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Old 01-14-2018, 11:23 AM
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I tow big boats almost every day and I think itís pretty hard to safely go 70 most of the time. I say this having a fully functioning eoh system, a dually, 14 ply full radial tires, and lots of experience.

Iím not going to tell anyone theyíre doing it wrong, but I wouldnít let any employee of mine drive that fast. Itís just not safe, economical, or smart.

Anyone ever consider how they are going to stop fast at those speeds?
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Old 01-14-2018, 11:43 AM
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Expedition 5.4 with upgrade Power Stop brakes. PURSUIT 2460 and trailer at 7000LB,Kodiak brakes. Best to just set cruise at 65, let faster guys run past and fight for space. 10.5 mpg at best.
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Old 01-14-2018, 01:49 PM
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Old 01-14-2018, 04:34 PM
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Originally Posted by cajflynn View Post
I tow big boats almost every day and I think itís pretty hard to safely go 70 most of the time. I say this having a fully functioning eoh system, a dually, 14 ply full radial tires, and lots of experience.

Iím not going to tell anyone theyíre doing it wrong, but I wouldnít let any employee of mine drive that fast. Itís just not safe, economical, or smart.

Anyone ever consider how they are going to stop fast at those speeds?
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Old 01-14-2018, 08:08 PM
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^^ agreed.

Far less stressful taking it easy in the right lane. I have too little trust in other drivers on the road.
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I have a GMC 2500HD, Crew Cab, 4x4 with the 6.0L. I pull a 26'CC with twins. Rarely, but, when I do pull any distance, I avg 60-65mph. Get 7.5 - 8 mpg. Pulls like a dream. Yeah, gas mileage not great, but when it's empty, I pull over, fill er up, and hit the gas pedal again. No worries. Pulls night and day better than my older (09) F150 did. No complaints.
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Old 01-16-2018, 02:45 PM
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I live in the town where Yellowfins and Barkers are born. I regularly see brand new 26+ foot boats going up interstate at 85+ MPH. I remember seeing a picture of a brand new YF on the overturned on side of road somewhere in Texas. Owner hadn't even taken delivery yet.

It is scary the speeds that some towing "professionals" tow there loads at. I understand that time is money but sometimes you gotta weigh risk and reward.
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Originally Posted by lazyboi1212 View Post
I live in the town where Yellowfins and Barkers are born. I regularly see brand new 26+ foot boats going up interstate at 85+ MPH. I remember seeing a picture of a brand new YF on the overturned on side of road somewhere in Texas. Owner hadn't even taken delivery yet.

It is scary the speeds that some towing "professionals" tow there loads at. I understand that time is money but sometimes you gotta weigh risk and reward.
Not too terribly long ago there was an overturned Yellowfin on Paris Rd in New Orleans, headed towards Chalmers. The owner hadn't taken delivery of that one either.

Don't remember the cause but it was a sorry sight.
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I might be wrong, but I thought the one in Louisiana was being driven by the owner. Iíd also like to point out that lowest bidder is not always the beat deal. A lot of these so called professionals donít even have insurance. Be careful when you hire someone to move your boat.

Back to the topic at hand. Pursuit 408. A real monster at 13í wide and 20k plus pounds.
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65-75 on interstate.
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65-70 on interstate.
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Towed my 20í hydra sports cc with t-top weighing about 4500# loaded from New Jersey ot Marathon Key at 70 mph and averaged about 9-10 mph.With my 2017 Ram 1500 with 5.7 Hemi.
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ST tires are rated up to 60 mph
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Most ST tires are rated to 65mph. Ford F350 diesel SRW with a max of 5000lbs boat and trailer. Only get 10-12mpg, and no faster than 65.
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Whatever I am towing (3500# boat or 12,000# camper) my vintage 2005 duramax drops from 10-12mpg to 6-8mpg when i am over 65.

Back and forth from Baltimore to Marathon (almost exactly 1200 miles) is 120 gallons of fuel at 65ish or if I speed up 10 mph to 75 it is 200 gallons. So an extra 80 gallons or $240 @ $3/gallon. Not counting extra wear and tear on the equipment.

Here is the real shitter of driving faster to save time...to take on 80 gallons of fuel it means 4 additional stops @ a minimum of 20 mins each.

Driving 10mph faster saves 120 minutes minus 80 for extra fuel stops.

Long story short, 75mph would save me 20 mins in travel and cost me $240 in fuel alone.

Keep passing me on 95. I'll be the guy going 63 in the slow lane...see you at the gas station.
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Originally Posted by eseyoung View Post
Whatever I am towing (3500# boat or 12,000# camper) my vintage 2005 duramax drops from 10-12mpg to 6-8mpg when i am over 65.

Back and forth from Baltimore to Marathon (almost exactly 1200 miles) is 120 gallons of fuel at 65ish or if I speed up 10 mph to 75 it is 200 gallons. So an extra 80 gallons or $240 @ $3/gallon. Not counting extra wear and tear on the equipment.

Here is the real shitter of driving faster to save time...to take on 80 gallons of fuel it means 4 additional stops @ a minimum of 20 mins each.

Driving 10mph faster saves 120 minutes minus 80 for extra fuel stops.

Long story short, 75mph would save me 20 mins in travel and cost me $240 in fuel alone.

Keep passing me on 95. I'll be the guy going 63 in the slow lane...see you at the gas station.
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Old 01-30-2018, 04:52 AM
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For me, it isn't about getting there first, it is about not being a rolling road block. Everything in my signature (plus misc. equipment haulers and cargo trailers) gets towed at the posted speed limit and up to 6mph over, only if necessary to avoid impeding the flow of traffic, so long as there is ample space for stopping.

I refuse to run the highway at less than highway speeds. It can be very inconsiderate/inconvenient/unsafe for other drivers.
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Old 01-30-2018, 08:45 AM
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2008 f350 diesel crew cab long bed deleted towing a 35' Formula
Fastech. 70 mph max if no one is around me. 10 mpg.
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I tow at the speed traffic is moving. I find that a lot easier than chasing fuel mileage or getting stuck in the slow lane. Luckily I have enough trailer and truck to safely do so. Some of the jalopies I see going down the interstate to the coast scare the crap out of me.

I can tell you my truck typically likes to tow a little faster because because of the 37" tires or I have to lock out 6th gear. I plan to put gears in it before spring but that won't changes my tow speeds though, I'll run what the others are running on the road as long as I feel it is safe.
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Old 01-30-2018, 10:13 AM
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So where do I send my request for approval to tow at whatever speed I'm comfortable with?
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