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Old 08-12-2015, 09:09 AM   #1
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Pulling speed

Now, I realize this is pretty subjective, and due to variables, no answer could be the right answer, but how fast can you tow your fifth wheel? This would be the no wind, open four lane, as traffic would allow. (safely)

Another question I have is how much wind can be tolerated before you have to find a place to pull in and wait out the wind? I have pulled plenty with a pull behind camper, but those trips were mostly going and coming from the fishing holes. I have quite a lot of experience with heavy equipment on a lowboy pulled by a semi tractor, but as far as a vehicle that would be bothered a great deal by wind, not much.

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Old 08-12-2015, 09:17 AM   #2
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Most RV tires are rated at 65 MPH, so that would be my limit.

2nd question is dependent on how comfortable the driver feels in the given situation.

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Old 08-12-2015, 09:26 AM   #3
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You will probably find that the original ST tires on the 5er , are only rated for 65 MPH.
JMHO: Having owned 4, 5ers and over 100,000 miles of towing, I consider that the max safe speed; even if the tires are changed out.
Wind , headwind , tailwind , and crosswind , I would give each a different rating depending on the road, and lane width. Once you have enough wind that keeping the RV in it's lane is a problem it's time to find a spot to get off.
Another indicator is the semis , if you see the semi trailers starting to wag around, and in particular if you see the semis cutting their speed back, that's time to pull over.
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Old 08-12-2015, 10:12 AM   #4
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I have LT (Michelin XPS Ribs) tires on my 5er. I am towing with a dually truck. I have also only been towing in the eastern time zone. From Michigan to Florida. I tow comfortably at 70 - 72mph. That seems to better match the traffic flow.

I have yet to notice wind other than my MPG. I noticed getting 11 mpg. Stopped to get fuel and noticed a tail wind. Conversly noticed only getting 9.2 mpg. Stopped for fuel and noticed a head wind.

The fastest I have ever towed for a very short distance (about 2 or 3 miles) was 82mph as recorded by max speed on my GPS unit. This was when I got caught up in a pack of slower moving semi's and wanted to leave them all behind. This has happened only once in 12,000 miles of towing.

As the states have increased speed limits from 65 mph to 70 mph I believe it is not good for anyone towing a trailer. Again this is in the east. I read speed limits out west are 75 - 85mph. I will not tow at those crazy speeds.
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Old 08-12-2015, 02:28 PM   #5
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You will probably find the your 5th pulls easily, and crosswinds aren't too bad. Been in 30 mph and it never felt unsafe, but I have a fairly heavy trailer.

I upgraded to G614 tires, but I still run about 65mph. It's so easy to just sit there with the cruise control on and let everyone go around me, not having to worry about passing people. The 18 wheelers here run about 65 so I don't have to worry about them to much either.

I can go up to 75, but why, my mileage just goes down the faster I go.
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Old 08-12-2015, 05:34 PM   #6
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Mostly run 60-62 even in 55 zones. Smoky will leave you alone at that speed. If I am in a 75MPH state and want to get somewhere sooner I ramp it up to 75 and a touch more even in some serious winds. Very solid ride.
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Old 08-12-2015, 06:18 PM   #7
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It seems like the sweet spot towing my FW is around 60 and 65. I'm retired so no rush to get where I am going.


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Old 08-12-2015, 06:50 PM   #8
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Thanks guys for all the replies. Like Duane, we are retired, and most times don't have a deadline for anything so getting there fast isn't too important. That Youtube video elsewhere on this forum scared me a bit when I saw the 5er go over in the wind.

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Ditto on the ST Trailer tires topping out at 65 mph. I didn't know that, was traveling 72 or so for an extended period of time, Right rear tire kept pressure, but shed a tread. Lesson learned. From then on I drove max 65mph with the Travel Trailer. Now we drive a coach and tow a Honda Element who max speed towed is 65mph . . . I guess we're just not destined to go faster than 65mph! I generally do about 60. Comfortable, and better fuel . . . economy, if I can use that phrase with a motor home!
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We have the MorRyde independent suspension and pinbox on our rig, with tires rated to 75 mph on the trailer. With 30 psi in the trucks airbags, I felt absolutely comfortable at 75 mph. I have no problem cruising at 62-65 though, and that's probably what my normal speed will be. So far I haven't been bothered by the wind.
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I have ran on the upper side of 72 for a short while but I saw the fuel mileage suffer greatly. Now I keep it about 62-65. No hurry and better mileage too.
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It is not so much a question of how fast do you pull, but rather how fast can you stop. Speed is a huge component as to whether your last 4 feet of stopping distance involves the rear end of another vehicle, a child, or a weak guard rail.
I pull our coach between 55 and 60 MPH, and am in no position to tell others how to drive, but I am amazed at seeing others cruising by at 70 or better.
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I agree with the 60 to 62 MPH, I have run as hi as 75MPH for a short period, but now seldom run over 62, I have upgraded 17.5" tires with a speed rating of 75, and I have a dually, but I am retired and see no reason to run any faster. I stay in the right lane and do my best to stay out of everyone's way. If you are running ST tires then as others have said, you are limited to 65 MPH speed ratings. As far as wind goes, if you feel unsafe in the conditions, then it is time to pull over in a safe spot and wait it out. There is no set wind speed.
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I normally tow at 65 but can and have towed at 75 very comfortably (G rated LT tires).

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