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Old 04-18-2015, 08:31 PM   #1
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Smile Towing speeds

Well, just back from a Vegas trip. First time ever. Didn't tow 5'er there but noticed many that did. Also, as I'm sure most of you know, there are good rates, some as low as $16 per day for RV parking. The one other thing I did notice was "towing speeds". Lets just say, 60 - 65 mph was never seen by most unless they didn't have to power to run faster. Generally, when possible, 75 to 80 mph. Up or down hill. After having a China bomb blow at about 50, sure would hate to be them or be around them, if ever a tire blew. Also, amazing of how many cars or other trucks will just hang on the rear bumper of their trailer or motor home. Kind of scary to me. Especially, in UT, where speed limit is 80 and most drive 85 to 90. Don't mind the higher speeds but do my level best to keep some distance between me and some of the crazys. lol Had a wonderful trip and no problems. Will definitely be going back again but next time will tow 5'er.
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Old 04-18-2015, 10:09 PM   #2
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I don't understand towing much over 60. Is everyone in such a big hurry they can't stay close to the towing limit.
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Old 04-19-2015, 07:00 AM   #3
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...The one other thing I did notice was "towing speeds". Lets just say, 60 - 65 mph was never seen by most unless they didn't have to power to run faster. Generally, when possible, 75 to 80 mph. Up or down hill...
It should be noted that most trailer tires (those marked ST - special trailer) are only rated for maximum sustained speed of 65mph. Those traveling at higher speeds are asking for trouble.
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And here we go again. This has been beat to death on other threads. OP does make a very good points about speed and following distance.
Although I seldom tow over 65 and usually under, I understand those that are trying to get from point A to point B and trying to stay up with traffic usually 70mph, there is no excuse to pull a trailer over 70 (and that is pushing it). I know the 65mph speed rating on ST tires, but remember that big truck tires are speed rated for 75mph and some of them go over that all the time with few issues.
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Frank, it seems like everyone has an opinion as to the safe "Towing Limit" I say opinion as I have yet to see somewhere where it say this speed is the only safe speed so do not exceed while towing.

My personal feeling is that if towing a pull behind TT the safe limit is 30 mph as too many of them end up on their side. So I believe we should tell those folks to slow down.

If pulling a 5th wheel it should be 65 mph as they are more stable.

If in a Motorhome well just go ahead and drive 70 mph as you deserve it!

My point is that each person has their own opinion and it is just that an opinion!

I really do not believe that anyone should pull faster than 70 mph, but that's just me.
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Speed rating on ST tires is 65mph, period. If I go over 65 on mine it's because I'm coasting downhill, not by design
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Old 04-19-2015, 04:25 PM   #7
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We run XPS Rib tires. 99 mph speed rating. Still run 65
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I try to tow around 60, maybe up to 65, mostly for gas mileage. I'm not concerned about the tires, they are well maintained, and dought if 5 or ten mph over there rating is going to make them fail ??
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The trick isn't towing fast, its having the brains to let faster drivers get by as soon as you can.
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I set the cruise for 63. At my age, bad things happen when I get into a hurry!
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We run XPS Rib tires. 99 mph speed rating. Still run 65

How do you like the XPS Ribs? I've been running them for almost two years and so far very happy with them. I usually tow around 65-70 mph with proper conditions otherwise slower, all depending on roads and traffic. We'll be going East of Nashville an hour or so in June so it'll be a pretty long trip and don't plan on poking around the whole way but not rush either.
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Personally, I don't care what anyone else tows at for speed. I only worry about me and if I am towing faster than you I will pass you and if you are towing faster than I am I will get passed by you. I tow at the speed I am most comfortable at and just stay in the right lane as much as I can.
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Personally, I don't care what anyone else tows at for speed. I only worry about me and if I am towing faster than you I will pass you and if you are towing faster than I am I will get passed by you. I tow at the speed I am most comfortable at and just stay in the right lane as much as I can.
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I do drive my speed and let the traffic pass me, including transports and other trailers.
That way I have no one in front and leaves me with plenty of braking space. Of I follow the traffic I need to slow down anyway because cars keep filling my opened space. It's very relaxing driving my own speed with no one in front or running away from me.
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We run XPS Rib tires. 99 mph speed rating. Still run 65
ST tires are limited to 65 MPH. LT tires are speed rated to higher speeds. However, most LT tires are not rated for trailer service. There are very few LT tires rated for trailer service. Michelin XPS is one of them, but none of the other Michelin LT tires are rated for trailer service. Goodyear makes only two expensive 16" LT tires rated for trailer service - G947 RSS Armor Max and G949 RSA Armor Max. Nobody I can find makes LT tires rated for trailer service bigger than LT235/85R16E. And nobody makes them for less than 16" wheel diameter.

You should not run LT tires on a trailer unless those tires are commercial truck tires rated for trailer service (or all position service which includes trailer service).
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