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Old 03-06-2016, 08:54 PM   #99
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As usual your wisdom is inspiring. I totally agree with what you are saying.I very rarely run above 65, and usually am between 60 and 62MPH.
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Old 03-09-2016, 05:01 PM   #100
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LT tires on our 5er, rated at 99mph (Q speed rating). I generally drive between 60 and 70 mph. In some of the Western states, usually passed by virtually everyone else pulling an RV. Makes you wonder who they are when most of the respondents here are driving much slower, in the 55-65mph range.

Fuel mileage is in the 10-13mpg range depending on the terrain and weather. Also got some Flying J 20% bio fuel in the mid West where it dropped to the high 8mpg range for 2 tanks worth
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Old 03-09-2016, 09:55 PM   #101
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I run g rated tires, so good up to 75, but I tow at 65. Don't see a reason to tote 27000lbs down the road any faster really
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Old 03-22-2016, 06:37 PM   #102
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I agree. What's the big hurry?
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Old 03-23-2016, 10:41 AM   #103
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Your weights are very close to what I had with my Fuzion. The F350/3500 series is the way to go with a SRW truck. I always said if I towed anything bigger than the Fuzion I had I would get a DRW because I was maxed as far as comfort level with my F250. I'm very happy with my F450 and how it tows and glad I went with the F450 for my trailer. I was initially only looking at the F350 DRW even though both are more than capable.

I'm really liking the 2017 Super Duty's but wondering what the price will be with all of the options available. I still don't think it'll have the factory air for leveling like the RAM from what I've read, kinda surprised there.
I pull a Jayco 39 footer with a 2015 Ford F350 SRW and have no stability problems at all....looked at the DRW pickups but really didn't need it with the trailer I was looking at. I think anything over the 15000 lbs and the DRW would be a necessity for me.
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I pull a Jayco 39 footer with a 2015 Ford F350 SRW and have no stability problems at all....looked at the DRW pickups but really didn't need it with the trailer I was looking at. I think anything over the 15000 lbs and the DRW would be a necessity for me.
Have you weighed your trucks rear axle with everything fully loaded?
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Yes...trailer empty is only about 10500...last time I weighed total trailer weight was only 11800
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Old 03-23-2016, 12:46 PM   #106
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Sold the 36' 5er but used to pull it with an 05 F250SD. On the Interstate, I usually kept it around 2000 RPMs...which equated to approximately 68 MPH and 10.8 - 11.2 MPG. I did hit 80 on I20 coming thru Atlanta in 5 lanes of traffic one time. My copilot asked if I was OK...I said 'yea-why'? She just looked/nodded at the speedometer. When I looked down I was dead on 80...and still getting passed on both sides.
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Thought I'd post an update-

Pulling a second trailer equipped with ST tires I have had to drop my pulling speed. The scenery hasn't changed at all (imagine that) but the fuel efficiency of the Jeep has improved by 2-3 mpg. As previously observed, the pressure and temperature on the fiver tires were the same at 62 mph as they were at 75 mph. One thing that was strange was that the ST tires never changed. (Obviously I installed sensors on those tires too) I just have a motorcycle and a few mountain bikes in the trailer so I'm no where near capacity, so that could be the explanation.

Fuel economy on the truck while pulling tandem at 62-65 mph was 8.0-8.1 according to the EVIC. The first leg of our journey was all climbing, and in that portion I was closer to 6.7-6.9 mpg. Usually the jeep and the truck get to a half tank at the same time, not in this case! She was at 3/4 by the time I fueled up at a half tank.
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I run g rated tires, so good up to 75, but I tow at 65. Don't see a reason to tote 27000lbs down the road any faster really
I C M 18 wheeler pass'en me like I'm on jacks...while my "speedo" is read'en 70+...I'm think'en they are a bit more then 27K #!
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I typically tow right in the 65-68mph range. I've found my gas mileage is at it's best there. I'll get it up to 70 which is where my truck shifts to 6th then let it drop a little from there but keep it in 6th. If I'm in hills that all goes out the window. I then keep it in the 60-65mph range. I tow 10k and get mid 12's gas mileage with an 06 duramax
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I C M 18 wheeler pass'en me like I'm on jacks...while my "speedo" is read'en 70+...I'm think'en they are a bit more then 27K #!
Just because someone sees someone else do something, doesn't always mean it was ever a good idea. A 40 ton rig, built to carry the weight, will take a Really Long Piece of Real Estate to stop in an emergency. Like many drivers, they must be completely ignoring that fact when they start blowing doors off other vehicles.

I drove from NM to Corpus Christi TX the last couple of days. I got my doors blown off plenty of times. I was over in the right lane, enjoying the trip and driving safely. Meanwhile, if a cow had suddenly appeared in front of one of those rigs doing eighty MPH, there wold basically be nothing to do about it more than vaporize the critter and wipe out the entire front end of the rig.

I do not have enough confidence in my trailer brakes to assume they will help me stop quickly enough at interstate highway speeds. My tires are not the only reason I may not be driving the speed limit.
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Just because someone sees someone else do something, doesn't always mean it was ever a good idea. A 40 ton rig, built to carry the weight, will take a Really Long Piece of Real Estate to stop in an emergency. Like many drivers, they must be completely ignoring that fact when they start blowing doors off other vehicles.

I drove from NM to Corpus Christi TX the last couple of days. I got my doors blown off plenty of times. I was over in the right lane, enjoying the trip and driving safely. Meanwhile, if a cow had suddenly appeared in front of one of those rigs doing eighty MPH, there wold basically be nothing to do about it more than vaporize the critter and wipe out the entire front end of the rig.

I do not have enough confidence in my trailer brakes to assume they will help me stop quickly enough at interstate highway speeds. My tires are not the only reason I may not be driving the speed limit.
Agree - it seems to be a case of "monkey see, monkey do". Too many are out there cherry picking the rules they want to follow and then justifying it with some mystical rationale. Thank goodness most of them get away with being fool hardy.
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My mpg and comfort level is fine at 65 so that's what I do. Tires r g rated (75) but I get to where I need to be just fine at 65. I have caught myself much higher when merging or something but 9/10 times my cruise is set at 65
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