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Old 05-05-2011, 04:51 AM   #21
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I'm with Frederick.
One point that is often missed maybe 2.
1. Most trailer tires are rated for 65mph MAXIMUM.
2. Some states have 55mph towing speeds and some aren't posted.


I saw a bumper sticker that I thought about getting one like it. "I'm retired go around me"
Hi: Byron Kinnaman... I had a local sign shop make me some. 3 each for my tugs that said..."I'M DRIVING AS FAST AS I CAN AFFORD" and 3 each for my trailers that said "I GO WHERE I'M TOWED TO". You could have some made for your trailer like "RETIRED... MORE TIME... LESS GAS". Or " PUSHING 65 IS EXERCISE ENOUGH".
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Old 05-05-2011, 07:43 AM   #22
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Has anybody else had this scenario--there's a guy riding right on your bumper but he refuses to pass? With some tailgaters, I've had to pull off onto the shoulder in order to force them to go around me. Strange behavior.
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Yes I have! Never could figure that one out. I was towing a popup that they could see around even and know it was clear. I slowed waaaaaaaaaaay down to around 45 or 50 mph and they still wouldnt go around! Decided that was a good time to get something to eat, lol.

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Has anybody else had this scenario--there's a guy riding right on your bumper but he refuses to pass? With some tailgaters, I've had to pull off onto the shoulder in order to force them to go around me. Strange behavior.
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Old 05-05-2011, 09:12 AM   #24
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Has anybody else had this scenario--there's a guy riding right on your bumper but he refuses to pass? With some tailgaters, I've had to pull off onto the shoulder in order to force them to go around me. Strange behavior.
It seems like a lot of people drive VERY close to the car in front of them, even if they are comfortable at that speed. I don't think they realize that they are driving too close for comfort. You have to wonder who taught these people how to drive!
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Old 05-05-2011, 10:05 AM   #25
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Too true!
It's like people haven't heard of the "x" number of car lengths rule.
Towing or not, my favorite entertainment in heavy freeway traffic is to let the appropriate gap open up in front of me and try to predict which car will jump in to it. It's surprisingly easy to predict.
It's actually a great game for kids, too. We call it the "sucker game" since in our way of thinking we've "sucked" a clueless driver into a trap of our creation.
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Old 05-05-2011, 10:40 AM   #26
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On a road west of MPLS,MN, we have dots like this on the road, to try and keep tailgaters off your bumper.Click image for larger version

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Old 05-05-2011, 11:31 AM   #27
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What a great idea!
I do sometimes wonder if some drivers can count that high, though

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Old 05-05-2011, 01:43 PM   #28
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LOL! I, too, wonder why some FLY up behind me (well exceeding the speed limit) and then ride my bumper and refuse to pass. I especially enjoy this at night when I am not towing and the idiot's headlights are glaring in all my rear view mirrors. Yeah, that's going to help; driving faster with a nut on my tail is not my idea of a good choice. In order to discourage any road rage, I have put on my right-turn signal and pulled over as if I am turning off, and then pulled back in the lane when clear. If the tailgater notices, I don't care -- at least s/he's not in a position to crash into me any more.
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Old 05-05-2011, 02:48 PM   #29
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In order to discourage any road rage, I have put on my right-turn signal and pulled over as if I am turning off, and then pulled back in the lane when clear. If the tailgater notices, I don't care -- at least s/he's not in a position to crash into me any more.
That's a good move, too!
I also wave them around, since I too have been stuck behind RV's and it's sometimes hard to figure out what their intentions are as I can't see the road in front of them. My "O.K. to pass" wave is a clear signal to the car back there that the coast is clear and I'm expecting them to go on by. It also makes us a temporary "team" instead of competitors for the same hunk of road...
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It's almost always rewarded with a "thank you" wave!

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Hi: All... Best defence when the tailgator refuses to budge is put on your 4way flashers!!! That usually indicates something's wrong... them. They'll soon look ahead and pass you out quickly.
A great bumper sticker is "Sorry for driving so close in front of you".
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Old 05-05-2011, 08:43 PM   #31
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A great bumper sticker is "Sorry for driving so close in front of you".
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Alf, Alf, Alf:

Haven't we talked about this in our high powered "Trilliums of The World (and Beyond!!)" meetings? I wouldn't like to have to go before the Board of Directors to defend my appointment of you as Canadian High Mucky-Muck.
NEVER put any thing on your bumper that gives the maniac behind you the smallest suspicion that you're slowing him/her down on purpose.
It's a funny sticker, but wouldn't your audience suspect that you're driving slow just so he/she can read it?

Please see me in my office as soon as I get one.

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Hi: Francesca Knowles... Well this is one for the books. I've been "Called up on the carpet" before there's even carpet!!! SHEESH!!!
I like to provide some funny reading material for the guy waiting back there. It's just some people are slo learners.
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Old 05-08-2011, 04:54 PM   #34
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That's right, Don't "wave" back. I try not to hold others up, but sometimes it can't be helped. Also, speed limit signs are supposed to show the Maximum, not Minimum speed. Too many people now a days are in too much of a hurry.

So I don't fret about it too much anymore. Life's too short to get worked up over a slow driver
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[QUOTE=Francesca Knowles;248587]That's a good move, too!
I also wave them around...

I quit doing any traffic direction a long time ago (way before I started pulling my Trillium). It's quite a heavy responsibility to take on and assumes you can assess all possible circumstances and the driving abilities of the tailgater - all at a pretty high rate of speed. I choose not to take that risk anymore. I now just leave it to the vehicle operator behind to decide what to do and when to do it.
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I expect it may be harder in other parts of the world; it works pretty well out here in the Great Northwest part of the U.S.of A.!
Those in-a-hurry folks are back there anyway, jonesin' to pass, and an all- clear wave is a good signal to do so...
No dead bodies in the landscape so far, and that's the main thing

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