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Old 08-05-2015, 11:57 AM   #1
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NYS Thruway, Friday July 31 at about 2:30 PM. Speed in excess of 70MPH, but below 75MPH. Traffic quite heavy, but no one stopped, so I hope I didn't cause any damage to someone else's vehicle.




Tire actually exploded. Made a Boom! not quite as loud as a shotgun. Thruway authority truck driver that came out to assist didn't seem to surprised at the carnage. Changed the tire (for a healthy fee) and got me back on my way.
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Old 08-05-2015, 12:54 PM   #2
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Was that a trailer tire rated at 65 mph? I've wondered what would happen on the rare occasion I needed to exceed 65 to get through a hairy traffic situation how long it would be safe to travel at say 70 before risking such a blow out.
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Old 08-05-2015, 01:11 PM   #3
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Just asking, what was the date of manufacturer? It should still be visible on the sidewall.
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Old 08-05-2015, 05:56 PM   #4
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Speed in excess of 70 mph are you kidding
In calif the limit is 55 towing a trailer


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Was that a trailer tire rated at 65 mph? I've wondered what would happen on the rare occasion I needed to exceed 65 to get through a hairy traffic situation how long it would be safe to travel at say 70 before risking such a blow out.
Umm... time for the big admission. I have gone 110 km/hr, (68 miles/hr) while towing a trailer. Maybe for like, 10 hours. The prairies are just flat, and mostly straight.
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Old 08-05-2015, 07:23 PM   #6
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Towing in excess of 70 mph seems risky to me and most likely not legal in most states. Hope this experience serves as a reminder to slow down. Glad you weren't hurt though.
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Towing in excess of 70 mph seems risky to me and most likely not legal in most states. Hope this experience serves as a reminder to slow down. Glad you weren't hurt though.
Unfortunately, not all states have reduced towing speeds. I think that it's less than 1/2. Here is a listing of state towing speeds. Trailer Speed Limits | AAA/CAA Digest of Motor Laws

Unfortunately that means that a number of states allow towing at 75 mph and at least one at 85 MPH.
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Was that a trailer tire rated at 65 mph? I've wondered what would happen on the rare occasion I needed to exceed 65 to get through a hairy traffic situation how long it would be safe to travel at say 70 before risking such a blow out.

That just means that the tire is RATED at, not restricted to, a speed of 65 mph. It doesn't mean the tire cannot safely go faster. But the higher the speed, the more heat will build up inside the tire, especially over long periods of time. You will have no problem if you punch it and hit 80 to get out of the way of an 18 wheeler barreling onto the interstate. Just don't run at 80 all day long. Probably best to keep it around 60 as your average (maximum) speed. Of course, if you stay off of the interstates, it will be somewhat slower.


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I have NEVER seen a sign that said slower speed for towing trailers. Only occasionally it will say TRUCK and a speed a bit lower than for the rest.

I typically go the posted speed limit up to 70, but not above. That doesn't seem to stop alot of people, especially the guys with really big trailers - they seem to think 80 is just dandy.

FWIW, I run LT truck tires, not trailer tires. Another reason I like the Oliver so much. It would probably tow fine at 90, but I'd never try it.
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Drive through the Golden State some day, it is heavily posted for all vehicles towing
- 55 MPH - on almost every speed limit sign, of which there are many. This include all semi's, all towed RV's and all RV's towing a Tow'd and anything else that is towing anything else.
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Umm... time for the big admission. I have gone 110 km/hr, (68 miles/hr) while towing a trailer. Maybe for like, 10 hours. The prairies are just flat, and mostly straight.
Dave,

While we're playing truth or dare, I've been as high as 65 but never intentionally and never for very long. AS well we rarely drive more than 3 hours in a row. I know you're not retired but as really old folks we don't drive long or fast...when younger the Porsche could fly and corner like a slot car... that was before RVing.

As we age we know we're not as quick, strong or even alert, we don't see as well... we take it easier gaining the advantage we can and focusing our energy into shorter time frames.

Part of the benefit is we don't put as much pressure on the trailer, tow vehicle or tires.

I'll have to start for NL earlier than the rest of the troops.
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Was that a trailer tire rated at 65 mph? I've wondered what would happen on the rare occasion I needed to exceed 65 to get through a hairy traffic situation how long it would be safe to travel at say 70 before risking such a blow out.
There are so many variables that speed rating is too simplistic to take the blame alone. Even this long winded post is not comprehensive.

First...Let me throw the obligatory bone here and say that you should restrict your speed to 65 or lower under all conditions.

Tires have their worst speed capability when brand new, at high speeds, and on hot pavement.

The reason for this is that heat build up is the primary enemy.
New tread holds more heat, high speed retains more heat, and of course hot pavement conducts more heat into the tire.

A tire on dry pavement runs cooler at half tread.
A tire at full inflation runs cooler.
A tire on cool pavement runs cooler.
Even a well balanced tire runs cooler.
And of course a tire runs cooler at lower speeds.

There are other factors such as tread design and depth,carcass design, tire material, load, attitude and tongue weight,and yes the aging of the tire itself.
Still there are no magic numbers or magic formulas to guarantee that you will never have a catastrophic tire failure. Everything else being perfect there are always road hazards.

I say all of this just to come to one point...
Don't worry but carry a spare!
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Umm... time for the big admission. I have gone 110 km/hr, (68 miles/hr) while towing a trailer. Maybe for like, 10 hours. The prairies are just flat, and mostly straight.
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A quick internet search brought up this: http://onlinetowingguide.com/pdfs/StateTowingLaws.pdf

Can't vouch for it's accuracy but it sure is food for thought.
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