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Old 11-07-2014, 05:33 PM   #1
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How fast do you tow your TT?

I know there are some strong opinions on this for any number of great reasons, primarily tire ratings, etc.
The main reason I ask is that I find it almost more dangerous to tow too slow on modern interstates than slightly "too fast". The question is, what is that speed for you? This will largely depend on where you live, too.

Most big-rigs already think of RVs as rolling roadblocks to screw with at every opportunity, and Heaven forbid you try to pass one... I do understand why, given how some people hit the road (i.e. overloaded, nervous and inexperienced)

As a very general rule of thumb: with good weather, low traffic and low wind, I'll cruise comfortably at 75mph (where legal) and pick off the big-rigs on the uphills if they are moving at similar speed.
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What tires are on the trailer?
ST tires are rated for 65 mph max

I tow at 55-60....stay off the big highways if I can
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Old 11-07-2014, 06:35 PM   #3
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60. ill add this cause the message was to short
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Old 11-07-2014, 06:50 PM   #4
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I try to stay around 60 for safety, the tires and for the fuel mileage.
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You are one of the people I try to stay away from.
Too bad you are not behind your trailer and seeing
what it does at 75 MPH

Hope your insurance is good
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You are one of the people I try to stay away from.
Too bad you are not behind your trailer and seeing
what it does at 75 MPH

Hope your insurance is good
Right, the question was about what you do and why, not your opinion of what others do.
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Old 11-07-2014, 07:42 PM   #7
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I love the sound of my truck towing our 26 foot Timber Ridge doing 60 mph/100kph at 1700rpm. It really is the sound of money being saved by not driving faster. DW is in the co-pilot's chair knitting, reading or planning our day. She's only got 20 more months of having to work and we'll be doing more of this together.
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I try to stay 60 to 65. Better economy. You can add more pressure to a Goodyear Marathon to go 75 if you want. They have a service bulletin on this on their website. Be sure you don't exceed maximum psi on your wheels.
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Old 11-07-2014, 09:30 PM   #9
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I prefer 60 mph. Those driving faster are a menace to other traffic. If you have a problem and need to take evasive action and you are going 75 good luck.
I normally let the speed demons go ahead and relax when traveling.
I am on vacation! I don't need to be unsafe and risk my life and those around me.
Most people over estimate the control they have when towing.
My plan is to enjoy the trip as much as any other part of the vacation. Don't want to add stress when unnecessary.
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You are one of the people I try to stay away from.
Too bad you are not behind your trailer and seeing
what it does at 75 MPH

Hope your insurance is good
And i am sure you feel like you are the best at everything.
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Old 11-08-2014, 10:36 AM   #11
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I do 60-65mph and I'm in Texas where I10 is 80mph and TX136 in Austin is 85mph. There's a reason why there are two or more lanes.
Also, I have no problem with the OP towing at 75mph. He's got a big truck and shorter trailer. If he's got the right tires and properly adjusted WDH then I bet he's just as stable as I am at 65mph. Heck the big rigs here will blow your doors off if you're driving 70mph and that's even with them towing doubles.
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I tow at 55-60....90 to 100 k
This speed is uphill and on the level....better fuel economy so saves me money on fuel and I'm in no hurry.
What's the rush...life is too short.

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I know there are some strong opinions on this for any number of great reasons, primarily tire ratings, etc.
The main reason I ask is that I find it almost more dangerous to tow too slow on modern interstates than slightly "too fast". The question is, what is that speed for you? This will largely depend on where you live, too.

Most big-rigs already think of RVs as rolling roadblocks to screw with at every opportunity, and Heaven forbid you try to pass one... I do understand why, given how some people hit the road (i.e. overloaded, nervous and inexperienced)

As a very general rule of thumb: with good weather, low traffic and low wind, I'll cruise comfortably at 75mph (where legal) and pick off the big-rigs on the uphills if they are moving at similar speed.
Some generalizations made in this post that I do not agree with.

I drive my speed and let others drive theirs, especially on twinned highways.

On two lane highways my 60 - 62 mph speed is at or near the speed limit. It is a speed that is legal and I feel comfortable with. I will let traffic by when possible.

I have often been passed by pickups towing TT at high rates of speed. One only has to watch how twitchy many of the trailers are when steering corrections are made in the TV to wonder what the rush is. I have had a number of instances where the same units will pass me two or three times during the day.
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I tow at the posted speed limit.
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