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Posted: 02/06/20 07:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Let the men make these decisions,
No attitude here, but just let them handle that and pick your fights.
Pain in the butt to stay in sight, you all grown ups and should be able to drive all by urself

Do you drive the same speed? Do you climb hills the same speed? Do you pee the same speed?

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Not very well.
I have been leading trips for over 50 years.
I prefer to meet people there.

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We don't travel in a group, prefer not to. Don't enjoy other peoples company that much.


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OMG Scott! That just made my day! After I clean up the coffee I just spit out!!


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On this I agree with aj.
To quote the last line of the original post...”what do you all think of this?”
The only thing that matters is what the people with the keys think.

Sometimes I wish I had the time to ponder insignificant things like this....

But have you brought up the drafting option yet? Lol

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Posted: 02/08/20 08:22am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Having convoyed on the road following or leading other drivers pulling trailers loaded with construction equipment/material to the next job site (50 miles or 500 miles) for over 10 years, I have no problems doing so. I prefer convoy ve just meet some one at a place down the road.
Granted the ones following have to drive harder to keep up.
Most drivers soon learned not to get to far behind... or follow to close.

I pull my RV the same way. I can follow or I can lead. When leading don't run away from others when you finally get around farmer Jones poking along at 35 mph. And when following don't tail gate.


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If people are OK with driving the same speed and stopping at the same places, then there’s nothing wrong with staying together. 1 or 2 day trips don’t usually involve a lot of spontaneous stops and site seeing anyway. We regularly travel with others and do try to stay within about a mile or so of each other. Nothing tiring about it all. The only time it ever causes trouble is if the lead driver misses the exit or if you pull off together to get fuel and the station can’t accommodate 2 rigs at once.

If we get separated, we don’t sweat it...just keep going. Sometimes, especially on the way home, if someone needs to stop for a pee break or fuel, but the other doesn’t and we’re both near home, then the other person just keeps on going.

The point is to enjoy the trip. If the trip is more enjoyable for you if you’re traveling in a convoy, then do it. If not, then don’t don’t do it.

Some wold say, there’s no reason to travel together if we have cell phones and can communicate issues. Well, when that blowout happens and if you have to get off the interstate, are you certain that your passenger seat partner can have the cognizance to get on the phone quick enough to advise your traveling partner 3 or 4 miles behind you that you have an issue? Or that you can remember the exact exit number you got off on? Or that you’re lagging partner isn’t on the phone with someone else and totally misses your call?

Again, no wrong decision here...but don’t overstate the difficulty of traveling together.


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Wow. Lots of travel alone opinions here. I'll be a bit contrary...

I do like traveling with another vehicle, especially if it is someone who understands working together. The smaller, more nimble, vehicle can often work the traffic to help the larger vehicle change lanes, etc. For example, make the lane change in tight traffic, and then slow down to allow the big rig to move over. I know them, and they know me. So I know they are not going to do something stupid like cut me off or not watch my bumper.

We have the shared experience and can pass the time commenting on the other drivers on the road, and warning each other. "Watch out for this butthead passing at high speed", or "I'm slowing because there appears to be debris ahead", or "Officer Friendly is making a revenue generation stop", etc.

And then there is the fun on sharing a journey with friends. Let's swap passengers for the next leg. Someone different to visit with, some different stories to tell. Maybe some of the kids are more compatible with the others and they can buddy up in vehicles together, without mom & dad letting them get too far away.

Just my thoughts...
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When I'm traveling with a group, we just meet up occasionally. Especially before it's time to leave pavement and find camp. We have cell phones if we need to get a hold of each other.

Usually the plan is "I'll catch up at the Walmart in Ridgecrest." Or "we'll meet up at the big pull out at mile marker 25." With different rigs, different needs for bathroom breaks, different stuff we forgot to buy at the store... Trying to caravan is way too frustrating.


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I don't get how some people feel it is so stressful driving together. It's not a big deal either way. I actually take up the rear in our three rig caravan, and it doesn't bother me in the slightest. I am in my zone just cruising, listening to the radio, chatting every now and then with the wife, and just enjoying the ride.

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