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%
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Old 01-30-2015, 11:25 PM   #239
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I prefer to drive the speed limit when towing, no more than 10% over when towing and rarely under. Trailer is fortified with larger wheels and LT tires, and the long wheelbase diesel takes the drama out of going the posted 70mph limit.

When I had the Goodyear marathons on 15" rims, I always worried that the tires were not rated for sustained speeds over 65.
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Old 01-31-2015, 07:18 AM   #240
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I tow at 65 mph max because I am concerned that even with well-adjusted trailer brakes the 14,400# combination will not stop as easily or quickly as the 6,000# truck alone.
Fuel savings and reaction time and stopping distance- that is why I tow at 65-
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Old 01-31-2015, 07:52 AM   #241
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The sweet spot for our TV and suspension seems to be around 62-64 mph.
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Old 01-31-2015, 08:26 AM   #242
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I like to tow on the interstate at no more then 65 MPH and less if the roads are bad. On side roads I will have to fall back on that old saying "it depends" on the road. Narrow roads with no shoulders usually no more then 45 Mph otherwise about 50 to 55 MPH if the speed limit allows.
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Old 01-31-2015, 08:58 AM   #243
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Average speed you tow at?

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I tow at 65 mph max because I am concerned that even with well-adjusted trailer brakes the 14,400# combination will not stop as easily or quickly as the 6,000# truck alone.
Fuel savings and reaction time and stopping distance- that is why I tow at 65-
Yes.

A serious go through of the trailer brakes -- full voltage, ideal adjustment, etc -- and the combined rig will stop in a shorter distance.

The problem is more brake controller, tire pressure and keeping the rig in a straight line. (Thus the advantage of a VPP hitch).

We did it with our rigs in the 1970s and later. Easier now with 4Whl disc brakes on TV, but today's brake controllers can leave something to be desired compared to the old Kelsey-Hayes everyone used then.

I agree about speed. No pickup truck stops worth a darn above 65. The propensity for rollover is just that much worse.

Plus, other than ideal WD, cheap brake controller, and out of adjustment TT brakes -- all the norms of trailering -- makes for increasing problems in distance and time versus speed the faster we go.

When added to extra fuel burn with no real time savings (as if that last mattered), life is far easier below the flow of Interstate traffic.

The biggest separation distance from others is the real difference.
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Old 01-31-2015, 10:04 AM   #244
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I drive the posted speed limit up to a max speed of 65. Drive less than speed limit in traffic so folks are pulling away and opening some braking space after they try and clip my front bumper .

For our 2012 Ram 2500HD diesel, 65 mph is at peak torque of 1,650 rpm in 6th gear.
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Old 01-31-2015, 11:35 AM   #245
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We left Vt in Oct and travelled to AZ. Interstate driving the whole way. Towing a 25' Flying Cloud w/ F-150. I kept it at 58-60. At this speed the unit was very stable(even with all the big truck traffic going by) and more importantly, I got 12.5 mpg. While I have at times towed at speeds 65 or more, definitely noticed handling problems increased with the speed. Safer is better for me.
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Old 01-31-2015, 11:46 AM   #246
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I drive the posted speed limit up to a max speed of 65. Drive less than speed limit in traffic so folks are pulling away and opening some braking space after they try and clip my front bumper .

For our 2012 Ram 2500HD diesel, 65 mph is at peak torque of 1,650 rpm in 6th gear.
About the same, I don't like going over 65mph personally while towing.

When not towing... well that's a whole other story.
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Old 01-31-2015, 01:41 PM   #247
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When not towing I go the posted limit- unless it's over 70-
80-85 just feels too fast-
What if a deer runs out or someone pulls out in front of you at that speed?
Maybe I'm getting older and don't see as well, think as fast, or react as fast as I once did-
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Old 02-01-2015, 08:35 AM   #248
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When not towing, I use the Mercedes to run the posted speed limits with a max of 5 over to preclude "performance awards" typically handed out by one of the many levels of police we have today.

The truck is just that. It was not designed to corner like a Maserati.

There is AZ Hwy 191 we take in Arizona out of St. Johns north to I-40 where the 55 speed limit is, in some spots, 30mph too fast for the undulations in the road. Thus we drive to the road conditions as well.
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Old 02-01-2015, 04:36 PM   #249
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I drive under the posted limit quite often due to poor roads- pot holes, expansion joints, brick paved streets, dips/ruts in the road caused by constant heavy truck traffic-
I notice I am able to go a little faster in a sedan than in a pickup because it doesn't bob and weave and jounce and bounce nearly as much-
There is a new addition to the stable-
The 1999 Nissan Pathfinder LE blew a head gasket and is being replaced by a silver with black interior 2014 Toyota Avalon XLE. This is my next-15-years car-
No, it won't pull a Classic 30-
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Old 02-01-2015, 06:19 PM   #251
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We're pretty much the same as Lara Me except for speed limits above 70 we hang at 70ish.
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Old 10-15-2015, 01:44 PM   #252
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I prefer 55 but sometimes I'll go to 62
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