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wanderingaimlessly

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When Towing on a highway where the speed limit is 70 MPH, how fast do you go?


According to my cruise control a half a mile per hour faster than the idiot in front of me.

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TT tires are rated to 81 but I drive 55-60.


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Assuming conditions allow for it, if the speed limit is 70 I go 70. Our freeways are 80 in southwest Idaho and I don't tend to tow over about 75, though. I do think towing 20 mph below the speed limit, which realistically gives you about a 25 mph speed differential with most traffic, is more dangerous than towing a little faster. Unless your setup is marginal, I suppose.


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I have had my MH and toad up to 80 MP one time, don't ever intend to do it again. Usually run 62-65 in Interstates. Our toad is a 2011 HHR, and one night in an emergency run with one of the pets, we found that the HHR gets very light on its toes up around 85 MPH. Don't like to drive anything in that type situation, so we avoid having to run that fast. If its there today, it will probably still be there tomorrow, except for Yellowstone NP, which is a bit iffy. Back in the days when we drove some big overpowered boats, I have seen over 120 several times under good conditions. That was in my young and stupid days.


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Johno02 wrote:

I have had my MH and toad up to 80 MP one time, don't ever intend to do it again. Usually run 62-65 in Interstates. Our toad is a 2011 HHR, and one night in an emergency run with one of the pets, we found that the HHR gets very light on its toes up around 85 MPH. Don't like to drive anything in that type situation, so we avoid having to run that fast. If its there today, it will probably still be there tomorrow, except for Yellowstone NP, which is a bit iffy. Back in the days when we drove some big overpowered boats, I have seen over 120 several times under good conditions. That was in my young and stupid days.


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Providing the conditions allow I will travel with the flow of traffic, I do not exceed 70 unless passing I may creep up to 75.
I always maintain lots of distance between my rig and the vehicle in front of me.


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63 is where I get my best mileage.

65-70 is where I usually run. Tires rated for 80+.

It all depends on how I feel, what the traffic is like etc...

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wanderingaimlessly wrote:

SoonerWing03 wrote:

When Towing on a highway where the speed limit is 70 MPH, how fast do you go?


According to my cruise control a half a mile per hour faster than the idiot in front of me.


That there is funny, lol

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60 mph max, because that is the speed rating on our ST tires. Also, because a truck + trailer doesn't handle or stop as well as just a truck, even with a good setup. Emergency maneuvers (of course ) should be avoided if possible, but are much less risky at 60 mph than at 70 or higher.

We also get somewhat improved gas mileage over towing at higher speeds.


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We rarely travel on the interstate. On the state and US numbered roads, I travel 55 to 60 mph. It gets me the best gas mileage. If traffic is heavy on those roads, I will push it up to to 60-65. If traffic starts to build up behind me, I pull over and let them go by if it is difficult to pass.


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