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Old 07-03-2015, 06:55 AM   #141
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It is obvious that this guys truck was too small for the trailer.🙈
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Add to that possibly a driver's false sense of security due to Airstreams being "best towing, easiest towing, most aerodynamic trailers" which perform through the slalom...


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Even with all its attributes, an Airstream is still 8,800# dead weight behind you-


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If I implied anythingÖ.

It was that I think a tow vehicle with a longer wheel base is safer. A 3/4 ton has a better chance of not being pushed around by a trailer than a 1/2 ton truck.

I know not what caused these accidents. With our original information, I suspected downhill speed/curve/braking combination. When I read that it was a straight away, I was baffled and a little scared. Yesterday I bought four new tires for my tow vehicle.

I had never heard, suspected, or imagined, that a tow vehicle blowout, stood a chance of flipping said vehicle.

I did know that rollovers are very dangerous. Fatal neck injuries, and ejection could happen.
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These two roll overs and "debate" aside

This thread is important……..it might save a life

take away messages…… go slow downhill-gentle on the brakes
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It really doesn't matter whether the TV is big, small, heavy, light, fat, skinny or tall.

What really matters is how well it handles the load!

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Good driving habits/skills is a key component.
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1/2 ton versus 3/4 ton.

Hi, this is getting beat to death with basic terms and statements about how a 3/4 ton truck is better than a 1/2 ton truck. Let's get this straight; For an example there is a forum member who tows a bigger trailer than mine with a 3/4 ton truck that has a lower tow rating and a lower payload than my F-150. There are 3/4 ton trucks with a shorter wheel base than mine. And there are 3/4 ton trucks with less power than mine. Not all 3/4 ton trucks are crew cab, long bed, diesels. And the bigger brakes Etc are for taking care of the 2000 lbs of heavier truck.

So specs are specs and not all trucks are the same. A 3/4 ton truck is not the answer to everything.

Now back to my Kenworth towing my 16' Bambi.
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Here's some actual tests by a 40-year Airstream dealership of light and heavy tow vehicles and their handling characteristics.

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I also think ASes give many a false sense of "sports car like" handling. How many times do we read of those driving 70, 75, 80 mph....and "I don't even know it's back there".

FALSE

It's back there and has a lot of mass, crude brakes (compared to autos), crude suspension (compared to autos). It WILL wag the dog, when push comes to shove...no pun intended.

Best to the point explanation! Thank you.
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Hi, this is getting beat to death with basic terms and statements about how a 3/4 ton truck is better than a 1/2 ton truck. Let's get this straight; For an example there is a forum member who tows a bigger trailer than mine with a 3/4 ton truck that has a lower tow rating and a lower payload than my F-150. There are 3/4 ton trucks with a shorter wheel base than mine. And there are 3/4 ton trucks with less power than mine. Not all 3/4 ton trucks are crew cab, long bed, diesels. And the bigger brakes Etc are for taking care of the 2000 lbs of heavier truck.

So specs are specs and not all trucks are the same. A 3/4 ton truck is not the answer to everything.

Now back to my Kenworth towing my 16' Bambi.

The 2011 Ford E350 Superduty (one ton) has an 8,800# GVW and 10,000# towing capacity. A 2006 Chevy Express 2500 (3/4 ton) has a GVW of 8,600# and a towing capacity of 10,000#. The Express handles better because it has a longer wheelbase and more modern steering, braking and suspension.
My Tundra (1/2 ton) has bigger brakes and a higher towing capacity than either of those.
The ratings are often fluff and puff, advertising, smoke and mirrors, marketing, etc.


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We didn't get a 3/4 8.1 Burb 'cuz it was a 3/4 8.1 Burb, we got it for the room, payload, and the roof was long enough for the fishing boat.


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