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Old 10-20-2014, 01:20 PM   #15
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SoCal sounds like Atlanta... If you're not going 90 on 285, you might as well get off. It's like a racetrack up there.

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Old 10-20-2014, 01:32 PM   #16
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The best part of this trip we are coming into Riverside after dusk (California limits trucks and auto's with trailers to 55 mph). I am doing 62 and traffic is passing me on both sides doing 80+. A CHP shoots past us then slows down and hits his light bar signaling I should slow down (he was in front of us not behind) then speed off again. I am thinking to myself if I slow down much more I'll be at a dead stop (A moving chicane comes to mind...)! California, the land of fruits, flakes, and nuts...and home.
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Old 10-20-2014, 06:01 PM   #17
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The best part of this trip we are coming into Riverside after dusk (California limits trucks and auto's with trailers to 55 mph). I am doing 62 and traffic is passing me on both sides doing 80+. A CHP shoots past us then slows down and hits his light bar signaling I should slow down (he was in front of us not behind) then speed off again. I am thinking to myself if I slow down much more I'll be at a dead stop (A moving chicane comes to mind...)! California, the land of fruits, flakes, and nuts...and home.
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Old 10-20-2014, 06:28 PM   #18
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Yup, me too. My Chevy 6 L gets it's best mileage at 2000 RPM, and that's right about 62 or 63 MPH.
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Old 10-20-2014, 09:51 PM   #19
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I do drive the limit except in West Texas where I stay around 70.
... where the speed limit is 85!
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Old 10-20-2014, 10:33 PM   #20
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I TRY not to run over 63-65 MPH... when towing. The thought of the irreplaceable traveling with me, not to mention the AS... well, it just aint worth it..
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Old 10-20-2014, 10:59 PM   #21
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I go as fast as I feel comfortable, but seldom much over 70.
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Old 10-20-2014, 11:01 PM   #22
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Coming home on I-80 in California did 65 to 70. Slowest on the road, never passed anyone. Most others 80 to 90 plus it seemed.
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Old 10-20-2014, 11:36 PM   #23
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True 78 in a 70 zone (with or without an AS following behind) would likely get you a second look around here ... 90mph would likely get an invitation to party later.
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Old 10-21-2014, 03:25 AM   #24
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Sixty to sixty-five... Lots happens very fast much above this, not necessarily your fault. Road irregularities can put trailers into strange oscillations creating serious issues one cannot always correct if going too fast


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Old 10-21-2014, 05:35 AM   #25
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Old 10-21-2014, 06:10 AM   #26
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It's about being able to come to full stop. And not have the trailer come around. A matter of when, not if.

Think of travel speed as body memory or training. How things "feel" between 55 & 65-mph so that visual, aural and physical sensations are in groove with one another. The degree of steering wheel input, not just the speed of moving that wheel. Same for brakes regarding pressure and duration. Make the norm something different than in the past.

A manuever using only the wheel which is "do-able" when solo does not account for the trailer (which will travel faster than the tow vehicle) which may lose lateral stability (tire slip; exacerbated by too-low tire pressure, axle age, etc). Over-correction of the steering wheel is a common result. Best to think of this NOT as a matter of skill, but of statistical verity. That, in other words, there are situations where a lower speed would have allowed me to manuever the combined rig safely, but additional speed made impossible.

Trailer drum brakes without anti-lock are the norm. The ability to come to a single full stop degrades so rapidly above 65-mph that it makes for an upper limit when conditions allow.

Best fuel economy is always at or below 60-mph (air resistance climbs like a rocket from this point). Due to gearing on my truck I use 58-mph to a [rare] high of 66-mph when solo. Doesn't change travel time in any way that matters versus running much faster. 58 works well for towing.

Following distance is the better question. More depth, with broader perspective.

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Old 10-21-2014, 09:09 AM   #27
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Great information and considerations. Much appreciated. I feel really comfortable towing at 65, just will set my "reminder" to do just that if I edge much higher.
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Old 10-21-2014, 11:08 PM   #28
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In the 60-65 mph range.... you might think faster is ok, but IF something out of the ordinary happens, you will appreciate the slower speed.
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