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10/9/2008 at 1:17am
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What is the max speed for a car with a small trailer on the French peage?

We kept getting overtaken by cars with trailers and we were doing 70mph as we had a roofbox and bikes on the back.

Hubby has always said we can't take a trailer as we would have to go slower, but not if the cars zooming past us are anything to go by!

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10/9/2008 at 6:33am
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130kph if dry, 110kph if wet.


10/9/2008 at 7:36am
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If you fancy towing at 130kph then "Good Luck!" Judging by the state of repair of most trailers, or Caravans if it comes to that, it is pretty crazy to do those sort of speeds. Think about it: What's the worst thing for tyres? you've got it, standing on the same section week in week out. The tyre eventually develops a flat area. You can guess the rest

Belgium is 120kph but if you are on a dual carriageway and return to the inner lane you will be restricted to 90kph



10/9/2008 at 8:06am
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Our trailer has a plate on the side saying maximum speed of 130 kph.

It is very stable whilst towing and runs very smoothly.   

We generally tow just above 60 mph on the speedo which is about 60 actual speed. We took the trailer to France last year and although it added a bit to what is almost a 1000 mile journey by the time we travel from North-East Scotland it didn't really bother us.

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10/9/2008 at 8:11am
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 the french police love cars towing with uk plates on the A26 south.

 they just wait for the ferries to dock and then come out in force.!!!!

 something to do with their pension scheme i think!!!![}:)]



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10/9/2008 at 10:47am
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We towed at 60-70mph on the peages this year without any problems at all.  We were stable, safe and comfortable and yes, there were caravans going past us alot faster!

 



10/9/2008 at 10:48am
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Quote: Originally posted by swiftsure on 10/9/2008

 the french police love cars towing with uk plates on the A26 south.

 they just wait for the ferries to dock and then come out in force.!!!!

 something to do with their pension scheme i think!!!![}:)]


Not in my experience. You are entitled to tow at 130kph (around 82mph) towing a caravan, the exception being on some downhill section where the limit is posted on the side of the road. If you stay within the law you have nothing to worry about.

David



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10/9/2008 at 11:14am
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The big difference is that the autoroutes have excellent surfaces so your trailer doesn't bounce around all over the place. We found 130kph perfectly do-able. Wouldn't do it with a caravan, but then I never want to tow a caravan anywhere.

Alan



10/9/2008 at 11:36am
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SAme as cars 130kph 110 wet follow signs for downill sections!  It's a mysteryto me how the Germans and Dutch can tow a van at speeds in excess of that even!!  Saw a Brit van in 2006 I was doing nearly seventy and it flew past me........... how ever later that after noon we passed him - we were upright - he wasn't!!


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Theres no separate national towing speed limit for cars/light vehicles in France, its the same as the car speed limit unless otherwise stated ie going down steep hill there might be a limit for caravans.

Whether its safe to tow at those speeds is a completely separate argument. it depends what you are driving & towing, certainly you do see caravans/trailers being towed at high speeds on French autoroutes I suppose because they have large distances to cover, Its up to the driver really.

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10/9/2008 at 6:21pm
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I towed my Trailer tent at 65 - 70mph through France (cruise control was set at about 68 most of the time) According to my satnav, my average speed was 64mph, including tolls. I left Marseille at 16:30 on Saturday and arrived at Calais at 0900 on Sunday morning (16.5 hours) this included a 5 hour stop (from midnight to 5am), and 1 hour in a traffic jam south of Lyons, and 45 minutes for dinner near Villefrance - So Total driving was 9.45 hours, I really don't think that towing a trailer really makes any significant difference to driving time.

So I could have driven 10 mph more which theoretically would have reduced the journey by 1.5 hours (Try to average more than 75 mph, even on French roads) - however, what is 1.5 hours in the big scheme of things

I was driving a Mercedes E320 Diesel, with 3 windsurf boards and roof box, 3 bikes on the luggage rack and 2 bikes on the trailer rack - I still averaged 31mpg, which is much better than I had expected. If I tried to drive at 80, I think that my fuel consumption would have been in the low 20's

Tyres on the trailer didn't even get warm, so didn't really worry about punctures 



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10/9/2008 at 6:45pm
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I towed all the way and back to the south of france at 80 no problems at all, very stable on there road surface which is much better than england. Alos must say that we had no problems with police at all..


10/9/2008 at 8:22pm
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Legally it is generally the same as the speed limit for other vehicles, though sometimes it is reduced on steep downhills. I must admit that on French roads I am quite happy towing at 130 kph but I have a big car and a relatively small trailer. No way would I do it with a caravan. I do keep my trailer well maintained and strip down and regrease the bearings regularly and because the trailer is used throughout the year it does not develop flat spots. I am also careful to balance the weight in the trailer. Also I would not do it in one of those tinny trailers with 8 inch wheels, the smaller the wheels the faster they have to go round.




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