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Old 09-01-2009, 10:36 AM   #29
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Originally Posted by CrawfordGene View Post

The Sport models are designed to be lighter for towing with smaller vehicle, but they are also meant more for weekends, especially if boondocking because of limited tank (water, black, grey) capacities and storage.

Most of our camping is boondocking and we don't have any problems with the "limited capacities". Also, we have storage we haven't used yet.

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Old 09-01-2009, 12:13 PM   #30
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Most of our camping is boondocking and we don't have any problems with the "limited capacities". Also, we have storage we haven't used yet.
But we always need our collection of anvils from 50 states and 10 provinces.

Now we're working on a sash weight collection.


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Old 09-01-2009, 03:04 PM   #31
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There are a few issues one should consider in the evaluation of a Tow vehicle (TV) with regard to a specific weighted trailer:

1. Do not exceed the weight limits set by the TV manufacturer. The life of the TV will be shortened as you approach or exceed its limitations.

2. Are you a flat-lander? Are you going to be towing up or down grades?

I have a video where some dude was towing an SOB with a yogo, until they started up a hill - then the SOB was towing the yogo – backwards!! This is an extreme case, used to make the point vivid.

The slope of the grade is also a factor.

3. Towing safely is also directly related to the ratio between the weights of the TV to that of the trailer. This is one of many reasons manufacturers set tow limitations. You have to start planning, preparing, and anticipating your driving actions further in advance the heavier the trailer.

In my opinion, once the trailer is 2 or more times the weight of your TV, you loose the ability to foresee the action of other drivers far enough in advance to react timely or safely.

Here are two possible conditions that have happened to all of us that drive the Rockies (and I’m sure others could add numerous more examples):

Condition 1: Your TV is maxed out by the weight of the trailer, and you are driving down a 6.5% grade. You feel the need to break to keep your speed in check and maintain control as you go around a bend that was a little tighter then you thought it would be going into the curve, when somebody from behind races past and cuts right in front of you to avoid on-coming traffic, forcing you to slam on your breaks to avoid an accident. Do you have the breaking power to avoid a major accident? How would that yogo handle this situation?

Condition 2: It’s 100+ degrees out, and your TV is maxed out by the weight of the trailer as you start up a long steep, winding grade. You have to go slow because of all the curves, but you lack power. As a result, you have to shift down to a lower gear, which means you have to go slower and it will take you more than 40 minutes to get to the top. Your engine has to run at a high rpm to keep up with the demand. How long before your TV over-heats? By the way, we will assume your hoses and belts are all in optimum condition. ..
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Old 09-03-2009, 07:55 PM   #32
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Originally Posted by Alwhisman View Post
I agree with what most are saying. The stability in adverse responses is the key. Straightline towing is easy, it's when things dont go right I'd be thinking about.
Yes, having a vehicle that can handle the bad times as well as the good times is key.


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