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colliehauler wrote:

I tried one trip to drive 60 instead of my usual 70, It wasn’t worth it.


Define what you mean by "it was not worth it"...

Worth what? And what is the "it" that there was no "worth" being applied to?


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I get curious just like you do! I don’t remember what the name was, but I googled something like power requirements for trailer towing. What I found was a site where you enter height, width, weight and speed and it would calculate hp and torque required. It didn’t really mean much but it was fun to play with!

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trail-explorer wrote:

colliehauler wrote:

I tried one trip to drive 60 instead of my usual 70, It wasn’t worth it.


Define what you mean by "it was not worth it"...

Worth what? And what is the "it" that there was no "worth" being applied to?

I take worth to mean it was not comfortable. THe poster was not driving at the speed he was accustomed to.
AS a result he was not relaxed and the drive was not enjoyable.
Granted this is my take on what he meant and I could be totally wrong.
However it's not worth it to me to drive at 60 mph either!


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Lantley wrote:

trail-explorer wrote:

colliehauler wrote:

I tried one trip to drive 60 instead of my usual 70, It wasn’t worth it.


Define what you mean by "it was not worth it"...

Worth what? And what is the "it" that there was no "worth" being applied to?

I take worth to mean it was not comfortable. THe poster was not driving at the speed he was accustomed to.
AS a result he was not relaxed and the drive was not enjoyable.
Granted this is my take on what he meant and I could be totally wrong.
However it's not worth it to me to drive at 60 mph either!


Yeah, it is not worth it for me either. We make the same 160 mile trip to the coast every year. A few years ago, I had to follow my father who only does 60 mph. It was annoying to drive that slow. After doing the math I saved less than $6 and arrived over half an hour later than I normally do. It really made it bad because I usually leave after work when I take the trailer down so I had very little light out to back up and set up my trailer versus usually having more than enough going my normal speed. Not worth it in my opinion. Thirty minutes is cutting into my valuable beer drinking and relaxing time.

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Thirty minutes is cutting into my valuable beer drinking and relaxing time.


I won't tow 74 MPH for a beer.





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Lynnmor wrote:

ShinerBock wrote:

Thirty minutes is cutting into my valuable beer drinking and relaxing time.


I won't tow 74 MPH for a beer.



I stated other reasons why. The beer part was just a joke, but good for you if you won't.

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I don't mind towing in the low 60s but it seems once I'm about 100 miles from where we are stopping I tend to go faster or push harder up the hills. I don't try and save $$$ by going slow or I wouldn't be towing a parachute across the country to begin with. My tires are still the factory China Bombs so that's always on my mind too.


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Don’t get me wrong, the closer to home I get the harder I push it! It takes some self control when nearly everything is passing you not to go faster! For me it really is not about the money - I find 65 to be a very comfortable speed both for me and my truck!

Or helps to have a great partner in the seat next to you! She helps pass the time, helps watch what’s a round me and reads a map like a pro! She always knows where we are within 5 -7 miles !

Happy camping and safe travels!


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From my experience driving at lowest posible RPM gives the best mpg.

Im not puling just carry homebuilt TC and made it as streamlined as posible to make sure to get good mpg.

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At 110 km/hr the motor turns 1600 rpm..4.8 V8,get about 24 mpg then.
of course The low rear end gears help too

Only way to improve your mpg is to get Aerodynamicaly smooth trailer.
Airstream or Casita for example.

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Running a gas engine at 1,600 rpms for better fuel economy is lugging the engine. You pay for that in engine repairs.

Most trailer tires are rated for 65 mph.

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