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Old 10-16-2014, 10:40 PM   #1
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Highway speeds

Noticed speed signs saying .....
Max. 75
Trucks 65
Towing 65

Asked a state trooper about Class A towing a toad.
I was informed that the "towing speed" applied to me.
He also said that fivers and trailers also fell under that
category.
I always wondered why people towing fivers thought
the "MAX" speed applied to them.
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Old 10-16-2014, 10:58 PM   #2
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I always wondered why people towing fivers thought
the "MAX" speed applied to them.
Which fiver drivers are you referring to? Those I'm acquainted with are well aware that since they're towing, the "towing speed" applies to them-?
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Old 10-17-2014, 07:01 AM   #3
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Many of us do NOT follow the max speeds anyway. I have found my cruise set to about 62 gives me the best fuel economy. Since we are FT and retired we are not generally in a hurry to get where we're going.

I do not plan on more than about 250 miles per day anyway so usually 5 to 6 hours driving will get us to our destination.
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Old 10-17-2014, 08:51 AM   #4
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Why would you expect drivers towing a 5W to be any different than other drivers, some of whom routinely exceed speed limits? Some will drive faster, some slower, and some right on the money.
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Old 10-17-2014, 08:57 AM   #5
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There is always a segment of drivers who are not going to obey the speed limit no matter what they are driving. But we have over the years had RVs of all types blow by us like we are standing still. I always hope I don't see them lying on their side farther down the road
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Old 10-17-2014, 09:35 AM   #6
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60MPH is my spot.
No reason to go faster!
Like seeing the country.
We stay off interstates as much as possible.
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Old 10-17-2014, 09:39 AM   #7
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Noticed speed signs saying .....
Max. 75
Trucks 65
Towing 65

Asked a state trooper about Class A towing a toad.
I was informed that the "towing speed" applied to me.
He also said that fivers and trailers also fell under that
category.
I always wondered why people towing fivers thought
the "MAX" speed applied to them.
What makes you think that some MH drivers with toad, and I said some, don't think they fall into the "max" category? Some drivers do the speed limit, others don't.
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Old 10-17-2014, 09:40 AM   #8
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Many of us do NOT follow the max speeds anyway. I have found my cruise set to about 62 gives me the best fuel economy. Since we are FT and retired we are not generally in a hurry to get where we're going.............
X2. We also travel at 62.

We even get 20% better mileage towing at 55 MPH, but I it is just too slow on an interstate.
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Old 10-17-2014, 10:18 AM   #9
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Speed limits are the maximum legal allowable speed under ideal conditions. There is no minimum speed unless posted.

I drive at my optimal speed on any highway (including interstates) and stay in the right lane (or the lane to the left of the right lane if there are 3 or more lanes). Traffic seems to be able to flow around me without stacking up.

I also try to time transiting urban centers to miss rush hours. There is too much stop and go for my comfort level.

At 8 mpg I am paying at least my share of the taxes that should be used to build and maintain roadways.
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If I remember correctly, max speed for towing here in Michigan is the same as not towing. 70mph. Do I drive at 70? Yes. Do I pull our 5er at 70? No.
Speed limit for semis is 60 and most of them do between that and 65. I fall in with them.
We're still working so we can't get more than several hours away at a time. And, I'm not sure what our tires are speed rated for anyway.
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Old 10-17-2014, 01:08 PM   #11
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I always wondered why people towing fivers thought
the "MAX" speed applied to them.
In all my years of rv'ing from a small pop-up to our current 43' motor home, I've had all kinds of rv's pass me at much higher speeds. Idiots aren't regulated to just 5ers, they come in all sizes and types.

I too tend to keep my speed close to 60...sometimes a couple of mph higher, sometimes a couple of mph slower...mostly depends upon traffic, weather, and terrain.

Here in California, I'm required by law to observe the 55mph laws....however, I still travel at my regular speed and I've never had a LEO look twice at me. In the states where speed limits are 70 to 80 with no restrictions for trucks or towing, I still travel at my regular speed.

I just disregard those idiots that run down the highway in their rv's that are clearly ignoring the laws and the safety of others. I'm much better off with them in front of me anyway.

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Old 10-17-2014, 01:35 PM   #12
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We were heading out west and it seems like we were usually the slowest RV on the road. 65 is right in my sweet spot of 1750 Rpm. I get good mileage and feel completely in control. It seemed like every time a TT or 5vre passed us the trailer was swaying horribly. I really don't see how someone could be comfortable with that trailer swerving all over at 75mph.
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What's the rush anyway with RV driving? Your suppose to enjoy the time, not rush into it. You speeders just keep on speeding by me, I'll watch you up the road and hope your crashing doesn't cut me off to my destination.
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I've never worried about other people's towing speeds.

Really non of my business.
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