View Poll Results: your towing speed
55mph 167 13.11%
60mph 480 37.68%
65mph 450 35.32%
70mph 144 11.30%
75 mph or faster 33 2.59%
Voters: 1274. You may not vote on this poll

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 02-08-2009, 12:19 PM   #141
2 Rivet Member
 
seeleylaker's Avatar
 
1968 26' Overlander
Dillon , Montana
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 39
Images: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by ridgerunner View Post
I kind of follow the "slow it down and get there alive rule". There are just too many variables that are out of a drivers control.

I agree. 60-65 usually works for me, but it depends entirely on road and traffic conditions.
__________________

__________________
seeleylaker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-08-2009, 01:21 PM   #142
Rivet Master
 
Msmoto's Avatar

 
2015 30' International
2009 27' FB International
2007 25' Safari
Greensboro , North Carolina
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 1,502
Images: 135
HI Guys, I like these posts which go on for years... Towing with my Dodge at 60 mph gets 13 mpg. At 70 mph gets 11 mpg. Secondary roads at 55 mph... about 12.5 mpg, most likely due to start/stop driving as towns come up frequently in the Eastern US.
Interestingly enough at 60 mph in 70 zones I seem to be passed by the same people over and over. I stop every 250 - 350 miles for fuel or whatever. They must be stopping for ???
At 60 I seem to be quite relaxed and can tow for 700 miles in a day.... That is about 14 hours total time from start to finish. Includes a relaxing lunch, etc.
A few years ago I towed a motorcycle trailer to California, 5000 miles round trip, with a Porsche Cayenne Turbo. The most fun was going through the Rockies, up the side of the mountains at 80 mph, passing all the other cars breathing heavily. I am older and slower now... not wiser, just slower.... Safe travels
__________________

__________________
Happy trails and Good Luck
Ms Tommie Fantine Lauer, Greensboro, NC
AIR #31871 WBAC #4165 K4MTL

www.fantinesvoice.com
Msmoto is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2009, 04:29 AM   #143
3 Rivet Member
 
volvophile's Avatar
 
Vintage Kin Owner
colorado springs , Colorado
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 149
Images: 14
63-65 MPH is the magic point between 15 MPG and 11 MPG in our '97 F250 diesel. Only exception to the rule was in North texas in June of '07 we where watching a storm cell off to the east of us that was getting bigger.
And Biggerm, it might have had a little swirly motion to it.
I was pretty calm about it untill we got passed by a big ol' Class A diesel pusher that was blowing smoke like uncle Lew's cigar. After a quick calculation on what he was spending per second in diesel, I decided he might know something about that storm cell that I didnt and decided it was time to punch it on out of there.
You dont worry about throwing a hub, or shredding a tire when pulling a 20' Avion at 90 miles an hour because the wheels dont touch the ground.

....apears I got side tracked again.
__________________
Champagne wishes and Caviar dreams!
Budwieser budget.
volvophile is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-2009, 03:00 AM   #144
AlaskaSafari
 
AlaskaSafari's Avatar
 
1997 25' Safari
Fairbanks , Alaska
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 64
Images: 10
Send a message via MSN to AlaskaSafari
Wow... I'm starting to feel like an old fart... never mind that I AM an old fart. You guys (and gals) towing at 70 or greater scare the beejezus out of me. We drove home from Denali Park this weekend and had some fellow pass us like a bat out of heck in a little Chevy SUV towing a SOB. He had to have been doing all of 80. We blinked a couple of times and he was out of sight, wobbling all over the road. We rarely break 58 towing out little 25'... It tows like a dream but I just have no desire to push my luck should something (or someone) happen... and I'm happy with the 15+ MPG we get at that speed.
__________________
2007 Tundra Crewmax - 1997 25' Safari
AlumiGypsy Adventures Blog | @TheSpouses on Twitter | AKAV8ER on Instagram

You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment... ~ Thoreau
AlaskaSafari is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-2009, 06:49 AM   #145
3 Rivet Member
 
1969 31' Sovereign
atlanta , Georgia
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 110
Images: 6
6-70

Depending on conditions and traffic 60-70. My - 7.3L f350 gets best MPG in that range too - approx 14-15 mpg. Powerful side wind quickly gets me below 60 for safety.

J-
__________________
Atlanta, GA + Steamboat, CO
1969 31' Sovereign
http://www.klendesign.com
nunya001 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-2009, 11:59 AM   #146
Tom, the Uber Disney Fan
 
Minnie's Mate's Avatar
 
2006 30' Safari
Orlando , Florida
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 4,693
Images: 7
Quote:
Originally Posted by AlaskaSafari View Post
You guys (and gals) towing at 70 or greater scare the beejezus out of me.
Granted, if someone is driving like you described, it would scare me too, but if someone isn't swerving all over the place, I don't get it. I drive the posted speed limit on the interstate and off. On the interstate I might go 5 MPH more, but if you are scared by life, stay at home. I'm more afraid of truckers driving 80+ with 40K lbs behind them than I am a 3/4 ton truck/SUV with 10K (or less) behind it. At least most RV'ers aren't pushing their limits against fatigue, lack of sleep, or in the rare occasion on speed to make it to their next stop before the boss chews his _ _ _ out.
__________________
2006 30' Safari - "Changes in Latitudes"
2008 F-250 Lariat Power Stroke Diesel Crew Cab SWB
Family of Disney Fanatics
WBCCI# 4821
http://streaminacrossamerica.com/
Minnie's Mate is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-2009, 02:34 PM   #147
AlaskaSafari
 
AlaskaSafari's Avatar
 
1997 25' Safari
Fairbanks , Alaska
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 64
Images: 10
Send a message via MSN to AlaskaSafari
Not scared of life... I would just prefer to keep on living it. Someone (or something) pulls out in front of you, sudden stops, tire blowouts, etc. would all be bad enough at 55ish but the farther the speedo is leaning to the right, the worse it could potentially be. I'm not admonishing anyone... just sayin'... and it goes for RV'ers, truckers and frankly anyone who pushes the safety envelope where I, my wife, kids and grandkids could get caught in the crosshairs.
__________________
2007 Tundra Crewmax - 1997 25' Safari
AlumiGypsy Adventures Blog | @TheSpouses on Twitter | AKAV8ER on Instagram

You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment... ~ Thoreau
AlaskaSafari is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-2009, 04:08 PM   #148
4 Rivet Member
 
dstalzer's Avatar
 
2005 25' Classic
Austin , Texas
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 367
I pull at 60 - 65 most of the time and get around 12 - 15 MPG with my 2007 F250SD Diesel depending on wind conditions. Pushing up to 70 will drop mileage to 10.5 - 12 MPG. I have concern about the tires coming apart at too high a speed and doing a lot of damage to the AS. The tires are still like new even though my AS is 4 years old and has been towed only about 3000 miles but is stored in an enclosed garage. Also slowing down a little seems to make trips much more relaxing. After all who needs to be in a hurry when retired or on vacation?
__________________
dstalzer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-2009, 05:25 PM   #149
Tom, the Uber Disney Fan
 
Minnie's Mate's Avatar
 
2006 30' Safari
Orlando , Florida
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 4,693
Images: 7
I'm certainly not saying that anyone should tow, or drive, any faster than they feel comfortable. But, if you keep your tow vehicle and your Airstream properly maintained and your trailer's tires inflated to 65 PSI, you shouldn't have any problems with interstate speeds.

BTW, driving slow being relaxing is relative. Too long behind the wheel and I get antsy and impatient to get there.
__________________
2006 30' Safari - "Changes in Latitudes"
2008 F-250 Lariat Power Stroke Diesel Crew Cab SWB
Family of Disney Fanatics
WBCCI# 4821
http://streaminacrossamerica.com/
Minnie's Mate is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-2009, 06:41 AM   #150
Rivet Master
 
Msmoto's Avatar

 
2015 30' International
2009 27' FB International
2007 25' Safari
Greensboro , North Carolina
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 1,502
Images: 135
Fuel mileage and tow speed

Wow, these things seem to change. I just returned from a New Orleans/Houston pull and did some speed testing. I noticed when I used the exhaust brake this tended to decrease fuel mileage. If I traveled on the back roads at 55 mph with the start/stop of city traffic, fuel mileage was less than 60 mph on Interstate Highways. In my 2008 Dodge Cummins Diesel 2500 61 mph was clearly better than 62 mph. I think this has to do with the cruise and on some very steep rolling country roads a downshift would occur if I did not pay attention. Ultimately, I found my mileage has now improved to about 14.7 mpg at 61 mpg on three consecutive tanks. I bought the truck in October 2008 and the engine has 18,000 miles on it and is almost broken in. My schedule for 2009 is another 12,000 miles of pulling around the country. I am planning on full documentation of mpg in order to learn more.

Incidentally, the Bayou Segnette State Park in New Orleans is very nice and if one drives down to the Algiers Ferry and rides free across to the French Quarter one sees a totally different New Orleans. Parking in Algiers is $5 - 10 as opposed to $30 in the city.
__________________
Happy trails and Good Luck
Ms Tommie Fantine Lauer, Greensboro, NC
AIR #31871 WBAC #4165 K4MTL

www.fantinesvoice.com
Msmoto is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-2009, 11:28 AM   #151
Tom, the Uber Disney Fan
 
Minnie's Mate's Avatar
 
2006 30' Safari
Orlando , Florida
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 4,693
Images: 7
I have tried different speeds and 5 MPH has 0 affect on my fuel consumption. That's using the tow command and cruise control on fairly level terrain.
__________________
2006 30' Safari - "Changes in Latitudes"
2008 F-250 Lariat Power Stroke Diesel Crew Cab SWB
Family of Disney Fanatics
WBCCI# 4821
http://streaminacrossamerica.com/
Minnie's Mate is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-2009, 12:20 PM   #152
Rivet Master
 
Pahaska's Avatar
 
2014 Interstate Ext. Coach
Hays County , Texas
Join Date: Jun 2002
Posts: 5,819
Images: 3
Quote:
Originally Posted by Minnie's Mate View Post
I have tried different speeds and 5 MPH has 0 affect on my fuel consumption. That's using the tow command and cruise control on fairly level terrain.
On the way to Montana. last year, I tried 55 and then 60. I had measurably better results at 60, mainly because it brought the RPMs up to where the diesel was happier. There were noticeably fewer shifts out of 6th gear at 60 vs 55.

My usual cruising speed is 62-63 MPH. That is where the diesel (Duramax) seems happiest and downshifts are very few unless the terrain is quite hilly.
__________________
John W. Irwin
2014.5 Touring Coach, "Sabre-Dog IV"
WBCCI #9632
Pahaska is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-2009, 12:30 PM   #153
Tom, the Uber Disney Fan
 
Minnie's Mate's Avatar
 
2006 30' Safari
Orlando , Florida
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 4,693
Images: 7
At 55 I'm still in the 5th gear. I don't get into the overdrive (6th gear) until I'm over 65. The RPM's at 75 are the same as at 55. They aren't noticeably lower at 70. At around 68 is where they drop. At 70, the transmission tends to search for the right gear going uphill sometimes. I have to use the cruise on interstates to keep from creaping up to 80 if not paying strict attention to the speedometer.
__________________
2006 30' Safari - "Changes in Latitudes"
2008 F-250 Lariat Power Stroke Diesel Crew Cab SWB
Family of Disney Fanatics
WBCCI# 4821
http://streaminacrossamerica.com/
Minnie's Mate is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-2009, 12:44 PM   #154
Rivet Master
 
Pahaska's Avatar
 
2014 Interstate Ext. Coach
Hays County , Texas
Join Date: Jun 2002
Posts: 5,819
Images: 3
Quote:
Originally Posted by Minnie's Mate View Post
At 55 I'm still in the 5th gear. I don't get into the overdrive (6th gear) until I'm over 65.
The Allison 6-speed is a double overdrive transmission. 5th gear is the same as 5th was in the former 5-speed in my 2003.

With the Classic 28 in tow, I can be in 6th from the mid-50s up. At the lower speeds, I am more likely to drop to 5th on a mild hill. At over 60, it takes a considerable rise to force a shift down out of 6th. Some unintended downshifts occur when I am running in cruise control and encounter a sudden rise.

I like to run in manual shift in Cruise. If I see a rise coming, I touch the downshift button as soon as I hear the engine loading up. That bumps me down to 5th. As I near the top of the hill, I touch the upshift button. Nothing happens instantly, but as the load comes off the engine, a shift back into 6th will occur. This mode of operation gives me the best fuel mileage abnd I never have to touch the accelerator..
__________________

__________________
John W. Irwin
2014.5 Touring Coach, "Sabre-Dog IV"
WBCCI #9632
Pahaska is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Switches at door batt Lights - Interior & Exterior 4 10-24-2012 08:07 PM
Will It Tow It? dscluchfc Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 50 04-27-2012 07:48 PM
4CU 004 : Second Annual Spring Break at the Lake Rally Mrs Silverback WBCCI Rallies & Events 11 04-18-2012 01:59 PM
Where are you really from Melody Ranch Airstream Lifestyle 65 04-02-2012 10:20 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:42 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.