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Old 04-23-2015, 08:41 AM   #43
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Tow as slow as you want, and when you come to a passing lane, slow even more to let traffic around you. Thank you!
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Old 04-23-2015, 08:55 AM   #44
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It appears that many of todays drivers are in their "own little world". Not thinking about anything or anyone outside it. I did, after over 50 years of driving, have to take a drivers written test after changing state of residency. Seems all or most of the things we are concerned with are addressed in the manual. Guess many just don't care. Secondly, how many times have you seen a patrol person pull over and site someone that drives slow or just drives for 50 miles in the fast lane, "just because"??? Seems that the laws are not enforced very much. Never really affected by much of it as have not been towing, but now that I am, it sure brings little things to light. So far, 44 years without an accident or violation and sure want to keep it that way.
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Old 04-25-2015, 10:35 PM   #45
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Well, I see someone stated a tow behind shouldn't go over 30?

I happen to have the Hensley and I can tell you with my tow behind 28 foot trailer I can hit 80 with one finger on the wheel and pass a number or be passed by a number of big rigs with no problem. Oh, let me reiterate something before the speed police chime in, I said can do 80 not that I do 80... I have my family in my truck so I keep safe speeds for them first then everyone else.

You'll never stop the guys that wnat to hit top speed and I have myself this past weekend experienced insane drivers zipping past me and beeping the horn at me becuase I didn't go over 65 and becuase of road work had to take up some of the other lane as they painted the stripes too close together on the temp roads so that my trailer was just too wide to stay in one lane. That caused a number of idiot drivers to try and slip past me.... INSANE!

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Old 04-26-2015, 06:57 AM   #46
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For those of you that insist that you are safe at any speed and that nothing will happen. Had a 45' MH come in yesterday towing a H3 Hummer. They were supposed to be in the day before. He blew a steer tire and ended up buried in the median, thankfully no one was injured. It took hours to find a replacement tire and over 2 hours to get it there. Things happen and you never know when or what. By traveling at a reasonable speed, your chances of coming out of it ok are greatly improved.
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Thinking about it, especially towing some of the longer and heaver TT's and 5'ers, the only options available, that you can count on are acceleration and braking. And these are very limited. And just when you think "I've seen it all" some idiot will pull something that you couldn't imagine in your wildest dreams. Being a motorcycle rider for over 50 years, you wouldn't think that would be possible, but again, it always seems to happen. And think this even applies when towing, "Being Right can mean being "Dead Right".
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For me there is a big difference between 60 and 70 but at 80 I just cannot imagine.
At 60 I can stop what feels like they would say stopping on a dime.
But at 70 the first 10 mph feels like an eternity.
There is a huge momentum difference in speed.
That's me.
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For me there is a big difference between 60 and 70 but at 80 I just cannot imagine.
At 60 I can stop what feels like they would say stopping on a dime.
But at 70 the first 10 mph feels like an eternity.
There is a huge momentum difference in speed.
That's me.
I'm with you. 60ph is just fine. Heck the legal limit in California is 55 mph.
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Old 04-28-2015, 07:20 AM   #50
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I travel 60 mph at all times. My diesel seems to operate best at around 2000 rpm which is right around 60. I have a Corvette and drive it 60. Gets 34 mph at 60. You should see the punks ride my butt to make me drive faster. Some of them follow for several miles before giving up. But every once in awhile I stomp it and it's bye bye.

But back to towing speeds.....I wonder what the average age of drivers towing fifth wheels or DPs or pulling tts is? I'm 61 and I know my reflexes aren't what they were when I was 40. I figure I might have 10 more years of towing ahead of me. When I'm 71 I hope I just fly to Florida and rent a car to my condo.
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But back to towing speeds.....I wonder what the average age of drivers towing fifth wheels or DPs or pulling tts is? I'm 61 and I know my reflexes aren't what they were when I was 40. I figure I might have 10 more years of towing ahead of me. When I'm 71 I hope I just fly to Florida and rent a car to my condo.
Yeah, a lot of older folks are in denial about their reflexes and driving abilities. I max at 62mph (100km/h).

But I am hoping to keep towing past 71 as I'm "only" 68 now and just bought a new trailer last year (or was it 2 years ago ). I bicycle in downtown Toronto to keep my reflexes sharp.
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I tow at 60 and drive my MH not towing the same speed or lower depending on the speed limit or road conditions. That is my comfort level.

I am not in a hurry to go anywhere
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In Illinois the minimum speed on interstates is 45. Top is 70 so 60 is a good medium I think.
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I have been driving on 95 around Daytona for the past 4 weeks and there is a lot of trailers passing us while driving our car at 75 mph.
One MH with a vintage Corvette on an open trailer zoom by my and disappeared ahead. Looked at my speedometer and I was going 75.
Behind the MH was GM 1500 with a tandom cargo trailer that zoom by.
That is just one occasion of a lot of trailers being towed at 80 plus mph.
It's crazy out there.
Just tonight on the Florida interstate was a livestock trailer on its side with about 6 live animals inside. It was about a 30 ft trailer towed by an F350 or larger with a flat deck. The truck was on all 4s.
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I travel 60 mph at all times. My diesel seems to operate best at around 2000 rpm which is right around 60. I have a Corvette and drive it 60. Gets 34 mph at 60. You should see the punks ride my butt to make me drive faster. Some of them follow for several miles before giving up. But every once in awhile I stomp it and it's bye bye.
OK, if you say so!
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Here in WA the towing speed is the same as the truck limit, but I see a lot of TT's being towed that are going far faster. One of them went into a "death wobble" ahead of us. Luckily he pulled out of it but I'll bet he needed new shorts afterward.
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