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Old 11-15-2013, 09:30 PM   #15
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I go for 57 MPH, although going across I10 I've been doing 60. I usually stick to non interstates so the slower speed isn't usually a problem. I do pull over for drivers that pile up behind me...
I'm with Jon. Every tug/tow combo has a sweet spot where you'll get the best mpg. I want to keep as much money in my pocket as I can. Gotta buy that t-shirt, restaurant dinner or trinket at my destination. Improve that counties economy if I can! My combo gets the best fuel mileage at 57 mph. YMMV
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Old 11-15-2013, 09:47 PM   #16
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Just came down to FL from MA and was pretty much 62 to VA. slowed down to 60 for rest of trip and got a little better mileage. I'm heading west after thanksgiving and will be shunpiking out to CA. Don't like the interest antes at all.
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Between 55 and 60. Also I stay off the Interstates as much as possible. We've seen soooo much more now that we've switched to State Roads.
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Thanks for all the comments. I will stick to my 55-60 mph. I also like staying off the Interstates. There is so much more to see in the back country. To me Interstates are boring, I like stopping in some of the little towns just to check things out.
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Old 11-16-2013, 12:09 AM   #19
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I do the speed limit. 75 in ks, 70 in mo, ia, mn. The little time off I get is precious to me, if I wasn't on a schedule, it might be different. 15-20 mph difference on a 12-1500 mile trip adds up quick.
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Only having weekends to get away, the destination is the high point right now so I try to pick a direct route to get there...try to keep it at 60, sometimes a little faster or slower weather/wind taking into effect.

I hate when I get people on a 65mph highway, Im doing 60 and have to pass people that are driving slower then me in the middle or left lane.
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Old 11-16-2013, 05:25 AM   #21
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I'm with Jon. Every tug/tow combo has a sweet spot where you'll get the best mpg. I want to keep as much money in my pocket as I can. Gotta buy that t-shirt, restaurant dinner or trinket at my destination. Improve that counties economy if I can! My combo gets the best fuel mileage at 57 mph. YMMV

Hi Donna,

Great point. My 4Runner has a tach, so I can see what speed keeps my RPMs at the lowest level. The sweet spot is right around 59 mph.

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Hi Donna.
Traveling from Massachusetts to Florida in the fall with too much stuff in the "Guacamole" I have to keep it down to 60 or below. Just want to get there asap. The rest of the year I keep it down on back roads just to enjoy the scenery.
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I can appreciate those that are lucky enough to go on the roads less traveled. As a single traveler, and solo driver, there's little opportunity to view the sights. Curvy roads, folks passing when they shouldn't mean I need to keep my eyes forward and checking the mirrors... not looking at scenery. That's why I travel the most direct route to my destination and that's the interstates. Like other folks who are still working, time is precious. I'd rather drive a bit slower (higher mpg) but take a direct route. Someday, someday... I'll enjoy those backroads.
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Old 11-16-2013, 07:58 AM   #24
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I do the speed limit. 75 in ks, 70 in mo, ia, mn. The little time off I get is precious to me, if I wasn't on a schedule, it might be different. 15-20 mph difference on a 12-1500 mile trip adds up quick.
It's a shame you do not slow down, driving the speed limit also decreases your MPG, anything over 60 mph will impact your efficiency. Here is one chart that explains the effect: Speeding and Your Vehicle's Mileage
although titled "Speeding" (which in California you would have been) although you may have been driving the posted legal limit in that state, that speed is not your optimal speed for efficiency.
If we all slow down and drove 55 mph, then oil consumption will drop and we all would be better off.
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Old 11-16-2013, 10:44 AM   #25
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My trailer tires are rated for a "maximum" speed of 65 mph. I I don't feel safe going over 65 mph so I tow at 60 mph or less. Drive safe somebody loves you!
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It's a shame you do not slow down, driving the speed limit also decreases your MPG, anything over 60 mph will impact your efficiency. Here is one chart that explains the effect: Speeding and Your Vehicle's Mileage although titled "Speeding" (which in California you would have been) although you may have been driving the posted legal limit in that state, that speed is not your optimal speed for efficiency. If we all slow down and drove 55 mph, then oil consumption will drop and we all would be better off.
Wow, great article. The article is based on automobiles I'm sure. Imagine the cost savings when towing a trailer between 55 and 60 mph!
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Hi Donna,

Great point. My 4Runner has a tach, so I can see what speed keeps my RPMs at the lowest level. The sweet spot is right around 59 mph.

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Lowest engine RPM will not necessarily mean best MPG.

It takes a given amount of horsepower to move your train over the road as well as through the air. If you run at a very low RPM the motor will compensate for a lack of power at that RPM by using more fuel, in truck talk that's called "lugging".

As a number of members hereabouts will tell you, MPG's often increase when locking out higher gears that result in lower RPM. For example, in our Honda CR-V, we lock out overdrive and see an increase in MPG when towing our 13'er's. Same thing in my GMC Sonoma, always using 5th gears will assure a reduction in MPG's when towing
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If this thread is to survive, participants need refrain from making any negative comments regarding the speed other individuals choose to drive. Everyone has their own reasons for doing the speed they do, and may state these reasons, but any criticism of another's choices will not be allowed.

Any links to articles or studies written are welcome.

There are plenty of other thread with discussions on trailer tire limitations elsewhere, if you wish to talk on this subject.

For the most part, everyone here is playing good. I write this cautionary post because this is just one of those subjects that tends to go sour on us.
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