View Poll Results: How fast do you drive comfortably?
Less than 50 mph (80 km/h) 2 3.77%
50-59 mph (80 to 95 km/h) 22 41.51%
60-65 mph (96 to 105 km/h) 16 30.19%
Faster than 65 mph (105 km/h) 13 24.53%
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Old 05-23-2011, 08:00 PM   #1
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What's the fastest you drive comfortably?

I didn't specify anything beyond 65mi/105km because it seems few skoolies can go that fast.

Below are divergent skoolies...sorry, schools of thought on how these rigs handle speed:

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Originally Posted by gealto (Sep 03, 2004, Skoolie Conversion Projects -->Picacho Project)
They're terrible on the interstate. I drive mine at 45, and it runs very smoothly and comfortably at that speed. If your ego won't let you do that, your in trouble with the skoolie. At 45 mine will run all day without sweating. At 55, where the governer kicks in, it's much less comfortable to drive. When your used to it, interstate driving at 45 is very comfortable, and safer as well...
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I might take you up on that [response to Steve's challenge to a drag race] had I not sold my B-700. You'd be short 2 gears and 185ci. (Spicer 5+2 and a gas 460.) Plenty of power, still pulling when I backed out just past 75MPH.
Gealto's remarks surprise me because I would think that a school bus in excellent condition would handle freeway speeds better than a creaky old stix-&-staples RV as long as the engine/drivetrain allowed it. With other people doing 75 or 80 (even in semis), putzing along at 45 seems dangerous, even though Gealto is smart enough to stay in the slow lane (as mentioned in his post referenced above outside my quote). Traveling 30 mph faster than the vehicle ahead gives a driver little time either to change lanes or hit the brakes - especially if the driver is texting, updating Facebook status, etc., while driving.
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Old 05-23-2011, 09:27 PM   #2
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Re: What's the fastest you drive comfortably?

Mine is quite comfortable at 75, feels much better than my semi.
I certainly wouldn't want to come up behind gealto in much of any situation on any interstate that the speed limit is 65 or more.
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Old 05-24-2011, 07:33 AM   #3
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Re: What's the fastest you drive comfortably?

I do the speed limit BUT in a car I feel most comfortable going 65ish. With my bus I found doing 55-60 is her sweet area where she gets the best mpg and handles fantastic. Did find that I don't like doing 65 speed limit due to the fact the gov kicks in and won't let me go faster than that--there are times you need to MOVE faster or get your ass run over.
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Old 05-24-2011, 12:03 PM   #4
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Re: What's the fastest you drive comfortably?

I try to keep it in the 55-62mph range. That seems to be the best spot for MPG. It will go faster but at a much larger cost. When I'm driving the bus I'm in no hurry.

I also avoid the freeway at all costs. It fits right in on secondary highways.
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Old 07-11-2011, 11:07 AM   #5
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Re: What's the fastest you drive comfortably?

canuk in a shuttle bus here i can do 110 - 130 but it eats my mileage!! 100 is the sweet spot (64 mph)
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Old 07-11-2011, 11:50 AM   #6
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Re: What's the fastest you drive comfortably?

David ran the bus coming out west on the interstates mostly. He did about 60-65 on the flats but dropped big time climbing the hills. Other than that, we haven't really driven the bus. I've had my old stick-n-staples RV (big GMC gasser - 454?) doing up to a good 80+ mph. I couldn't have stopped the heavy thing but I think I could have gone faster. In my Jeep Grand Cherokee, the "sweet spot" is about 85-90 mph. I get my best fuel mileage there according to the onboard computer. I no longer run that fast. No more 200 mile trips with the furkids squabbling in the back over "sides" or the dog telling me she had to go pee... AGAIN, so I've slowed down to the posted speed limits.

Basically, the faster you go, the worse your mpgs suck dirt. We aren't in that big of a hurry anymore. Also we have discovered that the primary highways (the "US" designated ones) offer a slower speed limit, more relaxing less stressful drive and we usually make as good or better time. For example, we would run US441 on our Cordele GA/Franklin NC trips back when David was working in Cordele AND Franklin (Highlands). We bypassed Atlanta completely (yea!) on the East side since we would get off/on I-75 in Macon. It added a few miles to the trip but saved us over an hour by missing Atlanta (that's figuring our fastest trip thru Atlanta via I-985/I-285/I-75). We had similar results when we ran US17 on the West side of Atlanta when we ran up to Chattanooga for Riverbend Fest one year. Downside is that on a Sunday, almost EVERYTHING is closed in small towns. The important stuff like repair shops are closed. Luckily we had the Jeep to run to the NEXT town to get a socket to get the flat tire off the Class C. Thank heavens for "toweds".
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Old 07-13-2011, 09:14 AM   #7
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Re: What's the fastest you drive comfortably?

When I first started driving a truck 800 mile days weren't unusual. Now I'm doing good to make myself do 500. I too tend to take non interstates when possible, at least west of Illinois. I've found many routes that are miles shorter especially to southwest. Only 7 weeks to go and I can get down to work on the bus. People may think it odd that I plan to travel, but I want to show mumsywumsy the places I have seen from afar, and actually go and see them. I still enjoy driving, I just don't like to get up in the morning and think "I have to be 500 miles from here before I quit tonight".
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When I first started driving a truck 800 mile days weren't unusual. Now I'm doing good to make myself do 500. I too tend to take non interstates when possible, at least west of Illinois. I've found many routes that are miles shorter especially to southwest. Only 7 weeks to go and I can get down to work on the bus. People may think it odd that I plan to travel, but I want to show mumsywumsy the places I have seen from afar, and actually go and see them. I still enjoy driving, I just don't like to get up in the morning and think "I have to be 500 miles from here before I quit tonight".
Same here. I drive all day and can't wait to get on the bike or in the pick up and take a drive. I actually just look forward to places to park and take a few pictures and relax!
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63-65. Rides nice, good mileage and safer than running full out.
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Re: What's the fastest you drive comfortably?

i drive up to 70 mph, but i should go 15mph slower and save fuel in my cat engine...
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