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Folks,

I'm renting a uhaul 5x8 enclosed trailer next month to tow a motorcycle(dirtbike) from Texas to Colorado. I'll be using my Tundra(4.6L) as the tow vehicle. The total weight of the trailer, including bike and gear will be appx 1350 pounds. Uhaul states the max tow speed as 55 mph. I know this is probably due to liability, but assuming the tires are in good shape and properly inflated, trailer loaded with weight biased towards the front, dry road, etc. what is the max speed you'd recommend? Would 70-75 mph be out of the question, or should I back it down a bit? I can't imagine driving 950 miles at 55-60 mph, but if anything beyond is creating undue risk, I'm ok backing it down.

What do you guy's think?


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Pretty short.....probably develop a death wobble pretty easy.


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I'd go the speed limit.

Realistically, check the tires and see what they're rated for. 75 may be pushing it on smaller trailer tires.

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All I can say is, when I pulled one from here to Grand Rapids MI (1100 + miles) - I wasn't pulling @ 55 smile


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In September 2015 I towed one of those trailers from central NC to here, in East Texas, just over 1,000 miles with my '06 Tundra. 70-75mph was not an issue. No wobble and the tongue length helped stabilize it.

Your plans re: weight distribution, tire condition and inflation are spot on.

Go for it.

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I pulled a few of them across the country several times for moves when I was in the military. I can testify that they do just fine at 85 grin

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Who drives at 55 MPH these days. Check tires and safety chains.

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Never forget that they also rent to people that could not backup a trailer 12' if their life depended on it................

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Speed limit is fine. As stated, make sure you have sufficient tongue weight for stability.
I know for a fact that those same U-Haul tires on a car hauler will survive a brief stint to 105 mph with a Nissan Exterra on the trailer. (Don't ask me how I know). smile


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Check the speed limits for towing in the states you'll pass through. My home state has different posted speed limits on the interstate for passenger vehicles vs commercial trucks and anyone towing a trailer, 65 vs 55 in most area, 70 vs 60 in one. I assumed that 55 mph limit on the U-Haul trailer was to keep people in compliance with towing laws. That's just an assumption though.

As long as the tow vehicle is up to it, adequate wheel base, brakes for the trailer's weight, etc, and as long as the load is positioned in the trailer correctly, I don't think there's any practical need to stay at 55 or below, but .. a ticket is kind of a practical concern.

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Judging by the amount of people towing U-Hauls who keep up with me or pass me when I am doing 75 mph, it shouldn't be a problem unless you need to perform an emergency maneuver or stomp on the brakes.


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I'd be afraid of getting rear-ended going 55.......I'd go at least as fast as the semi trucks.

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Who drives at 55 MPH these days. Check tires and safety chains.


I drive the speed limit unless I am in Kansas. Then its BTTW.

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If you are concerned about the stability of the trailer, rent one slightly larger. You will appreciate more width and a taller ceiling anyway to facilitate getting your motorcycle inside and securing it properly.


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coming back from the smokey mountains about 10 years ago I was side by side with a ford ranger pulling a U haul trailer. We weren't going crazy but probably 70 - 75mph

At one point I was ahead of him by several car lengths when we came over a hill and traffic was stopped. I had no problem stopping. Him...not so much. I looked up in my rear view mirror as I was close to coming to a stop and saw his truck go sideways with the trailer and then both of them were doing a barrel roll down the highway taking up pretty much the width of the 2 lanes of I-75 coming toward me. It was an ass puckering moment for me as I was in the family truckster and pretty much blocked in where I couldn't get out of the way.

Fortunately (for me) they rolled down into the median and ended up beside us. Both the driver and the passenger crawled out of the passenger door relatively unscathed but certainly shook up taking the lords name in vain repeatedly at the top of their lungs.

So I'm sure you can get to speed...stopping may be another story.

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I pull a snowmobile trailer with 8" wheels at 70 mph and have never had a problem. I don't think anyone listens to the 55 mph claim. When you stop for food or gas put your hand on the hubs, if there hot to the touch your driving to fast and or have wheel bearing problems if not hot than you're fine.

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weight it towards the front and run 100 if you like,uhaul trailers have bigger tires.

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I've found they smooth right out above 85.

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I own a 8'X5' Pace enclosed trailer and tow it at interstate speeds or maybe a little faster with full size pickups, a suv, and even a jeep.
Never a hint of a problem.
It just stays in place and hauls stuff.


















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Originally Posted by tzone
I'd go the speed limit.

Realistically, check the tires and see what they're rated for. 75 may be pushing it on smaller trailer tires.
Trailer tires (ST) are most often rated for 65 mph. I would NOT go over that. And the note on the trailer re:55 mph is just a way for them to transfer responsibility onto you if you have a crash and is found to be over that limit..

Every U-Haul trailer I see is goin' at LEAST 10 over the tire limits and usually 10 over the road's speed limit..


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Originally Posted by OrangeOkie
If you are concerned about the stability of the trailer, rent one slightly larger longer. You will appreciate more width and a taller ceiling anyway to facilitate getting your motorcycle inside and securing it properly.


Sorry - slight correction.. Longer trailers definitely pull better with less chance of 'sway'...(loaded correctly, of course).. smile


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I'd go the speed limit.

Realistically, check the tires and see what they're rated for. 75 may be pushing it on smaller trailer tires.
Trailer tires (ST) are most often rated for 65 mph. I would NOT go over that. And the note on the trailer re:55 mph is just a way for them to transfer responsibility onto you if you have a crash and is found to be over that limit..

Every U-Haul trailer I see is goin' at LEAST 10 over the tire limits and usually 10 over the road's speed limit..

Yep, read the tires. I would NOT exceed the tire rating.


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Originally Posted by wbyfan1
Folks,

I'm renting a uhaul 5x8 enclosed trailer next month to tow a motorcycle(dirtbike) from Texas to Colorado. I'll be using my Tundra(4.6L) as the tow vehicle. The total weight of the trailer, including bike and gear will be appx 1350 pounds. Uhaul states the max tow speed as 55 mph. I know this is probably due to liability, but assuming the tires are in good shape and properly inflated, trailer loaded with weight biased towards the front, dry road, etc. what is the max speed you'd recommend? Would 70-75 mph be out of the question, or should I back it down a bit? I can't imagine driving 950 miles at 55-60 mph, but if anything beyond is creating undue risk, I'm ok backing it down.

What do you guy's think?



You'll be fine. Hundreds of those trailers are drug up and down the interstates everyday at speeds greater than 55mph. Would I bomb down a mountain going three digits? No. Cruise 70ish across texas and Colorado? Sure.


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I've pulled trailers close to a million miles going to rodeos all over the west. From 1 horse single axles to 36' stock trailers and some tractor trailers. Load them tongue heavy and put 10 pounds more air than the tires are rated for. Keep them level or tongue low when loaded. A few of the trailers like your renting are prone to whip so if the above doesn't help get a bigger one. Speed doesn't seem to affect this at all.

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I've hauled a number of U-Haul trailers many times between 70 and 80 mph without a problem..
Just use common sense and drive appropriately for the traffic conditions..


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Most utility trailers have ST rated tires that max out at 65 MPH. Much higher, they will start to over heat because of the sidewall flexing. Can you get away with going faster---maybe. A blowout at 70 mph on a trailer is fun to watch if it happens to someone else. Remember: Just because you can, doesn't mean you should, speed that is.


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It's been my experience nothing good comes from being in a hurry with a trailer, forward or backward.


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Remove their 55 mph sticker !!!! Haul ass ,them little tires will spin right off the rim !!


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Originally Posted by Crow hunter
I pulled a few of them across the country several times for moves when I was in the military. I can testify that they do just fine at 85 grin


Same here....coast to coast. One trip was under 50 hrs.....67 Camaro both times.

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Load it properly and rock on, 55 is silly, on interstate.

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Tow any speed you want, but don't plan any successful liability claim against u haul if the trailer self destructs and your bike gets totaled.

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CHeck hitch, chains, tires, pressure, bearings.

Drive sensibly. 55mph is dangerous on interstates down in America.


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First rented a U-Haul (4x6) to move to AZ from PA in 1961, and my 54 Chev with the OHV 6 hardly would turn more than 60 - so we chose 55. Since then I have rented many, many and learned quite a bit about U-Haul. They build them strong, use good materials and have a well-proven design. And, seems they use better tires than those we usually get at tire stores for our light trailers. All of the above is to their advantage - avoidance of road trouble means good rep and repeat customers. There is a reason why you see so many sailing down the Interstates - running fast - without problems.

Apply the advice given above by some experienced trailer guys (size, loading, tongue weight, etc.) and have a good, safe and speedy trip.


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Originally Posted by Happy_Prospector
Most utility trailers have ST rated tires that max out at 65 MPH. Much higher, they will start to over heat because of the sidewall flexing. Can you get away with going faster---maybe. A blowout at 70 mph on a trailer is fun to watch if it happens to someone else. Remember: Just because you can, doesn't mean you should, speed that is.



I'm probably one of the few guys that had a blow-out with a U-Haul trailer on the freeway, and walked away.

I rented a U-Haul tow-dolly, different than the trailer, but same limitations. Started in Alabama with decent, but worn tires on the dolly, and 56 Chevy sedan as the load. By the time I made Tennessee, one of the tires had to be replaced, it was shredding the tread. I asked for an inspection of the dolly and was told it was "good to go". I was given two new tires and rolled on.

By the time I reached Oregon, the tires were down to 25% tread and badly cupped. I had a half a day to go, screw-it, press on. Mid-day on the freeway, the right dolly tire blew, dragging my pick-up into the guard rail, and the load. We bounced down the guardrail, and I did as best I could keep the two vehicles straight. The pick-up finally caught the guardrail or a post, bounced to the left, and we came around 180 with the tow dolly pushing us forward.

When everything came to a screeching halt, the pickup was sitting in the right lane looking back down the freeway at oncoming traffic, the tow dolly hitch was wrapped under the rear pickup axle and the 56 Chevy was sitting up against the guard on the dolly facing in the direction of travel, beside my door.

Point being - check the equipment, and make sure it's performing as it should. I should have turned the defective one in when I reached Tennessee, or used an auto transporter. If it doesn't look right, don'y accept the rental.

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Most, but not all, ST tires have a 65mph speed rating. I have some of the new Goodyears made in America and they are an ST with an 87mph rating. Having lost a tire tread while towing, I can tell you it isn't fun and frequently causes some pretty bad damage.

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Make sure they're aired up. Check the bearings. Make sure your tongue weight is good. But if you dump that thing going over 55, you better have a rider on your insurance.


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Have a drive on trailer for a 51 Willys Jeep the wife has.

Buddy was in a hurry to get home from NM hunt once...

I"ll just say that it hit 3 digits for quite some amount of time, but he claims it never hurt the trailer because the trailer or tires were never on the pavement at that point....


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I towed the same trailer from AL to AZ, and I had it crammed to the gills. I averaged about 75 most of the trip(I was glad to leave AL). No issues, but I made sure it had good rubber before I left.


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I wouldn't limit my speed to 55. But about 65 is as fast as I want to pull any trailer. Since most trailer tires are rated for 65 that is a good limit in my opinion.


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For years U-haul had a limit of 45 on all their trailers. I guess they got tired of being laughed at and raised it to 55. 55 on a busy highway can be dangerous with as zillion cars trying to pass you at 70+. It's just a liability game Uhaul plays.


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Originally Posted by JMR40
I wouldn't limit my speed to 55. But about 65 is as fast as I want to pull any trailer. Since most trailer tires are rated for 65 that is a good limit in my opinion.
That..

FWIW, on the yearly trip to the Sturgis Rally with the toy hauler, I set the cruise at 65 (if on the Interstate) and that's as fast as I go - no matter if the speed limit's 70.. Also use TPM systems on the trailer tires. That's saved me several times from having damage to the trailer when (not if) I have a flat tire during the trip..

To the OP: does U-Haul supply spare tires/wheels with their trailers? I've never rented one so I have no idea.. I hope they do - and IF so, I hope you bring a jack and tools to change a tire..


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Idaho's freeway speed limit is 80, trucks 70. We have some cars doing 80, many doing 75, trucks 65 to 70, and RVs from 65 to 80. There's a lot of passing, dodging, and dangerous driving. I think it was safer and just about as fast before they raised it from 75. A few days ago I had a guy in a motorhome doing close to 80 with a cell phone in his ear drift over and push me onto the shoulder. I sure wish he would have pulled into a rest stop where I could have discussed it with him.


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Higher than 55 is OK physically; but, if an accident does occur, you are on your own and U-Haul (or other company) is off the hook entirely.

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I wouldn't limit my speed to 55. But about 65 is as fast as I want to pull any trailer. Since most trailer tires are rated for 65 that is a good limit in my opinion.
That..

FWIW, on the yearly trip to the Sturgis Rally with the toy hauler, I set the cruise at 65 (if on the Interstate) and that's as fast as I go - no matter if the speed limit's 70.. Also use TPM systems on the trailer tires. That's saved me several times from having damage to the trailer when (not if) I have a flat tire during the trip..

To the OP: does U-Haul supply spare tires/wheels with their trailers? I've never rented one so I have no idea.. I hope they do - and IF so, I hope you bring a jack and tools to change a tire..

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As with most things related to towing, "PULLING" is usually much less of a concern than "SUDDEN STOPS" or "Maneuvers". Checking tire pressure, tire condition, proper loading (tongue heavy) all go a long way toward minimizing tire failure and other excitements.

Open road with good forward visibility, 70-75mph probably not unreasonable. Crowded urban rush hour traffic, even 55mph might be "over driving" your ability to maintain control. Common sense goes a long way toward having an "uneventful" trip...



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Take a look at the tire and axle set-up on these trailers. They are usually way stronger than the box. The axles look stronger than the axles on my toy hauler. 6 lug wheels on a 5 x 8 trailer? Those usually have 8 ply tires on them. I think U-haul builds them knowing they will be abused. However by stating on the contract that 55 mph is tops they got you if something goes bad.


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Is U-haul liable when an 18 wheeler plows into the back of one of its trailers being hauled at 55mph on an interstate highway with a 70mph speed limit?


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[quote=FlaRick]Is U-haul liable when an 18 wh
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I agree that 55 is dangerous on the interstate that has a posted 70 mph limit. I would not rent a uhaul if you can't safely go over 55. P.o.s.


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Who tears the tags off their mattresses? The good, the bad, and the ugly, the real world ramifications of this dangerous practice.


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Put some weight in the bed of the Tundra. The light rear end is a lot of what went wrong with the guy and the Ranger. Moral is to look well ahead Is the price of a longer trailer higher? Any of them have surge brakes? Any time you get a trailer with a wheelbase shorter than the truck backing becomes a real headache. I only once had trouble with a trailer; canned ham behind a T100 ,hit a whoopee on solid ice at 40, counter steered about 4 times and the trailer went clear to the jacknife position. I thoutht I was gonna buy it but recovered. It was 2 am. so that helped. The little off camber spot is still there and brings back memories every time through.

I agree that 55 is a way to get rear ended, or cause trouble for other vehicles traveling at highway speeds.

TV this morning showed a U Haul behind a ? that plowed into a semi, didn't see more, but one killed.

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How does Uhaul know what speed the trailer was pulled at?

Do the trailers have recorders?


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Originally Posted by ironbender
How does Uhaul know what speed the trailer was pulled at?

Do the trailers have recorders?


You never know...Pays to look under any vehicle you rent. GPS data loggers are cheap, small, and can be powered off of the taillight wire to keep them charged and they can run more than 30 days without being recharged..

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Originally Posted by ironbender
How does Uhaul know what speed the trailer was pulled at?

Do the trailers have recorders?

Most large construction sites around here have Tattle-Tale transponders on every piece of equipment on the job, to protect against theft. (They also Mark the property, that Tattle-Tale is in use) and it would be very easy to track any trailer by it's transponder code, if it has one. If it were me, I'd install it inside the tounge, feed it off the brake light wires, and tie to the frame for an antenna.


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I've had no problems towing u-haul trailers at speeds I won't mention here behind my Tundra. I don't think uhaul really gives a schitt, just a CYA on their part.


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