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Title: When Driving Your RV On Trips: A note from a tourist town resident
Post by: foxr on August 05, 2017, 07:17:13 PM
This has gotten so bad it actually made me register to hopefully educate some of you RV owners and hopefully save some lives and some nerves.

Personally, I believe that if you cannot drive your RV at LEAST the speed limit on highways, you shouldn't be allowed to own one because some of you are causing dangerous situations because of your inability to drive the speed limit and to take others into consideration.

I travel a highway to and from work that goes to a tourist destination and 90% of the slow traffic (meaning 10-40 MPH UNDER the speed limit) are caused by RV drivers.

Not a day goes by that I travel the highway and it's not being congested by an RV driver doing 10-40 MPH UNDER the posted speed limit.

They have even put in a pull over lane for those of you slow drivers but many are too oblivious to figure out that the pull out lane is for THEM (you) and take no regard for others. Pretty selfish.

There are some folks who dont mind passing RV's in a safe and lawful way when it's clear to do so. Unfortunately, there are some non-RV drivers who dont realize they are causing another dangerous situation by following RV drivers (by not passing themselves) making it a long line of cars for those of us who want to drive the posted speed limit.

So please, take into consideration that big long line of vehicles behind you as you tinker along in your own little world giving no regard for those of us who can actually drive the speed limit.
Title: Re: When Driving Your RV On Trips: A note from a tourist town resident
Post by: BruceinFL on August 05, 2017, 07:53:16 PM
Sounds like US-1 in the FL Keys.  >:( :(
Title: Re: When Driving Your RV On Trips: A note from a tourist town resident
Post by: SargeW on August 05, 2017, 07:58:04 PM
Yeah, sometimes I can pull over. Sometimes I can't. Often times the turnouts provided are not near big enough for a rig of my size (nearly 60' when pulling the Jeep).  Also many times the speed limits set on many of the 2 lane back roads are set way too high for even passenger cars to navigate, let alone an RV.

I can sympathize with you though. I spent 50+ years in a tourist state. Visitors everywhere you go, any time of day or night. It can be a pain sometimes.  But you get over it.  After all, tourist dollars pump a lot of funds into local economies.   
Title: Re: When Driving Your RV On Trips: A note from a tourist town resident
Post by: SeilerBird on August 05, 2017, 07:59:58 PM
Your comprehension of the English language is lacking. It is a speed LIMIT. A limit is described as follows: "a restriction on the size or amount of something permissible or possible". That means that if the speed limit is 50 mph that means that 50 is the fastest speed you can legally drive. It is not the speed that you are suppose to drive. How fast you actually go depends on a lot of factors such as weather, time of day and the amount of traffic. Here in Florida I have people crawl right up on my tail and tailgate me even when I am doing the posted speed limit in the right hand lane. Why don't these idiots pass me when there is plenty of safe places to do so? It is not the slow drivers that are causing the problems and the wrecks, it is the fast impatient drivers that do. People need to worry about their own driving instead of complaining about other people. It would be much safer.
Title: Re: When Driving Your RV On Trips: A note from a tourist town resident
Post by: HappyWanderer on August 05, 2017, 08:11:34 PM
Sorry, I'll drive at a speed and manor which I determine to be safe for my vehicle under specific road conditions. No one in the rear view mirror is going to push me into doing something stupid.
Title: Re: When Driving Your RV On Trips: A note from a tourist town resident
Post by: scottydl on August 05, 2017, 08:22:30 PM
Welcome to The RV Forum! :D

I hope you decide to stick around and learn the many wonderful parts of the RV lifestyle that you currently don't yet appear to understand.
Title: Re: When Driving Your RV On Trips: A note from a tourist town resident
Post by: RedandSilver on August 05, 2017, 08:53:18 PM
I wonder if the OP has ever driven a Motorhome?  Does he know that many motorhomes can't do the speed limit going up hills?

He said a Highway - but all the images were of 2 lane roads NOT highways IMO.
And where I'm from all 2 lane roads without speed limit signs are 55mph roads.  So he see's someone everyday
doing 15mph in a 55 zone?  I doubt that.  45mph I could believe - but I guess he expects someone to drive the speed limit
even when they are unfamiliar with the area or what is around the next bend.  Again it's different in a 40'+ MH then it is in a car.

I agree with SargeW - when I tow my trailer I'm 65' and you can't just pull over anywhere.

So that sign saying if 5 vehicles are behind you - you have to pull over is not doable for everyone out there.
And maybe I missed it but I didn't see any pullouts in any of the images he posted.

I can see why he might get upset.  Maybe he's not the type to leave earlier and doesn't think he should have to but that everyone
on the road should do the speed limit no matter what.  Well that ain't going to happen.
Title: Re: When Driving Your RV On Trips: A note from a tourist town resident
Post by: Stephen S. on August 05, 2017, 09:09:10 PM
I agree with HappyWanderer. It is my responsibility to drive my RV in a legal and safe manner. It is everyone else's responsibility to drive their vehicles in a legal and safe manner. Have a little common sense and understanding, and together we can get through traffic without a wreck.

With a larger and longer vehicle, greater stopping distance, restricted views, and unfamiliar roads, I'm gonna be going a bit under the speed limit. Deal with it!!.
Title: Re: When Driving Your RV On Trips: A note from a tourist town resident
Post by: RLSharp on August 05, 2017, 09:11:14 PM
I would like to know the speed limit on that 2-lane highway. With essentially no shoulders, I can't believe that it is over 55 mph. Sooo, 40 mph under that is 15 mph; it seems to be pretty ridiculous to state that traffic moves that slow -- unless there is or has been an accident. Every day, no way!

R
Title: Re: When Driving Your RV On Trips: A note from a tourist town resident
Post by: OutdoorFT on August 05, 2017, 11:23:11 PM
What Ive gathered from this one post wonder....they are unhappy because the ones with larger vehicles are getting in this persons way. How do tractor trailers tickle your fancy? some know how to get up and go, others take a little bit. You dont see me on thetruckersreport complaining on how their clutch work is slow and needs to get faster.

Very selfish and ignorant thing to do. Come here and complain RVers arent breaking the traffic laws by exceeding the speed limit. Bravo.

where is your tourist town? Id like to know so I can avoid possibly driving around such arrogant people.
Title: Re: When Driving Your RV On Trips: A note from a tourist town resident
Post by: Arch Hoagland on August 06, 2017, 12:40:26 AM
I've been stuck behind some slow RV's too. And some slow 4 wheelers. And some slow trucks. And some slow bicycler's who rode in the middle of the lane. And some slow buses.

Slow happens. 

Now count your blessings and move along.
Title: Re: When Driving Your RV On Trips: A note from a tourist town resident
Post by: taoshum on August 06, 2017, 12:52:58 AM
This has gotten so bad it actually made me register to hopefully educate some of you RV owners and hopefully save some lives and some nerves.

Personally, I believe that if you cannot drive your RV at LEAST the speed limit on highways, you shouldn't be allowed to own one because some of you are causing dangerous situations because of your inability to drive the speed limit and to take others into consideration.

I travel a highway to and from work that goes to a tourist destination and 90% of the slow traffic (meaning 10-40 MPH UNDER the speed limit) are caused by RV drivers.

Not a day goes by that I travel the highway and it's not being congested by an RV driver doing 10-40 MPH UNDER the posted speed limit.

They have even put in a pull over lane for those of you slow drivers but many are too oblivious to figure out that the pull out lane is for THEM (you) and take no regard for others. Pretty selfish.

There are some folks who dont mind passing RV's in a safe and lawful way when it's clear to do so. Unfortunately, there are some non-RV drivers who dont realize they are causing another dangerous situation by following RV drivers (by not passing themselves) making it a long line of cars for those of us who want to drive the posted speed limit.

So please, take into consideration that big long line of vehicles behind you as you tinker along in your own little world giving no regard for those of us who can actually drive the speed limit.


I feel so educated now.  And, now that I'm educated, let me mention a few items.  I live in a tourist mecca town as well.  We have an RV too as well as some motorcycles and other vehicles.  It's true, big RVs don't go as fast as cars, pickups and SUVs.  They don't have the acceleration power or the maneuverability especially when they are in a new place.  By the same token, the cars, pickups and SUVs don't have anywhere near the acceleration, power or maneuverability of a motorcycle.  So, when I'm on a motorcycle the cars, pickups, SUVs and RV's are all going slowly and causing traffic jams.  When I'm in a car, pickup or SUV, the motorcycles are passing me and following too closely plus the RVs are going too slowly to satisfy anyone, except the LEO's.  Finally, when I'm in the RV, everyone is anxious to pass or tailgate and will do almost anything to avoid being behind me in the RV.  They usually fail to understand that heavy vehicles like big trucks or RVs cannot stop or accelerate or corner as well or as quickly as smaller vehicles but they have equal rights on the road.  Then this menagerie of vehicles comes upon a bicycle.  Who gets the right-of-way?   Of course, it's the bicycle or, in some cases, the pedestrian. Everyone could cooperate more and we'd all get there sooner and safer.  Usually, somehow, it all works out and almost all of us get where we are trying to go no matter which vehicle you drive/ride, even the bicycles or the pedestrians. 

I'm curious however, if a motorcycle pulls up behind the OP, does he/she use a pullout and let them by? 
Title: Re: When Driving Your RV On Trips: A note from a tourist town resident
Post by: BIG JOE on August 06, 2017, 01:06:44 AM
I agree with HappyWanderer. It is my responsibility to drive my RV in a legal and safe manner. It is everyone else's responsibility to drive their vehicles in a legal and safe manner. Have a little common sense and understanding, and together we can get through traffic without a wreck.

With a larger and longer vehicle, greater stopping distance, restricted views, and unfamiliar roads, I'm gonna be going a bit under the speed limit. Deal with it!!.

I Agree too.

If the posted speed limit is 55.. seems the 4 wheelers want to go 60+. If the limit is 65 they want to do 70+. Locals know the roads.. we don't. I operate my RV at a speed that it Safe and Prudent for the conditions... trying my level best to do at least.. the posted speed limit... as best I can, based on Safety and Common Sense.

There is no answer, or fix for the OP's distain.
Title: Re: When Driving Your RV On Trips: A note from a tourist town resident
Post by: Pugapooh on August 06, 2017, 02:51:01 AM
I think Seilerbird did a good job explaining limit.  I suspect our new friend wants to drive faster than that.

People where I live,Maryland/DC area,want to drive at least 10 miles over the limit.  Trust me, they will pass on hills and double yellow lines!  We usually catch up to them at the next stoplight,so I don't know why they risk lives over a few seconds.

OP,learn to leave earlier and just enjoy the scenery or the song on the radio. 

Maybe OP has RV envy.

Title: Re: When Driving Your RV On Trips: A note from a tourist town resident
Post by: NoOneSpecial on August 06, 2017, 02:57:09 AM
Well this "friendliest forum on the web for anyone with an RV or an interest in RVing" is sure living up to it's name.

 :-\
Title: Re: When Driving Your RV On Trips: A note from a tourist town resident
Post by: Pugapooh on August 06, 2017, 03:06:02 AM
Yeah,that OP sure was rude!
Title: Re: When Driving Your RV On Trips: A note from a tourist town resident
Post by: SeilerBird on August 06, 2017, 05:31:48 AM
Well this "friendliest forum on the web for anyone with an RV or an interest in RVing" is sure living up to it's name.
Yes we are friendly towards anyone with an RV or an interest in RVing and we live up to that name. The OP is not someone who is interested in RVing, he is here to lecture us because we don't drive our RVs exactly the way he thinks we should. No we are not going to be friendly towards people like the OP, he doesn't deserve it. And he will not come back here and admit he was wrong or apologize for being so rude.
Title: Re: When Driving Your RV On Trips: A note from a tourist town resident
Post by: SargeW on August 06, 2017, 08:17:55 AM
I am not surprised that the OP's post elicited this kind of reaction on a RV web site. Maybe that was the goal. But I will allow him his point of view, even though it's not mine. I too can get frustrated by a slow moving car that decides to pull out in front of me in the RV causing me to lose speed and momentum that will take me 1/2 a mile to build back up. 

But in those times is when I remind myself to "sit back and enjoy the ride".  I will get there eventually, and as long as it is safe and without damage I am happy. If the OP doesn't come back, that's OK. He probably doesn't own an RV as someone already pointed out.  If he does come back, maybe he will learn something.
Title: Re: When Driving Your RV On Trips: A note from a tourist town resident
Post by: prfcdoc on August 06, 2017, 08:31:12 AM
This post made me think about how differently people react to life. Before I ever had even a tiny inkling that I would ever want to drive an RV, when I came up behind a slow RV on a hill I would get annoyed but it never occurred to me to be angry at the driver--just annoyed at the circumstances. Venting on a forum like this seems almost like a minor case of "road rage" to me. Perhaps it's better this way!
Bob
Title: Re: When Driving Your RV On Trips: A note from a tourist town resident
Post by: winona on August 06, 2017, 08:38:22 AM
I think some of it too, is that because of size, it appears I'm going slower than I am.  Can't count the number of times someone has turned in front of me a little sooner than I'd like to test the brakes.  Or I'm keeping up with traffic and they feel the need to zip around.  Likewise a small car behind my truck.  They can't see the open road and must dearly need to.   :D
Title: Re: When Driving Your RV On Trips: A note from a tourist town resident
Post by: Gary RV_Wizard on August 06, 2017, 09:14:32 AM
About the only thing I can agree with fux0r on is that those of us driving bigger-but-slower rigs should make a special effort to be courteous to those that can and want to move faster.
Title: Re: When Driving Your RV On Trips: A note from a tourist town resident
Post by: John Canfield on August 06, 2017, 09:17:59 AM
...Personally, I believe that if you cannot drive your RV at LEAST the speed limit on highways, you shouldn't be allowed to own one because some of you are causing dangerous situations because of your inability to drive the speed limit and to take others into consideration.....
We never drive over 65 MPH on major highways due to fuel economy reasons.

Last week we were driving down US 285 from Denver to Buena Vista, 285 is a twisty road with 7% grades up and down. Some of it is two lane, some four lane and some grades have a third lane. Due to the altitude, grade and the need to manage my engine coolant temps,  I'll be running 35-45 MPH which could be 10 or 20 MPH under the speed limit.

When traffic builds behind me, I'll be looking for a turnout to let traffic pass but it could be miles before I find one large enough for our overall length of 65'. That's just the way it is. Our combined weight (coach, trailer, Jeep) is over 40,000 pounds which is a handful to manage on some roads.

I'm going out on a limb and guess you are a younger person and/or an aggressive driver. Patience is a virtue which I encourage you to cultivate.
Title: Re: When Driving Your RV On Trips: A note from a tourist town resident
Post by: UTTransplant on August 06, 2017, 09:35:25 AM
We have a total length of 50-55' between our truck and trailer. We can drive speed limit pretty much anywhere because the truck is more than capable of towing our TT. That being said, I pull over any time I can when traffic lines up behind me, even if I am driving the speed limit. I get frustrated myself when I am behind a motorhome or TT going 45 in a 55 zone and passing by signed, marked, hard surfaced, and quite long pull-outs! If we RVers just took opportunities to be kind instead of saying "I have a right ..." I think we would all be better off. I would never ask someone to pull over unsafely, but if traffic is lining up behind you, start looking for a spot to let them go by. It is only polite.
Title: Re: When Driving Your RV On Trips: A note from a tourist town resident
Post by: Gods Country on August 06, 2017, 09:41:11 AM
This has gotten so bad it actually made me register to hopefully educate some of you RV owners and hopefully save some lives and some nerves.

Personally, I believe that if you cannot drive your RV at LEAST the speed limit on highways, you shouldn't be allowed to own one because some of you are causing dangerous situations because of your inability to drive the speed limit and to take others into consideration.

I travel a highway to and from work that goes to a tourist destination and 90% of the slow traffic (meaning 10-40 MPH UNDER the speed limit) are caused by RV drivers.

Not a day goes by that I travel the highway and it's not being congested by an RV driver doing 10-40 MPH UNDER the posted speed limit.

They have even put in a pull over lane for those of you slow drivers but many are too oblivious to figure out that the pull out lane is for THEM (you) and take no regard for others. Pretty selfish.

There are some folks who dont mind passing RV's in a safe and lawful way when it's clear to do so. Unfortunately, there are some non-RV drivers who dont realize they are causing another dangerous situation by following RV drivers (by not passing themselves) making it a long line of cars for those of us who want to drive the posted speed limit.

So please, take into consideration that big long line of vehicles behind you as you tinker along in your own little world giving no regard for those of us who can actually drive the speed limit.


Nice troll post
Get over yourself.

Title: Re: When Driving Your RV On Trips: A note from a tourist town resident
Post by: SMR on August 06, 2017, 09:47:36 AM
all great points- to the OP- I would rather be behind a slow moving RV than someone taking pictures while driving  :)  or any other distracted driver.
Title: Re: When Driving Your RV On Trips: A note from a tourist town resident
Post by: Sun2Retire on August 06, 2017, 09:49:19 AM
If we RVers just took opportunities to be kind instead of saying "I have a right ..." I think we would all be better off.


This certainly applies to all drivers, however in my experience I have found far more kind RVers than automobile drivers.
Title: Re: When Driving Your RV On Trips: A note from a tourist town resident
Post by: Jeff in Ferndale Wa on August 06, 2017, 09:51:12 AM

Nice troll post
Get over yourself.

Yup..
Title: Re: When Driving Your RV On Trips: A note from a tourist town resident
Post by: Oldgator73 on August 06, 2017, 09:53:33 AM
Maybe the OP would like us to operate our RV's in this manner:

https://youtu.be/ohkAxbeMxVo

Title: Re: When Driving Your RV On Trips: A note from a tourist town resident
Post by: Pugapooh on August 06, 2017, 10:08:57 AM
That.  Was.  Awesome.
Title: Re: When Driving Your RV On Trips: A note from a tourist town resident
Post by: AStravelers on August 06, 2017, 10:11:58 AM
One thing that the OP wrote that I totally agree with:  The car that pulls up behind me and 'will not pass' even when there is plenty of straight open road.  That happens a lot.

On the other hand I see to many RV'ers oblivious to the vehicles behind them, or on multi lane highways and interstates impeding traffic by driving in lanes toward the center of the multi lane hwy.  I try to always drive in the 1st or 2nd lane from the right, almost never in the center or farthermost left lane. 

On 2 lane hwys, when I come up to a passing lane, I stay to the right and reduce my speed an additional 10-15 mph.  HOWEVER what aggravates me is the cars behind me have no sense of urgency.  Some of them kind of putt, putt along and pass me at a little under the speed limit.  Some have been hanging back 10 car lengths and don't bother to notice the passing lane coming up so they can prepare to pass me, thereby allowing the vehicles behind them to get around me as well. 

Going up a hill with 3%-10% grade, I generally will not pull over and stop in pullouts.  I really dislike loosing all my momentum and the need to start up from a dead stop again.  As stated earlier in passing lanes I do pull to the right and reduce my speed to allow as many to pass as I can.  I do make exceptions.  If I see a long string of cars, 6-10, I will pull over and stop.   Also I more often pull over and stop in pullouts going downhill. 

When a trucker comes up behind me, I work much harder to allow them to pass.  I will anticipate a save passing zone and pull as far to the right as possible and reduce my speed.  Many times I will turn my right hand blinker on as well.  The vast majority of the time the truckers will pass me and usually blink there running lights to say thank you. 

The OP could protest to his state to build some or more passing lanes on the hwy he drives on. 
Title: Re: When Driving Your RV On Trips: A note from a tourist town resident
Post by: Dragginourbedaround on August 06, 2017, 10:22:43 AM
That being said, I pull over any time I can when traffic lines up behind me, even if I am driving the speed limit. I get frustrated myself when I am behind a motorhome or TT going 45 in a 55 zone and passing by signed, marked, hard surfaced, and quite long pull-outs!
We are about 55' long between the coach and toad. The O/P's concern is one reason why I prefer driving on multi-lane interstates instead of back roads. Most of the time there isn't sufficient notice as to where the next pull-out is, if there is a place to pull over. By the time I see the sign about the pull-out there isn't enough road left to slow down and safely pull over without bringing everything in the back of the coach to the front. I used to get frustrated as well, but not since I started driving an RV. And that video was awesome.
Title: Re: When Driving Your RV On Trips: A note from a tourist town resident
Post by: Roy M on August 06, 2017, 10:48:49 AM
It is frustrating at times but the op has to learn to be patient or move to a less congested area. We live in a tourist mecca and traffic is horrendous right now. Turning on or off the two lane highway past our home can test the nerves and at times be hair raising. There have been several wrecks recently, each one caused by an impatient driver overtaking at the wrong time. Fortunately no fatalities yet.
SeilerBird is correct, the posted speeds are the limit under ideal conditions. They are not recommended or mandatory as conditions change rapidly. When towing I stay at 90kmh, 55 mph. That is where I am comfortable.  If I see traffic backing up behind me I will pull over as long as it is safe to do so. There are several 4 lane roads in the province with a 120kmh limit, I don't travel that speed under any circumstances but lead foot drivers charging up behind and making abrupt lane changes make me downright nervous.
Title: Re: When Driving Your RV On Trips: A note from a tourist town resident
Post by: 99dart on August 06, 2017, 11:13:57 AM



You sound alot like me. I keep an eye on the traffic behind me and pull out when safely possible. Being an x-truck driver I understand the frustration of being stuck behind a slow RV. My truck had a speed limiter set at 62mph. Try passing someone doing 55 when you can only get up to 62. You don't! Even passing in a passing lane I had people speed up to keep me from getting by, then slow to 50-55mph again.  >:(

One thing that the OP wrote that I totally agree with:  The car that pulls up behind me and 'will not pass' even when there is plenty of straight open road.  That happens a lot.

On the other hand I see to many RV'ers oblivious to the vehicles behind them, or on multi lane highways and interstates impeding traffic by driving in lanes toward the center of the multi lane hwy.  I try to always drive in the 1st or 2nd lane from the right, almost never in the center or farthermost left lane. 

On 2 lane hwys, when I come up to a passing lane, I stay to the right and reduce my speed an additional 10-15 mph.  HOWEVER what aggravates me is the cars behind me have no sense of urgency.  Some of them kind of putt, putt along and pass me at a little under the speed limit.  Some have been hanging back 10 car lengths and don't bother to notice the passing lane coming up so they can prepare to pass me, thereby allowing the vehicles behind them to get around me as well. 

Going up a hill with 3%-10% grade, I generally will not pull over and stop in pullouts.  I really dislike loosing all my momentum and the need to start up from a dead stop again.  As stated earlier in passing lanes I do pull to the right and reduce my speed to allow as many to pass as I can.  I do make exceptions.  If I see a long string of cars, 6-10, I will pull over and stop.   Also I more often pull over and stop in pullouts going downhill. 

When a trucker comes up behind me, I work much harder to allow them to pass.  I will anticipate a save passing zone and pull as far to the right as possible and reduce my speed.  Many times I will turn my right hand blinker on as well.  The vast majority of the time the truckers will pass me and usually blink there running lights to say thank you. 

The OP could protest to his state to build some or more passing lanes on the hwy he drives on.

Title: Re: When Driving Your RV On Trips: A note from a tourist town resident
Post by: ArdraF on August 06, 2017, 05:00:14 PM
Regarding those pullouts.  Murphy's Law being what it is, you usually top a hill or round a bend and there it is without any warning and too late to pull off.  There are seldom signs about upcoming pullouts so trying to find AND USE one SAFELY on some roads is darned near impossible.  I'm not going to endanger myself or my RV trying to pull off onto a space that is too short or too soon in the case of someone on my tail who's dying to pass.  With 65 feet length and 40,000 pounds it's not as easy as the uninitiated might think.  We do the best we can!

ArdraF
Title: Re: When Driving Your RV On Trips: A note from a tourist town resident
Post by: John From Detroit on August 07, 2017, 06:42:02 AM
Regarding posted speed limits.. For my RV the "Sweet spot" is about 60 MPH. faster than that I burn too much gas.. So I obey posted limits.   Many do not.. I once got a 9-1-1 call from an angry motorist  He was upset because there was a state trooper driving exactly the speed limit and nobody wished to pass him so traffic was backing up.. Well he was not happy with my answer so he ask for my supervisor.. He was not happy with Sgt. Harry either.

I do pull over when I can and lewt traffic pass.  Sometimes they even say THanks.

When Driving the RV.. Well for one thing I'm listening to channel 19.. But I operate on the theory I have all the time in the world to get where I'm going... I see many who seem to be in one "Heck" of a hurry.

Well what we (The speeder) and I have in common is our destination.. I'm going to my funeral. As SLOWLY AS I CAN.. He seems to be in a hurry to get to his. I just hope he goes alone.

Channel 19.. Well more than once I've heard about problems on the road ahead and avoided them.. THe last was not one but two places, about 3 miles away where people arrived at the aforementioned destination. Not one but TWO Fatal accidents.. I found the exit just as the police closed the road had a relaxing evening and continued on in the AM on a clear highway.
Title: Re: When Driving Your RV On Trips: A note from a tourist town resident
Post by: Old Radios on August 07, 2017, 07:14:11 AM
While I'm mindful of not trying to tie up traffic, this bumper sticker says it all.
Title: Re: When Driving Your RV On Trips: A note from a tourist town resident
Post by: scottydl on August 07, 2017, 08:40:25 AM
I'm going out on a limb and guess you are a younger person and/or an aggressive driver. Patience is a virtue which I encourage you to cultivate.

My thoughts exactly too, or an "inexperienced driver" in general.  And by inexperienced I don't mean the OP just started driving, but likely has limited experience with vehicles/routes other than their daily commute in their daily driver car/truck.  I'm 39yo and far from retired, but my job has granted me experience driving a dozen different types of vehicles in varying conditions + I've owned two RV's (a big ol' motorhome, and a big ol' trailer towing combo) that have greatly widened my perspective on driving.  I have a lot more awareness of other RV'ers, truckers, agriculture equipment operators, etc. that I would not have otherwise.  I still don't like getting stuck behind any of them when I'm in my car, but I can certainly understand their situation.

Maybe the OP would like us to operate our RV's in this manner:

https://youtu.be/ohkAxbeMxVo

LOL!  And I actually laughed out loud while watching that.  ;D
Title: Re: When Driving Your RV On Trips: A note from a tourist town resident
Post by: mn blue skies II on August 07, 2017, 09:42:42 AM
 On freeways I do 60 mph and stay in the far right lane.I also leave a lot of space in front so I will not have to make panic stops.  Maybe if cars like the OP respected rvers like he want us to respect him I would feel guilty.  People making right turns on red right in front of us, and my favorite is cars coming down ramps but not seeing there is 50+ feet of truck and trailer in the spot he wants to be. 
Title: Re: When Driving Your RV On Trips: A note from a tourist town resident
Post by: regval on August 07, 2017, 09:47:54 AM
Welcome to The RV Forum! :D

I hope you decide to stick around and learn the many wonderful parts of the RV lifestyle that you currently don't yet appear to understand.

 :))
Title: Re: When Driving Your RV On Trips: A note from a tourist town resident
Post by: JoelP on August 07, 2017, 10:26:14 AM
While keep myself aware of vehicles behind me and use pull offs when I see cars collecting behind me, regardless of how fast I am traveling many pull offs are not well marked to advise that I am approaching them.  In my rig it sometimes a challenge to brake in time to turn into these.  Perhaps the OP could put more effort into having local pull off marked to advise of approaching pull outs.
Title: Re: When Driving Your RV On Trips: A note from a tourist town resident
Post by: Macrver on August 07, 2017, 10:42:49 AM
I often use pull outs to let traffic get by.  Sometimes, the pullout is hidden by a hill or a curve and I don't get enough warning to slow down to use the pullout because you are so close behind me using a pullout would mean you run into me.
Title: Re: When Driving Your RV On Trips: A note from a tourist town resident
Post by: zmotorsports on August 07, 2017, 10:50:01 AM
This has gotten so bad it actually made me register to hopefully educate some of you RV owners and hopefully save some lives and some nerves.

Personally, I believe that if you cannot drive your RV at LEAST the speed limit on highways, you shouldn't be allowed to own one because some of you are causing dangerous situations because of your inability to drive the speed limit and to take others into consideration.

I travel a highway to and from work that goes to a tourist destination and 90% of the slow traffic (meaning 10-40 MPH UNDER the speed limit) are caused by RV drivers.

Not a day goes by that I travel the highway and it's not being congested by an RV driver doing 10-40 MPH UNDER the posted speed limit.

They have even put in a pull over lane for those of you slow drivers but many are too oblivious to figure out that the pull out lane is for THEM (you) and take no regard for others. Pretty selfish.

There are some folks who dont mind passing RV's in a safe and lawful way when it's clear to do so. Unfortunately, there are some non-RV drivers who dont realize they are causing another dangerous situation by following RV drivers (by not passing themselves) making it a long line of cars for those of us who want to drive the posted speed limit.

So please, take into consideration that big long line of vehicles behind you as you tinker along in your own little world giving no regard for those of us who can actually drive the speed limit.

Now that you have gotten that off your chest.

Let me educate YOU and your fellow small automobile travelers.

When you see a large RV coming down the road do NOT turn out right in front of them as they cannot stop in the same fashion and like to have some momentum for grades.  It kills me how many cars will sit and watch a large gap go by only to pull out JUST in front of me where there was a huge gap between me and the car in front of me.

Also, if you feel you have to pass an RV, please keep the speed maintained AFTER you pass the RV.  It is quite frustrating to have you and your fellow puddle jumper autos pull around you just to slow down to the speed limit or below and then I push you along the highway while you flip me off in your rear view mirror.

Also, learn how to freakin' merge.  Don't poke along on the on-ramp and enter the freeway traffic @ 50 MPH and then all of a sudden realize you're in traffic and speed up to 80, move over in front of me and slow back down to 65 MPH. ::)

There, I feel better now so I guess we're even.

Mike
Title: Re: When Driving Your RV On Trips: A note from a tourist town resident
Post by: judway on August 07, 2017, 11:18:56 AM
My toad limits my speed to 64.5 mph max. GMC says not to tow vehicle over 65 mph.
Title: Re: When Driving Your RV On Trips: A note from a tourist town resident
Post by: Oldgator73 on August 07, 2017, 11:27:02 AM
Learn how to merge. If I don't move out of the right lane it's because I have a vehicle next to me and can't. Either speed up and get in front of me or slow down and merge in behind me. It's not up to me to adjust my speed so you can merge onto the highway. I've actually had motorists get really pissed at me because I didn't slow down so they could merge in front of me. Gave me the old IQ score when they passed me.
Title: Re: When Driving Your RV On Trips: A note from a tourist town resident
Post by: Dragginourbedaround on August 07, 2017, 11:38:15 AM
My toad limits my speed to 64.5 mph max. GMC says not to tow vehicle over 65 mph.
Honda has the same limit for my Fit.
Title: Re: When Driving Your RV On Trips: A note from a tourist town resident
Post by: Gods Country on August 07, 2017, 01:01:04 PM
and my favorite is cars coming down ramps but not seeing there is 50+ feet of truck and trailer in the spot he wants to be.

Because for some reason most people on ramps don't seem to understand they have the duty to yield.  That would be the big yield sign that is frequently ignored. ::) 
Not to mention the person merging is suppose to move in behind oncoming traffic when they encounter another vehicle in lane they intend to merge.

Learn how to merge. If I don't move out of the right lane it's because I have a vehicle next to me and can't. Either speed up and get in front of me or slow down and merge in behind me. It's not up to me to adjust my speed so you can merge onto the highway. I've actually had motorists get really pissed at me because I didn't slow down so they could merge in front of me. Gave me the old IQ score when they passed me.
:))
Yep.
I had a road rager try to run me off the road in upstate NY last year because I didn't slow down to let him in.
No one in front,behind, or along side me for a few hundred yards.  The easiest merge anyone could hope for, and it was still my fault because I didn't slow down my rig while going a whopping 60mph on an uphill grade.

People are amazing.
Title: Re: When Driving Your RV On Trips: A note from a tourist town resident
Post by: Drifterrider on August 07, 2017, 01:23:38 PM
Personally, I believe that if you cannot drive your RV at LEAST the speed limit on highways, you shouldn't be allowed to own one because some of you are causing dangerous situations because of your inability to drive the speed limit and to take others into consideration.

The "speed limit" to which you refer is the MAXIMUM permissible speed, not the minimum speed.  If you want a minimum speed, contact your elected representatives.

As to those who block traffic (you know, cruise control 1 mph over in the left lane of the interstate), that isn't restricted to RVs.  Of course, the OP can ask everyone to please get off "his" road.  It's a thought.
Title: Re: When Driving Your RV On Trips: A note from a tourist town resident
Post by: DearMissMermaid on August 07, 2017, 01:50:42 PM
And to think I wanted to rant about the newby RV-ers that go way to fast making it dangerous for the rest of us.

What was I thinking?

Title: Re: When Driving Your RV On Trips: A note from a tourist town resident
Post by: RedandSilver on August 07, 2017, 07:18:35 PM
I'll be really surprised if we ever hear from the OP again, because we are defending our position of safe driving that he doesn't understand.

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They have even put in a pull over lane for those of you slow drivers but many are too oblivious to figure out that the pull out lane is for THEM (you) and take no regard for others. Pretty selfish.

A (as in 1) doesn't cut it as many times they are not marked as upcoming and out of town RV'ers have other things to be concerned with
like not hitting any one or thing.  And getting hit from behind because you had to slam on the brakes - would be fun either.

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Not a day goes by that I travel the highway and it's not being congested by an RV driver doing 10-40 MPH UNDER the posted speed limit.
Even in the Winter time?  Every single day he travels it's congested?  So is he is being Honest?
Title: Re: When Driving Your RV On Trips: A note from a tourist town resident
Post by: ArdraF on August 07, 2017, 09:35:18 PM
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I'll be really surprised if we ever hear from the OP again, because we are defending our position of safe driving that he doesn't understand.

Yep, he hasn't returned since his rant.

ArdraF
Title: Re: When Driving Your RV On Trips: A note from a tourist town resident
Post by: Tom and Margi on August 07, 2017, 09:51:06 PM
He wasn't interested in a solution, he just wanted to rant, insult, and vanish into the cybersphere.  Good riddance.
Title: Re: When Driving Your RV On Trips: A note from a tourist town resident
Post by: KandT on August 10, 2017, 08:20:44 PM
Ya gotta love first world problems!  These rv's which pump money into my towns economy don't drive fast enough when I am sitting in my a/c car. 

At any rate, I will say I always thought of myself as respectful to semi truckers and then when I got an RV and understood better what they are dealing with my level of politeness has increased dramatically.

Maybe she could spend a few miles towing a Jeep behind a 36 foot v10.  Nah she'll just complain.  That always solves the problem!🙄

What forum do I complain to that I was trying to learn about RVing and she slowed ME down! 
I will keep my guesses of the name of that forum to myself.
Title: Re: When Driving Your RV On Trips: A note from a tourist town resident
Post by: 8Muddypaws on August 11, 2017, 02:50:41 PM
I may be slow but I'm ahead of you.
Title: Re: When Driving Your RV On Trips: A note from a tourist town resident
Post by: Joezeppy on August 11, 2017, 03:19:07 PM
I may be slow but I'm ahead of you.


LOL...that's Kim's philosophy when she runs!  8)
Title: Re: When Driving Your RV On Trips: A note from a tourist town resident
Post by: Utclmjmpr on October 08, 2017, 06:56:11 PM
 I have heard it summed up this way  " "a speed limit  is an OPTION,,,not a REQUIREMENT. >>>D
Title: Re: When Driving Your RV On Trips: A note from a tourist town resident
Post by: Oldgator73 on October 08, 2017, 07:04:08 PM
I have heard it summed up this way  " "a speed limit  is an OPTION,,,not a REQUIREMENT. >>>D

When my wife and I are on the road she will annoyingly inform me on occasion what the speed limit is. I tell her that is only a suggestion.
Title: Re: When Driving Your RV On Trips: A note from a tourist town resident
Post by: QZ on October 08, 2017, 09:20:13 PM
I think I know who the people are who tailgate even when I'm doing 5 or 10 over.
Title: Re: When Driving Your RV On Trips: A note from a tourist town resident
Post by: Oldgator73 on October 08, 2017, 09:28:12 PM
I think I know who the people are who tailgate even when I'm doing 5 or 10 over.

She also lets me know when I am tailgating.