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Old 06-06-2016, 06:38 AM   #15
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We had the same TV and trailer and had so much problems towing in the Blue Ridge mountains around our area that we went to a truck.
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Old 06-06-2016, 09:16 AM   #16
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The fact that you towed as full-timer is irrelevant. I know BMW X5 diesel capabilities pretty well and towed heavier trailer (white box) through steep grades in West.

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Guess you know more than I do...I only towed for a year as a full-timer. And I am talking about steep grades, not the mole-hills of the Bay Area.
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The role of Swerving is vastly exaggerated in this forum. IMO, It should be used as a last resort, as it may cause you to lose control, go off the road and flip or clash with other vehicles. Basically, it can make a bad situation worse. Nothing replaces slow and attentive driving. In 25 years of driving I had to do 1 evasive maneuver to avoid an accident.
I agree with you. The emphasis on "swerving" ability in a discussion about towing is too often overemphasized. I taught my kids that if there is an object in the road, be extremely careful about jerking (swerving) away from it because it could cause a headon collision (the worse type), a drive into the trees or culverts (often deadly too), a side-swiping of other cars around you which could cause multiple collisions, and other unpleasant things. The ability to swerve well while towing a trailer is about the last thing I would seek in a rig.
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Old 06-08-2016, 09:42 AM   #18
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In our years of living in the country we have hit four deer, had good handling vehicles to swerve and avoid hitting several other deer, a moose, and a bear and cubs. The last deer I hit came part way through the windshield, three of our friends in town have lost part or all of their leg to deer strikes on their motor cycles, another girl was killed when one came through their windshield. Towing your Airstream through the countryside may be different than driving in the city.

Since having our Airstream we have had to swerve a lane-changing driver into us near Washington D.C., a pair of deer in South Dakota, and another lane changer in California.

Swerving is dangerous but the alternative is a certain collision in many situations. Good handling vehicles and tow combinations that can execute them are not vastly exaggerated in our experience.
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We also live in a rural area with a deer "problem". By driving slowly and carefully, we have avoided deer accidents in the past 10 years (knock on wood). I do not like swerving as it has the potential to make a bad situation worse.

Geico has a bunch of recommendations on the subject:

https://www.geico.com/more/driving/a...g-a-collision/

"Never swerve to avoid a deer in the road. Swerving can confuse the deer on where to run. Swerving can also cause a head-on collision with oncoming vehicles, take you off the roadway into a tree or a ditch, and greatly increase the chances of serious injuries."

I am also wary of swerving with a pickup as those type of vehicles are top heavy and not designed to do sudden lane changes.
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We'll miss the obstacles we can, no thanks to your advice based on a million miles of internet towing and no relevant real life experience. Else we'd probably be dead by now.
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I'm expressing my opinion just like you are expressing yours. I am doing this without insulting you -- I expect you do the same. If you cannot tolerate a differing opinion without resorting to insults, maybe this forum is not for you.
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