Curious about your tow speed

Discussion in 'On The Road' started by DaveWo, Jul 27, 2013.

  1. BaysideJim

    BaysideJim Member

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    Just FYI 65 is the maximum speed limit while towing a trailer in every state and there are quite a few that have lower limits, some as low as 55.
     
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    I drive 70-75. my tires are rated for 81. I do have 15's so theyre not spinning at a ridiculous rate.
     
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    I'm with xxxapache. In Texas the only towing speed limit that I've ever heard of is that vehicles being towed either on trailers or on tow trucks (not normal towed trailers) are subject to a lower limit, something like 10 under or maybe a max of 65.
     
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    There is an article that’s frequently shared on social media that tries to say this. It is so full of incorrect and misinformation that I don’t feel it’s responsible to even link to it here.

    The best bet is to research any state you’re going to towing in and look up their laws specifically. Compilated lists are nice, but may not be correct or up to date.
     
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    Not towing my 2014 f150 gets a out 21mpg on the highway . Towing my latest popup I got about 15 at 65 I find doing 65 even empty lets the other drivers get to the traffic jam quicker.
     
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    60 in CA, 65 max if there is no towing speed limit and I never have to drive with 1 eye in the mirror looking for the popo. I get about 12 mpg in the EX until I hit the hills, the F150 slightly higher.

    My old TT's were 8-10 with either vehicle.

    Adam
     
  8. NothingsChocking

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    I drive 70 and get 15-16 mpg unless it is hilly or windy.
     
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    I plead "no contest", Your Honor.

    Rt. 2 in central MA between Orange and Greenfield is mostly single lane with very few passing areas. To avoid holding up other traffic on a clear day I went with the prevailing flow, which a few times was nearly 80 in a posted 55. Where was passing permitted, or where there were slow truck lanes, I was well to the right and doing not more than 55 to permit others to pass me.
    Once back to multi-lane divided highway in each direction I kept right and kept to the posted.
     
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    50 - 55 tops, and my f-250 outweighs my camper by a lot. but things can happen especially with little older campers and my family is in the truck.
     
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    First time I towed a pop up, a rented Starcraft behind my 2000 Ford Ranger 6cyl 5spd, I was doing the speed limit, 75mph, for all of 5 miles before it gave me the heebie jeebies really bad.... I slowed down to 60 in the right lane and just enjoyed the drive the rest of the way there and back...

    Since then I have gotten a bigger truck, with massively upgraded brakes, trailer brake controller etc... and I still do 60 mph as I don't really trust the trailer...

    Not a pop up owner yet, but don't anticipate speeding up with an owned pop up any more than a rental.
     
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    With the pup I drove whatever the speed limit was wherever; 70 on Interstate etc. Now, having gone to the dark side, I’m more conservative with that giant parachute behind me. Right hand lane is best for me now.
     
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    60.
     
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    I'll do 75 to 80 when the speed limit is 75. I've got good tires, and a way-oversized tow vehicle, plus trailer weight where it should be. Now, that's on the open road. As soon as there's traffic, I won't drive like my SHO; I'll pretty much keep in the right two lanes and do the prevailing speed there.
     
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    My tires are rated to 75. I try to keep it 70 or under unless passing or other brief periods. If it's a particularly long trip on freeways I may creep closer to 75.

    We drove out to South Dakota in July, about 8 hours not counting stops. I checked several times along the way and the tires and bearing covers weren't even warm to the touch.
     
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    75mph max , but not sustained. On interstates i tend to keep to 70-72mph. I also check bearing and tire temp at each stop and never found anything to worry about.
     
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    How do you find out the mph rating for tires?
     
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    I watch RPM's, try to keep them under 2,000. Usually 60-65.
     
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    Should be stamped on the tire. If not google the tire for specs.
     
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    @barrientosbunch On one set of pup tires, I had to call the company, since I couldn't find a listing. I think I found the listing of our most recent ones on the TT (Goodyear Endurance) on etrailer, which included the speed rating.
    While we don't drive at the rated speed, having a bit of extra rating is nice.
     
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