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Old 10-06-2012, 12:00 AM   #1
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Towing with Chrysler 300 AWD

Hi all, back on the subject of towing a 31' A/S with a 300 or Charger, I have read several posts about the legalities of towing over the tow rating, my question is are there any members that have had issues with being stopped and checked as well with the proper hitch (hensley) and modification to the mounted hitch on the tow vehicle is the vehicle considered legal to tow the 31' A/S?
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Old 10-06-2012, 12:57 AM   #2
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Hi, there is, and will be, a lot of debate on this subject. I don't think anyone will stop you and check your specs. But I do feel that after being in a fatal accident, all of these factory specs will be considered. [my opinion]
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Old 10-06-2012, 05:51 AM   #3
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Best to ask your insurance company. I can't see them saying, Ya sure no problem tow what ever you like you don't need to worry about ratings.
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Not only are you putting yourself and loved ones in danger you would be putting those around you on the road as well. Purchase a older truck and be safe please .
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Old 10-06-2012, 07:50 AM   #5
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Your question isn't too clear. How does the Hensley enter into it again?

I have never had questions or issues, nor do I know anyone that has either. However, I don't know anyone with a Hensley.
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Old 10-06-2012, 09:06 AM   #6
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Too few towing experts and lawyers and too many folks who think they are to get a correct answer here. This has been brought up in RV forums all over the internet and has never been resolved, but there are lots of opinions and arguments.

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Old 10-06-2012, 09:31 AM   #7
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Never been stopped and checked if I am under my tow limit. But my rig "looks" normal.

In the US I do not think exceeding the manf tow rating is illegal in the sense that you will get a ticket for that alone. It is probably of great legal concern if in a lawsuit. Probably if a LEO wants to he can site you for unsafe operation or reckless driving based on his judgement and make it go to court. The chance of a judgement citation is probably true whether or not you are over or under some published tow limit that nobody can find for the exact model and that nobody knows how was derived in the first place.
Axle limits, tire limits possibly carry more weight in terms of getting a ticket that sticks.
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Old 10-06-2012, 10:58 AM   #8
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The concern I always come back to are high temperatures in the drive train when towing large trailers with sedans. I live in So Calif and we have to drive out of the basin which means 6 to 7% grades. Grapevine is a long grade and my trans temps with the factory tow package in our Tahoe and with a 20 foot climb pretty quick as well as coolant temps. I just would not be able to keep temps down enough to safely travel out of the L.A. area and back especially in the summers. So no matter tow hitch or modifications to a sedan, it just wouldn't work.
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Hi Bill, can I ask what tow vehicle are you using, as well what type of hitch?
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The hensley hitch insures that the tow vehicle and trailer become almost like one, very stable.

Are you towing with a Ford mini van?, how is the power and stability on the road?
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Old 10-06-2012, 11:46 AM   #11
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Depending on the engine, Dodge recommends a towing weight of 1000 pounds maximum (when properly equipped) or "not recommended" for the Dodge Charger. Due to this low weight rating, I personally would not tow ANY Airstream with this vehicle.

Besides the obvious towing shortcomings of an inadequate braking system, drivetrain stress/overheating and probable early failure, one would very likely be dissatisfied with towing performance.

If you like Dodge vehicles, I am sure you can find one with the appropriate ratings that will make towing a safer, less stressful and (hopefully) more enjoyable experience.
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Old 10-06-2012, 12:35 PM   #12
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Because you asked. I tow a 25' Excella and sometimes a 32' Excella with a 2500 Dodge diesel and a Reese Straight Line hitch. If I towed the 32' a lot I would probably get a Pro Pride for it. But I only tow it a few hundred miles a year. My wife drives the Dodge as her everyday ride and says she loves it. I mentioned getting a smaller car to drive for everyday use. She said fine, I hope you like it, I am not gonna drive it. So she drives the truck. It does have the heated leather seats and the pedals that adjust to her short stature. And she may be a little bit of a power lover.
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I would consult with Andy Thomson at CanAm and tow with confidence if he set it up.

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Never been stopped and checked if I am under my tow limit. But my rig "looks" normal.

In the US I do not think exceeding the manf tow rating is illegal in the sense that you will get a ticket for that alone. It is probably of great legal concern if in a lawsuit. Probably if a LEO wants to he can site you for unsafe operation or reckless driving based on his judgement and make it go to court. The chance of a judgement citation is probably true whether or not you are over or under some published tow limit that nobody can find for the exact model and that nobody knows how was derived in the first place.
Axle limits, tire limits possibly carry more weight in terms of getting a ticket that sticks.
I'd agree with pretty much all that Bill M says so I don't think that the OP needs to have any concerns regarding legality.

Manufacturers' tow ratings are such nebulous figures that would never stand up to any scrutiny in a court. Even the new SAE towing standards don't measure up because they cannot take account of any modifications you may make to your tow vehicle to improve its towing performance.

Where ratings are simple measures of force, such as a weight on an axle or tire then there might be some room for enforcement but tow ratings? No, not enforceable until someone documents exactly how said rating was both derived and tested.
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