As you can see and read, you're certainly not alone in this type of situation. Been there, done that, several hundred times ourselves on trips etc. The first thing that you have to realize is, people are people. Everyone is born different on this planet. The three "Cs" have just about been eliminated from much of our society.
The first "C" is, Common Courtesy, and, again, you've experienced it several times over. The next "C" is, Common Sense. How much of it do you see on a daily basis, not much! The last "C" or, you could say, "CD" is, Common Decency.
Driving has always been labeled as a "Privilege", not a right. And, taking that privilege and not having it co-inside with those three "Cs" is, for the most part, a "common" every day occurrence. Now, what do I do in your described situations? Well, I try and be as courteous as possible when driving, right at, 62' worth of machinery. I know and realize that folks many times, don't want a "wall" in front of them and, they don't want to be slowed down.
So, I try and take advantage of clear spots in the faster lanes and use them to advance my position, based on needs at the time. But, there are times when, based on driving conditions, up-coming grades, 18 wheelers that I can see waaaaaaaay in advance that they are proceeding at a much slower rate than I will be, etc. and, and other considerations that, I must "AGRESSIVLY" move into the faster lane and make my move.
What many folks, I'd say actually maybe as much as 90% of those folks out there in regular "Car land" have never, EVER driven anything like what we're driving and, have never experienced tactical driving needs, i.e. calculating speeds needed for grades, up or down, and, stopping a monster load like what we're all driving, turning what we're turning, and all that, so, they are absolutely CLUELESS about what kind of effects they have on us when they pull their inconsiderate moves. Others, are plain and simple idiots, PERIOD! Those are born every minute.
So, while many of us try and present a good image as motor home drivers and, try to be considerate and courteous, there are times when, we must take matters into OUR hands and do what we have to do, in order to advance our travels at a safe and efficient manor. If people get P.O. because I had to aggressively move in front of them 'cause that gap was the only one I knew I had a chance to take so I would not loose momentum and, was approaching a half dozen slow moving 18 wheelers, well then, that's life. I suspect they'll get over it.
BRAVO!! My sentiments exactly
People do not want to be behind any larger vehicle because they feel it will slow them down and don't want limited site in front of them . allow more time to approach a slower vehicle and pass.Its worse since every one today is in a hurry. It won't change anytime soon. They do the same when I drive 18 wheeler or MH.
Thats it exactly
Based on your parameters, I would say YES !.
I don't mind paying for premium work, timely appointments and done right the first time. There's only so many ways to cook a steak but some will gladly pay for linen tablecloths....coffee is coffee, then there's Starbucks....don't step over dollars to pick up dimes...just sayin....Dennis
I should have known!
Take I90 south to Belgrade, MT. There you turn due south on MT85 for a few miles till you come to the intersection with US191 headed due south. Keep going straight on US191 all the way to West Yellowstone,MT and if it were me Id stay at the Grizzly RV park there
Water tank lower line popped off and showered the EMS Heart 2800-12 inverter charger in my 92 Monaco :(. I dried it out, reset the front fuse but it's dead. Wondering if there's a way to revive it before I try a pricey new one?
If not what's the best replacement unit?
There is a repair place in Michigan that re-did one for me...
I used Toyo tires on our previous gas rv. Never had any problems with them. I now have a dp and put Toyo's on it. It came with the Michelins 297/80/22.5. I replaced them with Toyo's 295/75/22.5. In 9,000 miles I have not had any problems with them. I put H rated tires on it. For me,the Toyo's ride better than the Michelins.
You got it "Toyota"...
I had failures on both front Toyos ( not at the same time ). The blowout on the left took me across the road and wound up with $23,000 damage. Lucky no oncoming traffic. New Lexus ES350 came with Toyos. Lousy tires, couldn't wait to wear them out. 20K later new Michelins made all the difference. You get what you pay for. Obviously no more Toyos for me.
I ran 12R-22.5 Toyo's on my CCoach for almost 6 years...never had a problem. Been running Toyo tires on my Jeep Liberty for almost 3 years now..no problems
My wife and I have been camping for 40 yrs, from tent through big travel trailer. We are now considering purchasing a used class A motorhome.
We have looked at several units and have two main questions we can use input on.
- is it worth buying a diesel and paying a premium of about $0.40-.50 per gallon? I know they have better longevity, and better torque for hills and grades, in theory....
- is there a size point of motorhome length where you start having difficulty with state parks and campground navigating? Better to hold it to 30'-34'? Is 37' a problem?
We will be up and down the east coast; from CT - New Orleans, Austin, Nashville, and plan one lengthy trip out west and back.
Any help and insights you can offer are greatly appreciated!
The higher torque and such is NOT "in theory"...its a FACT.
With 35-37 ft you should not have problems with state parks etc.
Although the fuel COSTS are higher than gasoline...diesels do get better fuel economy so I think it all boils out
My black tank is 60 gallons. When we leave a campground headed home for a few weeks, I dump and add about 10 gallons of water along with about a 1/3 cup of Rid-X. I let that slosh in the tank till we get home and then top the black tank off with water and let it sit till we go camping the next time. I can dump here at the house. I do this at least once a season.
Whatever you paid for the Rid-X you just tossed your $$ away! Put 1/3 of a cup of washing detergent into the tank along with the 10 gal of water. By the time you get home...dump it all and your tank wil be spotless