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Old 09-27-2016, 10:29 AM   #1
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Maximum towing speed

We drive 60-65 MPH and frequently will be passed by MH's that have to be doing 75 or more!

Our Honda owner's manual says that maximum towing speed is 65. Is that true with other manufacturers? If so, I think a lot of folks aren't reading their manuals!
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We drive 60-65 MPH and frequently will be passed by MH's that have to be doing 75 or more!

Our Honda owner's manual says that maximum towing speed is 65. Is that true with other manufacturers? If so, I think a lot of folks aren't reading their manuals!
No, many toads have no such restrictions. That is not saying that such speeds are wise, but they are unrestricted in speed and do not need any starting at a certain mileage interval.
So I guess people probably do read their vehicle manuals.

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I have to agree with you. A lot of coach pilots tend to do the posted speed limit and not take any heed to the tow speed rating of the vehicles.

I know that when I had my 5th wheel, the max tow speed was 65mph, and if I happened to do 75 to 80 for a stretch the hubs would start to leak a little bit of grease from the heat.

Most vehicles that are toads have speed ratings do to the automatic trans and safety concerns from the manufacturer. Maybe they all have manual trans cars?

Plus mpg drops for me sharply over 65 anyways, saving a few minutes isn't worth the hit at the pump for me.
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Many owners don't care , to read about limits , or abide by them .
They go through life with the " It's my coach , nobody's going to tell me how to drive it! " attitude, and " I'm in a hurry , everyone can just get out of my way !"

Even if they get tickets , it won't slow them down.

California 75 MPH towing will get them fines , $700.00 and up
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I will say this, if we are both doing that speed limit, I will then speed up and pass you doing 70 to 75 till i get in front of you down the road,, i just like to be able to see way ahead. not your toad....
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What is interesting is when the one's who don't care start complaining about needing a new transmission in the toad. ;-)
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I will say this, if we are both doing that speed limit, I will then speed up and pass you doing 70 to 75 till i get in front of you down the road,, i just like to be able to see way ahead. not your toad....
Yeah, I seem to do that too.

I added a driveshaft disconnect to our Tracker so the only thing that can complain is the diff and disconnect bearings. We've also towed it across the US and back several times without the disconnect at about 70 mph without any problems.

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Many owners don't care , to read about limits , or abide by them .
They go through life with the " It's my coach , nobody's going to tell me how to drive it! " attitude, and " I'm in a hurry , everyone can just get out of my way !"

Even if they get tickets , it won't slow them down.

California 75 MPH towing will get them fines , $700.00 and up
67 and towing will cost you $428, no, there's no need to ask me how I know! First speeding ticket in 30+ years!
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Our 2015 Equinox manual says 65mph max. Generally drive 62-64.

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67 and towing will cost you $428, no, there's no need to ask me how I know! First speeding ticket in 30+ years!
CA is a beautiful state, but I avoid driving through it while towing for that reason. If I have to go there I try to stay at, or under, 60 mph. Good advice, IMHO.

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I've towed in California (enclosed trailer or PWC trailer, not a toad), 38 years, at 60-65. Never been stopped or ticketed.
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ive towed for many years, and at a least couple of hundred thousand miles. as i age, i find that 65 is my maximum limit. there is no place that is that important that i have to be at. my goal is to arrive in one piece. if i need, i drive a little longer.
and yes, california enforces the tow speed limit.
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I will say this, if we are both doing that speed limit, I will then speed up and pass you doing 70 to 75 till i get in front of you down the road,, i just like to be able to see way ahead. not your toad....

And why not just back off the throttle a little to put some space 'for you to see' and then resume the same speed. If you are both doing that speed limit your spacing will remain constant. ...But everyone wants to be first.... just sayin!
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My Ford powered MH enforces a 75 MPH limit. I don't often use cruise and the darn thing likes 70 "ish" accidentally bumped the 75 mph limiter last trip.
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