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Cummins12V98

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Depends. If the other driver likes to tow the same speed great. If they know how to use cruise control great.

Otherwise see ya at camp!


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Glad to see I’m not off my rocker about this.

Hauling a trailer all day is tiring enough without adding a game of cat and mouse to it.


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TexasShadow wrote:

I agree with you. Cell phones will keep you connected as much as you need or want and meeting for lunch breaks or rest stops, etc will keep you fairly close in miles.


We often travel as groups of 2-4 and rely on portable radios rather than cell phones.

we don't rely on cell phones. we travel to many places without cell coverage for as much as 100+ miles.

What has worked well for us is a GOOD set of portable radios. They are good for a few miles range in most cases so we can coordinate rest stops, etc. etc. and keep in touch. Also these are much easier to use than a cell. just push the talk button and your connected.

look on ebay for baofeng UV5r radios. they also recieve the weather service channels.

for a similar radio that is more rugged, Rugged Radios often has a sale on RH5R radios. a Baofeng made for them that is more rugged. We use them for offroad motorcycle riding and they last a few years with lots of abuse.


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No need to stay in sight, but within 10 miles or so would be better off.


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When we travel together with our friends with a class A, if there's a nasty head wind I draft him. Makes for a nice ride for us.
If no headwind, I generally leave him in the dust.
But we don't care if we stay close or not.

If you're traveling together, I'd kick back and draft that 5ver with the popup and buy him some extra beer for the bump in mileage.


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Over the years, we’ve done ‘em all: stay in sight, separate but radios, separate but cell phones, just cars, trucks, towing, you name, we’ve done it. My opinion and preference is whatever your comfort level, but there are reasons God gave us radios and cell phones and allowed us to decide in advance where to meet up.

Momma ain’t happy, nobody’s happy. So let the wives drive the first leg sticking together like glue. If that doesn’t resolve the question, maybe it’s the wrong question.





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This same sort of thing happens with groups of motorcycles. There is usually three of us on the bikes. Me, my wife, and my son. We each like to ride a bit differently and will sometimes get separated. I'll usually stick with my wife but we just tell my son we'll meet up with him at our destination. My wife and I have a helmet communications system that can use bluetooth or our cell phones for a longer distance of communications. I can be ahead and let her know of any road hazards or traffic. Or I can call my son who is probably waiting at the appointed meet up spot. When we camp with friends it's pretty much "We'll see you at the campground"

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It depends on who its with. If everyone has a newer reliable rig then will meet at lunch or see you at camp. My parents have an older rig so i tend to stay behind them. let dad leave 1/2 hour ahead of me. That way if he breaks down i can either stop to help or find parts before i get to him.

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We camp in groups nearly every time we go out. No we don't try to stay together. We all know where the CG is. I tend to drive a little slower while towing than they do. So, unless we leave before they do, we are the last one to arrive.

Sad you think. Maybe not. Often they already have supper ready, and are there to help setup. More often they just watch. But it don't take long, and when I'm done. The fire is already going.so I'm good.

something else to think about while traveling together. You can only drive ONE vehicle. You can't drive your vehicle in a way to try to keep the others close. Well, You can. But you will soon learn. it is the ones behind that get the speeding tickets from trying to catch up after something got in the way. Or got stopped by a light.


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Most times traveling as a "group" of two vehicles is not convenient for us due to when we can actually leave the house after work. When we do travel together we try to maintain visual contact but it is understood that traffic happens. There is no need to be right behind the other guy. If we get to occasional visual contact the co-pilots will send a text making sure everything is good. If all is well the lead may drop a few MPH over the long run until the tail catches up some. If someone needs a comfort break communicating that fact is simple enough. "Next place you see to pull off for a potty break, take it."
Currently, we seldom travel more than four hours to a camping destination. And if we do the other couple needs to stop for fuel somewhere along the way. Might as well be half way so we can all stretch and get back on the road.


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