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Old 4 Jul 2003, 13:59 (Ref:652325)   #1
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woodyracing should be qualifying in the top 10 on the grid
towing speed limit

the speed limit for towing on a motorway is 60 mph
which seems very slow, does anyone actually stick to that speed ?
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Old 4 Jul 2003, 14:19 (Ref:652361)   #2
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We aim at 65-70, the police have never bothered us. The biggest problem is that we are excluded from the outside lane, this means that when two lorries are driving side by side for mile after mile you cannot overtake.
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Old 4 Jul 2003, 14:54 (Ref:652393)   #3
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I averaged 57.777 mph, Croft to London on Sunday afternoon, so I was 2.2 mph under the limit
Being sensible though, Have you ever made an emergency stop at 60+mph whilst towing, or in the wet? I think 60 mph is reasonable. I also think the 56mph speed limiters for trucks should be done away with, that would help to stop the bunching in lane 2.

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Old 4 Jul 2003, 15:12 (Ref:652413)   #4
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woodyracing should be qualifying in the top 10 on the grid
I've never towed but I'd guess going at 60mph that all the trucks will be trying to overtake.
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Old 4 Jul 2003, 15:31 (Ref:652428)   #5
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ghinzani should be qualifying in the top 10 on the gridghinzani should be qualifying in the top 10 on the grid
Only modern Lorries (note the correct term here) are governed to 56mph, many of the older ones go much faster - I had a guy here at the farm in a Volvo F88 from 1973 that easily does 80mph loaded with trees!
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Old 4 Jul 2003, 15:53 (Ref:652438)   #6
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I think all trucks need to have limiters fitted by now,even the F88, is it still running? That brings back memories.
I could never get more than 70 mph out of our F88s.
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Old 4 Jul 2003, 16:08 (Ref:652448)   #7
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Only modern Lorries (note the correct term here)
We calls 'em wagons round here!
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Old 4 Jul 2003, 16:15 (Ref:652450)   #8
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Whatever - its just that Trucks to me are Railway Wagons. I'm sure it was an F88, I will have to wait for the pics to develop (anorak) but he certainly had the deisel pump opened up judding my the geet cloud of black smoke!
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hmm poor spelling by me there and I noticed it too late to edit it - it should say "judging by the geet cloud of black smerk"
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Old 4 Jul 2003, 21:48 (Ref:652854)   #10
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On a similar note on towing...I'm picking up a trailer for my car this weekend and there won't be a stabiliser on it. Is a stabiliser needed when towing a car on a trailer?

p.s. I didn't realise the limit was 60 so it's a good job you posted!
 
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Old 4 Jul 2003, 22:19 (Ref:652895)   #11
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I always thought the limit was 50 from driving in convoy to kart meetings with my cousin.. Oh well, what do I know? I've never had to tow a trailer..
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Old 4 Jul 2003, 22:42 (Ref:652915)   #12
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No Woody - I don't think many people stick to that - only if they have to because of the weight they've got behind them!
I think Bob - you have highlighted a good point which in my opinion, no-one knows - that if you are towing a trailer - you cannot go in the outside lane on a motorway - the amount of big 4x4's I see thundering down the outside lane at about 80!
I think the frightening thing is people hack along without realising what's behind them is snaking from side to side in the wind.
I always think of Police Camera Action! and the caravan toppling over on it's side - taking the towing vehicle with it - it don't take much or long!
Pmol - ypu're testing my knowledge now - but I believe you do need a stabiliser these days - but I do stand to be corrected!
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Old 5 Jul 2003, 00:04 (Ref:652968)   #13
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I think Bob - you have highlighted a good point which in my opinion, no-one knows - that if you are towing a trailer - you cannot go in the outside lane on a motorway
Don't follow my example and learn tha hard way. Warwickshire police gave me a fixed penalty (3 points) for doing just that - trying to get past a pair of battling lorries
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Old 5 Jul 2003, 08:34 (Ref:653088)   #14
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Is a stabiliser needed when towing a car on a trailer?
I never use a stabiliser, and they are not a legal requirement. If the car is loaded properly you shouldn't need one. The only time i have ever had any snaking problems has been whilst towing a caravan, when high sided vehicles get to close overtaking. Then you get low air pressure inbetween and that's when the problems start.
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Old 5 Jul 2003, 08:51 (Ref:653094)   #15
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You must have more weight foward of the axle for stability, if the trailer shakes you need to move the car further foward.
The car must be secure on the trailer, don't just run it against some chocks and stick the handbrake on!
Tyre pressure on the trailer is very important! This can cause instability.

Notice that center of the car is foward of the centre of the axles of the trailer and the trailer is still sitting almost level, I towed this car 800km!
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