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Old 11-04-2019, 10:08 AM   #1
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Toad Towing Speeds!!

I have a 2017 F150 4x4 that I am wanting to toad, my concerns are what speeds are some of you with a similar toad traveling? MPH? Also, what speeds are you reducing to prior to steep grades with your toad? I am heading to Arizona next month and just learning/ planning ahead.. thanks for any advice.

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Old 11-04-2019, 10:20 AM   #2
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2010 Mercury Mariner hybrid. I do not tow faster than 65 mph. When going down a grade, go down the same speed you went up.

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Old 11-04-2019, 10:44 AM   #3
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I tow at about the same speeds I would drive without the toad, but mine is a somewhat lighter Geo Tracker. I usually go 70 on "flatter" interstates, sometimes a little faster to get away from "gaggles", and whatever speed is rational on smaller roads.

I would think it would be pertinent to try different speeds until you find what is comfortable for you, unless there are speed restrictions on the vehicle being towed. Our tracker has those, but I added a driveshaft disconnect to prevent that from being a consideration.

On grades I'm not familiar with I approach with caution. Sometimes it's easier to go to a higher gear if you are too low than to go to a lower one. I would prefer to err on the side of caution when going down hills. No problems in 41+ years with RV's.

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Old 11-04-2019, 11:40 AM   #4
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On 4-lane highways I tow at 62 MPH, which is the "sweet spot" for our coach. It maintains the speed better up and down hills at that setting. On 2-lane roads I drive 55 MPH, or less if it's a bad road!

The owner's manual for most vehicles that are towable 4-down state a maximum towing speed of 65 MPH.
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Old 11-04-2019, 12:23 PM   #5
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We towed an F150 for four years, the presence or absence of the toad was not a factor in speeds driven generally. That toad has no speed restrictions unlike some others.
Often we drive 55-62 for fuel economy, but at times on roads with higher speed limits we may roll with the flow of traffic. Which may be 75 or so in some places.
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2015 Malibu is supposed to be towed no faster than 65 mph which isn't a problem for me as I prefer to stay at 60-62 mph.
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2018 F150. I just drive five under the speed limit. Use cruise control a lot and tow/haul mode. RV will go up and down hills and handle it just fine. Occasionally, have to pass up slower vehicles and will find myself at or slightly over the speed limit. The RV seems to take hills better than most semi trucks.
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Old 11-04-2019, 01:02 PM   #8
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For us the toad makes no difference. WE try to maintain 65 on the interstate and 55 on other roads.
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Old 11-04-2019, 02:23 PM   #9
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Check your ford owners manual and it should specify the speed for towing 4 down. I’ve had several vehicles that set the toad speed to 65.
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This is all great info, will proceed with caution and look for the comfortable point!! Click image for larger version

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You should be fine up to the legal tow speed limit.
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Old 11-06-2019, 11:19 PM   #12
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You should be fine up to the legal tow speed limit.
That would be 80 mph in several states and 85 mph on TX toll road.
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Previous toweds had a 65 mph limit, present Jeep has no limits. I usually run about 62 anyway but it's nice not to have to worry about the towing limit.
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I just roll with the traffic in the slow lane at 65 plus or minus a couple. I don't feel comfortable at over 70 and feel like a road block at under 60. On secondary roads I drive the speed limit if the road and weather conditions permit.

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