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pbeverly

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Posted: 10/17/20 04:45am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

camilllit wrote:

Yes! We actually cancelled our trip from PA to Myrtle Beach SC because at 65 years old driving around the Baltimore and Washington outer loops scares me stiff. I know what its like just driving my 8,000 dually, they play with me like I'm a toy. Don't they respect size and mass? Pulling a 41' fifth wheel with a dually 4x4 8' bed is Xanax time, I can't stop this train on a dime! I try to maintain safe following distance to give me some room to stop......forget it. Three cars cut in front of me. I guess if I leave at midnight is best, shouldn't be too crazy at 2-4 am?


Depending on where you are in PA you may want to consider getting of I-95 and going along the coast. Takes longer but it so much more calmer and enjoyable. When heading north on I-95 from SC I get off very soon after hitting the NC state line and head to the coast.


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2edgesword wrote:

I live on LI, NY so to go anywhere you have to deal with it. Once I'm done with the Long Island and Cross Bronx Expressways everything else is a piece of cake.


I also live on LI. Most of my trips are to the Western US. Half of the stress and effort in driving is the first 100 miles getting off LI and through most of Jersey. I have learned to be very careful about the timing of leaving and returning. I time it so I leave or return mid day. Ideally I would leave mid day on a Sunday and return mid day on a Saturday.

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I don't much care what other drivers do. I drive my own trip and let them do the same.
Not to say that I don't scream colorful words at times, but traffic does not really bother me.
Way I figure it is most don't want an accident any more than I do. Many push the limits,but they also know their limits, most are not total idiots. Most are traveling a familiar piece of roadway,and are comfortable and safe.
I drive conservatively and defensively, keeping my eye on the mirror and the traffic around me.
I know the limits of myself and my rig. I do not expect Debbie Dimbulb to even be aware of my presence,let alone the characteristics of my set up. I therefore make the requisite allowances.
Italso helps that I am in no hurry and would never be on any Baltimore Washington beltway. I have no problem adding 300 miles and 5 hours to a trip just to avoid major metropolitan areas.
I can understand freeway love if you are working andhave limited free time,but why on earth does anyone on a liberal schedule spend a mile on a freeway?

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BB_TX wrote:

The antics of some drivers is sometimes mind boggling. But I don’t let them bother me. I drive the appropriate speed in the appropriate lane for the highway I am on. I don’t drive in the left lane on a multi lane highway unless I am approaching a slow vehicle and no one is approaching from behind in the left lane. If I am slower than the limit and holding up traffic I will pull over if a pull over or pull out is available. But if I am going the posted limit I will not pull over just so someone can go 10-15 over.
They are going to drive as they will and I have no control over that, so not my concern. Relax and enjoy the trip.


I could never do the speed limit in some states with my old set up , only 60-65 max. If i had to pull over i would never get anywhere.


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JimK-NY wrote:

2edgesword wrote:

I live on LI, NY so to go anywhere you have to deal with it. Once I'm done with the Long Island and Cross Bronx Expressways everything else is a piece of cake.


I also live on LI. Most of my trips are to the Western US. Half of the stress and effort in driving is the first 100 miles getting off LI and through most of Jersey. I have learned to be very careful about the timing of leaving and returning. I time it so I leave or return mid day. Ideally I would leave mid day on a Sunday and return mid day on a Saturday.


NJ TYPK, I287, I684, I78, I80 = no fun. Sometimes I can adjust my timing, sometimes not. tough to maintain a safe distance on the highways as drivers constantly cutting in front of me. Just come back from a trip in MD, heavy rain, high winds and they still don't slow down..

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jdc1 wrote:

Yester-years drivers our age today thought the same thing about us back then.


Bingo, if you start talking about the new way of things vs how great it was in the old days, it usually just means you are old.

Next you'll be complaining about these young kids who don't walk uphill both ways barefoot in the snow to school.


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I guess learning how to drive in the Boston area and living in the area my entire life has left me a bit numb. I marvel at some of the idiots on the road. And it's not just highways that are the problem-I was driving back from the grocery store on a nice country road and almost got hit head on by someone. God must have put his hand on my Grand Cherokee-I managed to squeeze between the car and a mailbox on the side of the road without damage to anything.


I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be Douglas Adams

RV-less for now but our spirits are still on the open road.

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valhalla360 wrote:

jdc1 wrote:

Yester-years drivers our age today thought the same thing about us back then.


Bingo, if you start talking about the new way of things vs how great it was in the old days, it usually just means you are old.

Next you'll be complaining about these young kids who don't walk uphill both ways barefoot in the snow to school.


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I actually feel sorry for folks who let simple things like driving somewhere become a stressor or non starter in their life.

However it lends credibility to the fact that no one has the “right” to drive a big RV and some should know their limits with respect to what they can handle.

Reminds me of the guy a couple days ago. Middle of BFE Oregon on the Interstate. Traffic was somewhat heavy but still running at speed limit or more.
Ole boy was a rolling road block and a major hazard running his truck n 5ver at about 50 mph down the freeway.
Do I really care? Nope.
Did it ruin my day? Nope.
Did an OTR cab maggot pull out in front of me just to take 30 seconds to pass the RV guy about 2 mph faster? Yup. Both were road hazards.


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I think there are less considerate drivers these days.

But killing your RV experience? Really? I guess if I got in a wreck, then yes. But like the guy who had his rig totaled, it would only kill it long enough to buy a new one.

I drive at the pace I feel comfortable with, and generally in the first lane. Usually not a huge deal that would ruin my experience.

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