old '52 MG TD would almost make it with the windshield folded. It did fit under the trailer of a tractor/trailer rig.

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Old 09-04-2008, 08:57 PM   #24
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My old '52 MG TD would almost make it with the windshield folded. It did fit under the trailer of a tractor/trailer rig.

Thanks for the cartoon!
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Ahh Kurt, I still have a 52 MG TD... it hasn't been out of the garage in nearly 40 years. Guess I should check the wood body frame for termites!
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Donna D,

I loved that car, but spent more time and money keeping it on the road than any other I've ever owned. It was bored & stroked with a milled head and competition clutch and contested quite favorably against Corvairs. It looked more competitive than it really was due to the racing slick tires. A fellow in Redondo Beach had actually made a prototype dual cam head that might have helped increase the power but I only saw the original. In 1961 there was not a huge market for MGTD speed equipment.
Then I still couldn't bear to part with it after the crankshaft broke in two. Finally a neighbor offered me enough money that I couldn't pass it up. He spent 3 years doing a wonderful complete restoration.
Memories.
And it was actually a substitute for a Morgan!
That ash body frame just might be inviting to termites. And good old Lucas ignition 56 years later...have fun! Are you going to put it back on the road? I've still got Whitworth wrenches, an original shop manual, & a Uni-syn for balancing the S.U. carbs. Also tool sets for centering the pistons when rebuilding S.U. & the similar Stromberg carbs. Strange the things one has carried around for years.

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Old 09-09-2008, 01:41 PM   #27
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I haven't towed a camper on the road yet, but I have traveled a lot and live in Houston so every time I get on the freeway it's like pulling into a frantic stampede of maniacs. Our solution to more pleasant traveling experiences has been to find state highways to travel rather than the interstate when ever possible. The roads are usually in good condition, and much less traveled (esp. by big trucks). The only down side is there are fewer businesses/gas stations so you have to stay gassed up as much as possible, and you still get the occasional A-hole driver but there is much less stress over all. I know that sometimes the interstate is the only way to get around in some areas in a timely manor, so it can not always be avoided, but short jogs on main highways are not so bad.

I am sure we are about to get a whole new experience in driving across the country pulling a trailer when we get one, going up hills, people driving like maniacs because you slowed them down... we will sometimes purposely go a few miles under the speed limit just to stay out of the frantic "packs" of fast drivers.
We just took a trip in Co a few weeks ago and it was amazing how impatient people can be when we got stuck behind a big rig going down Monarch pass, slow slow slow and tail gaters all the way down the line...

sometimes just pulling off the road to get a short break is a good method when you feel your pressure is about to blow.
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Towed the trailer to a friends place 4 hours away. Had a nice weekend and towed back. Got cut off twice and had a driver stop dead on front of us without any signals. Found out just how good the trucks brakes are. One nice lady pulled up at a light in the right turn lane and then when it changed she cut in front and I almost took out her fender.Also a nice caddy changed lanes giving me about 2 feet of clearance and then slowed down. My horn works!!! Two miles down the road he was in the slow lane of a passing area, creeping along.
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Hi James!
Wow do I understand!
I am going to have to admit to an originally unknowing habit that I had: passing for no reason. One culprit of this reasoning -- besides my own silly brain -- was the cruise control. If the cruise control brought me up oh so slowly to the rear of another car I would passsssssssssssssssssss and then resume or reset or something. Next thing I know the guy I passed was coming up getting ready to pass ME! there has to be something wrong with that guy! Ummmm.. cruise control doesn't control perfectly as I found... along with...

Well I figured out I was passing when I had no need to, too. Now I just back off a few MPH and soon the guy ahead of me is waaay ahead of me. I think strangeness in driving has to do with some macho need to be the leader not the follower. Nevertheless when you combine cruise control with a silly little mind like mine then you get passing fever I think.

Thanks for listening... this was cathartic... if you like you can send me a bill via messenger.

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