Observing other drivers from the helm of the RV has lead to some insight regarding the primordial core of human nature. Specifically, being a driver of a vehicle behind an RV is apparently equivalent to the 7th level of Dante’s inferno. Even on narrow two-lane roads with blind curves, motorists trailing an RV are overcome by a biological involuntary reflex that is not that different than the ones that keeps your heart beating, eyes blinking or lungs pumping. This reflex is the spontaneous extension of the right leg against the gas pedal. It is as fundamental as any phobia, fetish, craving or subconscious thought but is also much more systemic. It is the undeniable need to pass a motor home resulting in the loss of all common sense or self preservation. This holds true even when churning along at 10+ mph over the speed limit as well as on blind winding roads or even parking lots.
Although our motor home big and clunky, it is no slouch on the road given that it is powered by a 6.8-liter Triton V10 pumping out 300+ horsepower. Of course hills remain the nemesis of any RV but on flat ground speed limits are easily maintained. Yet even when a pushing along at a fair clip above the posted limit people are still driven to pass (pun mostly intended). Even more interesting is that once these people pass they frequently end up going slower than you were to start with–just as long as the RV is NOT IN FRONT. Even the most gentle and timid little ol’ grandma turns into a fierce speeding demon, pushing the redline on her 10 year old Corolla, just to be out in front where she can now slow back down to a comfortable pace of 5mph below the speed limit.
I highly suspect that there is no limit to this uncontrollable impulse. In fact, if ever given the opportunity to mount a pair of Pratt & Whitney F119-PW-100 afterburning turbo jet engines –the same ones used on the F22 Raptor stealth air-superiority fighter—with each engine producing a peak thrust of 35,000 pounds and achieving a supersonic cruise speed, grandma would undoubtedly still try to pass. Of course this is purely hypothetical and ignores the basic limitations in the applied physics of such a notion since the exterior awning on the RV would hardly sustain mach 1 before tearing away from the RV.