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Old 07-23-2012, 06:14 PM   #1
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tire life = speed

about to replace tires on my a/s 2005 safari 25'.......at what speed do you folk pull you trailer and w/water tank full or empty.....thanks a bunch (i havent paid much attention to top speed and maybe thats some of my problem)
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Old 07-23-2012, 06:53 PM   #2
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Compared to many others, I'm a slowpoke. I tow between 55-60mph, and since we don't dry camp, I generally leave the water tank empty. For pit stops, a gallon jug works just fine.
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Old 07-23-2012, 06:54 PM   #3
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I tow in the desert southwest (110+ degrees) on 16-inch wheels and load range E LT tires, inflated to 80 psi. While I drove at 75 mph briefly after switching to LT tires, we have returned to 55-60 mph to save fuel and to increase the safety margin in emergency situations. Our 19-foot Bambi is usually towed with a full fresh-water tank upon departure, and nearly full gray- and black-water tanks on return trips.
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Old 07-23-2012, 06:56 PM   #4
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I run 60 - 63. Keep just enough water in the tank to use the toilet, wash up for lunch, etc. and water the dog. Gray always empty, black empty to 1/2 full.
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Old 07-23-2012, 06:56 PM   #5
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I tow between 55-65 mph. My last trip I pulled a full fresh water tank (60 gallons) at 55 mph, which is the speed limit for vehicles pulling trailers in Illinois. I had two tires with broken belts upon arriving home. I had inspected the tires upon arrival at the camp ground and all was well. Fresh water tank was empty upon departure for home. Still drove 55 mph home. Only difference was the temps were about 10 degrees higher on the trip home. I get home and detect that the belts apparently started slipping somewhere on the trip home. No answer for me. Tires were well within their weight capacity and proper pressure during the tow with the full fresh water tank.

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Old 07-23-2012, 07:36 PM   #6
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55-65mph with an empty water tank. Many would say my set up wouldn't go any faster anyway, but I do it for economy and safety; oh, and the fact that the speed limit in Ontario is 100kmh (62mph in old money) and I'm a sucker for obeying the rules.
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Old 07-23-2012, 07:38 PM   #7
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Billiards,

We tow our 27' FB at 55 - 60 (sometimes push to 63 on long runs) and pass slow trucks or traffic at a max of 70 then back to 55 - 60/63. We always start our trips with a full tank of fresh water and empty gray and black tanks.

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.... I had two tires with broken belts upon arriving home. I had inspected the tires upon arrival at the camp ground and all was well. Fresh water tank was empty upon departure for home. Still drove 55 mph home. Only difference was the temps were about 10 degrees higher on the trip home. I get home and detect that the belts apparently started slipping somewhere on the trip home.....

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What are the signs of a broken belts? What should we be looking for?

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Old 07-23-2012, 07:43 PM   #8
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I haven't towed as much as many of the posters here but I do find the best speeds are between 55 and 65 mph. I have hit 70 mph once or twice and everything feels just fine but my fuel mileage just disappears above the mid 60's so I tend to keep it down there. The entire experience is just a whole lot more comfortable when you keep it on the slow side.....
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When I get impatient driving at slower speeds or stuck in traffic, I try to remember that it is the jurney not the destination.... (doesn't always work for me though....).
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Old 07-23-2012, 08:26 PM   #10
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Once I replaced the ST tires with LT, I became more flexible about speed. But usually tow between 65 and 70. Sometimes a bit faster if the speed limit and/or constabulary allow. Slower on narrow roads, mountain roads, high traffic situations or where I think I might need to stop quickly, etc. Once on an abandoned freeway, ran her up far in excess of speed limit to verify rock-solid no-sway towing. Now know I have a large margin for error, passing, etc.

Almost always boondock, so almost always leave home with full fresh water, unless it's winter or I'm headed for wintry climes. Try to return with empty gray and black tanks and then drain out the fresh water until next trip. I think that if the fresh tank is full (= no sloshing), the extra weight down low does good things for the center of gravity. Is that meaningful? Probably not, but every little bit helps. Just my $.02.
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Over the course of a 300-mile day that many people have said they travel, the difference in arrival time between 60 mph and 65 mph is a little over 20 minutes. Most of the time, that differential doesn't matter, and there's seems to be a real sensitivity to fuel consumption at speeds > 60mph.
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Billiards,

We tow our 27' FB at 55 - 60 (sometimes push to 63 on long runs) and pass slow trucks or traffic at a max of 70 then back to 55 - 60/63. We always start our trips with a full tank of fresh water and empty gray and black tanks.



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What are the signs of a broken belts? What should we be looking for?

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This is a bad one.
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Old 07-23-2012, 08:55 PM   #13
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I'm comfortable at about 65mph on the highway, with D load rated GY Marathons at 60-65 lbs. Everything feels right at that speed, and the TV isn't working too hard. We leave with the water tank full, so we have "home" water, and black and grey empty. We always dump the b&g before leaving any campground.
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This is a bad one.
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Thanks, hope I never see that on my tires!
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