Towing speeds with caravan.

Submitted: Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 19:08
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Can anyone please tell me what the towing speeds are in N.S.W and the other States. Read its 80 ks in N.S.W.
Thanks.
John
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Reply By: Mikell - Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 19:22

Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 19:22
max speed 100kmh. Used to be 90kmh in NSW but changed a couple of years ago
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Reply By: Puddin & Gumnut (Sydney) - Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 20:22

Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 20:22
Whatever the posted speed limit is the current rule.
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Follow Up By: Nudenut - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 12:44

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 12:44
if you stick to 100 you shouldnt get you picture taken
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Follow Up By: Nudenut - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 12:45

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 12:45
er er this was supposed to compliment what I say below
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Reply By: motherhen - Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 23:44

Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 23:44
Perhaps speed limits across the states is something for the ExploreOz website. We had no idea as we crossed state borders what the limits were, towing or not towing. All i know is in WA we have these nasty little speed cameras that hide on the outskirts of a town, just behind an obscure speed sign, and catch people not realising they are not on the open road speed. Watching Today Tonight, they lie and fine innocent motorists as well, who have to pay or get a huge legal bill. Are other states as bad? Sure hope not.
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Follow Up By: Moneypit - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 02:07

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 02:07
Mother Chook

Unless Parramatta Road and Liverpool Road are both in Perth [and I'm fairly sure there not 8-))] then I think you'll find that both those stories generated from Sydney and were just picked up by the Perth 7 Today Tonight program. Too lazy to get out and do any work I guess.

They should make it clear where the story is though I would have thought.

Dave
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Follow Up By: Nudenut - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 12:43

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 12:43
The default maximum is 100 kph is generally aust wide ....unless otherwise marked. In SA you'll find we can go up to 110 on certain roads but these are marked and if not its a max of 100.
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Follow Up By: motherhen - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 23:45

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 23:45
Moneypit, the speed cameras in WA do some pretty mean things too - but we just have to pay. Our RAC is doing an article on them next month.
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Reply By: Leroy - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 10:45

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 10:45
I thought the towing speed should be what ever is safe! (as long as you don't go over the limit)

Leroy
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Reply By: Wizard1 - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 13:36

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 13:36
Towing speeds generally depend on the gross weight of the towed appendage. Usually, not all the time, there may be a different limit for appendages under or over 750 kg. But as suggested most states now have a 100 kph limit, exept NT where you can tow as fast as you can! If your silly enough to do so.

As also recommended; tow at a speed which you feel comfortable with and that you believe is safe given the van, towing vehicle and road. Given the fact that you need to have enough time to react to something such as s tyre blow out.

Wizard
Darwin NT
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Reply By: Member - Stephen (WA) - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 14:59

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 14:59
If my memory serves me correctly (only occasionally) in WA

- if the trailer is below 750 kg then the limit is 100 km/h
- if the trailer is above 750 kg then the limit is 90 km/h

The 90 km/h takes some getting used to after you cross the border near Eucla!!

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Reply By: Wizzy - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 16:19

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 16:19
Just be aware of one little trap that could cost you a fine if you come across an over zealous cop.

When towing you are legally restricted to whatever speed is recommended in the car's handbook. I towed a Jayco Westport (tare 1600kg, loaded weight just under 2000kg) with a Falcon AU sedan and my maximum legal speed was around 85kph.

Dennis
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Reply By: jp - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 19:21

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 19:21
Thanks for your mails, i read in a 4x4 magizine( it might be a couple of years old,) but the towing speed for any trailer over 750kg in NSW was 80kph.
Thanks John
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Reply By: itisi - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 23:15

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 23:15
Speed limit in WA used to be 90 k's for trailers over 750 kg's but was changed some time ago to 100 kph. (probably coz it was a pain in the arrr...choo for truckies as they're max speed is 100).
Certainly was a pain when "up north" when a car/van combo was doing 90 and a triple road train was approaching at his 100kph then had to slow down and wait for a safe place to overtake.Can imagine what he was thinking!

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Rod
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