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Old 08-12-2013, 03:48 PM   #11
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When we got our TT (our first) I was wondering how fast I should pull it. I tried 65 for a while but the Expedition seemed a little happier at 60 so that's what I settled on. Recently sold the Expe for an F-350 SD which has enough "umph" to hit 80 or 85 without breaking a sweat but fortunately I read this forum and soak up the combined knowledge. On our last outing I wasn't tempted to even go 65.
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Old 08-12-2013, 04:44 PM   #12
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When we got our TT (our first) I was wondering how fast I should pull it. I tried 65 for a while but the Expedition seemed a little happier at 60 so that's what I settled on. Recently sold the Expe for an F-350 SD which has enough "umph" to hit 80 or 85 without breaking a sweat but fortunately I read this forum and soak up the combined knowledge. On our last outing I wasn't tempted to even go 65.
Your fuel costs will make you very happy in any tow vehicle but particularly in a diesel below 65mph.
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Old 08-13-2013, 09:00 AM   #13
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Your fuel costs will make you very happy in any tow vehicle but particularly in a diesel below 65mph.
Oh yeah, that's the other thing I noticed. :wink:
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Old 08-13-2013, 02:29 PM   #14
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This picture documents the fastest trailer pulling I am aware of:

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This also illustrates the importance of making sure your load is secure...because the trailer WAS loaded to start. :Embarrass:
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Old 08-13-2013, 03:11 PM   #15
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I had 8 (eight) ST tires failures on my previous travel trailer over a period of 6 years.

The first 3 were North American made Goodyear Marathon 15" load range D tires. After conversations with a Goodyear exec, they sent 4 new Goodyear Marathon load range D tires, also made in North America.

I was not overloaded. I weighed the rig multiple times and have RVSEF documentation to prove individual wheel weights.

I checked the tire pressure before every tow.

I never towed in excess of 65 mph.

Less than 2 years later, 2 of the replacement Marathon ST's D's had failed.i replaced those with Carslile ST load range E. Over the next 2 years, 3 of those failed.

When those failed I replaced them one at a time with Maxxis ST E's. Never had a Maxxis fail.

I'm disgusted the tire manufacturers blame this on the consumer. I did everything according to the book and still had problems. Maybe it's because I live in Texas and the pavement is hot (almost all failures occurred on hot days). Maybe it's because I tow 10K miles per year.

I think the ST tires are poorly designed and made as cheaply as possible to keep costs down.

When I ordered my current 5th wheel I specified 17.5" commercial Michelin LT tires. I'm confident I won't have the same problems with these LT tires.
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Even though I am a big Maxxis tire fan, the new Carlisle RH are getting high marks for a new tire at about $70 apiece. Will have to wait and see if they hold up as well as the Maxxis.

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Another benefit of a tire monitoring system like TST is that you can monitor the tire temperature. If it is a real hot day and the temperature of the tire starts to get to max temperature you can slow down and reduce the temperature.
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Old 08-24-2013, 11:45 PM   #18
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Come on out to Saskatchewan and Alberta if you want to see TT getting towed at high speeds. Young men, with their families aboard, seem to need to show everybody just how fast their big (insert truck make and model here) will pull the trailer.

The tires on our 197 need to be replaced. They are el cheapo tires as supplied on the trailer when it was new. It has maybe 8000 kms/5000 miles on it.
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