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Old 03-29-2016, 12:09 AM   #1
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How fast do you tow?

I was headed home on the toll road this evening, not towing but taking my time at 75mph (speed limit 85) when a pickup pulling a travel trailer passed me. They had to be going close to if not over 80.

Which got me to thinking - what speed do most people tow at? I'm personally not comfortable with anything over 65.
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Old 03-29-2016, 12:11 AM   #2
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Old 03-29-2016, 12:16 AM   #3
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Old 03-29-2016, 12:18 AM   #4
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60-65 is my normal range, but here in CA the speed limit is 55.


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65 is the max I tow at. Tires are only rated for 65 mph
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I have L rated tires rated to 75 MPH but only tow at 63.
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I have L rated tires rated to 75 MPH but only tow at 63.

Exact same for me.
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65mph in summer and 75 mph in temps below 40 deg F. Tire temps are pretty high in the summer and not so much in cooler temps.

I often tow my snowmobile trailer at 75-85 mph in the winter months but tow that same trailer that I use for my ATVs at 65mph in the summer.
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Depends on the state. 60mph is the legal limit in Texas during the day when towing. 55mph at night.

Most people have no clue what there state laws are.
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Depends on the state. 60mph is the legal limit in Texas during the day when towing. 55mph at night.

Most people have no clue what there state laws are.
It depends. There certainly is a lot of bad information floating around. This site claims in Texas it's the same as for cars unless otherwise posted:


Trailer Speed Limits - AAA


This one states 70 or as posted:

Towing World


And this one states 70 day/65 night for a light truck towing a trailer:

Texas Speed Limits - SafeMotorist.com


The former is probably the most accurate according to Texas Section 545.352. Prima Facie Speed Limits which states vehicles pulling trailers less than 26 feet long containing a boat, motorcycles or animals are limited to 70/65. But you are also correct because for "other" trailers the limits drop to 60/55 under certain conditions. And like you pointed out, I doubt very many people are aware of this.

It can be a bit confusing:

(a) A speed in excess of the limits established by Subsection (b) or under another provision of this subchapter is prima facie evidence that the speed is not reasonable and prudent and that the speed is unlawful.

Text of subsec. (b) as amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 663, Sec. 2 and Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 739, Sec. 1


(b) Unless a special hazard exists that requires a slower speed for compliance with Section 545.351(b), the following speeds are lawful:
(1) 30 miles per hour in an urban district on a street other than an alley and 15 miles per hour in an alley;
(2) 70 miles per hour in daytime and 65 miles per hour in nighttime if the vehicle is a passenger car, motorcycle, passenger car or light truck towing a trailer bearing a vessel, as defined by Section 31.003, Parks and Wildlife Code, that is less than 26 feet in length, passenger car or light truck towing a trailer or semitrailer used primarily to transport a motorcycle, or passenger car or light truck towing a trailer or semitrailer designed and used primarily to transport dogs or livestock, on a highway numbered by this state or the United States outside an urban district, including a farm-to-market or ranch-to-market road;
(3) 60 miles per hour in daytime and 55 miles per hour in nighttime if the vehicle is a passenger car or motorcycle on a highway that is outside an urban district and not a highway numbered by this state or the United States;
(4) 60 miles per hour outside an urban district if a speed limit for the vehicle is not otherwise specified by this section; or
(5) outside an urban district:
(A) 60 miles per hour if the vehicle is a school bus that has passed a commercial motor vehicle inspection under Section 548.201 and is on a highway numbered by the United States or this state, including a farm-to-market road;
(B) 50 miles per hour if the vehicle is a school bus that:
(i) has not passed a commercial motor vehicle inspection under Section 548.201; or
(ii) is traveling on a highway not numbered by the United States or this state; or
(C) 60 miles per hour in daytime and 55 miles per hour in nighttime if the vehicle is a truck, other than a light truck, or if the vehicle is a truck tractor, trailer, or semitrailer, or a vehicle towing a trailer other than a trailer described by Subdivision (2), semitrailer, another motor vehicle or towable recreational vehicle.

Text of subsec. (b) as amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 663, Sec. 2 and Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1346, Sec. 1


(b) Unless a special hazard exists that requires a slower speed for compliance with Section 545.351(b), the following speeds are lawful:
(1) 30 miles per hour in an urban district on a street other than an alley and 15 miles per hour in an alley;
(2) 70 miles per hour in daytime and 65 miles per hour in nighttime if the vehicle is on a highway numbered by this state or the United States outside an urban district, including a farm-to-market or ranch-to-market road, except as provided by Subdivision (4);
(3) 60 miles per hour in daytime and 55 miles per hour in nighttime if the vehicle is on a highway that is outside an urban district and not a highway numbered by this state or the United States;
(4) outside an urban district:
(A) 60 miles per hour if the vehicle is a school bus that has passed a commercial motor vehicle inspection under Section 548.201 and is on a highway numbered by the United States or this state, including a farm-to-market road;
(B) 50 miles per hour if the vehicle is a school bus that:
(i) has not passed a commercial motor vehicle inspection under Section 548.201; or
(ii) is traveling on a highway not numbered by the United States or this state; or
(C) 60 miles per hour in daytime and 55 miles per hour in nighttime if:
(i) the vehicle is a truck, other than a light truck, or if the vehicle is a truck tractor, trailer, or semitrailer; and
(ii) the vehicle is on a farm-to-market or ranch-to-market road;
(5) on a beach, 15 miles per hour; or
(6) on a county road adjacent to a public beach, 15 miles per hour, if declared by the commissioners court of the county.
(c) The speed limits for a bus or other vehicle engaged in the business of transporting passengers for compensation or hire, for a commercial vehicle used as a highway post office vehicle for highway post office service in the transportation of United States mail, for a light truck, and for a school activity bus are the same as required for a passenger car at the same time and location.
(d) In this section:
(1) "Interstate highway" means a segment of the national system of interstate and defense highways that is:
(A) located in this state;
(B) officially designated by the Texas Transportation Commission; and
(C) approved under Title 23, United States Code.
(2) "Light truck" means a truck with a manufacturer's rated carrying capacity of not more than 2,000 pounds, including a pick-up truck, panel delivery truck, and carry-all truck.
(3) "Urban district" means the territory adjacent to and including a highway, if the territory is improved with structures that are used for business, industry, or dwelling houses and are located at intervals of less than 100 feet for a distance of at least one-quarter mile on either side of the highway.
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