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Old 05-29-2014, 08:55 AM   #1
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Is the speed limit the same for a tow trailer and a fifth wheel?
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i would think so
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Some states a vehicle that in tow is classed as a heavy truck and must do the lower allotted speed, eq: Calfornia you do 55 and every one else is 70
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Old 05-29-2014, 09:24 AM   #4
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ST tires (trailer tires) are speed rated to 65 MPH. That is what I tow at. I towed a bike trailer faster to Sturgis and about 1/3 the way back, I had the belts separate on one tire.
Give the tire a 10% safety margin and add that 6.5 to 65 MPH and 72 is as fast as I will tow anymore for passing situations.
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Old 05-29-2014, 09:27 AM   #5
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As far as legal limits, I once found and can't seem to find it now, Florida is 65 MPH towing. I do not believe it was or is enforced.
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Besides California, Arkansas law says, "45 mph is maximum when towing house trailer." Don't know if that's only a mobile home or any trailer you can live in. Delaware has a speed limit of 10 mph for vehicles over 4,000 lbs combined weight UNLESS you have brakes controlled by tow vehicle. Kansas and Louisiana also limit 'house trailers' to 55 mph. New Hampshire's limit for house trailers is 45 mph. Ohio limits combined vehicles to 55 mph if over 8,000 lbs. Oregon says any vehicle over 8,000 lbs combined or towing must stay in the right lane. South Carolina limits 'persons pulling a house trailer' to 45 mph.

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California highway signs say vehicles towing trailers are limited to 55. No mention of house trailers. I would think that a house trailer and recreational vehicle are different things. House trailers are designed to be moved once and left, recreational vehicles are designed and built (???) to be moved multiple times. IMHO
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I think the OP is asking if there is a different speed limit between towing a TT or a 5th wheel.....not about speed limits for towing.

My answer: why would there be?

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California is limited to a maximum of 55 when towing or driving a vehicle with three or more axles. In addition if the highway has 3 or more lanes in one direction you are restricted to the far right lane except to pass.


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California highway signs say vehicles towing trailers are limited to 55. No mention of house trailers. I would think that a house trailer and recreational vehicle are different things. House trailers are designed to be moved once and left, recreational vehicles are designed and built (???) to be moved multiple times. IMHO
I guess I over answered the OP, a tow trailer is same as a 5th wheel when it comes to speed limits.

Google images of 'house trailers' and you see everything from double wide mobile homes to 12-14' recreational trailers. Definition of house trailer:
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a trailer fitted with accommodations for sleeping, eating, washing, etc.

Sounds what most are pulling behind pick ups to go to campgrounds.
I'd hate to be on the side of the road arguing with a LEO on definitions. Also, in Delaware, imagine pulling a toad or trailer without brakes at 55 mph and getting a ticket for going 45 mph over limit!
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Unless posted lower I tow at 60. I tried once going faster and didn't feel safe.
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Is the speed limit the same for a tow trailer and a fifth wheel?
What is a tow trailer? Don't go any faster than the max speed stamped on the sidewall of your trailer tires and read the speeds limit signs on the hiway.
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I think the OP is asking if there is a different speed limit between towing a TT or a 5th wheel.....not about speed limits for towing.

My answer: why would there be?

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I know at one time in calif you could ride in a fifth wheel and not a tow trailer, one difference, I think.
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A TT or 5th wheel trailer are both towed units. One is pulled from a bumper position hitch and the 5th wheel trailer from a bed mounted hitch.

The speed limit for all trailer types is whatever the posted speed limit is in Oklahoma. Many of our interstates and toll roads are 75 mph.
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