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Old 02-27-2016, 08:39 PM   #1
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So, how fast do you drive towing?

We spent a good part of today driving/towing from Des Moines, IA to El Dorado State Park, KS. Sometimes I feel like I'm the only trailer (of any kind) on the highway traveling at 65 mph, the rated max speed of trailer tires.

What about the rest of my Escapee compatriots? What speed do you tow at?
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Old 02-27-2016, 08:42 PM   #2
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I'm comfortable at 110 KPH ( 68 MPH ) or less.
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Old 02-27-2016, 08:45 PM   #3
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I've only put about 2000 miles on my 17B, but I've been towing at the speed limit... 55 in cali, 70-75 in Nevada, but stayed at 75 in Idaho's 80 mph zones.

I might be slowing down to smell the roses to 65 or so, but as you've noticed, no one is driving that slowly. Even in Cali, me driving 55, all the trucks were passing me.
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65 mph max. Only got 13 mph Vermont to Salt Lake. Headwinds the whole way.
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Old 02-27-2016, 08:49 PM   #5
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After having a tire explode on me for no apparent reason, i'm pretty leery of spending extended distances too far above 65. I will to pass or when needed in heavy traffic, but I try to keep it for short periods of time. Maybe I'm just too paranoid.....

And yah - those headwinds sure kill mileage - we were going into very strong ones all day and only got about 12 mpg
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Old 02-27-2016, 08:51 PM   #6
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Eric,
We actually have a very similar rig: 17A and a Honda Pilot.
Our Honda is very comfortable at 62-65 mph. That gives us 15 mpg for average gas mileage.

The California speed limit for trailers is 55 mph, which places everyone using the truck lane at 60-65 mph, so that works. A lot of the time, we try to take the secondary highway routes, so that means 2 lane roads with speed limits in the 50-55 range. Again, a good speed for us.

When we visit relatives in AZ, I guess we can see how we do at 75 mph, and 110 F.
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I like to run about 65 mph towing the 19. I'll creep up a little faster when the road is clear and flat but only because I don't tow on cruise. That's on the interstates. On two lanes, I run about 58 to 62 depending on the limit. I never worry about what the rest of them are doing. I'll be along directly. Hope you are having a great trip.
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Hey Dave - I'm just glad to be out of Des Moines and on the way. I use cruise, but pop it off as soon as I get to any hilly areas or if I see it's doing too frequent up and down shifting. Does the wind EVER stop in Kansas? So far the Highlander is a great travel vehicle. Those heated seats sure help old backs.
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Hey Dave - I'm just glad to be out of Des Moines and on the way. I use cruise, but pop it off as soon as I get to any hilly areas or if I see it's doing too frequent up and down shifting. Does the wind EVER stop in Kansas? So far the Highlander is a great travel vehicle.
There is nothing in Kansas to slow the wind down .
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I've tried cruise a couple times, not towing, on a lightly used four lane highway. I still found it a PIA. I gather new cars have sensors that anticipate traffic and work with cruise control, but I was always having to take over manually.
Or maybe I should read the manual.
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