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Old 11-07-2014, 09:36 PM   #1
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What is your maximum trailer towing speed?

There have been a number of threads on what speed people like to travel when towing a travel trailer. Some like 50 -55 - 60 - 75 or whatever they are comfortable with.
What is the maximum speed you have ever towed at and did you feel safe or were you on edge?
Give me your best stories!
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Old 11-07-2014, 09:46 PM   #2
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I tow at the posted speeds limits. I'm not in any hurry as I like to enjoy the drive.
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I keep it just under 65 usually. In some places I keep it under 60. I have hit >70 but won't hold it. Safety is #1. I have more than enough truck for my TT and I like it that way.
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Old 11-07-2014, 09:50 PM   #4
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With our 5er we don't drive faster than 65 mph and the average highway speed is probably close to 60 mph......never in a rush when RVing.
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Old 11-07-2014, 11:30 PM   #5
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My 5er tires are rated for 65mph max. So I try and keep it under that. I will cruise for hours at 63-65mph though. IMO tires are the limiting factor in what speed to run. I'd run 70mph if I had LT tires on the 5er. Not all the time but when circumstances permitted. I'm also quite a bit under my total max payload for all four tires too.
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Old 11-07-2014, 11:35 PM   #6
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I run truck tires on my toy hauler so speed isn't a factor but fuel mileage is so I try to keep it at 70 or under.
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Old 11-08-2014, 08:13 AM   #7
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Most ST (trailer tires) are rated for 65 MPH. I have towed at 70-75 before learning this, and have since slowed down. I noticed fuel mileage went up the slower I go. I tow 65 or less, usually 62-63, getting to 70 to pass, only when necessary.

A friend tows 70+ all the time. He had a blow out and damaged the TT and replaced the tires. He gave me 2 of his old tires and I had them mounted on rims for my 7x12 bike/cargo trailer. I used them to go to Sturgis bike week 2013. He went with me, towing another trailer. He had us going 70-75 going there and one stretch coming back about 85 mph. Right after that, I was leading, towing 75 mph and he was behind me and noticed the tire looked like it was wobbling. We pulled over to find out it was separating at the cords. I believe it was from the speed. Glad I took new spares. Those old tires lasted from Florida to Sturgis and back to Iowa. I believe if we had not towed above 75 mph, they would still be in use today.
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I have to admit that the first year I had the brandy new TT and TV and was on our way down to DisneyWorld I may have exeeded speeds of 90 mph. It was in very short bursts and only to make up time or to get around a series of trucks and slower traffic. NOW, having said that. I have to say that I was new to this at the time and did not realize that the tires of the TT are rated for not only weight but SPEED as well and they could have blown and caused a major accident all of course being my fault. There are also other variables associated with the TT itself where at those speeds you are subjecting the unit to category 2 hurricane wind forces and could loose the roof! So, YES I have learned to keep it at a reasonable speed that never reaches over 70 at times when needing to pass but always around 65 and I always keep double the distance normally in front of me. I have checked the tire rating and that speed is at the very max and if its a windy day or area I will slow down 10 miles an hour to compensate. Thats my story....
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Old 11-08-2014, 08:33 AM   #9
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Speed limit up to 65, I pulled it up to 75 for a short stretch and found no handling issues so that's my passing speed. I can't stand it when two trucks go to pass each other, one going 62 and the other going 64 and blocking traffic for two miles.
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Cruising at 60.

Up to 75 when passing, rarely.

It is too fast for my comfort zone.
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60 MPH=88 feet per sec. 75MPH= 110 feet per sec. At that speed it will take several football fields to get stopped. Maybe 1 field too many.
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60 MPH=88 feet per sec. 75MPH= 110 feet per sec. At that speed it will take several football fields to get stopped. Maybe 1 field too many.
Your post should give a lot of RV'er's something to think about. If I arrive 20 minutes later I'll be happier than arriving at the ER dept on a stretcher.
I normally travel at 55-60 and like the pace. Most of us are competitive enough without taking that tendency out on the highway.
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When traveling through California be aware that the maximum speed limit is 55 mph when towing anything.

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I have been as high as 75mph, but that is highly unusual. Normally it is between 60 and 65 on interstates and within 5mph or less below the posted speed limit on secondary roads. Try my best not to go over the posted limits, but it does happen occasionally. My 5er tires are rated for 75 mph.
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