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Old 09-19-2007, 10:47 PM   #1
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Towing with too small of a tow vehicle

I just saw this auction on eBay. Good warning for those of you thinking about long trailers and light/short SUVs.
eBay Motors: Crashed Airstream 27' Overlander for parts or resto? (item 220151481377 end time Sep-23-07 06:01:49 PDT)
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I was trucking along I-88 outside Binghamton when a gust of wind showed me that my little truck was not strong enough to pull a 27' trailer. We went into a sway, and I couldn't pull out. We flipped over the side of the highway, totaling my truck and the trailer. I'm thinking that someone somewhere might want the trailer.
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Old 09-19-2007, 11:02 PM   #2
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Looks like that was a Nissan Exterra. Barely stable by itself, towing a 6000lb Overlander is definitely way over it's capability. Good thing no innocent bystanders seem to have gotten hurt.
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Old 09-19-2007, 11:19 PM   #3
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Also, and please excuse me for saying this good friends, I read in these forums of some traveling in excess of 65mph. Even with TV's with long wheel bases and mucho power can be driven from the road by a sudden gust, someone cutting you off, or tire failure to mention a few. Around the campfire I want to hear from you of your travels...not about you.
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Old 09-20-2007, 08:21 AM   #4
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What if You Knew....

There's been at least 3 threads that have addressed this accident. Lots of talk about the proper tow vehicle, wheelbase, sway control, speed, etc..

This guy was towing a 4570# A/S with a 4300# Nissan that is rated for 5000# maximum. Granted, not a good idea...

The kicker is - he had previously broken one of the equalizer bars and at the time of the accident was towing with ONE bar.....

Not much else matters with that in mind....
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The kicker is - he had previously broken one of the equalizer bars and at the time of the accident was towing with ONE bar.....
I had missed that, can you direct to where that is stated?
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Curiosity got the best of me and I sent him an email. Here is his response.

Subject:Re: Question for item #220151481377 - Crashed Airstream 27' Overlander for parts or resto?

One of the bars has snapped when I was parking a few days before, so I had only one bar at the time. It wasn't a good idea. It also wasn't a good idea to pull a 6000 pound trailer with a 4500 pound truck.
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I am being redundant but when incidents happen like this it needs repeating.

This to consider when you tow in order of IMPORTANCE.

1. Chassis strength is number one in My book. This means strong frame, Long wheel base increases stability but you have to have the frame first. I will include tires, springs and shocks with chassis. They have to be enough for the job at hand. The 80% rule is a good one. When you use that rule you will find that everyone using an SUV to pull anything 25' or over with an SUV is overloaded. ADD it up..trailer, truck, cargo in trailer, cargo in SUV/truck, People, pets, tools etc.

2: Brakes I will list alone. By brakes I mean not only enough (bigger brakes usually come with the stronger built chassis) to do the job but proper integration with the tow vehicle. (such as Fords integrated brake system that seems to be as good as it gets. I am not pushing Ford here just stating what I read about their brakes. Make sure your brake bias is set proper. Traveling down an interstate at speed is not time find out if you're break bias is set up proper for a 70 mph panic stop when that Deer runs out in front of you.

3. Power...is usually the first thing people think about...but is the least Important when it comes to trailering. If you get the first two items right the power you need will be easy to decide. Don't let a 375 hp engine in a short wheel base SUV get you all excited thinking you can pull the longest hills at 80 mpg when the chassis is too small from the job. What will happen with a overwhelmed chassis will only multiply itself with all that power. Power is NOT an asset if the chassis is not enough. Power is important only if the rest of the vehicle is correct for the job.

I know most of you know these things. But I see accidents happen all the time. I saw an Airstream (about a 25 footer) nose first in the woods along Interstate 5 just south of Olympia, Washington a while back and was wondering what had happened. All I could see was the trailer and Chevy Envoy wrecked. It was a one vehicle incident with a Deer. They tried to stop and the trailer over powered the tow vehicle according to witnesses. Jacknifing into the woods. NOT enough truck for the job.
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Good afternoon,

I am skeptical of this Ebay advertisement. I live close enough to Birmingham to take a look at the camper, so I emailed him about its location. He replied that it was a 2 man towing operation and therefore I could not view the trailer, but I should bid because the tires are worth more than the opening bid amount.

Maybe everything is on the up and up - - but when people expect blind bidding I get "bid cautious".

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Good afternoon,

I am skeptical of this Ebay advertisement. I live close enough to Birmingham to take a look at the camper, so I emailed him about its location. He replied that it was a 2 man towing operation and therefore I could not view the trailer, but I should bid because the tires are worth more than the opening bid amount.

Maybe everything is on the up and up - - but when people expect blind bidding I get "bid cautious".

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Thanks tor the tip, because I think I may bid on it.

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Dford79 ,you have are right on the money with your post there .all manafacturers lately have been touting incredible towing numbers
like as if the engine power is all there is ,I posted on another thread
somthing along the lines you have here on this accident .Im not a fan of any small wheelbase SUV ,and this is reason number 1 .the spring bar thing is
interesting ,why would you not just go buy another one right away?
Well ,a tragedy ,not gonna be the last Im afraid .

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Looks like that was a Nissan Exterra. Barely stable by itself, towing a 6000lb Overlander is definitely way over it's capability. Good thing no innocent bystanders seem to have gotten hurt.
thank goodness no one was hurt.

next however,

i'm sure were going to hear, my insurance company is *crewing me... but it couldn't possibly be my fault... overloaded, incorrect TV, broken hitch, and please pass the schiltz...

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1. Chassis strength is number one in My book. This means strong frame, Long wheel base increases stability but you have to have the frame first. I will include tires, springs and shocks with chassis. They have to be enough for the job at hand. The 80% rule is a good one. When you use that rule you will find that everyone using an SUV to pull anything 25' or over with an SUV is overloaded. ADD it up..trailer, truck, cargo in trailer, cargo in SUV/truck, People, pets, tools etc.
I pull a 31ft 7200lb sov with a 2500Burb (SUV) rated to tow 10,500lbs.
Are you saying I am overloaded? Just curious about your thoughts
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wayne, you are good to go with your vehicle. The Burb 2500 is a good tow vehicle.
These newer and smaller suv's like the trail blazer or xterra are what people are mentioning as not a good towing vehicle.
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How come a Nissan is in one picture and a Chev is in another? And is the burb rated to tow 10,500 or is the gross combined 10,500?

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