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Post by Nickji on Sun Sep 24, 2017 7:34 am

Off to Portugal today, my first long journey in a Duetto.   First stage Penzance to Plymouth, a two hour 87 mile journey for a car, but how long will it take a reasonably careful driver in a well laden 1998 2.5 diesel Duetto? I'm thinking 3 and 1/2 hours should be ample, but really don't know.  Don't want to miss the Ferry but also no desire to sit for too long in the car park.  The traffic will be fine today, so how long is it likely to take me?
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Re: Duetto average speed

Post by Bad Penny on Sun Sep 24, 2017 9:32 am

On the roads you will use, I would say take your average speed as 30 miles an hour. Don't forget to be at the ferry port 75 minutes before departure.

Hope this helps.
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Post by brodco on Sun Sep 24, 2017 9:49 am

Hi wave

Difficult for anyone to answer unless they know the road but I would think 3½ hours would be plenty (only need to average about 25mph).

On dual carriageways and motorways I usually run at about 60mph,  not much slower than in the car. On small roads the speed tends to be slower depending on the number of bends (you can't go around bends very quickly in a Duetto).

That said if I've got a definite time to arrive somewhere I usually aim to get there very early just to allow traffic jams, accidents etc. I prefer to get to the other end,  put the kettle on and get me feet up for a while.
Enjoy your trip. up!


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Post by Nickji on Tue Sep 26, 2017 5:28 am

Thanks for both replies.
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Re: Duetto average speed

Post by jollywalker on Tue Sep 26, 2017 8:17 am

My Duetto will bowl along quite nicely, easily keeping up with traffic, and will corner at speed (it's a transit after all, bank robbers favourite), but if you come up behind a slow moving vehicle, that say keeps to 40 in a 60 limit, it can be difficult to find enough clear road to get past, as they are not the fastest vehicles at overtaking.
So, allow plenty of time so you are not rushed, and go with the flow!
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Post by Peter Brown on Tue Sep 26, 2017 10:52 am

We had a 1999 Duetto.

I clearly remember the mood of my passenger during a journey at the beginning of May 2004 when we set off in poring rain from Doncaster circa 1600 hrs on Friday with me intent on arriving at the Abbey Wood CC site before the 2000 hrs deadline to be able to take a proper pitch.

We made it but I wish I'd followed the advice in Jollywalkers last sentence - some passengers have long memories!!

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Post by Bulletguy on Sat Sep 30, 2017 11:49 pm

I wish i only had 87 miles to get to a ferry port! My drive is 270 miles to Dover through some of the worst motorway sections. This year i decided to go back to driving it at night leaving home at 8pm and made it to Dover by 1245am. For me, driving it at night is the only way to avoid heavy traffic. Unfortunately i still face mile after mile of ridiculous average speed cams though (some as low as 30mph fgs!!) with the satnav bonging away all the time.

Once over the pond with batty Blighty far behind it gives me enormous pleasure when i hear the first 'bong' on my satnav to see "max speed 81mph" flash up and think to myself, 'no problem...i can cope with that'!!   up!
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Post by IanH on Tue Oct 03, 2017 12:29 pm

Irreverent thought perhaps, but after my last journey from Norfolk to Plymouth, my only conclusion is that we will never go anywhere near Plymouth again! hugegrins hugegrins hugegrins
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