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Old 06-06-2014, 04:21 AM   #43
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The difference has to do with culture.

Off shore you have smaller vehicles and they are not into the use of WDH's. That is why the tongue weights are on the light side. Because they are on the light side they design their trailers in a way that they can be towed that way.

In NA there is a split culture. The mainstream side use the traditional large heavy vehicle and use a WDH, or just on the ball if the trailer is light enough.

Then there are the lighter vehicle as in cars that the marketing folks here see has non participants in the towing field. So they simply rate them low so folks ignore them and buy the big profit, big heavy vehicles.

Then again you have the specialty group who evaluates lighter vehicles, works with their potential, adds the valued WDH to the mix, and comes up with the ultimate TV's. With that comes economy, stability, and safety.

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Old 06-06-2014, 04:40 AM   #44
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Speed Issue

I am aware of the speed issue, the differential between trailers and semis in particular.

Unfortunately I am more aware of the speed differential between cars and trailers. Cars besides driving faster than semis, dart from lane to lane.

Semi drivers tend to be good drivers and often find themselves in speed differential situations where they are the slow vehicle. Actually on most up hills I am faster than the semis and will pass them if the opportunity is there.

I find that the speed differential on highways is not much of a problem. On highways I tend to drive a little faster, 60 mph and there's usually multiple lanes and semis can go around me.

On roads without multi-lanes like the Harbour Breton road where trucks make a daily 300 mile run on a rough, two lane road, I simply give way to people in big trucks; they are working, I am not. In return I usually get a 'rear light wink' from the passing truck.

Do other trailers fly by me on occasions. Frequently on the major north south Interstates. We generally avoid them except in MA, CT, NY and NJ where there are really no alternatives. Over 13 years of travel we have found non-interstates are more interesting have many benefits.

In general we do not use the Interstate system to rush from destination to destination. Our goal is to explore North America and North America is not found on the interstates or inter-province roads.

As we're proud to say, we've driven 'every road' in Newfoundland. It's not getting from here to there. It's meeting the people between places. We are fortunate to have a different life, to be retired, to have developed a way quite different from our former life. I do understand that some people need to fly about, that their lives are different from ours.

Feeling mighty lucky. The sun is shining here in Newfoundland, icebergs are out our front window and I know a place that makes the best partridge berry/orange scones. Also it's Friday and that's Pizza night at the island's only bakery..can't wait to try a Newfoundland Pizza. We haven't had a pizza since we left NH.

Wishing all safe travels...

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