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Old 01-06-2015, 01:17 PM   #29
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I set cruise on 75 and go from wichita to minneapolis.


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That is interesting since most trailer tires are rated 65 and 2 of the states you drive thru have 55 mph limits on towing with trailers. Hope you make it safely...
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How does one know what states have traffic laws like that (55 towing a trailer?!?) Are there signs at the interstate entrances? Do laws like that apply to tractor trailers as well? If it doesn't, it should!

I commute on an interstate every day. Tractor trailers are the bane of my existence!

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How does one know what states have traffic laws like that (55 towing a trailer?!?) Are there signs at the interstate entrances? Do laws like that apply to tractor trailers as well? If it doesn't, it should!

I commute on an interstate every day. Tractor trailers are the bane of my existence!

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Old 01-06-2015, 02:00 PM   #32
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That site # 32 states 65 mph max for Oklahoma and Iowa, 2 states on the way mentioned. My point is towing and driving unhitched do not always have the same speed limit.
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This was never on my radar screen, and from what that website says, applies to tractor trailers as well. I usually tow below the speed limit, so the 55 stuff suits me fine. Plus once I retire, I will spend as little time on interstates as possible!

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Just watch your rear view mirror for those who drive 75 mph and come quickly right behind you before passing, particularly at night. Maybe we retirees need a special lane to occupy?
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That "special lane" is off the interstate!

I am a VERY defensive driver, and use my mirrors all the time. When I'm driving, that's what I'm doing. I can never get over these big trucks pulling huge 5th wheels that go flying by me, or worse yet, just big travel trailers. At least most 5th wheels pull straight. I've been passed many times by folks towing swaying RV's. It's amazing to me the things people do in general on the highway, let along towing!

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I hear you and watch out for those croc's that appear right after a blow out....
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Old 01-06-2015, 02:31 PM   #38
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It's one of those things if you don't feel comfortable with it don't use it. I use it all the time even in the mountains. When it shifts down too far so the engine RPM goes up to around 4,000 I turn it off and go manual. As soon as I can go back to cruse I do. If the hills are steep I turn on "haul mode", when changes the shifting points.
Once in a while I don't think the torque converter lock has engaged I go manual to lock the torgue converter.

However if don't feel comfortable use manual.
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That site # 32 states 65 mph max for Oklahoma and Iowa, 2 states on the way mentioned. My point is towing and driving unhitched do not always have the same speed limit.

Funny, I don't drive through Oklahoma, and iowa dot says to follow car speed limits. Next?

http://www.iowadot.gov/mvd/ods/dlmanual/section7.pdf


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That is interesting since most trailer tires are rated 65 and 2 of the states you drive thru have 55 mph limits on towing with trailers. Hope you make it safely...

Actually, almost no trailer tires are rated for a max of 65mph, but you knew that, since we've covered it repeatedly. Mine are good to 85mph.

Trailer tire max speed.

As for the other two incorrect claims, I dealt with them above.

Kansas does have a house trailer speed, but they don't consider it to apply to campers.


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Norm, I'd be curious whether your Honda works like mine (automatically downshifting to hold speed on downgrades when cruise control is set). I forgot to mention earlier- when the grade lessens and speed drops back below the preset speed, the transmission upshifts. You have the newer 6-speed, I believe.

As to rear brake wear, some newer models have "electronic brake force distribution" or something like that. Honda uses it on a number of models (including my Pilot) and there were quite a few complaints in the early years about premature rear brake wear and rotor failure. I don't think it had anything to do with adaptive cruise control, but that rear brakes were forced to work harder and the size of the rotors may not have been up to the task. Of course, driving style may have been a factor as well (which is what Honda claimed, of course...). My previous TV, a 2000 Sienna, went 150K on the front pads and never needed rears in 190K of ownership, so I don't think I'm too hard on brakes. We'll see how the Pilot does.
Jon, We only have 1500 miles towing all on generally flat land. I need to do more testing with the Odyssey. I do have 'electronic brake force distribution' for 'slippery' situations though I have never felt it activate. If you don't want it you can disable it after you start up. I am impressed with the Odyssey's cornering ability, it seems to handle well for a large car.

I usually change my own brake pads and will keep an eye on their performance. I rarely do much braking. I generally am always looking ahead and generally roll to stops not like some who drive hard to stop lights/signs and apply their brakes.

I do not feel more relaxed or less attentive when driving in cruise. I expect that my reaction time is no less with cruise, though I'm sure it's slowing with age.
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That is interesting since most trailer tires are rated 65 and 2 of the states you drive thru have 55 mph limits on towing with trailers. Hope you make it safely...
The Goodyear Marathons on my Escape 19 are rated for 75 mph if I pressure them 10 psi over the pressure rated for the weight on them. I am a long ways from maximum weight. Others closer to the maximum weight rating for the tire may not be able to though.

I do tow up to 75 mph with my trailer all the time, as long as the speed limit allows it. Most highways around here are 100 or 110 kph (6 or 68 mph). A lot of BC is only 90 kph (56 mph) though.
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