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Old 08-09-2013, 01:50 PM   #1
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Speed limits in the US?

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?

Is a RV trailer the same as a "house trailer"? Or are these the large mobile homes?

In PA whats considered a highway in an urban district?
"As posted. Fixed maximum limits as follows: (1) rural interstate highways – 65 mph; (2) residential districts on most local highways – 25 mph; (3) urban districts – 35 mph; and (4) in other locations – 55 mph."

See here Trailer Speed Limits | AAA/CAA Digest of Motor Laws

... I like the Alabama and Arizona laws
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Old 08-09-2013, 02:08 PM   #2
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Every trailer, semitrailer, and pole trailer with a GVWR of 3,000 lbs.
or more shall be equipped with independent braking system adequate
to control the movement of and to stop such a vehicle.

Oklahoma Speed Limit
N/A

Thanks for the link.
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Old 08-09-2013, 02:19 PM   #3
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In California it usually sez
"Vehicles with Trailers 55MPH"
And it's never more.

That includes everyone, from a SkiDoo, to Scamps to 18 wheelers, to that Toyota pulling the Space Shuttle. (Well, actually oversize loads do have lower limits)

And YES, they are enforced.
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My space shuttle pushes the Toyota......LOL
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Texas has no seperate speed limit for towed trailers. Most rural interstates are 75 mph. I've even towed on the 130 toll road around Austin where the speed limit in 85 mph. I know how the boulder in the middle of a rapids feels.
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Chris,

Speeed limits vary by state, not dissimilar from Europe where they vary by country. A good percentage of the country is 55 mph. Texas does have a speed limit for trailers as far as I can tell as follows:

"The maximum speed for a towing vehicle in Texas is 70 mph -- on the interstate -- unless posted otherwise. Under code 545.352, that's only in the daytime; it applies to passenger vehicles and light trucks pulling small trailers less than 26 feet long, carrying a boat, motorcycle or animals. For such small trailers, the nighttime maximum is 65 mph. For other kinds of trailers, such as fifth wheels, the maximum daytime speed is 60 mph, and that maximum drops by 5 mph at night. Common sense trumps the posted speed limit: If it's foggy, and you're still traveling at 55, the police can cite you for dangerous driving."
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Not all states enforce towing speed limits. However trailer tires are generally rated for 65 mph maximum.
West coast speeds.
California 55 mph posted on most roads and I would assume enforced.
Oregon 55 mph not posted and as far as this Oregonian has seen not enforced.
Washington same as truck maximum speed which is posted on the freeways as 60 mph, don't know about enforcement.

North of border in BC 50 mph. don't know about enforcement.
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Where did you get 50 mph for BC?
I'm driving the posted limit or 10kph above, in an effort to stay with the flow of traffic.
That's usually 68 mph on Highway 1, up the Coquihalla, wherever the posted limit is 110kph ( 68mph )
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Where did you get 50 mph for BC?
I'm driving the posted limit or 10kph above, in an effort to stay with the flow of traffic.
That's usually 68 mph on Highway 1, up the Coquihalla, wherever the posted limit is 110kph ( 68mph )
I got it from a BC government web site. I don't remember the URL. I do remember being surprised. I believe it said something like 80kph.

I just looked it up. It was AAA/CAA web site. It's a ways done on the link.
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Is a RV trailer the same as a "house trailer"? Or are these the large mobile homes?
Generally yes, "house trailer" is an old term, still used in some legislation, for what we know call a "travel trailer" or "towable RV". Mobile homes - factory-built houses which are towed to their end location but not routinely moved after that - are wide and heavy enough to be subject to their own rules and generally not towable by someone with an ordinary driver's license.
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I got it from a BC government web site. I don't remember the URL. I do remember being surprised. I believe it said something like 80kph.

I just looked it up. It was AAA/CAA web site. It's a ways done on the link.
Do you mean this:
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80 km/h on provincial highways, and 50 km/h in populated areas, or as posted.
from Trailer Speed Limits | AAA/CAA Digest of Motor Laws?
That's the general rule for all vehicles, not just trailers. As it states, posted limits supersede this rule; the "100 km/h" signs on major highways apply to everyone, not just trailers. It is repeated on British Columbia | AAA/CAA Digest of Motor Laws under the heading "Trailer Speed Limits", but it doesn't make sense as a trailer-specific rule because B.C. doesn't post separate limits for trailers, and so many roads would have trailers at inappropriate limits for lack of any specific direction.

The actual regulations are published by the B.C. government at Motor Vehicle Act. Part 3, section 146, contains the 50/80 km/h limits (in subsection 1), as well as provisions for other limits as indicated by signs, and even for separate limits for various classes of vehicles. They do not contain any specific limits for trailers. It appears that the auto club has just incorrectly published the general limits as if they are trailer-specific limits.

These rule collections are well-intentioned and often useful, but also often missing many details.
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In California, it is the posted speed limit, up to 55mph. Posted limits above 55, anything towing anything is restricted to 55mph. Enforcement is selective(I stay between big trucks that average about 65).
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I flippin' don't care what the posted speed limit is for towing a trailer... I just want ALL of you to get to your destination safely

If it means leaving home an hour earlier, do it! Get where you want go camp safely...

I know there are members here that are almost arrogant about speed limits. It's NOT how fast you get there... it's the FACT you do GET there.
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The safest speed to travel is the same speed as everybody around you. It's the differential in speeds that can hurt, as in when you are doing sixty and the concrete pillar isn't moving at all.
So, within reason, I try to keep up with surrounding traffic.
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