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Old 02-25-2015, 03:28 AM   #21
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That is a big topic on the Heartland forums and it seems alot of people do it but not for the increased speed but to help the tires stand up to the weight of the trailers. Dont know if there is any fact to it but have read numerous people that do it.
I don't know about that. My "D" rated GY ST'S CP is 65 psi, that is what I run them at. The wheel weight it carries is at 1760 at 50 PSI running at 65 PSI it good for 2340 or something close, but I still can't over load to that weight. I have always been told to run it 65 CP what is marked on the sidewall, besides my rims are stamped inside 60 PSI. I don't drive over 65 anyway except to pass or something then back to 65 ASAP. It's been working for me, my old tires where rated "C" at 50 CP I had only 300lbs to play with, to close for me. The garbage Trail Express.
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Old 02-25-2015, 06:23 AM   #22
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& then everyone blames it on the tires blowing out & not the fact that they were traveling above the tires requirements of speed, weight , and pressures ............ It was't me...............It's someone elses fault......

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Old 02-25-2015, 08:06 AM   #23
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One thing to remember is some states have maximum speeds when you are towing a trailer that may be below the posted speed.
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The tires are one thing...
My main concern is your ability to stop safely in an emergency...the trailer might be driving the truck if speed is to great !
As a former 18 wheeler driver...I know the forces at play, and that trailer will push the truck around !
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I'll just drive the speed limit, could care less if I'm keeping up with traffic.
Drove through Chicago twice in 2 years and i got passed like I was tied to a post the whole way through!
Looks like I made it.
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I'll just drive the speed limit, could care less if I'm keeping up with traffic.
Drove through Chicago twice in 2 years and i got passed like I was tied to a post the whole way through!
Looks like I made it.
As bad as I hate to agree with Turbs, WHO cares about keeping up with 70-80mph traffic? Last time I noticed, they can either follow or pass me. I really don't care. Have driven thru Chicago, Houston, J'ville, FL, Atlanta, Dallas/FW, Memphis and a lot of big cities and haven't been rear ended yet.
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As bad as I hate to agree with Turbs, WHO cares about keeping up with 70-80mph traffic? Last time I noticed, they can either follow or pass me. I really don't care. Have driven thru Chicago, Houston, J'ville, FL, Atlanta, Dallas/FW, Memphis and a lot of big cities and haven't been rear ended yet.
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As bad as I hate to agree with Turbs, WHO cares about keeping up with 70-80mph traffic? Last time I noticed, they can either follow or pass me. I really don't care. Have driven thru Chicago, Houston, J'ville, FL, Atlanta, Dallas/FW, Memphis and a lot of big cities and haven't been rear ended yet.
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Again, I'm NOT trying to "keep up" with traffic going 80mph. Ah never mind. Thank you all for the sage advice


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As bad as I hate to agree with Turbs, WHO cares about keeping up with 70-80mph traffic? Last time I noticed, they can either follow or pass me. I really don't care. Have driven thru Chicago, Houston, J'ville, FL, Atlanta, Dallas/FW, Memphis and a lot of big cities and haven't been rear ended yet.
Having lived and worked in Houston for a period, Houston drivers have their own quirks but let's talk brass tacks here. It has nothing to do with what traffic is doing. Traffic and behaviors of drivers have common patterns - traffic engineers are actually taught this and have been since the days I was in school and had to have an introductory traffic engineering course. Human behaviors that drive traffic behaviors are an input to geometric design.

One of those common behaviors is the little guy does not like to be behind the big guy - meaning no matter what speed the bigger vehicle is going, someone driving a smaller vehicle they cannot see around doesn't want to be behind them. So, everyone of us driving a pickup annoyed by the driver with the Prius speeding past to only drop in front of us and decelerate - this is why. Next common behavior is pack mentality, where all lanes of traffic comes to fall into a uniform pace which is the basis of a "traffic wave" behavior on a highway (on frontage roads, it's traffic control devices that purposely generate the traffic wave pattern). With the pack mentality comes the alpha or leader mentality, which is the driver who goes to great lengths weaving in an out of traffic to get out ahead of the wave in lead of it.

So, you WANT to go faster towing. It is not a NEED to go faster, nor is it to "keep up with traffic" nor does it "promote safety." It is a mental game, and the mental game is getting more and more intense with the societal attitudes fostering impatience and intolerance.

Further, the maximum speed limit for towing a trailer in TX is 70mph in the day, 65 mph at night for passenger vehicles towing a trailer less than 26 feet. All other trailers is 60mph in the day, 55mph at night. I do not believe the latest speed limit changes have affected that.

What boggles my mind is the incredible resistance of the tire industry to put a reliable, competent ST design into production and onto the road... Moreover, having worked with a number of tire manufacturers the most common reason cited is cost. I'd pay good money for an ST tire that I could get a solid 5-7 year life or 50-70K miles out of - i.e., the design life for non-commercial vehicle - without fear of destructive blowout (been there, done that) and at least an L or M speed rating.
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