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Old 12-02-2016, 04:53 PM   #1
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Okay, I'm going to ask a question that can possibly result in a litany of various rants, commentary, and the like, but what the heck....here goes.

May I also preface my question with the point that I have a Class B license....nothing special about that; I'm only noting that I have a commercial license, but I'm not a Class A trucker.

In California, there is a maximum speed for towing of 55mph...many of you may already know that. But in many other states, there are no such prohibitions. I don't know of any other state where the truckers and folks pulling a trailer are held to 55mph on a wide open interstate highway. In most of the states I've traveled (in a car) trucks pulling trailers can run as fast as the cars can, and if memory serves me correctly, in Montana, for instance, that can approach 70, maybe 80mph.

Now I'm NOT looking to become Smokey and the Bandit with a trailer, but for those of you who've pulled before, at what speed have y'all comfortably pulled when the law allows? 65?? 70??

Of course, I'm NOT looking for input that cautions me about weather, driving conditions, etc.; I know all of that. I'm just looking for what speed some of you have comfortably pulled.

For information, I have a 30ft International, and my truck is a 2500HD diesel and I am using an anti-sway hitch (P3).

Thanks for gently answering my very honest question.

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Old 12-02-2016, 04:57 PM   #2
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I typically hold it down to about 60-65 on the highway if the speed limit is higher. It's just a comfortable speed for my rig.

That said, I have briefly flirted with 80 going across Texas. Burns too much fuel.


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Old 12-02-2016, 05:05 PM   #3
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Typically 55 to 60. Occasionally 65.
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Old 12-02-2016, 05:09 PM   #4
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MAX of 65, usually 62-64.

I just don't see a need to go faster, really.

The truck (Dodge Ram 2500) seems to really like around 63, as it downshfts / goes into overdrive around 60 or so.
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Old 12-02-2016, 05:09 PM   #5
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I cruise at 70 until I look at the gas mileage, then I slow to 66-67.
I've done 80 in Montana trying to stay out of the way of the equestrians.
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Old 12-02-2016, 05:12 PM   #6
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Old 12-02-2016, 05:17 PM   #7
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FYI, recent thread

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Old 12-02-2016, 05:20 PM   #8
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The interstate speed limits in Utah are 70 and 80. I usually tow between 65-70 with an occasional short term higher speed if passing. I do notice a pretty big drop in mpg over 65.

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We're usually towing right at 60 if weather and road conditions permit. In some ways I would prefer to drive just a bit slower but it seems unsafe to drive/tow too slow when almost everyone else is traveling much faster.

We've towed in states like Texas, Wyoming and others that allow much higher speeds but we remain at approximately 60. Sometimes for short stretches we register higher speeds but not for long periods of time.

Regarding maximum towing speeds... In many states RVs are exempt from the laws that relate to commercial vehicles. Don't know about California but states that post signs referring to commercial vehicles (number of axles, speed limit, which lane to be in, etc.) do not apply to RVs and other non-commercial vehicles.
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Old 12-02-2016, 05:28 PM   #10
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Our target speed is 63. This is because below this our particular TV tends to lose torque and downshift too frequently. Above this we're burning more gas. Occasionally we hit 70 and on a good road with light traffic might stay there. But in general I'm not comfortable cruising much above 65.
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Old 12-02-2016, 05:29 PM   #11
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I feel comfortable at 60. Sometimes crept up to 70 without really knowing it, but I try to keep it between 55 and 60.

What tires are you running? If GYMs, they have apretty limited speed rating.

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Old 12-02-2016, 05:31 PM   #12
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I tow my 30' between 68-72sh. That's where my truck likes it best and I still get decent mileage.
Lighter trailers or open car trailers 75-80 all day long, whatever the traffic is flowing.
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Old 12-02-2016, 05:39 PM   #13
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Doesn't that depend on the speed rating of the trailer tires?
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Old 12-02-2016, 05:44 PM   #14
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65 seems to be a comfortable speed for my truck and trailer. Any higher and it seems to shift more and the gas mileage plummets.
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