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Old 03-19-2010, 05:43 PM   #1
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If you are on a highway, and the speed limit is say 70 mph, what speed to you try to keep to? And yes, I mean with the trailer in tow!
Otherwise I's be doing 80!!
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Old 03-19-2010, 05:53 PM   #2
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I do whatever speed limit the trucks are supposed to travel. I'm usually in the same lane anyway. I figure if I'm in that big of a hurry when I'm towing the trailer, I should have left earlier! Frankly, I can't afford a speeding ticket and certainly don't want to be in an accident that I helped caused due to foolishness. I work hard for my money.

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Old 03-19-2010, 05:54 PM   #3
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Personally, I drive in the right hand lane and set my cruise in the 60-65mph range. That's what I'm comfortable with and everyone can pass me if they want.

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Old 03-19-2010, 06:01 PM   #4
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55 on most Hwy, but if heavy fast traffic, 60 to 65 mph. Mainly to save some mpg.
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Old 03-19-2010, 06:23 PM   #5
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60 max, regardless of the limit in the State.

California has a 55 mph limit for anything towing anything, so I got used to it.

On a trip last summer I towed the limit on the flat in AZ and New Mexico, 70-75 but noticed a tremendous difference in mpg. On the return trip, identical route, I lowered back to 60 and spent about 1/4 less on gas.

I also was not comfortable at higher speeds.. safety thing.
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Old 03-19-2010, 06:52 PM   #6
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I'm hardly ever in a hurry so my habit is to go 60mph when I find myself on a major highway.

I can't stop on a dime and don't want to see my trailer pass me, so I'm not risking higher speeds.
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Old 03-19-2010, 07:27 PM   #7
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55 to 65, depending on whether I'm trying to save gas or in more of a hurry. Mostly 60.
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Old 03-20-2010, 06:52 AM   #8
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I NEVER go over 60
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Old 03-20-2010, 07:14 AM   #9
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Truck speed limit but no faster. I don't want to be that one vehicle that is going so slow that I'm a danger to others trying to get around me.
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Old 03-20-2010, 10:25 AM   #10
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We usually travel between 90 - 100 km/hr (Canadian) 55-60 mph ? When we are traveliing with the trailer we are usually trying to escape the fast paced life for a while so we slow it down and enjoy the drive. We have found ourselves on ocassion having to travel on freeways and scooting along at 110 km/hr. The trailer seems to follow along Ok at that speed but my comfort level was pushing the limits. I wasn't real comfortable taking a hand off the wheel to wave back at the the folks passing me, pointing at the trailer and waving to us. At anything over 100km/hr I notice the effects of a cross wind or the buffeting from a semi passing are more pronounced.
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Old 03-20-2010, 10:27 AM   #11
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I set my cruise control to 55 miles per hour. Yes, even on Interstate 20 in Texas, I drive 55. I stay in the far right lane, and have not had a problem.
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Old 03-20-2010, 11:26 AM   #12
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I do whatever speed limit the trucks are supposed to travel. I'm usually in the same lane anyway. I figure if I'm in that big of a hurry when I'm towing the trailer, I should have left earlier! Frankly, I can't afford a speeding ticket and certainly don't want to be in an accident that I helped caused due to foolishness. I work hard for my money.

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Old 03-20-2010, 07:32 PM   #13
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I usually set my cruise around 60-62MPH as well, stick to the right lane & try to blend in with the semi trucks.
I JUST got myself a Scangauge II to play with, to see what my MPGs are like & such, so that speed may change a bit down the road. We'll see what happens...

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Old 03-20-2010, 08:50 PM   #14
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Thanks for all of the replies
I do want to get the best mileage I can, but mostly concerned with the egg and I being safe.
Thanks for the insight!!
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Old 03-21-2010, 06:05 AM   #15
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Every tug and tow has a sweet spot for best mileage. And, I believe it's doubtful any two are exactly alike. Factors such as elevation, highway grade, tires and even the kind of oil used in the tug affect the mpg. It doesn't take too many trips to figure out the best speed for someone to tow, if the highest mpg is desired.

My combination in mostly flat freeway travel is 57 mph. And the fuel mileage can drop drastically with every 5 mph increase in speed. This was huge, when gas was running over $4 a gallon.
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Old 03-25-2010, 09:02 AM   #16
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Last fall we planned to travel to Missouri to enjoy Thanksgiving with our daughter and family. About the time of departure, a major storm was developing over the Rockies on the most direct route.

So we drove the extra 700 miles of the southern route, picking up time by keeping in the 65 - 70 MPH range when possible. Our fuel use was 12 - 14 MPG over that leg and 18 - 19 on the more leisurely trip home towing with a diesel Blazer. Also the engine oil consumption was significantly higher as was the diesel soot on the front of the trailer behind the tail pipe.
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Scangauge II is a GREAT tool. I have one in my truck also, I get 16 MPG when towing my Scamp at 60mph.

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