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Old 03-11-2013, 09:03 AM   #1
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Towing thought

Yesterday we had company and like most people were surprised by the size of our trailer ("though it looked larger on the inside" and "you sleep there?" and lastly "you're both alive after 315 straight days".)

Of course our "small compared to everything in the park" tow vehicle/trailer and "what size engine" does it have.

The conversation got me thinking about our tow vehicle. I told them that we only averaged towing 30 miles a day over that period and never traveled more than 150 miles in a day.

With that in mind it was clear to me why we don't need a large powerful tow vehicle. We have no need to charge up the mountain at high speed or to cover long distances. The reality is that the RV lifestyle of a nearly full time tow/vehicle and trailer is different than a non-fulltimer.

Mileage and reliability are primary on our list of Trailer/tow vehicle.

Just an opinion/thought.
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This muse has been brought to by Norm!!
It's always good to hear from you, Norm.
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If you are retired, this certainly is a great way to go. I sure hope to be there soon, so I can adopt a travel pattern more like yours.

The reality of working and wanting to see things a fair distance from home, given a limited time to do it in, lends to much longer travel days. !,000 km a day when heading to a remote place is not uncommon for us. With my limited time, I like to blast to a spot, then sit there for many days on end. Some day I will have the time to stop more and smell the flowers along the way.
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The reality is that the RV lifestyle of a nearly full time tow/vehicle and trailer is different than a non-fulltimer.

Mileage and reliability are primary on our list of Trailer/tow vehicle.

Just an opinion/thought.
Full time or not, being retired with no schedule has to be part of the equation. We tend to meander sort of in that direction with a destination kind of in mind. Quite different than when we were working. Raz
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I thought I finally arrived when I retired, but it was short lived when I decided to be my mother's caregiver. Now I have to make "arrangements" before leaving and my trips are usually limited to 9 days or less. So, my point being, do not wait until tomorrow to enjoy, as tomorrow may not arrive when you want it. Enjoy today what you hope for tomorrow, particularly if you have elderly loved ones.
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Norm... I would bet your rig goes 100KPH just as fast a big V8 towing the same trailer at 100KPH.

I like your rig.

Happy Trails to ya.
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Deep Thoughts Ė Jack Handey style;

Towing is work. Having a Łber fuel efficient tow vehicle doesnít change the work you have to do, just how fast you do it.
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LOL MCI I suspect a lot of people dont realize how limited our speed is in Canada towing or not. So having a 4 cyl vs an V8 isnt going to get you there any faster if you wish to arrive at destination without a pocket full of very expensive speeding tickets. Yes mountain ranges such as the Rockies might slow the 4 cyl down a bit more but the truth is having pulled through such ranges even the big V8 drivers towing tend to slow it right down in those mountain ranges and not uncommon at all to see many of them pull over and give their trucks a break part way though the passes as well.

Most provinces max out at 110 km/h (68 mph) & others at 100 km/h (62 mph) & a number of provinces have a lower towing speed limit than the max posted. The higher limits mentioned are mostly only found on 4 or 6 lane divided freeways outside of urban areas and the truth be known considering how big the country is we really dont have a lot of miles of those types of highways. 90 km/h (55 mph) is a more common max limit on many of our highways.

So those wishing to tow at a leisurely pace and haven't retired yet you just need to spend more time traveling in Canada. ;-)
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Good info Carol. In these parts 100 is the common limit. Most cars do 120 and the coppers don't bother them. When towing on the expressways we are in the comfy zone at 100. Also enjoy a slower pace on the secondary roads.
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We have no need to charge up the mountain at high speed ...
I understand your viewpoint, however...that is the main reason I give our last tow vehicle to our son and bought a new, more powerful one. I might be overly sensitive, but I don't like having a string of traffic backed up behind me while going up a hill or mountain. Now, I can keep up with the flow of traffic and not feel like I'm a nuisance to others. This isn't a problem with four-lane roads where I can stay in the right lane and not block traffic, but now I can feel good about taking the more scenic two-lane byways.
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In these parts 100 is the common limit. Most cars do 120 and the coppers don't bother them.
LOL thats the big difference between BC and Ontario - you have the Ontario Provincial Police we still have the RCMP. Maybe the boys in blue in Ontario know the tax payers could kick up a fuss if they are to heavy handed and they can easily be replaced Here the RCMP are well aware that despite years of talk of having are own provincial force that talks have never gone far so they feel a lot more secure in laying down the law in regards to speed
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I understand your viewpoint, however...that is the main reason I give our last tow vehicle to our son and bought a new, more powerful one. I might be overly sensitive, but I don't like having a string of traffic backed up behind me while going up a hill or mountain. Now, I can keep up with the flow of traffic and not feel like I'm a nuisance to others. This isn't a problem with four-lane roads where I can stay in the right lane and not block traffic, but now I can feel good about taking the more scenic two-lane byways.
Iím with you, brother! (Can I get an Amen?)

Iím definitely not saying this is the case here, Iím just saying that in America, everyone has the right to be a butt-orifice. What theyíve lost sight of is that itís not a requirement. You can choose not to be one as well. I, too, like to move with the flow and have equipped accordingly. Kudos to those travelling at their own chosen speed and in suitable situations.

Of course, you canít win. Someone Iím passing thinks Iím driving outrageously. And someone else thinks Iím not going fast enough.
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Glad that you like our rig. We are very happy with it of course planning a few mods when we get home before Nfld.

As to 100kph (62mph) our rig hardly ever reaches that speed though we do drive 60 mph when we get on an Interstate.

Safe and many travels
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Steve L. Having a fuel efficient vehicle does not reduce the drive however last year we spent $4,000 on fuel where at 15mpg we would have spent near $6,000, a significant difference to us old retired guys.

I will say if we had to spend 6,000, we still would have made the trip. Loving the travels....
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