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Old 06-03-2012, 07:42 AM   #15
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I'm usually under 60 when towing unless I have to go a bit faster when passing. As for gravel roads, it all depends on the condition of the road.
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Old 06-03-2012, 08:02 AM   #16
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Hi: All... Before we bought "Our Escape Hatch" it had been to Alaska...so it came complete with some stone dings. No more gravel towing from us.
I had some bumper stickers made for our vehicles that states... "I'm driving as fast as I can afford", and at $4.75 a gal. thats not so fast!!!
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Old 06-03-2012, 09:02 AM   #17
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Old 06-03-2012, 05:23 PM   #18
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Old 06-03-2012, 09:00 PM   #19
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If my trailer tires weren't so wimpy - my preferred towing speed would be what my preferred (most comfortable) driving speed is
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On Friday, I was trying to get before dark to Pinery Provincial Park and drove with the traffic at about 68 mph (110 km/h) and got under 13 mpg (over 18L / 100 km).
Today, on the way back, I took it easy driving at about 56 mph (90 km/h) and got 17.4 mpg (13.5 L / 100 km). That means that on the way back I saved about C$20 on gas...
That was with V6 Buick Rainier pushed by Trillium Jubilee
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Old 06-03-2012, 09:34 PM   #21
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As my tires are only rated to 65 mph and my car also does better on fuel consumption at a slower speed I normally stay under 60 on pavement. But in some states it may be well below that as it depends on what state I am towing through, Washington for example is the posted truck speed.

On gravel roads it depends on the condition of the road.... but more often than not its slow!
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Old 06-04-2012, 11:28 AM   #22
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I try to keep 60-64mph on the highways. If I go 55 the 18 wheelers start passing me, I generally keep the same pace with them.

The state of California is indeed in poor financial shape, I just found out the bay area bridges will start charging $20 toll for 3 axles, which includes a vehicle towing a single axle trailer!
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Its not just California taking the approach to charging fees to cover the cost of rebuilding an old bridge or highway or putting in a new one.

We have/had a number of them in BC for many years. The price is normally set so that it works out to be just enough that you save more money than the fee on gas rather than driving the long way around to avoid the fee or in the case of commercial drivers it saves them a number of hours of time. In some situations in big cities they are putting a fee structure in place just for using a certain road - they are doing it to encourage people to use transit and to try and reduce the volume of traffic on a specific road way.

Ever been to London, England? If you go into the city between 6AM and 6PM on Monday to Friday that will cost you about US$15.

We currently have one bridge now where they take a photo of your licence plate and then send you the bill in the mail if you do not have a monthly pass. Never thought of it but I am guessing as they dont have the addresses of those without a BC licence plate that tourists dont actually get a bill. hummm.

Edit: Have been informed that even if you have an out of Province plate you will get a bill as the provinces share info or at least some do.
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I like to "go with the flow" of at least the 18 wheelers around me, which here in Florida is 70 mph on the Interstate Highways. I bought Kumho 857 tires for my egg because it has a speed rating well above the usual 65 mph of most trailer tires - Tire Rack says 106 mph, (but I really don't think I'll be going that fast any time soon). Plus the 857 is (usually) made in Korea instead of China, and has good reviews. Tire Rack describes the 857 this way: "The Radial 857 is KUMHO's Euro-metric Commercial-sized special purpose tire designed for use on trailers. Radial 857 tires are not intended to be used on cars or light trucks."

I don't mind going slower when I'm in a state where the 18 wheelers have a more limited speed limit, but I don't feel comfortable going slower than they do.
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Although we are built for speed (car tires are speed rated for 260 KPH and the trailer tires are rated for 180KPH) we keep highway cruising down to a dull roar. 100KPH (60MPH).
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I try to keep 60-64mph on the highways. If I go 55 the 18 wheelers start passing me, I generally keep the same pace with them.
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I don't mind going slower when I'm in a state where the 18 wheelers have a more limited speed limit, but I don't feel comfortable going slower than they do.
Am I missing something here?

ALL of the 18 wheelers pass me, and I'm OK with that. The only people I pass are the 86 year old great-grandmas who can barely see over the steering wheel.
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Old 06-04-2012, 09:02 PM   #27
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Although we are built for speed (car tires are speed rated for 260 KPH and the trailer tires are rated for 180KPH) we keep highway cruising down to a dull roar. 100KPH (60MPH).
Trailer tires rated at 180KPH??? Really - I think you might want to slow down Trailer tires ST means they are only rated at 105 KPH/65mph or at least mine are and I thought that was the case with all ST's
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Trailer tires rated at 180KPH??? Really - I think you might want to slow down Trailer tires ST means they are only rated at 105 KPH/65mph or at least mine are and I thought that was the case with all ST's

No Carol - Hate to break it to ya, but there are several that are rated as high as 160kph (100 MPH) and are trailer rated - usually with a load range D as well. Several have been posted on here as well, but since there is no "products recommended by members" section it is next to impossible to find them!
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