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Old 05-02-2016, 12:11 PM   #51
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As I said, not in a hurry... Just testing the waters. Cruised most of the time at about 65 MPH. Sometimes you poke a bit higher when passing. Heck, was another guy hauling a TT (seems to be a Toy Hauler) that was pretty much doing around 80 MPH. Tried to get catch the draft but he was going way too fast; no reason for going that fast and way too risky.

Another gadget that worked out pretty neat was the CB Radio. We encountered a "Stau" (autobahn talk for traffic jam) and as usual, no clue on what is going on. The wife got on the horn on CH 19 and asked to any southbound Truckers what is about. Turned out to be a wreck and also told us on what line to be on to avoid getting stuck.
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Old 05-02-2016, 02:38 PM   #52
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I try to stay at 60 to 65 mph comfortable speed for me. I sometimes tend to forget the Jammer is even back there. That seems to work for me. Like someone said enjoy the journey.
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Old 05-07-2016, 07:48 PM   #53
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KnP - in your original post you stated that the WD hitch was properly adjusted. I found with my rig that adjustment by the book was close, but adjustment by truck scales made all the difference in the world. My "book" called for measuring the gap between the front tire and fender, and I was very close. Going across the truck scales my front axle was within 200 pounds of the truck alone number. I went up one more bolt hole on my L brackets and the weight was within 60 pounds of the truck alone number and the handling was dramatically better. You may be close, but it's worth $15 to get it weighed and know your perfect.
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Old 05-07-2016, 08:08 PM   #54
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Most older tires are rated for 65 MPH. Our new W&P has tires rated for 75 MPH. I always try to keep my speed where the trucks seems to have a sweet spot. Between 62-65 on a smooth interstate.
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Old 05-07-2016, 08:37 PM   #55
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WOW I must be getting old I don't drive at 80 without the trailer- never over 65 with it in tow. I hope you never have to stop fast or lose a tire.
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WOW I must be getting old I don't drive at 80 without the trailer- never over 65 with it in tow. I hope you never have to stop fast or lose a tire.

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Old 05-07-2016, 09:34 PM   #57
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WOW I must be getting old I don't drive at 80 without the trailer- never over 65 with it in tow. I hope you never have to stop fast or lose a tire.
Towing, I seldom get over 65 except when passing, but driving TOWTA's old junker, it is hard to not help the cruise control until the RH governor kicks in with a verbal warning when exceeding 80 mph.
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Old 05-07-2016, 10:18 PM   #58
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Found out that most of the problem is the road itself. Going down on a nice paved road is straight as an arrow. Funny thing is... passing 18 wheelers is not an issue. The ones that gives me most of the instability are the Dually Pick Ups; those for sure push a lot of air. Some roads are worn to the point the TT wheels seems to "track" and give some sway.

Sat myself at a good spot and set to 65 MPH, smooth as heck. Few times pushed to 70 MPH for some passing. Very smooth and predictable.
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Always remember your trailer usually weighs more than the vehicle towing it, & when you loose control & your TT takes over, this is what happens..
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Old 05-11-2016, 09:27 AM   #60
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The other thing to consider is that the effect of the wind drag as you increase speed, can REALLY drop your MPG.

I'm so cheap that I squeak, so I tend to drive no more than 60 MPH when pulling. Besides... I'm camping, so I would rather relax and not be in a rush, like I am every other day of the year.

YMMV

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