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locster

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Posted: 10/07/13 12:14am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

With a 24ft class C, should I follow all road signs and speed limits for trucks on the road?

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Posted: 10/07/13 12:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

NO........Unless your are towing something


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in Washington they have a different out look on tow vehicles and towing TT's. they think you are a truck and are required to drive the truck speed limit. my SIL found out the hard way. So my answer is depends on the state you are driving in. more research is needed for a definite answer. even delivery trucks fall into that category so if your MH weights in at a certain weight, you may be required to drop your speed.

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If you do, you'll get passed by all the trucks on the road. [emoticon] Actually, on Expressways, I drive the minimum posted speed and stay in the right hand lane. I never have to pass anybody and I get better gas mileage. Sometimes, some friendly person passes me and indicates that I'm number 1, and I always return the gesture.


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Jim Shoe wrote:

If you do, you'll get passed by all the trucks on the road. [emoticon] Actually, on Expressways, I drive the minimum posted speed and stay in the right hand lane. I never have to pass anybody and I get better gas mileage. Sometimes, some friendly person passes me and indicates that I'm number 1, and I always return the gesture.


x2, except I don't return the gesture.
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Posted: 10/07/13 05:47am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

locster wrote:

With a 24ft class C, should I follow all road signs and speed limits for trucks on the road?


You need to look up laws in your area. From what I've seen here in New England, most highway signs saying "Truck" - especially regarding weigh stations - relates to commercial vehicles, not campers. I rarely go over the speed limit when I tow our TT so I don't really worry about it.

Pay attention to tunnels and bridges, though. They many times do have regulations related to campers, usually about making sure your propane tanks are turned off, but some tunnels do not allow propane tanks at all.


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I agree with those who stated motor homes can follow automobile speed limits. But if towing anything, you must follow the posted truck speed limit.

Reducing speed increases fuel economy and eases driver fatique. If your rig handles like a drunken sailor, you can often make better time by slowing down and stopping less often for fuel and rest. That was the case with our first rig. We drove 57mph all the time and actually made better time. But our rig today, we can drive faster and make time. It depends on the rig, how it handles, and the difference in fuel economy between 57mph and 67 mph.


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I tend to do as the truckers do. Most of them know the best way to handle an oversized, heavy vehicle on a particular stretch of highway, and I try to benefit from their experience.

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Posted: 10/07/13 09:10am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

locster wrote:

With a 24ft class C, should I follow all road signs and speed limits for trucks on the road?


From a "legal" point of view, no ..... it's not required.

Taking a good old fashioned physics point of view, the answer would be "yes".

A 24 foot Class C reminds me, weight-wise and size-wise, of the common delivery truck you see doing deliveries in cities/towns and between cities/towns on highways. Would you be OK with them traveling 65 to 75 miles per hour around you when you were only in your little tiny (compared to them) sedan, SUV, or pickup truck with your family? I wouldn't. When we do see delivery trucks traveling at those speeds, we stay well away from them when traveling around them in our sedan or pickup truck.

We travel at 55-60 miles per hour in our 24 foot Class C. Of course it "feels" very stable and controllable to us at 70 miles per hour, but we understand physics just well enough to be wary of what could suddenly happen at those speeds with that much size and weight.

By the way, your fuel mileage will be much better traveling at lower speeds in a 24 foot Class C ... or any other large vehicle for that matter.


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In my state (Washington) if you're over 10,000 lbs you're a truck in the eyes of the law with regard to speed limits (and other things, like tire chain rules). The only big vehicles that do not have to abide by the truck speed limits are inter-city buses. I guess it helps to have good lobbyists in Olympia.

When towing you are subject to truck speed limits too (but nobody seems to obey them).


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