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How fast can you tow a boat? #13781522 11/23/20 02:45 AM
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I'm trying to research this, but I'm not getting a very clear answer. I've seen places say 55mph for any kind of trailer, but I assume it's a state law because I see semi's going 75-80 on the highways and pickups with trailers as well. (Pflugerville, TX) Say you have a Ram 1500 and a 1600lbs~ Jon boat, can you hop on I-35 and do 75-80 to keep up with traffic? What if it was a boat that was MUCH heavier? For laws and safety.

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Have you tried Txdot or other state websites? I saw a thread several years back that there are different limits based on type of trailers. Per the thread I read there are no special limits for boat trailers. I don't gave a problem with someone going 75 on interstate with properly set up and maintained trailers. What I do have a problem with is people pulling trailers without the proper tow vehicle or not setting up there vehicle to tow safely. Case in point. Coming home from Burnet County today I encountered an Armada towing a 24' (i am estimating) TT without tow mirrors and proper hitch. He was doing 70 - 80 on 220 and 67. It was a classic tail wagging the dog 🐕 scenario. Yes an Armada with a 5.6 can get that weight moving that fast but can it control it. When I saw him on 281 I was just hoping he was not getting on 220 but he did which was fine because I did not catch him until Glen Rose.


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Heck most OEM trailer tires have a speed rating in the 65-75 mph range so that "should" be the most improtant factor limiting your speed.

That is one of the reasons I replaced mine with Goodyear Endurance tires because they have a 87 mph rating. cheers


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Re: How fast can you tow a boat? [Re: Swyt] #13782249 11/23/20 06:55 PM
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My boat & trailer travel at speeds of 75 - 80 almost every pull.
I've had blowouts and have broken every original leaf spring. Never caused any other serious damage.

Since we're talking about pulling the boat and speed, here is my story with tip:
My last long haul, I had 3 blowouts. My tires looked to be in good shape and had lots of tread but they were I believe 6 - 7 years old.
I now will replace tires at 5 years, even if one of them is the spare and never touched the ground. 5 years max and they have to go.


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Re: How fast can you tow a boat? [Re: Swyt] #13783862 11/24/20 10:32 PM
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Speed

The maximum speed for a towing vehicle in Texas is 70 mph on the interstate unless posted otherwise. Under code 545.352, that's only in the daytime; it applies to passenger vehicles and light trucks pulling small trailers less than 26 feet long, carrying a boat, motorcycle or animals. For such small trailers, the nighttime maximum is 65 mph. For other kinds of trailers, such as fifth wheels, the maximum daytime speed is 60 mph, and that maximum drops by 5 mph at night. Common sense trumps the posted speed limit: If it's foggy, make sure to travel at 55, the police can cite people who drive to fast for dangerous driving.


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I have to ask, how would this work if you're towing on I-35? or some other highways that has high speed limits, where it's 75mph but people are going 80mph.

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i guess pulling a boat falls under texas prima facie speed limits. how it works is, it probably doesn't unless a cop is familiar with it. it might just be used as one of those, i can pull you over because of it, just to check you out, or if conditions are really unsafe for a vehicle pulling a boat at posted limits. i've never heard of anyone getting a ticket over it


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I normally cruise a 70, and 75 to pass someone regardless if the speed limit is 75. Let the one's in a hurry go around you.

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Originally Posted by spankyttx
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The maximum speed for a towing vehicle in Texas is 70 mph on the interstate unless posted otherwise. Under code 545.352, that's only in the daytime; it applies to passenger vehicles and light trucks pulling small trailers less than 26 feet long, carrying a boat, motorcycle or animals. For such small trailers, the nighttime maximum is 65 mph. For other kinds of trailers, such as fifth wheels, the maximum daytime speed is 60 mph, and that maximum drops by 5 mph at night. Common sense trumps the posted speed limit: If it's foggy, make sure to travel at 55, the police can cite people who drive to fast for dangerous driving.



they did away with the split speed limits a few yrs. back. you can tow at the speed limit as long as your equipment will handle it.

pulled my champion 202 from branson mo. at 75 for most of the way.


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Originally Posted by spankyttx
i guess pulling a boat falls under texas prima facie speed limits. how it works is, it probably doesn't unless a cop is familiar with it. it might just be used as one of those, i can pull you over because of it, just to check you out, or if conditions are really unsafe for a vehicle pulling a boat at posted limits. i've never heard of anyone getting a ticket over it



they can and will ticket you for not crossing your safety chains, ask me how I know.


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Originally Posted by hopalong
Originally Posted by spankyttx
i guess pulling a boat falls under texas prima facie speed limits. how it works is, it probably doesn't unless a cop is familiar with it. it might just be used as one of those, i can pull you over because of it, just to check you out, or if conditions are really unsafe for a vehicle pulling a boat at posted limits. i've never heard of anyone getting a ticket over it



they can and will ticket you for not crossing your safety chains, ask me how I know.

What if your factory installed Skeeter trailer safety cables are not long enough to be crossed? Mine are coiled steel cables.


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Originally Posted by hopalong
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i guess pulling a boat falls under texas prima facie speed limits. how it works is, it probably doesn't unless a cop is familiar with it. it might just be used as one of those, i can pull you over because of it, just to check you out, or if conditions are really unsafe for a vehicle pulling a boat at posted limits. i've never heard of anyone getting a ticket over it



they can and will ticket you for not crossing your safety chains, ask me how I know.

There are also trailer brake requirements. I read at one time that brakes are required when trailer exceeds 50% of vehicle weight. Some states it is lower. Like 33%.


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Originally Posted by spankyttx
i guess pulling a boat falls under texas prima facie speed limits. how it works is, it probably doesn't unless a cop is familiar with it. it might just be used as one of those, i can pull you over because of it, just to check you out, or if conditions are really unsafe for a vehicle pulling a boat at posted limits. i've never heard of anyone getting a ticket over it



they can and will ticket you for not crossing your safety chains, ask me how I know.

What if your factory installed Skeeter trailer safety cables are not long enough to be crossed? Mine are coiled steel cables.


I guess we could take up a collection for bail money, don't get your hopes up tho. grin


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i looked up the crossing thing. found nothing for that in texas 545.410 that says you have to cross the chains or cables, if these haven't changed anyway. hop, i do agree, crossing the chains is good, but i didn't see it was law. it looks like you were snookered on the chains but it does appear the towing speed limits have changed

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Originally Posted by Swyt
I have to ask, how would this work if you're towing on I-35? or some other highways that has high speed limits, where it's 75mph but people are going 100mph.


fixed. lol

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