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Old 02-14-2014, 10:18 AM   #29
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If one can't evaluate information from "strangers", on-line web sites are not a good place to look for same.

But then again, I have been called stranger than most anyway.....
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Old 02-14-2014, 10:27 AM   #30
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It is reasonable to seek experience from people who own trailers and tow extensively. Of course all information must be analyzed for value.
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Old 02-14-2014, 12:03 PM   #31
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You know, I just don't think so. One has no sense of the stranger's trailer towing experience (maybe they drive 18 wheelers for a job and towing is second nature to them), their tolerance for risk (maybe they camp alone and have different tolerance for risk than someone towing with children or a loved one), or they tow mostly in the flatlands or are retired and don't tow in bad weather because they have a flexible schedule, and so forth. Have you run across people that talk a good talk but you later discover they're pulling it out of their butt orifice? How do you discover that before it's too late? You might have a good sense of yourself but how are you going to evaluate where the strangers are coming from? This is an important topic but I'd rather solicit opinions from friends with trailers than strangers.

Just me. Carry on. I must be feeling extra grumpy today.
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Old 02-14-2014, 12:37 PM   #32
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Sorry Steve, I consider this site to be 'friends with trailers' in practically every case. When I am convinced otherwise I'll be somewhere else.

The mere fact they're here looking for information indicates a consciousness.

Unfortunately some of the very best and most knowledgeable have been chased from the site by the negative attitudes of a few. Lucky for me they keep in touch to help me, and probably others, with problems on a private level.
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Old 02-14-2014, 01:17 PM   #33
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Thanks Norm and Ginny - I hope I'm a friend looking for a trailer and looking for helpful information about everything!

PS - This post got me into being a member - I'd like the list of perks, please-)
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Old 02-14-2014, 01:35 PM   #34
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I personally hope that people have the good sense to seriously evaluate the value of all the comments as a whole made. Keeping in mind that most people form their opinions based on their actual experiences. It may be that some people simple have not shared the same not so good experiences yet and with a little luck never will.

For example I would give a good deal of thought to why you have two groups of people telling you two different things.

It would sure give me pause if lets say 20 people who may accumulatively have 200 years or far more total towing years experience & collectively have many towing miles where to suggest something different to me than a group of a few people who may have less than 20 years total towing experience and collectively far few miles towed.

One needs also to keep in mind that its also a good bet that some of the large collective group have towed with a number of different set ups over the years. Some such as myself may have also towed at one time or another a trailer and tug combo that the trailer was only slightly under or over the towing capacity of the tug. They are as a result making their recommendations based on actual experience having been there done that and are not simple speculating as to what the difference in the towing experience may or may not be in regards to the size and power of the tow vehicle.
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Old 02-14-2014, 01:46 PM   #35
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Unfortunately some of the very best and most knowledgeable have been chased from the site by the negative attitudes of a few. Lucky for me they keep in touch to help me, and probably others, with problems on a private level.
We're all familiar with this practice, wherein Vast Stores of Superior Knowledge are conveyed via the site's private message system, most often to unsuspecting newbies to the site. In the purest of cases, these communications come from under the bridge where all Trolls live, invisible to the public eye but nevertheless remaining very active members.

But to say that its practitioner(s?) has/have been "chased from the site" is incorrect in the extreme. Refusal to post publicly bespeaks only an unwillingness to expose one's assertions to potential disagreement or even, Heaven forbid, correction.
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Old 02-14-2014, 02:39 PM   #36
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We're all familiar with this practice, wherein Vast Stores of Superior Knowledge are conveyed via the site's private message system, most often to unsuspecting newbies to the site. I
LOL all to familiar with that practise. My favourites are when they start out with "I am sending this privately as it may get a few hackles up or generate discord on the forum" or something along those lines. Really? then why send it to me privately? If you have advise to give that you don't feel is appropriate for general public consumption & are not wiling to have it put to public scrutiny then why would anyone feel it OK to send privately to someone you know little of? A bit of puzzler for sure.

Happy to say the frequency of receiving such PM's has dropped off dramatically in recent months or perhaps my frequent response that they post their opinion publicly actually works.
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Old 02-14-2014, 04:05 PM   #37
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Sharing Bad Experiences

I for one have shared every bad experience I have had towing, almost immediately after having them, now 3 and counting. I recognize that by sharing a bad experience one might help another avoid a bad experience.

When my frame cracked I learned of other's frame failures. While fixing my frame fractures I was able to strengthen the places others had fractures.

To me it's important to share the good and the bad. Thankfully the good well out weighs the bad.

A number of people replied privately to me. I appreciated that they read my posts and had concern for our situation. They were 'spot on' people concerned about technical solution.

I do understand some people's leaving this or any site. The vast majority of members are simply great, not so for all, and not a surprise considering their are 20,000 members.

Often one gets weary, I have had the feeling on a number of occasions. The saving grace is our fiberglass trailer and our travels. We love our Scamp. Meeting the couple at Walmarts with their Scamp 13 today revealed another couple delighted with each other and their Scamp 13, mostly life is great.

Safe Travels,
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Old 02-14-2014, 08:23 PM   #38
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I am sorry for not replying sooner. I accept advise from strangers in bulk because 1, i belive that in general, people are indeed good and that in a larger forum like this one, i trust the more knowledgable to criticize ideas that seem out of sorts with facts ect and 2 because i can ask peole who are tring to tow trailers or i can ask dealers and you guys have.nothing to gain from telling me misinformation.

I do appriciate all the input and i will spend more time culling through it but i am helping put my grandmother to rest after a very hard week so itm ay be a couple more days.

Once again, thank you for those who answeted and who pmed me. I will follow through better when I have my computer to work on and not just aphone .
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Old 02-15-2014, 07:00 AM   #39
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Simple answer to your question. I drive at 2013 Ford Escape SE AWD 2.0 turbo with tow package capable of 3500# and tow a highly customised 1971 13' Boler.
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Old 02-15-2014, 09:04 AM   #40
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Don't overlook the older Jeep Cherokee Diesel manufactured 2006 to 2008. We pull a 21 ft Bigfoot with our 2008 and so far could not be happier. Rated towing capacity is 7400 lbs and we are towing aprox 5000 lbs. Only have 50,000 miles on ours but so far no problems.
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Old 02-15-2014, 09:24 AM   #41
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I am thankful for Norm's kind, gracious good humor in all of his posts. I have never once seen him poke fun at anyone or write anything snide or even remotely belittling. Wish I could say the same for others... or myself, woe is me.

Norm, my hat is off to you!!!
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Old 02-15-2014, 10:30 AM   #42
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Lots of very knowledgable people on this site. Unfortunately, it is often difficult to easily tell who they are, since it is not necessarily the loudest, the ones with the highest post count, or the one with the most convincing argument who is giving the best or the most correct advice. Take all advice you receive on this or any other forum with a bit of skepticism, and do an independent check of non trivial information before adopting it for yourself.

I drive a 2010 4cyl Chevy Equinox and a 2011 FJ Cruiser. The Chevy is just a bit small to tow my 19' (but don't take my word on that as gospel) so I tow with the FJ (which is awesome for towing, you can take my word on that).
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