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Old 07-08-2015, 09:11 PM   #1
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California Speed Limits

I've been out here for better then a week now and have noticed that the speed limit signs indicate that all vehicles towing a trailer is limited to 55 MPH. I have also noticed that this creates quite the bottleneck. Is this through out the state or just something in the greater Sacramento area?
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We live in sacramento, the posted 55 mph is standard throughout the state. We travel around 55 when or near cities and between 60 to 65 out on I-5 north or south. If you travel at the speed of the big rigs , you should be okay.
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Welcome to the Republic! 55 towing a trailer statewide, but keep with the flow of traffic and under 63ish and out of the fast lane on the straight sections and you should be OK, at least with the CHP. Keep it slow on the twistier coastal Highway 1 & 101 of course.
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I'm not out here with my Airstream, I'm here with our Gulfstream
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I was just in Woodland the other day going through the Tractor Museum, and then had lunch at a Mexican food place that used to be a bank.
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We are out in California just about every year with the Airstream. We have found that if we stay with the flow of the traffic and don't act stupid, we can move along well over the 55 mph limit for trailers. We have never been stopped.

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Gulfstream jet? Should be able to go 600+ in that. ;-)

Tractor museum is fun, hope you were able make the train museum in Old Sac too.

For really good tacos find a local roach coach with a long line in front of it and you are guaranteed a good lunch.

Hope you enjoy our beautiful state.
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My rule is to go with the flow of the traffic. We drove the length of CA this last winter without the trailer. I observed that all posted limits are basically ignored. 75? Well I was cruising close to 85 and was just keeping up with everyone else. Big rigs do not follow the posted 55 limit. They usually do go slower than everyone else but 65 to 70 was my observation. I really have no problems with any of this. California is like Montana used to be years ago.
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[QUOTE=Mach5;1648870]Gulfstream jet? Should be able to go 600+ in that. ;-)

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It is the law throughout California. It seems, as I think you noticed, drivers don't really pay attention to the laws on the Interstates and the Highway Patrol goes after those
Trailers going over 63 or64 mph or driving erratically. City police LOVE to pull you over because you are out of State and will just forfeit the bail/fine and help California get out of debt. It is also against the law to use cell phones while driving, notice how many pay no attention to that law.
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Since most trailer tires are rated at 65 mph max, going beyond that in any state is an error of judgement, especially as the temperature increases. We towed our Argosy through CA last year and kept under 65 on the interstates and at 60 or under on the highways and never had an issue from the police or other travelers. Go with the flow and stay in the right lane, but stay safe.
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We are out in California just about every year with the Airstream. We have found that if we stay with the flow of the traffic and don't act stupid, we can move along well over the 55 mph limit for trailers. We have never been stopped.

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Exactly. Don't take a nap in the fast lane. Don't follow close, don't draw attention to yourself by changing lanes often. Just stay with the flow. I've been passed by CHP at 65 mph in rural areas many times. BTW, it used to be the law that towing a trailer could not use any lanes except the first two. The two next to the right shoulder. Even in four lanes, you were not allowed to use any lane other than the two closest to the right shoulder. For your info, the lanes are number from left to right. So the number 1 lane is always the one closest to the center divider.
Can someone confirm that is still the law?
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Exactly. Don't take a nap in the fast lane. Don't follow close, don't draw attention to yourself by changing lanes often. Just stay with the flow. I've been passed by CHP at 65 mph in rural areas many times. BTW, it used to be the law that towing a trailer could not use any lanes except the first two. The two next to the right shoulder. Even in four lanes, you were not allowed to use any lane other than the two closest to the right shoulder. For your info, the lanes are number from left to right. So the number 1 lane is always the one closest to the center divider.
Can someone confirm that is still the law?
Yes, trailers are supposed to stay in the two rightmost lanes. Everyone is also supposed to keep right except to pass, but that only works in Germany. Many out here regard the speed limit sign as the minimum, not the maximum, but don't tell that to the officer.

The "flow of traffic" rule is pretty effective but I always obey the two-right-lane rule when I am towing because it is obvious when over to the left.
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