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Old 12-05-2011, 09:52 AM   #85
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All in all it [J2807] is possibly a step in the right direction, it will keep some of the ridiculous ratings out of the mix . . . .

If they don't test a vehicle it does not mean it won't tow, [it only means that] you don't have their blessing . . which is understandable.

Well put. I figure any vehicle can tow something as a way of approaching from a different direction; to lend perspective to the larger question of prudence.

But it's darned hard to shoot straight up the middle and hit the target with info currently available.

Likely 75% of the trailers on the road that weigh 4000-lbs do not handle as well or stop as quickly as a 34' Airstream. A discussion that happens all the time at our store is, yes you can tow that 34' Airstream, but no you cannot tow that 26' box over there.

An eye-opener for the SWB/leaf-spring crowd thinking the braking, handling dynamics and wind pressure problems between the two types are a matter of styling, not engineering. An A/S 34' can get up to 11,000-lbs, a 26' of any brand is unlikely to be close. (But give New Horizons a chance, they probably could do it with the right customer )

I'd bet that 75% is generous as an estimate.

An A/S (or another aero, I-S, low COG trailer) means that there is a wider range of TV's as valid choices for a given size.

Thanks, Andrew T

2012 New Horizons Majestic. 102" wide . . any guesses on weight? (price?)
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Old 12-05-2011, 10:02 AM   #86
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Wow, I'm learning a lot - thank you especially Andy and Rednax!

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