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Son of Norway

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Posted: 07/12/19 08:15am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am one of those RV drivers that you all are cursing out and I'm going to tell you my side of the story. I drive many two lane roads in the mountains that do have pull-outs for slower vehicles. Very few of them are paved. When I start to see a line of cars behind me I start to look for a way to let them by. At the moment that I see a pull-out I have only a few seconds to be sure that it is wide enough, long enough, level enough and the surface is stable enough to make it safe for my RV and my family to drive onto it and drive out of it. If I am not sure of our safety I will pass it by, and you in the line behind me will throw a fit. But the safety of my family and the people in the cars behind me comes first.


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* This post was edited 07/12/19 08:21am by Son of Norway *


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I don't like being the leader of a convoy either & will do my best to help cars get around me by slowing down further on a safe stretch to pass to allow more to go around.

What really annoys me are those who hesitate when an opportunity to pass comes up or pass very slowly denying others behind from getting by.


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We were coming back from Denali last year back to Wasilla following two rentals. Both drivers were not from Canada or the US, but had rented from Canadream. They stuck to the speed limit EXACTLY. The problem was they were driving exactly KPH instead of MPH.

I thought I was going to go nuts. It took almost the entire trip down to get around them.

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I'm one of those get over in the right lane unless your passing someone. That said I went down to West Virginia this spring to pick up a yearling Icelandic horse. With horse on board and traveling on a 2 lane windy mountain road I'm doing 40 in a 50 mph zone. After having 1 car stuck behind me for maybe 5 minutes I finally came to a small uneven pull off but feeling sorry for the car I pulled in. At first I thought the passenger was giving me a thank-you wave and then saw it was a 1 finger salute. Still kinda ticks me off.





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I'm one of those get over in the right lane unless your passing someone. That said I went down to West Virginia this spring to pick up a yearling Icelandic horse. With horse on board and traveling on a 2 lane windy mountain road I'm doing 40 in a 50 mph zone. After having 1 car stuck behind me for maybe 5 minutes I finally came to a small uneven pull off but feeling sorry for the car I pulled in. At first I thought the passenger was giving me a thank-you wave and then saw it was a 1 finger salute. Still kinda ticks me off.

We always did our best to be as polite as possible but when we had the Endura towing a vehicle sometimes it was just impossible. We, too, were subjected to some very expressive (and not very polite!) sign language. We would just laugh it off and think the guy should lay off the caffeine.

Side note on the Icelandic horse: I don't want to cause thread drift but an Icelandic horse is the most amazingly comfortable to ride. While I am not grossly overweight (a bit fluffy, yes) my legs are short in comparison to my height/weight. That makes riding uncomfortable a lot of the time. Because the Icelandic horses are not huge and exceptionally strong they offer one of the best riding experiences imaginable.


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Posted: 07/13/19 03:03pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This only applies to 4 lane or more highways. I carry a sign in my car which says

"Drive on the Right - except to Pass
It's the Law"

I slap it up when I drift by on the right of someone cruising in the left lane. My wife hates when I do it.

On another note, when we're in the RV I will always try to move over or let drivers by but I could not agree with Son of Norway more that I will not jeperdize my family or my rig. See you in Alaska in September.


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Quite some years ago I had a custom bumper sticker made just for the tailgaters itching to pass. It reads "NO, I AM NOT IN A HURRY".

In reality I am not the fastest dog on the race track however I am not the slowest either.

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and on occasion on the Alaska Highway in Yukon, RVers travel down the centre line, or swerve to or over the centre line when there is a frost heave marked by flags. But PLEASE, check to ensure a vehicle isn't passing you if you do the lane change. Many times I have had to swerve onto the shoulder to not be hit by an RV when I'm passing it.


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cross21114 wrote:

This only applies to 4 lane or more highways. I carry a sign in my car which says

"Drive on the Right - except to Pass
It's the Law"


No, it is not.
In most of the states driving slow on left lanes gets full officials support.
Only few states are making it local laws, or often non-enforced suggestion. I did not vote for it!

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Posted: 07/14/19 05:36pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

naturist wrote:

Both should be observed everywhere, but aren't. I remember my dad teaching me to drive back in 1964 and telling me to pull over and let folks behind you past, AND the left lane is for passing, cruise in the right lane. But clearly not everyone's dad told them these things.

Here on the Left Coast, only the left lane thing is in the law. Still, lots of folks ignore it and cruise slowly in the left lane, especially when contemplating a left turn (never mind, 50 miles up the road). There are times I wish I was a State Trooper and could pull 'em over and educate them a little.
It's the law in Kansas as well and they will ticket left lane loiterers, exception being in a city. I was very happy when this law was passed. I still get peeved when you come across two semis with governors driving side by side for miles on end 10 mph under the speed limit.

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