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Old 11-19-2013, 07:51 PM   #155
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I have also towed through Atlanta many times at the posted speed limit...
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Old 11-19-2013, 10:50 PM   #156
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So reading this thread I'm getting the clear idea that trailering in the the west, north, and east is easy to do a sensible 55 to 60 due to local habits. But in the south, particularly Texas and Georgia, one must drive at 80 or faster or be at risk of a rear ender (and my rig probably won't even go that fast). My trailer wheels are rated at 65, and probably yours, so how do those living in the south reconcile the dilemma?

Also, is gas so cheap?
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Old 11-19-2013, 11:32 PM   #157
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I will disagree with Perry...I commute to tuscaloosa every day....been doing it for 6 years...in my VW TDI if I go slower I get better mileage and because I have about 7 traffic lights to get through once off my exit, there is essentially no difference in time to work...the lights dictate it all..

As such, I go 65....at 65 people whiz by me pretty regularly on 20/59 between birmingham...but the far left lane folks are mostly 75-80mph...only the occasional 80+ person....lots of police and if you hit above 80 they are ready to pick you up.

There are not really that many 90mph folks around birmingham....one can easily go 60-65 in this area and not be much of an obstruction and on many of the major roads and there are quite enough folks that go that slow that it aint a game changer for the 75-80mph folks...most of the interstates here through B-ham are 3 lanes...very easy for faster traffic to keep going fast.....although boy in bama we have a pretty strong contingent of left lane pokers

Contrast that with I95 between DC and philly.....posted as 55 or 60mph and people flow at 80mph and do so close together.....if you try to go 55mph there it would seemingly be quite awkward in ways....but then again, so would 70mph even on parts of that road.
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Old 11-19-2013, 11:59 PM   #158
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Traffic lights, "the Great Equalizers"... Truly dislike the "poor coordination" on them.

Here in Texas the "traffic engineers" time them all to maximize "camera revenue".. They also only let one side of traffic move at a time on two plus turn lane roads. Creepy.
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Old 11-20-2013, 01:23 AM   #159
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Are there any other states like California that have two speed limits on the highways. One for cars and another for cars or trucks with trailers? Trailers and big rigs are supposed to go no faster than 55, but the speed limit for cars is 70. I've always thought this was unsafe, and it would seem most of the big rigs and trailers do to since I very rarely ever see any of them going 55. I know I don't.
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Old 11-20-2013, 07:31 AM   #160
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Texas does on interstates.
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Old 11-20-2013, 08:48 AM   #161
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So reading this thread I'm getting the clear idea that trailering in the the west, north, and east is easy to do a sensible 55 to 60 due to local habits. But in the south, particularly Texas and Georgia, one must drive at 80 or faster or be at risk of a rear ender (and my rig probably won't even go that fast). My trailer wheels are rated at 65, and probably yours, so how do those living in the south reconcile the dilemma?

Also, is gas so cheap?
"In the south, particularly Texas and Georgia" there are many many things, that are done differently than they are in the west, north and east.

The cheapness of gas is relative to what value you place on other things. However, I may be wrong, but I am pretty sure that everywhere it is cheaper than California.

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Old 11-20-2013, 09:35 AM   #162
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But in the south, particularly Texas and Georgia, one must drive at 80 or faster or be at risk of a rear ender (and my rig probably won't even go that fast). My trailer wheels are rated at 65, and probably yours, so how do those living in the south reconcile the dilemma? Also, is gas so cheap?
Gas here is $3.95 most places and down in the $3.80s if you look around.

Gas price does not affect my towing speed in the least. I towed at the same speed when diesel was near $5/a gallon a few years ago.

I tow the 80 mph stretches of I-10 the same as I tow every other road, 60 to 65. There is an occasional semi doing maybe 75 on I-10, but the road is fairly straight and traffic is light on the high-speed stretches. I even pass an occasional semi running at 65, or even 62 on I-10.

I see far less hazard in a 20 mph speed differential running on the high-speed stretches of I-10 than I do stopped at a traffic light with someone braking from highway speed behind me.
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Old 11-20-2013, 09:47 AM   #163
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I try to stay below 70. I prefer to stay around 65 MPH. I think at 55 I would fall a sleep. If I only have 200 miles to go in a day my speed would drop and I would try to stay off interstates. I think Huntsville drivers at rush hour are worse than Birmingham. Try to avoid all cities at rush hour. It is not safe to be in a tank in that situation much less pulling a trailer.


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Old 11-20-2013, 10:22 AM   #164
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Re: our tires being rated to 65 mph or less..... yes. And these days, a lot of tires are made in China......
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I am curious to slide tangent the conversation and ask the team what they think about speed and highway on/off-ramps? How often do you find a ramp, when it declares 25 MPH actually means it in your towing configuration?
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I am curious to slide tangent the conversation and ask the team what they think about speed and highway on/off-ramps? How often do you find a ramp, when it declares 25 MPH actually means it in your towing configuration?
Do you mean that you think the 25mph is too high for towing and set for cars, or too low and designed more for high-sided vehicles with a high centre of gravity?
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Old 11-21-2013, 09:29 AM   #167
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Do you mean that you think the 25mph is too high for towing and set for cars, or too low and designed more for high-sided vehicles with a high centre of gravity?
Sorry, no - I am asking how realistic these posted signs are for individuals towing their airstreams; do they find they need to be bang on target to the reccommendation or what level of wiggle room they find they have.

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How often do you find a ramp, when it declares 25 MPH actually means it in your towing configuration?
If I was towing a slab-sided SOB teetering on beam axles and springs, I would pay stricter attention to those limits. With the Airstream, I simply look at the ramp ahead to set my speed unless the sign shows something like 10 or 15 mph. In those cases, I suspect there may be a hazard that I might not see as I enter the ramp and I slow down, but never to ridiculously slow speeds like 10 or 15 mph.
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