Originally Posted by Narayan
JMynes—duly noted. For me, there are two “tail wagging the dog” scenarios here. One is of course getting a TV that is under-specced and being thrown all over the road. The other is getting a large TV that tows extremely well on the open highway but sucks having to drive for the other 90% of the year. I need to find a balance between these two. I’m not ruling out the 250 but I just happened to see one have to take several stabs at turning around in a cul-de-sac. Was a bit of a sad clown moment for sure. In any case, I won’t compromise on safety, and don’t want a truck that forces me to leave things we want behind (we can be rather spartan, but we are also a pretty active family). I’m just starting to understand the numbers and truck specs; we will see where that nets out.
Patricia, did you go with MO because of price, or because you got a better feeling about them or their service?
The best TV is limited in size. Size becomes a disadvantage. A safety problem. Handling, steering and braking are what matters. Are crucial. Your research was a yard wide and an inch deep given that bad assumption.
So what were the others?
TV spec has something to do with vehicle load. So where are the scale tickets representing those? (Use of a rental truck?). Especially of the items it is impossible to carry in a closed passenger compartment as that’s the single pickup truck criterion. Solo and vacationing.
Hope you never tell anyone you “exhaustively studied the question”, ha!
Get a Hensley-patent hitch. The truck (not trailer) requires it. A truck as TV makes it the likely initiator of a loss-of-control accident. The trailer is more stable where it counts. Lane changes, tripping hazards, surface adhesion and the other problems of on-road stability are what we’d have seen in a discussion of “tow vehicle specification” worthy of keeping.
The second part is in setting the hitch. Understanding how this works is what eliminates bad TV choice. But, again, pretty well everyone around here is no help at that either. They get it wrong. The execution of adjusting leverage. Default is the TT hopping along on the front axle. All day, every day.
No one wakes up that morning and contemplates it as their last day. Or last day as a viable human. Only takes once.
And, yeah, they were “above average drivers”, also. At the wheel of their magical pickemup.
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