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Old 06-23-2006, 04:51 PM   #1
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Are we pushing the limit?

okay guys go easy on me... I'm an newbie... most of my trailiering has been with large horse trailers... we just picked up an 1976 Argosy 24 that was refurbished by some RV mechanics in Ill. They seemed very competent... not vintage restorers but nuts & bolts guys... also seem to fix farm machinery... My son and I drove it from the vicinity of Decatur Ill to Tempe Az. We probably drive faster than most and some of you might think that we are reckless.... 75mph on average... we tested tire temperatures at most stops and didn't find any uneven heating between the tread and sidewalls (also watching the bearings and brakes). Nothing scary was going on. So are we courting armageddon with these tires on a 4000lb trailer?



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Old 06-23-2006, 05:11 PM   #2
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Yes! You are on borrowed time.

All trailer tires are rated at 65 mph maximum. Running faster than that for extended periods is courting disaster. A blown tire can greviously damage the side of your trailer.

I run at 60-62 and never exceed 65 except very temporarily to pass safely.

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Old 06-23-2006, 06:17 PM   #3
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Most Airstream trailer accidents happen at high speeds. You do not have time to react. Whether the tires are safe at these speeds is dependent on their loading and pressures you keep in them. Age of the tire is also a factor. There are several tire rating websites which may give you the load limits at specific inflation pressures. I have been known to go that fast occasionally but, doing it as regular habit is a bit risky. Many accidents occur going down hill at high speed, which is when the combination is the least stable. Also, choppy cross winds at high speed can really throw you. We have had several members turn one over because of that. The big semi's regularly go that fast but I am not sure I want to do it with an Airstream, although, the recorded record is about 115mph.
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Old 06-23-2006, 06:36 PM   #4
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115 is the record?

hmmmm... 115mph is the estimated record? The manual Hemi we have is ungoverned and can do 115... at 4,000RPM. Just kidding guys. We're car guys and have other vehicles to have gun with. Thanks for the comments.

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Old 06-24-2006, 01:51 AM   #5
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I think going 75 is too fast ,the previouse postings explaine that on the tires.
Why speed ? you 'll end up flipped or wrecked on the side of the road .Whats the safest speed to travel with the horses ? I hope its not 75 or better.Im
wondering what the law is concerning that ? Think safe ,thats the answer.

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