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I'm not sure what goes through people's heads when they tow trailers at 65+ mph
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I'm not sure what goes through people's heads when they tow trailers at 65+ mph
Had a guy pass me probably at about 90mph (I was going 70mph) with a HORSE trailer....idiots

Max speed with horses should be 55-60 mph. Max speed with other trailers should be 60-65 mph. You'd think people would use common sense and do a +/- 10mph for heavier or lighter loads, but I get passed all the time with people flying down the road with massive dump trailers or other heavy trailers... I've had diesels fly by me (with probably 5-10k lbs) with black smoke pouring out the tailpipe and the engine screaming over my radio
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I usually haul livestock or equipment at 12k+ lbs, maybe it's me
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lol nope, you just admitted you drive at a sensible speed while towing
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Where im from if you drive down the interstate at 55 or 60 mph your going to get run over and/or cause a wreck. Dont be scared of it drive them trucks! Their is nothing wrong with towing 65-75mph down a hwy if you have the experience to do so.
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First, if you're hauling an enclosed trailer, its like a parachute. Takes a lot of power.

As for the speed, well... I'll just add that it depends entirely on your location. I have seen some obscene speeds towing in the desert where you can literally see for 15 miles..... I wouldn't do that here, but in Nevada or AZ, who cares?
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I drag a 6x10 enclosed trailer down I95 all the time. It's no cummins but the 4.7 does a pretty decent job for me. It will pull at 80mph but it much prefers 70, especially when the air temp gets above 88F.

Shortly after buying the trailer I did have to rebuild my transmission (248K miles on the orig) and it showed heat on the clutch discs. I upgraded the torque converter to one with carbon fiber discs and braised fins that is built to take a bit more load than stock. I'm sure driving at 70mph could have extended the logevity but I can't stand all the dirty looks I get.
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Trailer sway gets further out of control with two things: increased speed and increased trailer weight. If you think it's ok to tow at high speeds you've never had a trailer fish tail around behind you for what seemed to be no apparent reason. Once it happens once you will learn to slow down with a trailer. You not only put yourself at risk but put everybody in a vehicle anywhere near you at risk. I had a 3,000 lb (empty) dump trailer with probably 3,000 lb or so in it, behind a late 90's turbo cummins ram 2500 truck doing 70mph down a straight, flat, smooth 4 lane road (two lanes each side) and all the sudden it started swaying and I lost control, the trailer swayed side to side about 90 degrees (I know because I saw both sides of the trailer in each side mirror) several times and I luckily hurt no one as there was nobody in the lane next to me and plenty of shoulder area. I think the truck being so huge and heavy is what saved me and let me get it under control, but I could in fact feel the rear wheels of the truck hopping back and forth, pretty scary.

EDIT: I firmly belief that driving tests should be MUCH more strict, and actually test the skill level of a to be driver, and I think to tow a trailer on any kind you should have to take an additional test.
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Trailer sway is an indicator of an improperly loaded trailer and can be very deadly. I definately would not reccomend simply loading a trailer and hitting the road at high speed. However, when you set up a light weight purpose built trailer such as I have, you can feel out how it will tow and adjust weight distribution from there to get a safe and predictable experience. My setup is realtively light as well which makes a huge difference. If I was pulling anything over 2000lbs,I would adjust my driving accordingly.
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Yeah well lighter loads are less dangerous for hopefully obvious reasons. Trailer sway is not only caused by poor load distribution though; the amount of torque(sway) that the trailer puts about the pivot point (the ball) increase as the trailer axle(s) get further from the ball and the trailer plus load weight gets heavier. Velocity only makes sway worse from road forces...
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