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Old 12-14-2005, 08:26 PM   #15
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I wonder what the top speed of a Hummer H2 is.....
99mph, electronically limited... at least officially it is limited to 99.
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Old 12-14-2005, 10:32 PM   #16
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99mph, electronically limited... at least officially it is limited to 99.
I agree that the H2's top speed is probably limited to the speed rating for the stock tires. However, given the general resemblence between the shape of the H2 and that of a brick, I'd be a bit surprised if an H2 could reach 117 mph if the electronic speed limit was removed, even without an Airstream in tow.

In any case, I've never had mine going fast enough to prove or disprove the existance of the 99 mph limit. But I can say that the brick (er, I mean H2) hardly knows the silver bullet is back there most of the time, so the H2's top speed with and without the trailer in tow might not be that different.
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Old 12-14-2005, 10:38 PM   #17
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Come on man...we could lower it, run open headers, drop a methane fuely 572 with a blower in there, strip our the interior and all unecessary gear - It would be cool.

Fastest RV in the world! Maybe we could hit 200!

OR - we could just leave everything alone and go fishing.
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Old 12-15-2005, 01:52 AM   #18
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Not sure how to search photos, but there are scans of the article that started this thread in the archives. You have to "supersize" them but I have read the entire article. Yes, the article did say the car stopped shorter distances with the trailer in tow than without thanks to the trailer brakes and the pre-Prodigy brake controller. Can never remember how to spell the manufacturer's name.
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Old 12-15-2005, 05:45 AM   #19
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Fastest RV in the world! Maybe we could hit 200!

OR - we could just leave everything alone and go fishing.
Now what would be the fun in that?
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Old 12-15-2005, 06:24 AM   #20
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These are recreational vehicles but I don't know about those speeds. I am just looking for a new trout stream.

My little 1959 24 ft Tradewind is so light --- boy those speeds do not sound fun.

I guess on the Salt Flats - if someone wanted to. Not me though.



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Old 12-15-2005, 07:21 AM   #21
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Yes Rich. It is the former Phoenician Steve, with his '59 Trade Wind in low speed tow.

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Old 12-15-2005, 07:45 AM   #22
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I've had the Safari/Suburban up to nearly 90mph, with plenty of room to go yet. I would assume 117 would be an easy mark to hit, but like overlander63 said, not one of the smartest things one could do.

Speed limiter? Who needs a speed limiter? I don't need no stinkin' speed limiter, just a programming tool and a few minutes.
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Old 12-15-2005, 09:53 AM   #23
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Does this sound familiar:

"My Marathons keep blowing out"..... (rated to 65mph max)
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Old 12-19-2005, 10:58 AM   #24
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I can confirm the speed record.

In 1970, I recorded on film for Caravanner Insurance Company, the top speed of the rig I was towing.

The trailer was a 1970 31 foot loaded to 8500 pounds. The tow vehicle was a 1970 Buick Electra with a towing rear end. The car weighed in at 6000 pounds. Total weight 14,500 pounds.

An 8mm camera was mounted in the center and on top of the front seat. It showed the speedometer (calibrated), an airspeed indicator and the oncoming traffic as well as the road ahead.

Part of the test was to document wind speeds and behavior when meeting a truck on a two lane highway. (Another story, later).

Additionally, but out on a very lonely freeway, it was pedal to the metal.

The maximum speed that I recorded, again with a total of 14,500 pounds, was 115 mph.

The tests also showed that the faster you tow an Airstream trailer, the more stable it becomes.

The biggest problem, after you took your foot off the gas pedal, was the coasting distance. The rig just kept going and going, before it got down to 70 mph.

Ah, the things we did, when we were younger.

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Old 12-19-2005, 11:08 AM   #25
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Wondering...

Andy:

Just wondering (I know this has been disussed elsewhere in the Forums...)

Which weight distribution system and sway control were installed between the TV and trailer?
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Dennis.

The hitch was a Reese 1000 pound with the dual cam sway control.

Later on, I added the automatic sway control device made by Safe-T-Tow.

I installed many Safe-T-Tows back in 1970 and 1971. Demonstated it at many rallies. Best thing that ever happened to the RV industry.

Unfortunately, the designer and owner, passed away, in 1971.

We are, at this point, working with some Chinese manufacturers to bring this product to market.

Some 18 patents were issued for that device.

We have a patent attorney on retainer, as we have made some changes to the device, that are also patentable.

We hope to have this product on the market within 6 months, if we can.

The unit works extremely well with both electric and disc brakes.

Takes about an hour to install.

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Old 12-19-2005, 12:35 PM   #27
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I can confirm the speed record.

The maximum speed that I recorded, again with a total of 14,500 pounds, was 115 mph.

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Andy,

That's impressive, 35 years later they can only muster 2 miles an hour more.

I bet that was a heck of a ride!

Don't you have a picture of that? I thought that I saw that in "Airstream Life. Perhaps you could post it.

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Old 12-19-2005, 12:47 PM   #28
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That's impressive, 35 years later they can only muster 2 miles an hour more.


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Hey Henry,
I reckon that even though vehicles have improved greatly the basic laws of physics still apply

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