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Old 10-07-2013, 12:53 PM   #29
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Safety, spare tires, motorcycle helmets, anti sway

You don't have a problem until you have a problem. Then what?

I have four friends ( Jim, Steve, Elaine, and Jodie ) that towed with small SUVs. No problem. Until they had transmission problems.

Jodie would run her AC off of a 110 circuit, no problem, it worked...until it didn't work. ( $$$$$$)

I towed with a V8 1500 van, trans cooler, 5000 lbs towing capacity, 3000 lbs trailer with new brakes. No problem, until I had to replace the rotors.....twice.$$)

Point is.....besides safety issues, towing a trailer puts stress on a vehicle's engine, trans and braking system. Sometimes things catch up with you, and sometimes those around you.

I just don't think 1000 posts makes me less informed. But this is an eye opener. I think it's great that manufacturers are making better tow vehicles.
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Old 10-07-2013, 01:01 PM   #30
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Okay, now legal advisories please.
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Old 10-07-2013, 01:13 PM   #31
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Tino, as for the towing dolly, do you really need it? You have a great weight distribution hitch to distribute the tongue weight of the 30'. ProPride has weight distribution bars up to 1400 pounds to fit your ProPride hitch if your w.d. bars are not strong enough.

I think the quality of modern w.d. hitches with sway control is the reason tow dollies are no longer used.
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Old 10-07-2013, 01:19 PM   #32
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Tino, as for the towing dolly, do you really need it? You have a great weight distribution hitch to distribute the tongue weight of the 30'. ProPride has weight distribution bars up to 1400 pounds to fit your ProPride hitch if your w.d. bars are not strong enough.

I think the quality of modern w.d. hitches with sway control is the reason tow dollies are no longer used.
My thoughts, too. I don't think there's a problem to be solved.
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Old 10-07-2013, 03:44 PM   #33
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For the tow dolly, i no my PP is a good product. But I want someting more simple and someting whit no stress on the jeep. 1440 lbs torsion bar will be ok but hard on the truck...Plus whit the tow dolly i can put a little generator box...
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It will be interesting to see what you come up with. I've often wondered why there are no trailers with the wheels on the four corners, like freight trailers. Seems to solve a lot of problems.
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We did our first major trip through the mountains with our 2000 GC v8 4.7 liter. Banff to Kelwona via Rodgers Pass.. BC) I was always a little hesitant on towing through the the mountains. Yes the engine got a little warm. I just took it easy (90kph). The Hillbillies in their Bubba trucks were not to happy though. Now I'm glad to say that the Jeep handle perfectly. It's all in the hitch set up. Andrew Thompson wrote a great article a couple of summers ago in Airstream Life Magazine on hitch set up and it made a world of difference on my setup.
Thanks for the post on how the V6 performed. Now to wait for the Jeep V6 diesel...

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