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Old 08-29-2020, 07:02 AM   #1
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How fast.

Just wondering how fast everyone drives down the road. I like to do 70 when thatís the speed limit. Do you think itís pushing the trailer?
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Old 08-29-2020, 07:07 AM   #2
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I tow my 22' Sport at 65 plus/minus for various needs and conditions. On a recent trip to Ohio, was just about to exit I-76 into Rootstown Ohio and two AS's blew by, doing about 75. You know who you are...
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Old 08-29-2020, 07:13 AM   #3
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I am happy 63-65.
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Old 08-29-2020, 07:32 AM   #4
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Going 70 may not be a problem. Stopping quickly from 70 well could be.
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Old 08-29-2020, 07:33 AM   #5
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Just wondering how fast everyone drives down the road. I like to do 70 when thatís the speed limit. Do you think itís pushing the trailer?
OK, if no one else will say it I will. If you're pushing your AS then you have the hitch mounted on the wrong end.

I drive 65 to 70 if there's no head wind. I can do 70 in a head wind but mileage just gets worse so 60 to 65 if that's the situation. Wind and road conditions will have an impact or if I'm headed to a destination and not just meandering between state parks.
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Old 08-29-2020, 07:52 AM   #6
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We do 62 usually. Gas mileage and comfort level.

Keep in mind that many trailer tires are rated for a max of 65mph. You're risking blowouts with those tires if you regularly travel faster. I'm not sure what Airstream is putting on new trailers...


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Old 08-29-2020, 08:05 AM   #7
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Just wondering how fast everyone drives down the road. I like to do 70 when that’s the speed limit. Do you think it’s pushing the trailer?
The trailer doesn't mind 70, Airstreams are generally inherently stable, except in cross winds, when properly loaded to 15% tongue to about 75. The bigger issue with speed is the tow vehicle capability. You didn't mention what yours is.

I tow our 25' with a Ram 2500. I like 62 when I'm not in a hurry and traffic is light as the fuel mileage is better. I speed up when there is traffic and do 68 when we are running a bit behind. I like to stay 1-2 mph below mean traffic speed so other vehicles pass rather than hang to the side.
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Old 08-29-2020, 08:07 AM   #8
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I set the cruise at 63.
That's my comfort zone.
Without cruise, I find it too easy to suddenly be going 75.
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Old 08-29-2020, 08:08 AM   #9
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60 - 63 mph

Our F150 and b b 25 FC rides very nice at 65+, however I like to stay in the 60-63 mph range.

Living just outside of DC, 10 minutes into our trips we are on the beltway, I-95 I-270, I-66 etc. Where possible we like to find 4 lane divided US highways where we can set a more relaxing pace around 55-60.
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63-65 is my comfort zone. Best mileage and good control.
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Old 08-29-2020, 09:40 AM   #11
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I used to tow 75 to 85 now 70 or little more, speeding tickets costly. I only speed on open roads. I'm ex motorcycle racer, stock cars, midgets. sprint cars, also pilot. I'm 86 yrs . old & quite comfortable at these speeds as people that no me state my reflexes are exc. & no one believes me when I state 86 yrs. old the one thing slow now can not carry 100 lbs. + now 45 or so. When I drive I drive defensive, do not tail gate etc. 3 yrs ago in Fla. from Deltona beach to Daytona on internet driving at 95 t0 100 mph was still getting past even by SP & sheriff cars. was very comfortable at these speeds also 3yrs. ago drove 170+ at Joliet speed way and ride along instructor was impressed at my ability for speed. Tow at speeds you are comfortable with.
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Go get em Featherbedder!!!!!! Love it!!

We generally keep it under 70 with our rig. 2013 Ford E150 XLT van and 2019 FC 25 RBT. Feels rock solid and I have practiced a few panic stops from that speed. Stable and stopped straight on.

Lets go back a few years. I grew up in the 60's and we took month long vacations all over the U.S. Father always drove big Ford wagons with the largest engine available. We had a large Holiday Rambler, around 25' and it had dual axles, and I remember many time going 80 to 90 mph down the road. We sometimes traveled with some other folks that had big Buicks and Caddys.
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I used to tow 75 to 85 now 70 or little more, speeding tickets costly. I only speed on open roads. I'm ex motorcycle racer, stock cars, midgets. sprint cars, also pilot. I'm 86 yrs . old & quite comfortable at these speeds as people that no me state my reflexes are exc. & no one believes me when I state 86 yrs. old the one thing slow now can not carry 100 lbs. + now 45 or so. When I drive I drive defensive, do not tail gate etc. 3 yrs ago in Fla. from Deltona beach to Daytona on internet driving at 95 t0 100 mph was still getting past even by SP & sheriff cars. was very comfortable at these speeds also 3yrs. ago drove 170+ at Joliet speed way and ride along instructor was impressed at my ability for speed. Tow at speeds you are comfortable with.
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Old 08-29-2020, 11:13 AM   #14
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100 to 105ish!

Kilometers of course!

Oh that's with the CDN to US exchange rate so that works out to 60 to 65 mph.
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Go get em Featherbedder!!!!!! Love it!!

We generally keep it under 70 with our rig. 2013 Ford E150 XLT van and 2019 FC 25 RBT. Feels rock solid and I have practiced a few panic stops from that speed. Stable and stopped straight on.

Lets go back a few years. I grew up in the 60's and we took month long vacations all over the U.S. Father always drove big Ford wagons with the largest engine available. We had a large Holiday Rambler, around 25' and it had dual axles, and I remember many time going 80 to 90 mph down the road. We sometimes traveled with some other folks that had big Buicks and Caddys.
A few people don't live to tell about it. Above 80, while towing with the vehicles you describe, you're more or less at the mercy of vehicle and component capability, and wind conditions. Most will beat the odds because most will only do those speeds in the open on the straights where initiating conditions for sway and oversteer are rare. Please don't give anyone the idea this behavior is safe, that the vehicles were inherently stable at these speeds or that the driver could recover if the unexpected were to occur.
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In my post #11 about speed there are times w/strong or gusty cross winds I have slowed to 35 to 45 even w/sway style hitch w/AS or flat bed unloaded trailer. A swaying trailer is bad no matter what your skills are.
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A few people don't live to tell about it. Above 80, while towing with the vehicles you describe, you're more or less at the mercy of vehicle and component capability, and wind conditions. Most will beat the odds because most will only do those speeds in the open on the straights where initiating conditions for sway and oversteer are rare. Please don't give anyone the idea this behavior is safe, that the vehicles were inherently stable at these speeds or that the driver could recover if the unexpected were to occur.
It was not my intention to give folks the idea that towing at 80/90 mph was safe or sane. I can say that I do not remember anybody having any problems/crashes/speeding tickets. We were the only folks in the group we traveled in that had a Holiday Rambler. The folks that had the Buicks/Caddys were pulling, take a breath, Airstreams! Many of these trips were in the western states that back in the 60's had no posted speed limits. I think I remember the signs saying something about traveling at your own risk. My sister loved going fast. Later on when she was in the Navy and stationed at North Island Naval Air Station in San Diego she Drove from San Diego to Cincinnati, Ohio in 28 hours. That is 2150 miles. She did this many times driving by herself. I only rode with her once!! That was enough.
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Going 70 may not be a problem. Stopping quickly from 70 well could be.
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Old 08-29-2020, 03:44 PM   #19
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63-65 mph.

At this speed my TV drives comfortably in 4th gear with enough torque to pull rolling hills without downshifting too much. Any faster begins to burn a lot more gas.

This also happens to be a speed I find comfortable and safe unless there are high / gusty crosswinds.
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I set the cruise control at a max. of 65 mph (assuming it's interstate highways and it's posted as such) and enjoy the ride. I like to go slow enough that most everyone is passing me instead of me trying to pass others. If I have to pass I will go a bit faster. Less stress for me that way!
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