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Old 11-26-2013, 11:11 PM   #183
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You are all right about it being logical to drive slow, but it drives me crazy. If I were to drive I-5 at 55 which is the posted limit for cars with trailers in California, I would go crazy and probably get rear ended. That highway is as straight as an arrow and the traffic is going 80.

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Old 11-27-2013, 05:09 AM   #184
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I have found that while pulling a trailer following the posted speed limit is quite comfortable. Exceptions being straight as an arrow I-5 and then usually never over 60-62.

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Old 11-27-2013, 12:22 PM   #185
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No- you won't get rear ended- they will go around you.
I have towed for many years and many hundreds thousands of miles at under 65 and I have never been rear ended in that scenario-
I have been rear ended twice- once at a stop sign and once in bumper to bumper stop and go slow moving rush hour traffic- that time the trailer was actually rear ended-
Reason for those wrecks? I hesitate to say accident because neglect is intentional-
Distracted driving, driving under the influence, speeding, following too closely, unnecessary lane changes, poor judgment, poor planning, not leaving the house in time to get to work on time, lack of patience, one car length means something to them regardless of the risk or danger/injury /death/property damage- whatever/who knows-
But towing at under 65 does not cause wrecks/crashes/collisions- distracted/bad driving does-
You can't fix stupid-
You cannot over compensate for every dangerous/stupid thing that every bad/irresponsible driver does-
The best thing to do is pay attention, stay awake, and obey the rules of the road even when it seems you are the only motorist doing so-
My personal reason for towing under 65 is to save gas/money and there ain't nothin' anyone can say or do to change my mind-
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Old 11-27-2013, 02:19 PM   #186
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...after around 22,000 miles towing with my (almost) new trailer, I find myself towing at 62 most of the time. IF there are 6 lanes and I'm in a city, I tend to stay in the middle lane to avoid having to deal with the on-ramp folks who have not seemed to learn to get their speed up to merge into traffic. I lived in SoCal for 8 years....and in MY opinion, they get the award for the most courtesy in doing this. Of course, you can also go to Texas -- where I photographed this speed limit sign last summer. I did NOT obey it, either!
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Old 11-27-2013, 02:55 PM   #187
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That principal- using the center lane- is called using "the lane of least resistance"-
The right lane is for cars entering and exiting the roadway-
The left lane is for those who wish to go around your Airstream going 62mph...
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Old 11-30-2013, 01:11 PM   #188
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Originally Posted by interstateflyer View Post
Closer to 55 if temps are over 90F on the flats.
55 in mountains. As a general rule of thumb....downhill shouldn't exceed uphill speed.
55-65 for us, too ...
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Old 12-02-2013, 05:55 PM   #189
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towing at 55 to 60 MPH

Here's something i would like to throw out there..

How many, while towing, keep tabs on the wind direction and speed. Even in my car i try to make sure i know the wind direction and if running into or quartering the wind i try to get behind a tractor trailer or SUV to break the wind and run at that speed for a while.. some guys are running 65-70 in big trucks so loosing time is not a concern.

now if i am going down wind i will jump the speed to make a bit better time..

I can see the same idea when towing.. into wind slower speed 55-60 and down wind bumping it up a bit to like 65.

on that note of driving slower...
I see a white blinking light on the back of school buses in my area.. would that be a good idea on back of TT just to call attention to you on the road?
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Old 12-02-2013, 06:36 PM   #190
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I think a big, silver trailer is pretty easy to spot on the highway.

Wind, I generally only care if there's a strong crosswind. Headwind you'll feel in the fuel milage, but not dramatically so in my experience - after all, it's an Airstream and the aerodynamic design really shines there.

I generally tow at 55 to 60, so wind doesn't really make that much of a difference to me.
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Old 12-02-2013, 07:08 PM   #191
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Sorry Carl. I can't buy into the logic of trailing that close behind a tractor-trailer. In my opinion you'd need to sooooo close to them to benefit that it would be negligently unsafe. So for me it's not that important and I simply will keep my safe following distances.

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Old 12-02-2013, 07:25 PM   #192
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As far as wind is concerned external to the towing vehicle, any breeze coming 91 degrees to 269 degrees relative to the direction of travel might add add a fractional improvement in gas milage. The rest of the circle in front is increasing relative wind speed and thus increases drag.

The wind inside the towing vehicle can increase passenger discomfort.
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Old 12-02-2013, 08:45 PM   #193
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When towing a utility trailer or the Airstream I've always found that it is best to heed the recommended speed on the exit ramps. Some of those can quickly get pretty steep/sharp and I don't want to be hitting the brakes in a curve.
When driving a car you can usually do about 10 mph over the recommended speed and not have any troubles.
Normally the recommended speeds seem pretty reasonable because the road departments are trying to warn the driver of adverse road condition or a section of road when the driver should take a bit more caution.
The other consideration here is that braking causes any combination vehicle to lose the "rigidity" it has when under power, the alignment that one follows the other.

Speed limits on exit ramps can be seen as a short transition between highway travel speed and frontage road speed . . but the lower, posted speed has to do with taking those curves, changes stops and oncoming traffic while under power, sort of accelerating onto the frontage road, but sort of not.

Braking and snaking is one really bad combo. Look to the death of another Hollywood actor recently where the transition was from 45-mph to 15-mph . . and leaking power steering may have contributed. Not just in changing steering wheel response, but in possibly a slick on brakes, tires, roadway, etc.

The exit ramp speed has more to it than first appears. Good habits are those born of caution. And life is easier when ones driving in inclement weather on broken surfaces, at night, on an obsolete road is little different, if at all, from the most modern Interstate, at high noon, with zero traffic, etc.

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Old 12-12-2013, 06:52 PM   #194
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We have just changed over to a ProPride hitch, leaving behind our Reese equalizer thing. Before, the hitch definitely gave us limitations on speed. We just could not comfortably exceed 65 --ever. Now the hitch is not the limitation --but just overall safety is the boundary. I'm convinced you just need as much space and time as possible to avoid those crazy things that happen --flying rubber, crazy lanes changes in front of you --we even had to avoid a lost bumper in our lane. I prefer 60 or so, slower if too many folks are close by. Remember what you weigh --we are about 12 thousand pounds rolling down the road --nimble we are not.
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Old 12-13-2013, 06:47 AM   #195
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I have always been a slower then most driver and rarely exceed 60-62. I discovered that in the hills and mountains following the posted speed limit is quite comfortable. What's the rush?
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Old 12-13-2013, 09:37 AM   #196
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This will help you decide safe speed.

The higher your expectations the fewer your options.
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