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Old 08-08-2011, 10:01 PM   #71
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I think you meant "most trailer tires are not rated for past 65 mph
correct sorry
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Old 08-09-2011, 08:37 AM   #72
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I almost always tow between 62 and 65 MPH with my diesel truck and get around 15 mpg. I can tow a lot faster but everything I've read about the load range C tires only rated for 65 mph makes sense to stay in that speed range, not to mention the safty factor of having to make an emergency stop if its ever needed with a 34ft beast behind me. I am planning on upgrading my tires next year to a D load range...not because I can go faster, but just to have a little more peace of mind. Camping is not a race to get there, but in enjoying what you see and do on the way and once you arrive!
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Old 08-09-2011, 12:23 PM   #73
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I drive 90 to 95 km ph. (55 60 mph) But then that's on Canadian roads. Much faster then that and you will probably be replacing your suspension. Relax and enjoy the scenery. Your on vacation!
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Old 08-09-2011, 04:37 PM   #74
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Tow them as fast as you want. We have 8 on the lot, yes EIGHT, with over $1000 damage to each of them form tire blowouts. Mostly sheet metal and fenders, a few with torn wiring harnesses also. All "ST" trailer tires, various brands. Supposedly everyone had checked pressure in the last month, or so. Nobody seemed to have looked at TREAD on the tire, as 3 of them were illegal tread depth to operate. Just do as you please, as we get $98.00 per hour, and your trailer is down for about a month as we have to order the sheet metal, painted, get it replaced, fix all the wiring, get the tires replaced, etc. Thanks for keeping me in a paycheck.

With that said, and all true, most "ST" trailer tires are rated for 60 mph. Also watch your load. None of the customers I talked with had a clue what their trailer weighed. Also when you check tire pressure, get down and look at the tread. Look for cracks, nails, sidewall bulges, anything wrong. Are all the tires wearing evenly? If one of them is different, something must be different, investigate before it is a problem.
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Old 08-09-2011, 04:56 PM   #75
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Well Windrider, that about sums it up:

No one knew what their camper weighed loaded for camping.

No one looked at tire condition prior to towing. UV checking; sidewall cracks; tread depth.

For camper tires to "wear down the tread" out of limits, they were most likely OLD as well. How many curb and "road trash" strikes under their "belts"?

I am sure speed was the last straw; not the first!
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Old 08-09-2011, 06:08 PM   #76
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Tow them as fast as you want. We have 8 on the lot, yes EIGHT, with over $1000 damage to each of them form tire blowouts. Mostly sheet metal and fenders, a few with torn wiring harnesses also. All "ST" trailer tires, various brands. Supposedly everyone had checked pressure in the last month, or so. Nobody seemed to have looked at TREAD on the tire, as 3 of them were illegal tread depth to operate. Just do as you please, as we get $98.00 per hour, and your trailer is down for about a month as we have to order the sheet metal, painted, get it replaced, fix all the wiring, get the tires replaced, etc. Thanks for keeping me in a paycheck.

With that said, and all true, most "ST" trailer tires are rated for 60 mph. Also watch your load. None of the customers I talked with had a clue what their trailer weighed. Also when you check tire pressure, get down and look at the tread. Look for cracks, nails, sidewall bulges, anything wrong. Are all the tires wearing evenly? If one of them is different, something must be different, investigate before it is a problem.
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Well Windrider, that about sums it up:

No one knew what their camper weighed loaded for camping.

No one looked at tire condition prior to towing. UV checking; sidewall cracks; tread depth.

For camper tires to "wear down the tread" out of limits, they were most likely OLD as well. How many curb and "road trash" strikes under their "belts"?

I am sure speed was the last straw; not the first!
Amen. I'll honor the limits of my tires, and the limits of my rig. 'Nuff Said.
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Old 08-09-2011, 10:08 PM   #77
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Fast Enough.

I tow my TT around 60 to 65 mph or 100kph to 110kph, sometimes faster or slower depending on road conditions, weather, or speed limit. I see no need to drive any faster unless speed limit is higher, saves on gas and is way more relaxing on my nerves,lol. Like it has been said on this thread before, my family and I are on vacation, I would rather get there a little later, than try to hurry and end up in the ditch. I have seen this way to many times in my job and it just isn't worth it. Drive to survive is my motto.
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Old 08-10-2011, 09:50 PM   #78
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Running with traffic is a lot safer than saying "I'm going to run 55 or 60 or what ever. If you don't want to run with traffic and you want to just put and look at the scenery then take the scenic route. I'm not saying that I am one of the crazies on the road but some of you probably think I am because I run the speed limit but it is very unpleasing to get caught behind someone running two lane hwy speeds on an interstate and you can't get around them unless you get out into the crazy traffic. By the time I get mad enough to get in that traffic then I am on a mission so I run with the crazies.

The post earlier that said that driving 55 only makes trip 10-20 minutes longer, do you camp in the next county over? Guntersville is 6 hrs for me running the speed limit. It would take you 7 1/2 hours at 55. My camper would be set up and cooled out and I would be on the water with fish in the boat by that time.
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Running with Traffic on I-5 cost 3 innocent people their lives yesterday and I think everybody should hold to the posted speed limit. If the person who caused the accident was going his speedlimit instead of trying to make time there wouldn't be any dead people yesterday as they would of been able to slow down for the construction zone they were speeding thru! sorry I will always be the person in front of you going my limit as I break no law for no one period!
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Running with Traffic on I-5 cost 3 innocent people their lives yesterday and I think everybody should hold to the posted speed limit. If the person who caused the accident was going his speedlimit instead of trying to make time there wouldn't be any dead people yesterday as they would of been able to slow down for the construction zone they were speeding thru! sorry I will always be the person in front of you going my limit as I break no law for no one period!
Where did you see me say break the law? I said run the speed limit. Our speed limit is 70. Yes in the construction zones , SLOW DOWN!
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