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Old 11-15-2013, 01:09 PM   #1
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Traveling speed

I tried to search but didn't find much info.

What speed do most of you travel at while towing the camper? I know most speed limits are 65-70 but I've been doing about 55-60 and everyone passes me on the open roads, campers, trucks and people towing boats. I'm usually not in any hurry to get from point A to B when I have the camper, but it might make a difference for traveling across the states.
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Old 11-15-2013, 02:11 PM   #2
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Many people tow at high speed. In our travels we are often passed by people towing. We restrict our maximum speed to the limit stamped on our tires, 65 mph, or the speed limit of the state we are driving thru.

About 1/4 of the states limit top towing speed to 55 mph, though I admit I have never seen it enforced.

We are retired and generally avoid the Interstates. Our typical speeds are between 55 and 62 mph depending on the road and the law. On the Interstates we generally stay to the right and drive 60-62 mph.
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I try to keep it to 60mph. Safer and I can keep going and get better mpg
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Old 11-15-2013, 02:40 PM   #4
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Did a 4000 mile trip to the east coast in late Sept. and drove no faster than 60 mph. Let the speeders pass.
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Old 11-15-2013, 03:17 PM   #5
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If you ever make it out to California, know that the limit is 55 while towing on the freeways. I keep it between 55 and 60. During the summer if its very hot, I don't go over the 55 and stop more frequently to let the tires cool. I'm retired too and had to learn to be pokey. Once you get used to it, its great. Like Kevin said...let the speeders pass.
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Between 55 and 60 mph, weighted toward the lower side. CA and OR maximum towing speed is 55. OR has maximum speed of 55 for all vehicles except on the Interstate higways. CA has a maximum towing speed of 55 and they seem to enforce it.
The gas mileage and relaxed travel make it worth staying well below the maximum trailer tire speed (65 mph).

Yes we have a lot of people including those towing travel trailer zooming by us and every once in a while we read where one has put the dirty side up.
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Old 11-15-2013, 04:09 PM   #7
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In the Ford Ranger (our original tow vehicle), I tried to keep it about 55 (& up to 60). But at times I'd tow the Scamp at 65 to 70. Much better gas milage at 55.

With our Ford F150, at times 55, but more often 60 to 65. Again up to 70 or a little better a few times. Much better mpg at 55/60. Less tire problems it seems as well.

In California, I try to go along with flow & that is often well over the posted speed limits. My brother-in-law, an almost native of CA, told me years ago the police usually will let those keep up with the flow alone. The go after the ones who are lane changing & passing those following the flow. This was pertaining to the freeways around LA & vicinity of SoCal.

Some of the posted speeds in Texas on I-10 & perhaps I-20 are 85 mph. A raceway. Tow the Scamp once on it (maybe them) when it was set at 80 mph with the Ford Ranger. Went about 70 then, I believe. Perhaps 75 at times. Should have used the backroads.

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In the Ford Ranger (our original tow vehicle), I tried to keep it about 55 (& up to 60). But at times I'd tow the Scamp at 65 to 70. Much better gas milage at 55.

With our Ford F150, at times 55, but more often 60 to 65. Again up to 70 or a little better a few times. Much better mpg at 55/60. Less tire problems it seems as well.

In California, I try to go along with flow & that is often well over the posted speed limits. My brother-in-law, an almost native of CA, told me years ago the police usually will let those keep up with the flow alone. The go after the ones who are lane changing & passing those following the flow. This was pertaining to the freeways around LA & vicinity of SoCal.

Some of the posted speeds in Texas on I-10 & perhaps I-20 are 85 mph. A raceway. Tow the Scamp once on it (maybe them) when it was set at 80 mph with the Ford Ranger. Went about 70 then, I believe. Perhaps 75 at times. Should have used the backroads.

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On I-10 from LA to CA I still drive between 55 and 60. Let the those that are in a hurry go by.
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Old 11-15-2013, 04:31 PM   #9
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More and more in CA even the OTR trucks are sticking to the 55 mph limit. Yes, I to see exceptions, but as more and more trucks are carrying recording GPS systems, drivers are more apt to stick to posted limits. Day after day I can follow an 18 wheeler at exactly 55 mph on CA freeways.
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Old 11-15-2013, 05:14 PM   #10
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I usually set the cruise to 62 or 63 as that's the speed where I feel comfortable on the highway, with or without the trailer.

FWIW, ST tires are rated to 65 mph max. Supposedly the heavy sidewalls heat up too much if one goes faster.
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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...
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Old 11-15-2013, 07:28 PM   #12
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I also go 55-60 MPH. Though the Casita tows niceley, it is still a lot of weight to get under control if something should go wrong. I feel the chances of a positive outcome in an emergency increase at lower speeds.

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Under 60mph. If someone wants to pass me, I move over so they can go by. I enjoy my trip better without speedy peeps on my tailfeathers.
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Everyone is in a hurry these days. When I tow I keep it at 60 mph. You always get the jerk who almost cuts you off changing lanes.
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