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Old 01-21-2004, 12:14 AM   #1
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How fast do you usually drive?

Out of curiosity, when traveling on the open highway, what speed do you usually feel most comfortable at while towing your Airstream.
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Old 01-21-2004, 12:24 AM   #2
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Speed

I usually travel 65 mph give or take a little in the flatlands.
Less speed in the hills because I need more power to pull the hills....a situation about to be addressed with a diesel...probably a 3/4 ton Duramax, 4x4, Crew Cab.
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Old 01-21-2004, 12:55 AM   #3
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I tow at about 63mph. It seems to give the speed I want and the fuel economy I like!
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Old 01-21-2004, 07:45 AM   #4
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Smile It depends on the tow vehicle.

On the interstate (70mph limit), my old tow vehicle (98 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4 5.9liter reg cab long box) did not like to go over 65 with the trailer. At higher speeds, the trailer seemed to want to wiggle in the breeze. My present vehicle,(2003 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4 Hemi, quad cab, short box) seems a lot heavier and it tows like a dream. It does not care how fast we go (although I might get an argument from a state trooper).
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Old 01-21-2004, 08:14 AM   #5
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I'm waiting to see if boltos will reply in this thread.

You remember the scene in the original Star Wars movie, when Harrison Ford kicks it into hyper speed and the stars just go to a blur?
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Old 01-21-2004, 08:15 AM   #6
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I tow about 62 unless we are in the mountains. We go slower up and faster down. With the 4:10 rear end, all works real well.

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Old 01-21-2004, 08:23 AM   #7
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I usually tow my 23ft Safari with the 4.6 Liter Ford F-150 V-8 at or about 65 MPH....when going up a mountain.....in torrential rain....and one wiper not working....at night.

Otherwise, I might tow a little faster ...in more optimal conditions.
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Old 01-21-2004, 08:24 AM   #8
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There was a poll about this a few months ago. The results were about what I expected.

Average speed poll

I tow at 68 - 70 on good interstates.

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Old 01-21-2004, 09:10 AM   #9
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I usually tow my 23ft Safari with the 4.6 Liter Ford F-150 V-8 at or about 65 MPH....when going up a mountain.....in torrential rain....and one wiper not working....at night.

Otherwise, I might tow a little faster ...in more optimal conditions.
Translation: 75 - 80 MPH.
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Old 01-21-2004, 09:28 AM   #10
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I don't tow mine (I have a "454 powered" AS) but I try and keep the MH between 65 - 70 (cruise control at 68 is perfect)

55 - 60 in metro interchanges.

As fast as it can go up hills!
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Old 01-21-2004, 09:28 AM   #11
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I like to tow between 68 & 70 mph. Going across the S/W last year I stayed at 75 +/- a few, but paid for it with fuel use. That was with a 19'.
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Old 01-21-2004, 09:32 AM   #12
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It is my intention to tow at about 60 - 65, when I get on the road with my trailer. However, when I picked it up, I found it so totally towable, that on a couple of occasions I was travelling over 70, with no sway, bobbing, or misbehaving.. I was astounded with the totally obedient way the Airstream followed the truck - I tow a lot of trailers, utility, RV and flat, so am used to the wiggles, the bounces and the wagging.. Not so with this puppy.. For 8 miles, on the freeway, the trailer did not move in the mirrors. So, keeping the speed down to where my 7.3lt of throbbing diesel will give me good mileage is going to be a challenge. I averaged 13.1 mpg, at about 72 mph. I had fun on the 500 mile trip bringing it home....... I intend to have far much more fun dragging it round the countryside, looking at things I have never had the time to see.

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Old 01-21-2004, 09:34 AM   #13
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I have noticed then when towing my trailer at around the 65 m.p.h. mark, my mileage stays in the 10 to 11 m.p.g. category.

Due to the fact that the speed limit in AZ is 75 m.p.h. in certain areas, I have tried the 70 to 73 m.p.h. range and although the ride is still as smooth as can be, my mileage dips to 8 or so.

I am thinking that 65 is the best place to stay for me in terms of safety and m.p.g.
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Old 01-21-2004, 09:49 AM   #14
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I think the speed one tows at can be influenced by what type of trip you're taking. Say for instance, you plan a 3 day Memorial Day Weekend trip to a state park within a few hours of your house, you may tend to tow at 70 - 75 just to save time and not worry all that much about the gas mileage.

But, if your planning a 2 - 4 week vacation, which includes traveling from the East to see some sites in the West (or something similar), then your speed and gas mileage will become a monetary factor.

The biggest concern though, should be safety.
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