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Old 10-26-2019, 09:32 AM   #61
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Logic applied by some people is sometimes interesting... classic question or even assumption is that the dealer will void warranty, if you tow above towing specs. First, they would need to know that you were towing above the specs. I assume that nobody who knows how to use brain would not show up at the dealers with the trailer attached or tell the dealer that he was towing above specs when something happened. Interesting logic...
Ive posted this true experience before: My son had 5 people with him in college, heading for a ski vacation in Colorado from Austin in our Expidition, back in 2000. They had a luggage pod and skis on top rack, and lots of stuff in the back; one of the others was driving. Strong gust of wind hit them late at night and it flipped/rolled over, a person in the car sleeping in the back was injured. Her father sued both us and Ford since she had back injury and hospital bills. They asked a lot of questions at the deposition, on how much weight they were carrying, etc...this was back when Firestone issues were happening on the Explorers...many people don't know those issues also happened on the Expiditions with Firestones also. Anyway, our insurance guy told us they were looking at the specs; if they would have been overloaded it would been contributing factor. Ford ended up footing the bill somehow...we never were called to trial. My rates did not increase.

My point is, I recommend staying within Mfg. specs for your tow vehicle; you never know what might happen on the road...accidents happen.
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This thread sure got off topic and I am not helping with this reply but I have first hand knowledge that if a vehicle accident happens that results in serious injury or death, there can and usually will be investigation by the police that includes impounding vehicles and checking them for safety issues like tire tread, brake condition, operation of lights and other systems, etc. I expect this is common across the country.
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