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Old 11-12-2022, 07:26 PM   #1
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Proper speed when towing trailer

I have a 2016 White Hawk 29REKS that I bought just a couple of months ago. Great trailer. I am wondering what is the ideal speed for towing it on the highway.

I donít imagine thereís any problem with driving 60-65 MPH or so. But I would like to know if there is a limit due to design of the travel trailer.
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Old 11-12-2022, 07:49 PM   #2
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The first thing to check is the speed rating on your tires. After that is comfort level. I am a solid 55 - 65 MPH guy. I build time into my trips so I don't have to push it speed wise. I always get passed by guys pulling trailers at 75 MPH +. To me and in my opinion it's not worth the risk of towing that fast.
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Old 11-12-2022, 07:50 PM   #3
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You may receive a number of opinions, but the first thing to keep in mind is that many if not most ST trailer tires have a 65 mph maximum speed rating. So, as a general rule, it is discouraged to tow faster than that. With that said, it really depends on the tow vehicle/trailer combination, traffic conditions, etc.
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You may receive a number of opinions, but the first thing to keep in mind is that many if not most ST trailer tires have a 65 mph maximum speed rating. So, as a general rule, it is discouraged to tow faster than that. With that said, it really depends on the tow vehicle/trailer combination, traffic conditions, etc.
Or, you may have Goodyear Endurance tires with an N rating (87MPH).....

Not that I recommend 87MPH, but the ST 65MPH rules isn't always the case.
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You are towing a box.
The faster you go the more often you have to feed your tow vehicle
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I have a 2016 White Hawk 29REKS that I bought just a couple of months ago. Great trailer. I am wondering what is the ideal speed for towing it on the highway.

I donít imagine thereís any problem with driving 60-65 MPH or so. But I would like to know if there is a limit due to design of the travel trailer.
Speed for the design, no, but it does depend on the load range of your tires, as mentioned above, weather and road conditions, and your comfort level.

Load range C tires have a max rating of 65 mph. We upgraded ours to the Endurance (load range D) tires when it was time to replace them. Our comfortable speed is about 62 mph. Rain soaked, or rough sections and I'll slow down accordingly. We'll never tow at the rated 87 mph, just prefer not to tow too close to the max rating. For us, it's the journey, not the destination.
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I tow our 284BHS 55 to 60 at most. Just where I feel comfortable.
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I tow our 284BHS 55 to 60 at most. Just where I feel comfortable.
Yep, good speed range, and even slower if warranted. With fuel prices so high nowadays, slower means lower fuel costs.

I was driving one rainy night in Nevada on a small 2 lane paved highway. Had to slam on my brakes to keep from hitting a herd of black angus cattle in the middle of the road, and I was only going about 30 mph. Had to change my shorts after that one. Things like that happening make you realize that the speed of stopping is more important than the speed of travel.
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the speed of stopping is more important than the speed of travel.
Or an emergency lane change.
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This is all proof to me that people on these forums represent a sliver of the towing population. I run 68-70 with my truck/FW. 9 out of 10 times, Iím the slow guy on the road. Getting passed by travel trailers, FWís, Class Aís. All of them. Horse trailers and toy haulers appear to be fastest tow. Lol.

68 is really my favorite. Thatís where my truck is happiest and I can still make an emergency slow down comfortably.
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I tow our 284BHS 55 to 60 at most. Just where I feel comfortable.
I tow in that speed range as well. Gas mileage suffers when towing and it gets dramatically worse at 65 mphand up.

Some states restrict the speed when towing to 10-15 mph under the posted speed.
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Or, you may have Goodyear Endurance tires with an N rating (87MPH).....

Not that I recommend 87MPH, but the ST 65MPH rules isn't always the case.
Or, like some of us, they could choose to run LT tires on their trailer. But, that is a conversation for a different time.
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snip...... I don’t imagine there’s any problem with driving 60-65 MPH or so. But I would like to know if there is a limit due to design of the travel trailer.
YES..., a poorly matched tow vehicle, and/or a questionable WDH rating/adjustment can affect tow vehicle handling of a travel trailer at any speed.

I would recommend a CAT scale weigh-in with your present TV/TT combination under typical loaded conditions. The CAT will confirm all your weights, proper weight distribution, WDH rating, loaded tongue weight, etc..

CAT Scale how-to: https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f...v-tt-3871.html

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It really depends on lots of factors.
Initial placement for the TT axles.
Tow vehicle capability.
TT tires
Road conditions.
I towed a 28' 5er for 6 years with a 2500 diesel LB truck and it was about as stable as my Camry running 70+ mph. I'd run 75 mph all day if it were not for the big drop in mpg's.
Fast forward to my current 31'-9600 lb TT-3500 CC LB CTD and I'm about done around 67-68 mph. It doesn't feel near as solid as the 5er did.
I only run higher speeds when conditions permit. My truck is overly adequate but the TT is not as balanced as I would like even with a 1350 lb TW.
Tires are 87 mpg GY.
Point being a properly set up tow vehicle and trailer should be able to run 65-70 mph without issue road conditions permitting.
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Mine too. 68 is perfect.
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I have a 2016 White Hawk 29REKS that I bought just a couple of months ago. Great trailer. I am wondering what is the ideal speed for towing it on the highway.

I donít imagine thereís any problem with driving 60-65 MPH or so. But I would like to know if there is a limit due to design of the travel trailer.
60-65 sounds good. What would be the reason for going faster?
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I feel the same, usually closer to 60. Mpg starts dropping off over 60-65.
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I travel 55-60 mph when towing my trailer to help mitigate a disaster should one of the trailer tires have a blowout. Saving gas by traveling a little slower is nice, but the safety factor of slower driving is my priority.
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I have a 2016 White Hawk 29REKS that I bought just a couple of months ago. Great trailer. I am wondering what is the ideal speed for towing it on the highway.

I donít imagine thereís any problem with driving 60-65 MPH or so. But I would like to know if there is a limit due to design of the travel trailer.
I pull a rzr behind my North Point so try to stay under 70
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