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Old 10-28-2013, 06:09 PM   #51
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Well I'm glad to see most of us take our time. There is times we have all went a little to fast towing. It is not worth the problems driving to fast, also do you really think the travel trailer was built to go down the road that fast. You know what else is scary seeing an undersized tow vehicle towing a trailer to big for it.
In my case my TV wasn't undersized. I was pulling a 7500# trailer with a 1 ton long box crew cab truck. That truck was capable of pulling a trailer twice the weight of my old setup. The freeway was empty because it was a holiday.

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Old 01-27-2014, 09:57 AM   #52
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65, sometimes hit 70ish when passing.
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Old 01-27-2014, 11:05 AM   #53
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60mph for me. Even when my truck isn't towing I drive the speed limit of 65. If I'm towing, its 60; if I'm on a road I can get away w/ doing less on I will. I'm in no rush when I have a load hitched up behind me.
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Old 01-27-2014, 12:34 PM   #54
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I would prefer 60. Coming North out of the Grapevine I stuck it at 65, not for vehicles but for the semis doing 70-75. I hated the feeling of a semi closing the distance that quickly so I sped up to counter. Tour buses by far were the worst - 80 mph at least.
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Old 01-27-2014, 01:54 PM   #55
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I usually drive around 65 or the speed limit, whichever is less, when towing and the speed limit when solo. I will slow down if road, weather, or traffic conditions warrent it. I like to leave a long distance between me and anyone in front of me for extra stopping distance.
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Old 01-27-2014, 07:18 PM   #56
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So I was driving down a regular two lane road. Was driving 60 mph on the road. I noticed a truck towing a camper coming up behind me. Now its real cold and some snow on the roads. He blew by me in a non passing zone like I was standing still. The trailer was about a 24 footer. When he returned to his lane the trailer swayed back and forth. I thought he was gonna lose it, but he managed to take right back off. Anyway about 14 miles down that road, I saw him off the side of the road. He had a blowout on the driver side of the camper. I did pull over to see if I could help. I pulled my truck behind the camper and turned on my overhead light bar. Loaned him a jack and tools to change the tire. Then I noticed he had a toddler in the back seat. I had all to do not to say anything,or ask why he was driving so fast. The trailer was a fiberglass palimino and the tire did cause damage to the siding. The guy was more mad about that, instead of thinking what really could have happened. He did not even recognize that my truck was the one he passed. I took a look at rest of his tires, the trailer itself was in nice shape, but the tires were severely dry rotted and cracked. He had a spare when he installed it, it looked like a bald donut and was half flat. He said well that should get me home. Not sure
where home was for him, but he just gave me a quick hand shake and took right back off. Hope he made it home safe.

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Old 01-27-2014, 08:40 PM   #57
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Similar thing happened to us around Christmas with a different result.

We came over a hill and saw the trailer on the side of the road on it's side with debris strewn all over and a lot of skid marks.
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Old 01-28-2014, 08:30 AM   #58
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Those two anecdotes scare me more than enough to keep my speed down. Generally 65 is my max not only for safety's sake, but for fuel economy. And I'm typically only going that fast to build up a little momentum for a coming incline or while towing on nice, flat, straight road. I used to complain to no end when the limit would drop going through small towns in rural Texas, but when I'm towing I'm more than happy to comply with even the most ridiculously low speed limits. I just can't think of a situation when going faster would be anywhere close to worth the risk.

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Old 01-28-2014, 08:48 AM   #59
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I want to know who puts the sign on the back of my trailer every time we head out that says;



because it happens every time we hook up
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55 on two lane roads and about 65 on freeways and interstates unless speed limit is lower. Condition of roads also make a difference. Anything over 65 really begins to dig into the mileage


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