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Old 09-06-2016, 05:40 AM   #21
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Now that I have found our rig gets 10mpg at 53mph and 8mpg at 60mph, I go 53mph. Let them pass me, IDGAS I am retired. I make about $26 an hour on fuel saving. How fast do you drive that makes your DW nervous?

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Old 09-06-2016, 05:50 AM   #22
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... my DW acts like her life is in danger if I don't slam on the brakes when a car slows down a 1/4 mile ahead...
WOW, can I relate to this. We've argued about it a million times. I brake when I see the vehicle slowing, not necessarily when his brake lights come on.

My speed, which is somewhere around the speed limit isn't the issue. It's the idiots taking crazy chances to pass us. If I drive slower, then they're worse. If I can keep my speed up, maybe fewer of them will try to pass.

We've talked more about the camper/trailer yesterday. My concern is that we really won't be going anywhere more than once a month, maybe twice on a rare occasion. Leaving property unattended repeatedly for that length of time is a non-starter. She agrees and we're looking at our rental options.

Both dogs have never been camping, so there's the concern about how they may behave. This may sway the decision.

Thanks again for the info.

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Old 09-06-2016, 06:32 AM   #23
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Both seem rather unappealing to DW & I. We have discussed it many times but the negatives always outweigh the positives.
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Old 09-06-2016, 10:03 AM   #24
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Increasingly, hotels allow dogs too. See if you and your spouse (and the dogs) like traveling before sinking all that cash into it.
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Old 09-13-2016, 12:15 PM   #25
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Turn the page, OP, I retired on the same day as you. Still only feels like a vacation.
I am trying to get ready to hit the road and leave the snow belt for an extended travel journey south easterly from here. We have a 1999 x 28' travel trailer and an f250 gasoline 6.2l with tow package. DW is getting medically treated for pain management to try to make the sojourn. So much to do, house winterization, plant and pet sitters, valuable good storage, Mail forwarding, retirement income jelled
to some type of deposit at el-banko...eyes roll. If I have learned anything by all this
it is that our stuff holds us captive!
Reason we went with the tt, is because of the tip out room and the ability to use the
tow vehicle to portage an ATV, cargo, or what have you. 5th wheel takes up the bed of the truck.
The reason we went with the gasoline is the diesel cost a lot just to change the motor oil, fuel filters,
urea tank, higher upkeep and consumable costs. Besides I do not like the noise or smell of a
diesel. Yeah you may get more power but that is not enough to offset the minuses IMO.

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