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shepherd
02-03-2008, 10:15 AM
Mythbusters confirmed it. If you tailgate a big rig, you can get some very significant gains in mpg. Even 100 feet back, they gained 11% in mpg. And it went up the closer they got!

I wonder if it helps when you're towing a boat? Hmmmm.... It's a long drive to CSM :rolleyes:

sk8salomon
02-03-2008, 10:23 AM
i'm sure it would work as well, just make sure your trailer brakes work!

ski_king
02-03-2008, 10:28 AM
If you are that close, why not just lasso the back bumper and tie it off, them put your truck in neutral?

icewake
02-03-2008, 11:58 AM
is it really worth the damage the rocks/pebbles flying up from the tires will do to your car?

jimmer2880
02-03-2008, 12:58 PM
is it really worth the damage the rocks/pebbles flying up from the tires will do to your car?

I guess that depends on what car you are driving ;)

trickskier
02-03-2008, 01:15 PM
Being in the trucking business, I HIGHLY recommend not doing this. Truck drivers DO NOT like Tailgaters................;)

TMCNo1
02-03-2008, 01:24 PM
Being in the trucking business, I HIGHLY recommend not doing this. Truck drivers DO NOT like Tailgaters................;)

That's right! There is sometimes signage on the rear doors of trailers that say something like, "If I can't see you in my rear view mirrors, you don't exist"!

I'm not following any vehicle if I can avoid it. There is enough debris on the highway running alone to create damage.

shepherd
02-03-2008, 01:44 PM
I wasn't serious about trying it. Those trucks go too slow for me anyways. :cool:

trickskier
02-03-2008, 01:46 PM
I wasn't serious about trying it. Those trucks go too slow for me anyways. :cool:
You never know who might try it..............Always post a disclaimer.......;)

jimmer2880
02-03-2008, 03:23 PM
You never know who might try it..............Always post a disclaimer.......;)

I would tailgate trucks all the time in my Jeep. Especially if I had the top down, doors off and it started to get a bit chilly.

never said I was a rocket scientist ;)

shepherd
02-03-2008, 07:12 PM
You never know who might try it..............Always post a disclaimer.......;)

I guess I can use them to slingshot past them, one at a time going down I10! :D

kycat2007
02-04-2008, 08:30 PM
Trick, they may see what a gator on the road might be especailly when lost are using recapps.

trickskier
02-04-2008, 08:33 PM
Trick, they may see what a gator on the road might be especailly when lost are using recapps.
LOL......................:D

flipper
02-04-2008, 08:34 PM
Brake check!!!!

atlfootr
02-04-2008, 08:34 PM
Being in the trucking business, I HIGHLY recommend not doing this. Truck drivers DO NOT like Tailgaters................;)YEAH!
You sound like your talking from XPERICENCE! :D

trickskier
02-04-2008, 08:42 PM
YEAH!
You sound like your talking from XPERICENCE! :D
More than I care to have...................;)

SkiDog
02-04-2008, 08:50 PM
back in the day, I used to haul boats from Ga to central Fla. with a Ford van. If I was towing a particular heavy boat I would try to find a rig that I could follow. I ALWAYS had a CB radio and would ask the driver if he minded if i tagged along. Most of the time thay said OK. They just wanna know you're back there and paying attention. I wouldn't do it without a radio though.

Upper Michigan Prostar190
02-05-2008, 07:55 PM
Ahhhh, so thats why the bandit had a CB radio, to get better gas mileage.

Monte
02-05-2008, 08:43 PM
Ahhhh, so thats why the bandit had a CB radio, to get better gas mileage.

That... and something about keeping the Beavers grinnin;)

Upper Michigan Prostar190
02-05-2008, 08:44 PM
no, it was gas mileage. mythbusters proved it. what part of that dont you understand?

Monte
02-05-2008, 08:51 PM
Trans Am:cool:

TMCNo1
02-05-2008, 09:01 PM
no, it was gas mileage. mythbusters proved it. what part of that dont you understand?

I think "Tailgating" should apply to following a pickup truck too close only!
Duh, vans, busses, boats and cars don't have tailgates!:rolleyes:

thijs
02-07-2008, 11:29 AM
I think "Tailgating" should apply to following a pickup truck too close only!
Duh, vans, busses, boats and cars don't have tailgates!

Station wagons have them too.

TMCNo1
02-07-2008, 02:36 PM
Station wagons have them too.

Oh crap, screwed up again!:rolleyes: And how could I have forgot Dump Trucks too!

SDAhockey21
02-07-2008, 03:39 PM
Car = Tailgating

Inboard= Teaking
Outboard= Proping
I/O= Dam CRAZY!!

Upper Michigan Prostar190
02-07-2008, 09:32 PM
bandit car = coors beer

Monte
02-08-2008, 08:16 AM
bandit car = coors beer

Not exactly correct ump

bandit car + big rig with bandit scene painted on side = coors beer;)

Upper Michigan Prostar190
02-08-2008, 10:08 AM
that sounds like voodoo economics to me.