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Old 08-10-2013, 01:40 PM   #29
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Actually, the subject line for the OP is "Speed limits in the US?"
So, I think subsequent posts are pertinent.
I agree - as long as they're about speed limits.
Pennsylvania is the original poster's starting point, but the context is the US, as compared to the European situation with which he is more familiar.

I think some useful points have emerged:
  • there are lists which collect rules across the U.S. states (and Canadian provinces)
  • the lists are not complete, thorough, or necessarily correct... but they're a starting point
  • rules do vary from state to state (and province to province)
  • authoritative rules (legislation and regulations) are published to the internet by the authorities
    which for those jurisdictions, but they can be a challenge to find and to interpret
  • speed limits and common practice are not the same thing

Mary asked about people from or with experience in Pennsylvania; it might be interesting to see if what they believe matches the actual rules...
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Old 08-10-2013, 01:44 PM   #30
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Here's a web site that indicated it's 55mph in PA.
Good, but I checked the two provinces with which I am most familiar, and there are errors (not the towing speed) in both, so take anything from a source like this is a grain - or maybe a whole shaker - of salt. As I said, it's a starting point... and I agree that the next step is to consult a more authoritative source specific to the jurisdiction.
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Old 08-10-2013, 02:35 PM   #31
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If there are restrictions other than the posted speed on any highway (such as when towing), would their not be a sign indicating that?. They would be hard pressed to press charges for speeding when towing at the regular speed limit, if it were not posted somewhere.

I can't remember anywhere seeing a restriction when towing an RV, though I have for trucks. Maybe I just need to pay better attention.
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Old 08-10-2013, 02:40 PM   #32
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I've only seen max and min speeds and truck speeds on the road signs.

Don't recall seeing a tow speed sign before. I'll have to pay more attention
along with you Jim. I have seen "no Jake brake" signs...............lol

But I don't call my brakes Jake.
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Old 08-10-2013, 02:41 PM   #33
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In rereading #1 the op did not ask about PA, he just mentioned that it was his home state. Hopefully he was plannng on going further than just PA and seemed to be asking about all other U.S. states in general.

But, at least he didn't start whinning about topic drift and unwanted answers.....
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For a minute there I thought we were going to have a beard-growing contest (like the credit card commercial.... grunt grunt: "I win!"). LOL
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So what rule do you follow if towing with a U-Hail that states in big letters all over the trailer, maximum speed 45 mph? I always assumed towing means going slower as the way trucks used do years ago, they stayed in the right slower lanes as did other towing vehicles. Rarely were these ever in the passing lane, as they are today where they will run you over if you go 45 while towing.
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Old 08-10-2013, 05:20 PM   #36
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U-Haul doesn't set speed limits but, if the contract you signed when renting states that the maximum towing speed is 45MPH you could, at least technically, run into a liability problem if, say a tire failed at 55 mph leading to an accident yada,yada, yada, and yiu wanted to put the blame on U-Haul.

At least a year back some rental car companies put speed monitors on vehicles and charged customers an extra fee if it was driven faster than they wanted. BTW: That was in the contract as well.
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I always assumed that the speed limits for trailers are the same as for other cars... I have to admit that I made my license in Europe, so I was surprised that even my home state (PA) has some speed limits for trailers.

Are these generally enforced?
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I can state that in California they do enforce the "towing a trailer speed limit". They also enforce being in the right two lanes for trailers on multiple lane urban highways.
Individual law enforcement seems to be dependent upon triage priority during lean budgets for police officers. Most drivers play a variant of Russian Roulette substituting a police patrol car for the pistol. To me Chris's question directly addresses this aspect. He didn't ask WHAT the laws are; he obviously knew that before posting. He wanted to know what strategy to use in playing the game everybody is playing out there on the highway, and my evidence is that the vast majority of people play it aggressively.

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If there are restrictions other than the posted speed on any highway (such as when towing), would their not be a sign indicating that?. They would be hard pressed to press charges for speeding when towing at the regular speed limit, if it were not posted somewhere.

I can't remember anywhere seeing a restriction when towing an RV, though I have for trucks. Maybe I just need to pay better attention.
The towing speed limits are sometimes buried quite deep in the statutes. Oregon states 55 limit, but it's not posted and from my observation not enforced. Washington states towing speed limit is the same as for trucks, so I guess in way it is posted.

Just because it's not posted doesn't mean it isn't so. Also ignorance of the law is generally not accepted as an excuse.
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Just because it's not posted doesn't mean it isn't so. Also ignorance of the law is generally not accepted as an excuse.
For the most part, I agree with this statement. However, how is one to know? Say I am doing a cross country tour of the US, how could I possibly know and remember every unposted speed limit?

Of course, common sense will help out some. I know all rural roads in Alberta are 80 kph, unless otherwise posted.
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I remember in my neck of the woods there were signs just ever so often.
Now they are spread out to where you have to wonder what the speed limit
is. So, my sometimes solution when it bothers me is to carry my GPS which
displays the speed limit while tooling down the road. But it's only the general
speed limit. And also tells me how fast I'm going according to the satellite.
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In regards to California...55 mph max towing any vehicle. Two right lanes unless it's a two lane roadway.

Strictly enforced by CHP.... to say that "it's selective enforcement" is incorrect. If you're driving your car at 70 mph and the limit is 65 mph..you can't very well say,"I was only going 70!" Speeding is speeding. Enforcement is to ensure the safety of ALL motorists on the road.

Ignorance is no exception...knowing the laws is as easy as reading the posted signs.

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I like the double nickel. It has worked for me on DE 1, PA Turnpike, the PA Blue Route, I-295 in Jersey and a few other limited access highways. My nerves won't take the volume or the wide range of speeds on I-95 over most of its length even without a tow. I avoid the Balto/Washington corridor like the plague and even local runs like Wilmington to the MD line can be hair raising. I prefer to refuse to play the game but a high percentage winning strategy most likely means not taking the trailer on some highways, in my case if no others.

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