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Old 06-16-2019, 08:34 PM   #1
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Motor Home speed in California

Traveling in California for grandsons wedding and the towing speed limit is 55 for towing. Is there a grace limit speed? In Texas I usually travel at 4 over and have never got a ticket.
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Traveling in California for grandsons wedding and the towing speed limit is 55 for towing. Is there a grace limit speed? In Texas I usually travel at 4 over and have never got a ticket.
We stay at 60 without issue.
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Traveling in California for grandsons wedding and the towing speed limit is 55 for towing. Is there a grace limit speed? In Texas I usually travel at 4 over and have never got a ticket.
Legally when towing, 55 is the speed limit. Sadly, from first hand observation, the big rigs are doing as fast as traffic will let them and then sometimes that doesn't even matter. On the busy freeways, enforcement is almost non-existent in SoCal. I personally believe in the old fashioned "safety first" mentality and only drive the speeds I feel comfortable with for conditions. Gusty winds, for example, I have driven 45 mph and have fifth wheels pass me doing 75 plus.
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I run with the trucks. If they’re doing 60 to 62 or so I stay with them. If they’re doing 55 I slow down and join them. It usually means there’s a CHP around.
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I usually run around 62/65 with no problems. If your not being stupid then CHP usually leave you alone.
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I get the impression you're not a fan of the Golden State.

Regardless, I too try and run with the trucks.
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I get the impression you're not a fan of the Golden State.

Regardless, I too try and run with the trucks.
I am dumbstruck when I see a big rig truck rolling at 65 or less. Most are doing 75 and sometimes 80. The legal limit for them here is still 55.
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I am dumbstruck when I see a big rig truck rolling at 65 or less. Most are doing 75 and sometimes 80. The legal limit for them here is still 55.
You should drive on I 80 in Nebraska, they roll as fast as their engines will pull them.
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Well, that paints a pretty picture of our Golden State. I've lived here for 75 years and never had those issues, of course I don't generally drive the MH through the city streets and have never had any issue on any highway.



That said, I tow all the time and keep it around 58-60 for better mileage and comfort. Trucks pass often but I try to be curteous and let them pass or merge back in as needed. Generally they're not going much faster than that anyway.
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You should drive on I 80 in Nebraska, they roll as fast as their engines will pull them.
Yep, I've been there. Just does not compare to the speed of the trucks, fifth wheels, trucks pulling boats, travel trailers, etc., seeing who can get to 80 mph the fastest and longest.
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Well, that paints a pretty picture of our Golden State. I've lived here for 75 years and never had those issues, of course I don't generally drive the MH through the city streets and have never had any issue on any highway.



That said, I tow all the time and keep it around 58-60 for better mileage and comfort. Trucks pass often but I try to be curteous and let them pass or merge back in as needed. Generally they're not going much faster than that anyway.
Come drive the I-10 through the Inland Empire. It will open your eyes.
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A retired CHP officer told me to merge in with the trucks and run their speed, usually 60 to 62. I have never seen any semi running much over 65 in CA. I see a lot of cars, pick ups, and MH's towing doing 65 plus.
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Just so it is written...California is like several different states in one - 780miles, Oregon to Mexico, so there is really no hard rules outside the basic laws.

Speeds are dependant on conditions and running 55 mph in many places put you at risk of blocking traffic.

A general allowance about speed above the limit is to stay with traffic. Big rigs/commercial drivers are not a good example. They are limited to 55, but run with the auto traffic...often well over 65.

Also please notice in CA law, the right-most lane is NOT always your required lane. When there are 3 or more lanes in one direction, towing vehicles may drive in the lane adjacent to the right-most lane to allow merging/exiting vehicles to passee in the right-most lane.

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