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Old 08-24-2009, 12:02 AM   #1
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Again a 2002 Toyota 4Runner 4WD 3.4L question: How fast am I allowed to tow with this TV? On some forums I read that Toyota recommends 45 mph? Now THAT is s l o w... I would expect around 55 to 60 mph...

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Old 08-24-2009, 12:45 AM   #2
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Re: One 4Runner question answered, another appeared...

You can tow as fast as your vehicle can go, no faster.
On flat stretches I bet you could do 80 - 90 mph,
up a 18% grad I bet you slow down to 30 - 40 mph or more.
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Old 08-24-2009, 12:45 AM   #3
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I tow a 17B with a 2008 RAV4 V6. I try to keep my speed down to 60 mph for better fuel economy, but when I'm in heavy traffic on a highway, I drive the speed of the traffic, be it 65 mph or 70. Driving at 45 mph could get you killed or at least get you a ticket for impeding traffic.
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Old 08-24-2009, 05:50 AM   #4
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I would think the determining fractor is actually the trailer tires, not your TV. Maybe Rease and Tammy have a word on that? But it's reasonable to consider 60-65 mph as normal.
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Re: One 4Runner question answered, another appeared...

Without the trailer I am typically 10 over on the highway, but with the trailer I pretty much stick to the speed limit unless it is unreasonably slow. I would think the 4Runner would be just fine doing the same.
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Old 08-24-2009, 11:35 AM   #6
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Our Escape has Goodyear ST205/75R14 tires which Goodyear has speed rated to a maximum of 65 mph.
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Old 08-24-2009, 11:48 AM   #7
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Re: One 4Runner question answered, another appeared...

Quote:
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Our Escape has Goodyear ST205/75R14 tires which Goodyear has speed rated to a maximum of 65 mph.
Then I'd think that would be your maximum too. The Toyota and it's tires will do much better than that, but trailer tires are a little different. Probably good for us to slow down a little anyway! After all, we're relaxing!!!!!!
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Old 08-24-2009, 11:54 AM   #8
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We just basically keep it around 60-65mph occasionally 70mph when I don't notice and it creeps up there.. Our philosophy is we'll get there when we get there and we enjoy the ride.. I think for me it's the combination of safety factor & MPG.. the faster you go the less time to re-act to a situation and less gas mileage you get to boot..

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Best part of our recent trip home was tooling along on secondary roads in Idaho and eastern Washington state. There was very little traffic and a speed limit of 50 MPH most of the way. It was scenic and relaxing. Back in Canada on a highway with a 100 KPH limit and more traffic, I was stressed again. I love it when slowing down is an option.

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Old 08-24-2009, 07:10 PM   #10
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Good to hear that those reasonable speeds are fine! 45 mph would have been just on the extreme low end. I probably will end up driving 60 to 65 mph on interstates then. Perfect! Nobody here has heard about the 45 mph limit set by Toyota then. Must be either a rumor, or something set for older models.

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