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Old 06-30-2020, 01:50 AM   #1
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Speed while Towing and not Towing

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We are new to RV'ing and we are wondering what speed most people go while on the highway while either towing or not towing a vehicle. We are going to go our speed but on our trip home from this weekends trip with the RV we started to discuss this.
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Old 06-30-2020, 02:37 AM   #2
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Towing our toad we are limited to 65 mph so we usually cruise at 63 mph. On the rare occasions we travel in the MH without a toad I'll cruise up to 67 or 68 mph.

In both cases I'll push it up to 75 mph when passing or to provide separation from other vehicles.
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Old 06-30-2020, 01:21 PM   #3
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Towing our toad we are limited to 65 mph so we usually cruise at 63 mph. On the rare occasions we travel in the MH without a toad I'll cruise up to 67 or 68 mph.

In both cases I'll push it up to 75 mph when passing or to provide separation from other vehicles.
This is exactly what I do as well
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Old 06-30-2020, 01:27 PM   #4
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Old 06-30-2020, 02:02 PM   #5
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Towing our toad we are limited to 65 mph so we usually cruise at 63 mph. On the rare occasions we travel in the MH without a toad I'll cruise up to 67 or 68 mph.

In both cases I'll push it up to 75 mph when passing or to provide separation from other vehicles.

When you say "limited to 65 mph" is that by local law, the ability of your coach with your toad, or suggestion by Thor?
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Old 06-30-2020, 02:35 PM   #6
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When you say "limited to 65 mph" is that by local law, the ability of your coach with your toad, or suggestion by Thor?
Some vehicle cannot be towed faster than 65MPH per manufacturer's requirements and owners manual instructions. That is not Thor or local law it is the TOAD setting the limit. My Jeep Grand Cherokee has no such limit.


Since we are almost retired (3 months and counting) and not in a hurry to get anywhere I limit my speed in the Accolade to 65 whether I am towing or not. Every now and again I may creep up to 68 or 70. When we had the Challenger I would limit the speed to around 60 for my own comfort and stress level.
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Old 06-30-2020, 03:00 PM   #7
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I try to do the speed limit so I'm not one of those mobile chicane folks.
Of course common sense prevails, but if you don't have the talent or are skeered to do what is common amongst 200,000 poorly trained and 3,000,000 highly learned truck drivers and van delivery folk, and people in dually pickups, please find another hobby that doesn't scare you or impede others.
I'm guilty of slowing down and sometimes the rv just won't do the speed limit so I semi-understand but I don't race jet boats because I lack talent to do so. Personal Limits need to be known and traffic needs taken into account.
I've spent a double-Squat-load to get the rv where I'm comfortable driving it at speed.

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I try to do the speed limit so I'm not one of those mobile chicane folks.
Of course common sense prevails, but if you don't have the talent or are skeered to do what is common amongst 200,000 poorly trained and 3,000,000 highly learned truck drivers and van delivery folk, please find another hobby that doesn't scare you or impede others.
I'm guilty of slowing down and sometimes the rv just won't do the speed limit so I semi-understand but I don't race jet boats because I lack talent to do so. Personal Limits need to be known and traffic needs taken into account.
I've spent a double-Squat-load to get the rv where I'm comfortable driving it at speed.

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I am afraid I may be one of those mobile chicane folks. Here in Texas where the speed limit is 70 mph on most US routes and 65 mph on 2 lane state highways, most Texans drive 15 to 20 mph faster than the posted speed limits. I feel uncomfortable driving my RV faster than 55-60 mph on anything but Interstates where I have room to maneuver or stop. It takes my 18,000 pound Hurricane 244 ft to stop from 60 mph on dry pavement with the anti-lock pumping away. Towing my truck, I am sure it would be longer but I am too chicken to try it. I used to road race my Fiats and Abarth, so I know what happens when a driver runs out of talent.
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Old 06-30-2020, 04:03 PM   #9
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I typically drive about 67 mph towing or not. It took me several years to get used to it but now it is just comfortable relaxed driving. Of course Iíll go faster if passing or on a good two lane where Iíd otherwise be holding up traffic. Most often we only travel 300 miles or so per day. Whatís the hurry beyond habit?
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Old 06-30-2020, 04:13 PM   #10
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I'm an 850 and Abarth guy. A silly little 850 was one of the great loves of my life.
Moved on to Lancia beta, then Stratos, then quit before I got really stupid(an sm was calling my name... Still does). Griffins and Griffiths, ginettas. I'm 6'4", some of them were just stupid for me to have.
If I ever need a towed I figured a spitfire gt6 with a floor cut out for my seat, with a miata (or so) drive train would serve my need for:
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My' do not boldly go where 10,000 have before(sheep in a jeep)' outlook.

Damn. I hope I never need a towed.

I understand completely, the caution, I really do. But the house spouse who hasn't driven outside of the city limits in 40 years needs to know of the obligation they have, that it's not all about them and their 55mph phobias and lack of talent. This forum often correctly justifies what others glom onto as an excuse. Pretty soon you have the 52mph in a 75mph zone housespouse dictating how it's their right to drive as they see fit.

I'm not one for coddling my own shortcomings nor those of others.
If I can't maneuver, I don't play. It's a life thing with me. I don't weld things I haven't talent for, I don't dig in my coin purse for exact change when there's a line behind me, I don't pull over with a flat tire while on the one way bridge, I don't forsake others for my mere comfort or convenience. When going through somewhere dispicable, like Oklahoma city has been for 40 years of bad road, we'll take the hit upon ourselves and plan a midnight run instead of the 3pm rush.

(and if a car is on my ass whether I'm doing 80mph on the i40 or 35 in a 35 zone, I pull over.
They're gone, they're not on my ass, and it took me 20 seconds to accommodate them AND never have to see them ever again no matter who was right or wrong.)
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I'm a "Low & Slow" kind of guy: 60 mph is about all the fun that I can stand... Toad, or Toadless.
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Typically just for the speed limit with exceptions like narrow highways then it’s whatever I feel comfortable with. We mainly stick to the interstates though so 65-75. Our toad is a wrangler and it doesn’t have any speed restrictions.

Side note we have a class c so the overhead bunk has a whistle that is really noticeable around 63 to 66 range so I try to avoid that if can.
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Old 06-30-2020, 05:04 PM   #13
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in the bus, towing or not towing 65-66 mph.



in the expedition, its whatever the traffic is doing. limit it 75, but we run 80 plus most of time just to avoid being a hazard to navigation on the interstate..




most of time in the bus we run state hwys that are not high speed or heavy traffic.
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Old 06-30-2020, 05:13 PM   #14
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With our 41 foot bus, it could easily tow our car at 75MPH, but in California the speed limit while towing anything is 55MPH, so I cruised between 55 & 60. Being retired and RVing one should never be in a hurry. The Gemini was a different story, was never comfortable towing even at 55MPH, so we rarely towed and rented cars at destinations. Now we are between motor-homes, so for now and with covid there is very little in the way of any travel.
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