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Old 09-11-2014, 04:38 PM   #29
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Me I would not be comfortable towing that airstream but I have no idea if it is a totally righteous set up that works great or should not be driven across the parking lot. Not my rig so not my problem or decision to make. Now if I was just going someplace local..... Hmm maybe?
Roger, I always appreciate and look forward to your comments.

To date the owner of the 2001 X5 still has it and is still towing the Airstream. Been everywhere with it. The X5 has had some minor issues of late but nothing serious. He also uses a high end Hensley hitch which is really icing on a very sweet cake. When travelling on the freeways he claims the only thing he is concerned with is falling asleep because it drives and handles so well.
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Old 09-11-2014, 05:22 PM   #30
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Does anyone know what the max speed is for a CT-13 re: the hubs and tires. I'll be pulling with an X5 (BMW) so pretty stable.

I think we need to steer back to the OP's original question and move away from discussions about towing airstreams.

....RogerDat, and Jim, I'm watching you two, too ....er, also.
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Old 09-11-2014, 05:39 PM   #31
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Back to the original question, Uhauls have a sealed bearing hub so they are not an issue. Only thing you can check on them is if there is any play or roughness when spinning the wheels.
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Old 09-11-2014, 05:56 PM   #32
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I think we need to steer back to the OP's original question and move away from discussions about towing airstreams.

....RogerDat, and Jim, I'm watching you two, too ....er, also.
Well the airstream was being towed by an X5 same as the OP was going to be towing with.... Which makes this waaay more relevant than some of our mental wonderings.
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....RogerDat, and Jim, I'm watching you two, too ....er, also.
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Old 09-11-2014, 07:13 PM   #34
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Max Speed? Back on topic.

I'm cheap... the fastest speed I travel is the one that get's me the best fuel mileage. Yes time is IMPORTANT, but since I work for wages, keeping money in my pocket so I can spend it elsewhere is important to me. If I have to leave earlier, rather than drive faster, I do. YMMV
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Old 09-11-2014, 08:20 PM   #35
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I try to keep a moderate pace, but I sometimes find it very difficult to travel on the freeway and not keep up with traffic. Those Escape trailers tow so smoothly that it is easy to forget that it is there, and before you know it, you are sailing along keeping up with the 70 m/hr flow of rush hour traffic through Salt Lake City. Honestly, that was not me on July 26, just another FJ and Escape 19 that looked like us.
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Old 09-11-2014, 08:52 PM   #36
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I think the speed record (142 mph) was set by a fiberglass-skinned trailer:

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Old 09-11-2014, 09:08 PM   #37
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The guys at Top Gear tried to break the caravan towing speed record... windows started blowing out of the trailer at 124 mph but that didn't stop them for trying to go faster than that...

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Old 09-12-2014, 06:58 AM   #38
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Come on now folks. High speed trailer towing and breaking speed records?? Lets try to stay on topic.
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I drive between 58 and 62 MPH in the right (Slow) lane whether I am towing or not . I did NOT drive fast when I was a young adult and I don't intend to drive any faster in my senior years . I am retired and getting there 15 minutes earlier does not motivate me but getting there in one piece with the best gas mileage possible does motivate me . The scenery along the way is as important and interesting to me as my destination
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I'm another retired slow poke. The sweet spot for the combination of my Escape 17 & RAV4 is 57 MPH. While I'll sometimes get up to the "breakneck" speed of 60 MPH on an interstate, I far prefer the secondary roads. Adding 5 MPH will drop the MPG by 3-4, and as Steve mentioned, the few minutes saved are not worth it.
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Come on now folks. High speed trailer towing and breaking speed records?? Lets try to stay on topic.
In case you missed it the OP's Question was about max speed:
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Does anyone know what the max speed is for a CT-13 re: the hubs and tires. I'll be pulling with an X5 (BMW) so pretty stable.
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RE: Curt hitches.... bummer. When I was looking the design and construction between the Curt, Hidden hitch and the Draw tite looked identical. So much so I wondered if they were not all made in the same factory. I hope I don't have any issues, but the Ct is so light I doubt I will.
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