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diazr2

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Traveled New Mexico last year on the interstate the speed limit was 75 for trucks. I have never seen so much carnage on the side of the road. Big rig after big rig piled up ether on the left side of the highway or middle of the highway. On the good side out of all that bent metal I didn't see one RV tore up... Of course I guess they could have been under the big rigs LOL. I travel 55 to 60. 65 in New Mexico out of necessity. Here in the Great North west speed limit is 55 it's a rarity to see a big rig tipped over.





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75 if conditions are right and no traffic!


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My trailer tires are rated for 65 mph sustained speed so I do not tow faster unless overtaking a slow vehicle. If the speed limit is posted higher, I still do not tow any faster. Many places where I tow have restricted speed for vehicles towing (sometimes down to 55 mph) to which I will adhere. I find towing around 60 mph gives me a respectable speed and fuel economy while towing faster puts additional wind drag into play hurting mileage with little time benefit.


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Halmfamily wrote:

65 to 70, 68 seems to be the sweet spot for fuel economy.


This is where we try to keep it.


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ST tires...62 any state


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My fiver tires are rated at 65mph, I ride at 62.

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The greater the difference between your speed and the normal flow of traffic speed the more likely there is to be an accident. Not necessarily involving the slower/faster vehicle but they are more likely to be the cause of or be involved in an accident. In short: it is just as unsafe to go slow as it is to speed.

I tow at the same speed as the semi trucks. 80 in west TX and 55+ in CA


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To a certain point speed differential is a safety concern. At some point, you have to factor in driver reaction time, braking and vehicle handling at different speeds. Just look at the multiple vehicle pile ups on highways - Most of this is due to excessive speed for the conditions and equipment.

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When I’m towing I do 60, I will increase my speed to pass someone going slower and to get outta the way of faster traffic, but 60 is my cruising speed. Gives me plenty of time to slow or stop if I need to. I have no problem with people flying past me.


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I like to be in the 65MPH range when towing, if for nothing else I like being the slower vehicle so people have to go around me. That's less I have to weave in and out of lanes passing people.
Now there are times where I will set the cruise about 70, that seems to be a sweet spot for power and mileage on my truck.


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