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Old 07-08-2015, 09:19 PM   #29
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We will be first time towing a 4 down next week. My thought was a comfortable speed would be in that 62 mpg range. We'll be in the right lane most of the way.
I wondered what others do.
The Honda CRV had a tow speed limit of 65. We generally cruse at 62 or the speed limit, which ever is lower. One exception is on 2 lane highways were everyone is pushing along at higher speeds then we will match up to 62.

The 62 MPH target also works well with the cruse control and use of the exhaust brake. The cruse control will activate the exhaust brake at 3 MPH above the cruse setting. It minimizes brake use by helping avoid exceeding 65 MPH on the down hill side of short moderate and longer slight grades.
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Old 07-08-2015, 09:23 PM   #30
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I try to stay 2-3 mph below posted speed limit with a max of around 65. Most of the time I am running with the trucks and still occasionally passing them. So do not feel I am driving too slow.
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Dear friends,
The OP has thanked us a few posts back, and states that he will try 62mph.
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The OP has thanked us a few posts back, and states that he will try 62mph.
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Interesting!
I saw that message too.
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Usually 5 mph below posted speeds, but seldom above 65. better mileage, and never in a rush.
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Interesting!
I saw that message too.

And some simply don't read the thread, Mel. Or is it an irresistible opinion magnet to them?
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And some simply don't read the thread, Mel. Or is it an irresistible opinion magnet to them?
Dave...I know you have those nice shiny, new water pistols strapped to your side. Maybe they are channeling the latest episode of "Topic Cop"?
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Since more posts seem tough on Dave and Don, I'll add another....


if 60 to 62 is IT....
why?
mpg?, too much wind noise?, too many rattles?, ????

Many said right under speed limit, well I just got back from many miles of 75 mph speed limits here in the tiny state of TexUS.
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On I-10 through west Texas, the speed limit is 80 for much of it. I drive 65.
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Since more posts seem tough on Dave and Don, I'll add another....


if 60 to 62 is IT....
why?
mpg?, too much wind noise?, too many rattles?, ????

Many said right under speed limit, well I just got back from many miles of 75 mph speed limits here in the tiny state of TexUS.
A lot of stuff has a 65 MPH towing limit. Add to that the fact that wind resistance goes up exponentially with speed. The extra 10 mph just seems awfully expensive in many ways.

The main issue seems to be heat buildup. That would seem to be a special issue for the folks with a 4 down tow and an automatic transmission in a hot part of the country.
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A lot of stuff has a 65 MPH towing limit. Add to that the fact that wind resistance goes up exponentially with speed. The extra 10 mph just seems awfully expensive in many ways.

The main issue seems to be heat buildup. That would seem to be a special issue for the folks with a 4 down tow and an automatic transmission in a hot part of the country.

Actually, heat is not an issue with a 4-down toad.
My Wrangler heats up the trans fluid more by driving it. I'm sure the others would be the same.
Tire wear and such have not been a problem for my toads at all. Not since 2001 anyways.
It only matters to HAVE a toad, and get out there.
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We have an Phaeton w/380hp Cummins/1050 ft-lbs of torque and tow a Honda CRV. There is explicit information in the Honda's owners manual about what to do before towing, how many hours and the speed limit. We try to follow what the owners manual says.

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max of 65 or less if speed limits is lower
to much happens to fast for me . so 65 is my self imposed limit.
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