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Old 08-26-2014, 11:09 AM   #11
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Old 08-26-2014, 11:12 AM   #12
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Texas speed limit says 60 mph during the day and 55 night for recreational vehicles no matter what that 70 mph posted speed sign says.
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I know not to believe too much on the internet, but this is what I have found.



Texas RVer: New, 75 mph speeds authorized on four Texas highways

Texas Speed Limits Increase

Trailer Speed Limits | AAA/CAA Digest of Motor Laws


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Old 08-26-2014, 11:21 AM   #13
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When on the interstate (traveling through) and there's an accident involving all lanes stopped, we pay attention to where the 18 wheelers are migrating to. They have radio contact with trucks coming in the opposite direction so they know which lanes are affected by the wreck and which lanes will move through first.

If one is ahead of us and has their left blinker on, and we're in that left lane, we let them over. They will, most often, share that information with other truckers. We saw that happen Sunday. 18 wheeler trailer caught on fire, all lanes stopped. We were in the left lane. Trucker in center lane wanted over so we let him in. Shortly thereafter we came to an Allegro MH that a UHaul truck had rear ended (shoved their toad up into the engine grill across the back) in our left lane. Almost immediately an 18 wheeler let US back into the center lane to get around it.

It was obvious what caused that MH/UHaul wreck....low hill, just before the spot where the truck was burning. Top the hill and all lanes are suddenly dead stopped, no where to go.

Sneak *always* gives the truckers the "flash over" courtesy; quick flick of the lights as soon as they're clear to move back in front of you.
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Old 08-26-2014, 11:24 AM   #14
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I could be wrong but this is what I found for towing in Texas. I know they have increased the speed limits but it doesn't seem to apply to all. Th 60 mph may just apply to my 5er being so long and heavy.

Trailer Towing Rules in Texas

Every state has its own towing laws; boat owners, RV campers and even people moving their home ignore these at their own peril. Common sense dictates a number of Texas laws, and most towers will not be affected by any but the basics. According to Towing World, drivers in Texas can operate up to 25,999 lbs. of towing vehicle without a special license, but once your setup exceeds or equals 26,000 lbs., you'll need a class-B noncommercial driver's license.

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Safety Equipment

Among the more self-explanatory towing laws in Texas, outlined in section 545.409 of the transportation code, is that the connection between the towing and the towed must be strong enough to pull your trailer's entire weight. It also must not be more than 15 feet long, unless it's so built-in that it can be considered "structural." The tow bar must also be highlighted with a white flag or cloth. Safety chains of sufficient strength and flares or warning signs are required under section 545.410, as are breakaways on trailers over 3,000 lbs. Trailers weighing more than 4,500 lbs. need brakes; no such requirement exists for towed cars.


Dimensions

In Texas, a towing vehicle can be no taller than 14 feet and no wider than 8 1/2 feet. The trailer can be no taller than 14 feet, no wider than 8 feet 6 inches, and no longer than 45 feet. The combined length may be no longer than 65 feet. Motor homes can be no longer than 45 feet long, with a two-vehicle length no longer than 65 feet.


Restrictions

Under section 545.409 of the transportation code, no more than three vehicles can be towed behind one tow vehicle using the "saddle-mount" method, whereby the front wheels are mounted on another vehicle's bed, leaving its rear wheels on the ground. Under 545.410, it is typically illegal to allow a child younger than 18 to ride in a flat-bed trailer; one example of an exemption is if you're riding in a parade. It is also generally illegal for a truck or tractor to pull a trailer with passengers; though, if the trailer is designed for human habitation, this action is allowed.


Speed

The maximum speed for a towing vehicle in Texas is 70 mph -- on the interstate -- unless posted otherwise. Under code 545.352, that's only in the daytime; it applies to passenger vehicles and light trucks pulling small trailers less than 26 feet long, carrying a boat, motorcycle or animals. For such small trailers, the nighttime maximum is 65 mph. For other kinds of trailers, such as fifth wheels, the maximum daytime speed is 60 mph, and that maximum drops by 5 mph at night. Common sense trumps the posted speed limit: If it's foggy, and you're still traveling at 55, the police can cite you for dangerous driving
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Old 08-26-2014, 11:32 AM   #15
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I think my overdrive should kick in and drop my rpm's and give me a little better gas mileage than just staying in tow/haul.
I have the same engine as you and I think you're on the right track here. Find out what works best for keeping the truck in overdrive with the rpm's down. Usually high 50s or low 60s depending on wind & grade.
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All of these personal suggestions are excellent! I will X2 on the wife as a navigator to give as much advance notice as possible. We use paper maps to double check but use Google maps for traffic, construction, accidents, etc.. One of the biggest bonuses of Google maps is the satellite view to scout upcoming gas stations and restaurants to verify if there's enough room to enter/exit or park without drama. It relieves a bunch of guesswork and stress. Safe travels!
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I could be wrong but this is what I found for towing in Texas. I know they have increased the speed limits but it doesn't seem to apply to all. Th 60 mph may just apply to my 5er being so long and heavy.


Speed

The maximum speed for a towing vehicle in Texas is 70 mph -- on the interstate -- unless posted otherwise. Under code 545.352, that's only in the daytime; it applies to passenger vehicles and light trucks pulling small trailers less than 26 feet long, carrying a boat, motorcycle or animals. For such small trailers, the nighttime maximum is 65 mph. For other kinds of trailers, such as fifth wheels, the maximum daytime speed is 60 mph, and that maximum drops by 5 mph at night. Common sense trumps the posted speed limit: If it's foggy, and you're still traveling at 55, the police can cite you for dangerous driving

I don't live in the great Nation State of Texas so it is good to know the laws of the road when traveling in every Nation/Commonwealth/State that we do. Road laws change all of the time and what we pull up on the internet today could be years old and not 'current'.

We are talking about Interstate roads and my recommendation is to travel at speeds of 62-64 mph on Interstate highways. That being said, where I am reading Sub Chapter H Speed Restricts ....Section 545.352 and Section 545.353, I have not seen (I easily could have over looked it) any step down restrictions on the Interstates. But I see where the highway commission may raise the speed limit on certain highways 75-85 mph. (NOTE: never a safe speed)

TRANSPORTATION CODE CHAPTER 545. OPERATION AND MOVEMENT OF VEHICLES

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(h) Notwithstanding Section 545.352(b), the commission may establish a speed limit of 75 miles per hour on a part of the highway system if the commission determines that 75 miles per hour is a reasonable and safe speed for that part of the highway system.(h-1) Notwithstanding Section 545.352(b), the commission may establish a speed limit of 80 miles per hour on a part of Interstate Highway 10 or Interstate Highway 20 in Crockett, Culberson, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, Kerr, Kimble, Pecos, Reeves, Sutton, or Ward County if the commission determines that 80 miles per hour is a reasonable and safe speed for that part of the highway.(h-2) Notwithstanding Section 545.352(b), the commission may establish a speed limit not to exceed 85 miles per hour on a part of the state highway system if1) that part of the highway system is designed to accommodate travel at that established speed or a higher speed; and(2) the commission determines, after an engineering and traffic investigation, that the established speed limit is reasonable and safe for that part of the highway system.(i) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 265, Sec. 9, eff. September 1, 2011.(j) The commission may not determine or declare, or agree to determine or declare, a prima facie speed limit for environmental purposes on a part of the highway system.


Not sure of the dates of this Transportation Code and what is the most updated Code. Try to be aware of all state road laws and always error on the side of caution.

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Old 08-26-2014, 12:40 PM   #18
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All good stuff here.
Remember, you're not in a race, you're not going to be late for work, give yourself a steady consistent presence and let the others watch out for you.
Think of it this way:

350 miles @ 65 mph = 5 hours 23 minutes
350 miles @ 75 mph = 4 hours 40 minutes

So the increased speed gets you there 45 minutes quicker, but you're probably using more fuel and switching lanes a lot more.
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I tow right about 62mph almost all of the time (regardless of the speed limit- be it 55 or 70). I've never had a problem, even around major cities (Baltimore, DC, etc.).

I generally try to stick to the right lane unless there are a lot of on-ramps and then I'm one to the left of that, just to avoid often lane changes.

As well, I try to plan as far as head as possible. My wife is my navigator and we shoot for being in the correct exit/turning/etc. lane as early as possible (1 mile+).
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When on the interstate (traveling through) and there's an accident involving all lanes stopped, we pay attention to where the 18 wheelers are migrating to. They have radio contact with trucks coming in the opposite direction so they know which lanes are affected by the wreck and which lanes will move through first.

If one is ahead of us and has their left blinker on, and we're in that left lane, we let them over. They will, most often, share that information with other truckers. We saw that happen Sunday. 18 wheeler trailer caught on fire, all lanes stopped. We were in the left lane. Trucker in center lane wanted over so we let him in. Shortly thereafter we came to an Allegro MH that a UHaul truck had rear ended (shoved their toad up into the engine grill across the back) in our left lane. Almost immediately an 18 wheeler let US back into the center lane to get around it.

It was obvious what caused that MH/UHaul wreck....low hill, just before the spot where the truck was burning. Top the hill and all lanes are suddenly dead stopped, no where to go.

Sneak *always* gives the truckers the "flash over" courtesy; quick flick of the lights as soon as they're clear to move back in front of you.
Weezer, I have always kept a CB radio mounted in my TV. The truckers don't seem to use it as much as they used to but when there is a traffic stall they do talk on it and will let you know what is happening ahead or if when you are traveling along, they will let you know of problems on your side.
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