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Old 04-24-2016, 05:11 PM   #31
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Hello, I also agree that higher speeds are more dangerous. I always try to leave enough room for the "what if". We typically tow our PUP between 60-63. Good sweet spot for gas mileage, handling, etc. What concerns me is the max tire speed rating.

Our 2015 came with 13" Westlake tires. They have been a good handling tire over the short time we have had them. And I am a bit of a nut when it comes to their pressure and temp. But to me, the makers of these tires should increase the speed rating on them. If one has speed ratings that max at 65, they are running at just about max all the time. This to me is a safety concern.

I understand there are many blowouts for many different reason; underinflated, high speed, etc, but I for one would like more of a buffer zone than 2 to 3 mph.

I have searched for higher rated tires, and I can get them. Unfortunately, they are larger, taller, tires that won't fit under my camper. I don't want to pull at 70-80 mph. Heck, I am fine arriving a bit later and keeping my family alive. I would just like a bit more piece of mind knowing I am not maxing out my tires. Anyway, just my two cents.

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Old 04-24-2016, 05:44 PM   #32
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Originally Posted by mnoland30 View Post
O.K. There are idiots on the road, but surely no one on this forum. There is a limit to idiots, and the proof is that when they have multi-car pileups on foggy roads, there are only 75 or so cars involved. Eventually, someone keeps enough distance to actually stop before hitting the car in front.
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Old 04-25-2016, 07:27 AM   #33
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I like to see around the next curve in the road not see how fast I can get there. I drive 60 to 63 on the interstate highway, I drive in the right lane. I am like a turtle, slow but sure. When I say something about that F-150 Ford that passed me pulling a big fifth wheel DW tells me we don't pay there insurance. Now that we are both retired we plan to take the roads less traveled. In 2008 we went to Yellowstone from NC and pulling a travel trailer, 27ft long I never got over 55 there and back, we passed two vehicles there and back. We had a great time. If you see me on the interstate 99% of the time I'm going 63 or less. I could care less what someone says about me as they pass me, for one thing chances are we won't ever see each other again

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Old 04-25-2016, 08:01 AM   #34
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Good post and info. I've towed for many a year pulling a lot of different type trailer and have never exceeded 70 due to tire and heat build up in tires. It's the biggest causes of tire failure also. I drive now towing no more than 62 to 64 mph. In all the years towing the only tire that failed was my china bomb on my 2011 V-Lite. Well those got removed as well now on my new tt. There will always be idiots out there looking for that early grave. Later RJD
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Old 04-29-2016, 08:40 PM   #35
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There is no reason to go that fast in an RV or pulling a TT. Having worked to many vehicle crashes makes me drive with common sense.

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Old 05-11-2016, 09:15 AM   #36
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Tire dummies

Thirty two years in the tire business taught me that the #1 killer of tires is heat. When you drive at excessive speeds your tires generate more heat. Those that torture their RV tires by driving too fast are also the ones that don't check air pressure. If you combine high speed driving with underinflated tires you have the makings for a very bad day. I have seen it.

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