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mfmbcpman
05-14-2007, 09:44 PM
Wondering how fast you all feel comfortable towing on the highway.

"Morer" was a typo and can't edit the poll part.

DemolitionMan
05-14-2007, 09:52 PM
Ive towed at 85. But most of the time 75.

TMCNo1
05-14-2007, 09:54 PM
In 1992, near Brunswick GA, we were trying to catch another boat owner who had took off and left us. 90 is as high as my speedometer reads and the needle was buried and another owner passed me. Not comfortable, but real smooth, never again! Normally I drive about 3 mph over the limit if traffic is light and in heavy traffic just follow the flow.

Doug G
05-14-2007, 09:54 PM
72 - 75 max for my setup. Tracks and stops beautiful at that speed. Usually run around 70 staying with flow of traffic

SHarr5184
05-14-2007, 09:55 PM
I have towed at 85 as well, but only when I'm impatient on long trips...I generally stick to 75.

wakeriderof87
05-14-2007, 10:02 PM
I generally keep it under 80 but have hit 90 pulling a 197 with my truck

LakePirate
05-14-2007, 10:13 PM
Wfo .

JohnnyB
05-14-2007, 10:27 PM
typically 74 in the 65 zones and 64 in the 55 zones. Will hit 80 when passing, but not much more.

Hoosier Bob
05-14-2007, 10:48 PM
That depends on how much beer is in the cooler, the ambient temperature and the nearest location that sells ice and or more BEER!:D

BrianM
05-14-2007, 10:49 PM
I typically tow at 75 on the interstate. Maybe a little more if I am in a hurry but do keep it at 80 or less.

nuckinfutz
05-14-2007, 11:46 PM
usually 70 or so for me, but not much more than that. I dont feel comfy doing more than that with 5k+ lbs behind me.

MasterCrafting
05-15-2007, 12:10 AM
75 for me...i think i hit like 85 once by accident...people drive fast around here....

pram
05-15-2007, 12:17 AM
Wfo .


you beat me to it

WFO, wicked, pinned, foot buried somewhere in the intake

milkmania
05-15-2007, 01:03 AM
3/4 ton suburban.... 80-85
(1)hydroboost brakes feel better when stopping
(2)better loaded ride


1/2 ton suburban.... 70-75 max

erkoehler
05-15-2007, 01:42 AM
Depends alot on the boat....for example, tonight I was towing a customers x-45, with that boat it was under 65 even passing.

DrNautica
05-15-2007, 02:42 AM
I have towed one of my boats at 105 MPH for about a two mile stretch and have hit that a couple of times. The last time I did it was about a year ago and when I got back to town I noticed that two of the four trailer tires had thrown a fair amount of tread off the surface :eek:

Yes, it was stupid... No, I won't be doing that again.

I have no problem towing in the upper 80's and even into the low 90's if conditions are good and there is no traffic to speak of. However, as I age, I think I'm slowing down a little - both figuratively and literally. :mad: :mad:

Upper Michigan Prostar190
05-15-2007, 11:07 AM
70MPH for me, but the mayor towed my MC 80MPH on the way home with it when I bought it.

tex
05-15-2007, 11:11 AM
That depends on how much beer is in the cooler, the ambient temperature and the nearest location that sells ice and or more BEER!:D
Why would there not be beer in the cooler...I mean on the way to the lake! I understand if it's on the way home!

Me 70-80. I have pushed 90 before. I wasn't paying attention. I was on the phone, and re-setting the GPS, and watching a girls gone wild video on the dvd player.

milkmania
05-15-2007, 11:19 AM
Why would there not be beer in the cooler...I mean on the way to the lake! I understand if it's on the way home!


you haven't seen HB put the beer away, have you:confused:


we're talking he's gotta stock up to get outta the store's parking lot!:purplaugh

Upper Michigan Prostar190
05-15-2007, 11:23 AM
you haven't seen HB put the beer away, have you:confused:


we're talking he's gotta stock up to get outta the store's parking lot!:purplaugh
Yea, remember Hoosier says the only time that thunderstorms scare him is when they get to close to the liqour store!:cool:

jraben8
05-15-2007, 11:37 AM
I'm not comfortable much above 70 anymore. I have shredded 3 trailer tires at highwyay speeds (granted, 2 of those were Carlisles) and it is a really sick feeling shutting it down from there.

Monte
05-15-2007, 11:40 AM
65-70 max for me. No reason to get in a hurry, the lake will usually still be there;) Normally it is @ 35-40 since the ramp is less than a mile away:D

X2M
05-15-2007, 11:40 AM
Not to start anything here, but...

Why would you drive 70 plus on a freeway/highway pulling your boat? Are you in that much of a hurry to get to the water?

:confused:

Maristar210
05-15-2007, 12:14 PM
I seldom eclipse 25mph towing mine 500 feet down the street but when I take it into the dealer its 70 max because anything over that and the gas gauge goes bye bye and it does not feel stable.

/shoulda bought a 2500 :D

trickskier
05-15-2007, 12:17 PM
Not to start anything here, but...

Why would you drive 70 plus on a freeway/highway pulling your boat? Are you in that much of a hurry to get to the water?

:confused:
If you don't run at least 75 MPH in FL on the Interstate, you will get run OVER!!!

Prostar Rich
05-15-2007, 12:25 PM
65 - 70 is max for me. I like to keep things under control. I am towing with a 04 Suburban.

Prostar Rich

Thrall
05-15-2007, 12:26 PM
Not to start anything here, but...

Why would you drive 70 plus on a freeway/highway pulling your boat? Are you in that much of a hurry to get to the water?

:confused:

1st reason, speed limit's 75mph on the freeway here.
2nd reason, I drive one of those overpowered, unnecesary, yet fuel efficient diesel trucks, so I'm just trying to go fast enough to bring my mileage down to be comparable to a gas engine truck. (just kidding, but have to reference the 1/2ton vs. 3/4 ton thread)
3rd reason, lakes are anywhere from 1-1/2hrs to 3 hrs away, all in the middle of BFE! Driving 80mph gets you there at least 1/2hr faster than 70 mph some days.

#47of100TeamMC
05-15-2007, 12:42 PM
I'm a 5mph over the limit kinda guy, so our fastest speed limit on the interstate here is 70mph. so I'm doing 75 as a max. the farthest we travel is about 3.5hrs away. so if you think about it. another 5mph to go 80. we're only gaining 15-20min max. If I'm late enough to have to go 80+ another 15min isn't going to matter too much.

wakescene
05-15-2007, 04:29 PM
Here is Jersey everyone drives fast...it sucks sometimes...BUT I cast a vot of 70-80 because that is the fastest I will take the boat in tow.
I am normally doing 65mph, jsut the speed limit on the highway, but also for several other reasons...
1. My Hoe enjoys this speed on the highway with the boat in tow
2. I get the best mileage at this speed with the boat in tow (took a year of towing to figure this mileage out)
3. EVERYONE passes me when I am doing 65mph(except for the occasional grandma)
4. I can judge pretty close to the minute how long it will take to get to most destinations.
5. Sitting back and relaxing is worth it's weight in gold!

cst573
05-15-2007, 04:38 PM
5 to 9 over the speed limit.

rodltg2
05-15-2007, 04:39 PM
i guess im the grandpa driver here. i stick to around 60-65. unless i need to pass.

rick s.
05-15-2007, 07:17 PM
I'm really happy at 60. No speedball here while trailering.

DemolitionMan
05-15-2007, 07:30 PM
Thats because Yall live in California and you are trying to save the enviroment.Lol

X2M
05-15-2007, 07:37 PM
Thats because Yall live in California and you are trying to save the enviroment.Lol

I think its more about arriving at the water alive and without tickets than it is about the environment.

:twocents:

etakk7
05-15-2007, 07:59 PM
When I trailer to the cabin (350 round trip) on weekends I go 55-60. I'd rather save the gas for the lake. I'd feel comfortable going 80 if necessary though. It turns a 2 1/2 hour trip into a 3 hour trip, big deal.

Ryan27r
05-15-2007, 09:31 PM
81 on the interstate and about 70 on the highways

east tx skier
05-15-2007, 09:35 PM
I tend to stay a little slower than the speed limit on most roads, but on the interstate I'll do 65, maybe 70 in the right hand lane. I had a close call once pulling the boats that, but for some new brakes and the fact that I was doing about 10 mph below the limit would've resulted in the moron who crossed the highway in front of me when there was no time for her to do so being severely injured if not killed. I've never been so happy to be on the lake as I was that day. Sure beat talking to the police and insurance people.

DemolitionMan
05-16-2007, 12:26 AM
The speed limit in Georgia is 70 on the interstate and the flow of traffic is usually 75 to 80 unless your in Atlanta then its 80 to 90 so I try and go with the flow.

WESSTAR
05-16-2007, 12:58 AM
I am a 5 over guy mostly because a speeding with a trailer ticket out here costs too much.

Workin' 4 Toys
05-16-2007, 09:48 AM
Not to start anything here, but...

Why would you drive 70 plus on a freeway/highway pulling your boat? Are you in that much of a hurry to get to the water?

:confused:
Speed limit 65, and 5 over that.....It's normal. Trailer or not.

Upper Michigan Prostar190
05-16-2007, 11:38 AM
of course if I had a crew cab diesel 3/4 ton, I could tow ALOT faster. Probably around 95 or so. and being a 3/4 ton diesel, it would be safe. 8p

Workin' 4 Toys
05-16-2007, 11:48 AM
of course if I had a crew cab diesel 3/4 ton, I could tow ALOT faster. Probably around 95 or so. and being a 3/4 ton diesel, it would be safe. 8p
I think mine had a electronically limited speed of about 98, and it only had a 24' trailer with about 6000# in it at the time. For the most part, it could be done, I just chose not to, but it could be.8p

CoFooter
05-16-2007, 06:19 PM
A couple of years ago I pulled an all nighter from Colorado to Parker, Az and was headed down the hill from Kingman at 4:00 in the AM at about 95MPH. Back whhel on the tandem blew out and I didn't even notice it until a guy pulled up beside me and pointed to my trailer. The shrapnel from the blow out had hit his truck. It was a POS so he wasn't pissed. I'd never go over 70 with a single axle, but tandem has a built in safety valve for higher speeds, probably saved my boat/truck.

CoFooter
05-16-2007, 06:22 PM
Oh and I tow with a 3/4 ton superduty diesel. Seriously.

79stars&stripes
05-17-2007, 07:14 PM
it depends on the truck and the size of the boat. My 01 Yukon pulls my stars and stipes likes there's nothing behind it. I can pull 75 down the highway all day long. I usually keep it around 70-72 for lane changes.

DemolitionMan
05-17-2007, 07:19 PM
79 do you have any pics of your boat?