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Old 09-18-2007, 08:30 AM   #1
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Glad no one hurt- ebay post

Towing vehicles are very important....what a way to start out streaming.
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Old 09-18-2007, 08:42 AM   #2
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Another BAD Towing Combination

Looks like a Nissan Pathfinder with a 27 foot trailer? Glad no one was injured.
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Well, he was honest. I also am glad to see nobody was hurt. Big trailer - small truck - bad combo....
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Thank goodness no one was seriously hurt. For all of you out there thinking TV wheel base and torque don't matter I hope this is proof enough.
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Old 09-18-2007, 08:55 AM   #5
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What a nightmare..........
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Old 09-18-2007, 09:08 AM   #6
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The way I've always understood it, the first 110" of wheelbase allows you to tow a 20' trailer, then add 1 foot of trailer for each additional 4" of wheelbase. If that formula is correct, then that 112" wheelbase Nissan was pretty much doomed when the owner lowered the coupler of that 27 footer onto the hitch...

Thankfully no one was seriously hurt, but it is a wake up call (or should be) to a lot of folks.
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Old 09-18-2007, 09:08 AM   #7
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Thank goodness no one was seriously hurt. For all of you out there thinking TV wheel base and torque don't matter I hope this is proof enough.
Yikes!

I'm happy to hear no one was hurt.

So, what is the wheel base vs. torque matter?

Hmmmm, now you have me wondering...will I be able to tow my 28' Ambassador with a '64 Suburban?
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That's an Xterra. They are only rated to pull 5,000 pounds. I questioned pulling my old 23 footer with my Xterra. What a nightmare!
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Old 09-18-2007, 10:34 AM   #9
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hard to tell from the photo, but I'm not seeing any WD bars there...
And I was going to point out, that yes, it's an xterra also.
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So What were they thinking? That TV is only good for maybe a 19ft bambi.
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Old 09-18-2007, 11:52 AM   #11
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Thank goodness no one was seriously hurt. For all of you out there thinking TV wheel base and torque don't matter I hope this is proof enough.
that little cute 'ute was totally outclassed...
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There does appear to be a bar of some sort hanging from the tongue. It could be a friction bar or a spring bar or it could be the umbilical. Hard to tell.

So if the first 110" is for the first 20' and each additional 4" will get you 1', how long of a tow vehicle do you need for a 34' Classic? Seems you would need a wheel base in the neighborhood of 166". What has a wheel base that long? Maybe a stretch limo?
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Old 09-18-2007, 12:17 PM   #13
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OK - someone pass me the sawsall - I need to knock 6 feet off the Overlander so the 115 inch wheel base Durango can tow it.....
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I'm sorry, I didn't mean for my post to have the sarcastic tone that I see it has now that I can't edit it. I meant that there has to be a little fudge factor in all of our rules of thumb. I went away to check the wheel base on the monster 2008 F-250 Super duty and when I got back I could no longer edit my post. The Crew Cab has a 156" wheel base and I think we can all agree that it will pull the 34' Classic so don't get out that saws-all just yet!

And of course, I'm glad no one was seriously hurt. Man that has to be a painful site to see your beloved Airstream laying on its side.
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