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 6/28/2010 2:13 PM
 

While driving down Hwy 281 from Johnson City, TX to San Antonio in my truck yesterday, a big Holiday Rambler DP caught up to me (I was driving @75mph...) and tailgated me till he hit a passing zone, then zipped past me like I was parked (no toad). In trying to keep up with him to give him some sort of warning that his batwing on the roof was still UP, I started backing off when I hit 95 mph (in a 70 mph zone..) in my F-350, and he was still pulling away!!! And no answer when I tried to hit him with the CB. A few miles down the road, I saw part of a batwing in the middle of the highway. Never did catch up to him or see the rig for the next 65 miles....

How fast are these things capable of running?! I was in awe, and don't recall the model...

Just thought I'd share! Happy 4th this weekend, and please drive safely and responsibly!!


Gene Dwiggins Blanco, TX 1984 Shasta 35L 5'er, 2014 Ford F350 Super Duty Platinum dually crew cab 6.7 turbo diesel
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 6/28/2010 8:24 PM
 

W0W, Gene, sounds like it's time for NASCAR to start a division for racing motor homes as well as trucks! With no toad, I suspect the driver was delivering it somewhere and not a regular RVr.


Every Day is Saturday funner travelin, Ebs,Donna & Beezer the Beast & Buffy the Bitch
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 6/29/2010 12:24 AM
 

Gene - I can't answer your question, but the last time we drove to Texas from California I was amazed at the trucks pulling very large modular homes through New Mexico at speeds far exceeding 80 mph. It got to the point that whenever I saw one of these huge rigs catching me I looked for the nearest pullout. Hopefully the drivers' skills match their horsepower. Good luck. - Dave

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 6/29/2010 12:17 PM
 

I've never tried to max out my DP. I have a small block Cummins but a light coach too. I've hit 80 a couple of times going downhill when I wasn't paying attention. Its a scary thing! I'd be inclined to agree that it might have been someone delivering the coach. I had an Alfa from CA get to the dealership in Okeechobee, FL in a bit more than three days once. That guy must have put wings on that puppy!


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 6/30/2010 11:44 AM
 

An old saying comes to mind " Drive it like you Stole it!" ????? maybe it was, or he was qualifing.


Steve Zehr Miami Co. Kansas 2004 F350 Crew Cab 6.0 dsl dually, B&W Hitch 2009 Bighorn 3670RL
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 7/1/2010 12:59 AM
 

I don't know how fast mine might go, but with 500 ponies back there I'm sure its a lot faster than I'll ever go. While I've been near 80 on a few downhills, I usually run at about 58-60 for max MPG reasons AND safety. Just can't see the wisdom of pushing 20 tons down the road at such excessive speeds. If I had a towable, I'd think the same way.


Bob J. from TX 2014 Newmar Essex 4544 2007 Lexus LX 470 Toad
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 6/24/2014 6:36 AM
 

When I was an owner operator trucker doing training we would go from los angeles to new york in 50 to 55 hours just over 2 days by a smidge..... Only stops were fuel and toilets ..... Had fridge microwave and 12 volt cooking pans I personally would go my full 10 or 11 hours with only one stop getting fuel and toilet in (15 to 20 min stop) with 2 people driving and following hours of service rules is really not too hard to get there in a hurry.... about once every 7 to 10 days we would sit a couple days and by the new rules 34 hours and I get a clean hours of service log and can burn Em up again...... I owned that truck for 11 months and only had 4 days home during the11 months..... All work and no play..... The way i figured it they should just let me do 12 on 12 off and forget all those other silly laws truck drivers spent too much time sitting and if you own it when your sitting you spending big bucks

The overhead costs clock is always ticking fuel (to stay warm or cool) truck payment insurance wear and tear etc

When moving your really better off to keep the speed down fuel cost is your biggest expense .... Go up Hills in a gear lower and lower rpm saves Los of money going down the hills slow enough the jake holds you all the way saves big bucks on brakes.... As a pro you learn to use Brakes only after you jake all the way down to low gear and are under 10 mph then use the brakes to stop at the stop sign at the end of the ramp...... Any way I'm off topic and rambling

I just wish all motorhomes had smaller motors manual trans and more gears cuz that is how you save on fuel and still out Pull the other guy

Any of the truckers who build horsepower are just throwing away money..... build a good transmission and one squirl can haul a$$ and pull the grades

Oh by the way 1 man driving calif to okeechobee in 3 days is easy because coach delivery drivers don't have to follow hours of service rules so 3000 miles in 3 days has 2 rest breaks of 10 hours that's a lot of rest for that trip ..... The guy probably stopped off awhile in one of those houses in nevada that your always hearing on the cb

Anyway 95 mph is just to bleeping fast for this much weight to be moving

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