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Old 07-29-2010, 03:46 AM   #1
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Always the question, "Why can Europeans tow with smaller cars than we can?" I found this picture from Robirob and it may hold at least a partial explanation:

Notice the "80" in the red circle on the back of the trailer. That means this vehicle may only go 80 kph, roughly 50 mph.

The attached image is not even a picture, but it will display after clicking and downloading. What am I doing wrong?

All the posts in the tutorial are dated 2005. Apparently this new way to upload photos is different. The 'manage attachments' only lets me add more photos.
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Old 07-29-2010, 08:55 PM   #2
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Always the question, "Why can Europeans tow with smaller cars than we can?" I found this picture from Robirob and it may hold at least a partial explanation:

Notice the "80" in the red circle on the back of the trailer. That means this vehicle may only go 80 kph, roughly 50 mph.

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Old 07-29-2010, 09:56 PM   #3
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Funny, didn't I see these on Turbobricks.com, just the other day?



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Old 07-29-2010, 10:17 PM   #4
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Well, that is the normal picture you get in Europe. Also small Opel Astra (same as Saturn Astra) has to work hard... Uh, duh, I don't know now how to post the pic of such a car with a trailer in tow... How can you post pictures here after this redesign?
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[QUOTE=Roger C H;217779]Always the question, "Why can Europeans tow with smaller cars than we can?" I found this picture from Robirob and it may hold at least a partial explanation:

Well, I will try here again with the Opel Astra towing...
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Old 07-30-2010, 08:15 AM   #6
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How about these ones ? I think it was the last time they went out with their coach

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Funny, didn't I see these on Turbobricks.com, just the other day?



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It's true. I was compelled to "nick" the photo's when I saw Roger's post!
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Ha, I hadn't seen the one with the trailer stuck in the alley. Wow.
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Old 07-30-2010, 02:42 PM   #9
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Some would suggest that it has to do with how we in NA are over governed regarding what is safe and what is not and that we face a far higher risk of being sued for doing something silly than they do in Europe.

Have you ever been on an autobahn in Germany where there is no general speed limit? Its an eye opener and I promise its a ride you will remember! :-)
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Have you ever been on an autobahn in Germany where there is no general speed limit? Its an eye opener and I promise its a ride you will remember! :-)
Yes I have!! And before any sections had any speed limits either, like some do now.

It was a thrill, for sure. You could sure make progress.

But with the freedom to drive as safely as you and your vehicle are responsibly capable of, there is the the discipline that goes with it. Like paying attention to one's driving, other road users and the conditions.

I think the US has a great Interstate system overall so it's a shame it can't be better utilized.
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I'm fairly sure that the trailer "stuck" in the alley was staged for benefit of youtube and laughs.
Most of the roads in Europe are much smaller and more narrow than our interstates (the autobahn and some major E highways aside), and generally European speed limits are slower than ours. Towing distances are shorter, for many, just to get out of the city and into the countryside. Governments seem generally less restrictive of our "safety", I think.
And most campers I've seen there don't have massive holding tanks, but a porta potty or a cassette toilet instead, if that, few generators on the tongue, extra gear etc.... less weight to tow, and generally small trailers/caravans. Campers walk a long distance to the campground facilities, and don't think anything of it. More tents, and more trailers that are small "hard-sided tents on wheels" like ours, so they can be pulled by smaller, everyday use family vehicles.
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Ah, yes! The Autobahn!! The 'flyers' drive in the inside lane with their left turn signal activated to warn other drivers that they are driving fast, the Citroens and Mercedes. Whilst the slow vehicles and trucks if you can believe it, drive in the outside lanes and are regulated by law to lower speeds. The Germans don't fool around. If you are stopped and the Polizei (police) even think you have been drinking, they take your license right there and you don't get it back, unlike the US. Driving with a person who pegged the speedo on their Mercedes at 200 kph (125 mph) and then with another one with a newer Mercedes who pegged their speedo at 240 kph (150 mph). You get places really, really fast! Weee! But the crashes can be horrendous.
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Hihi, the Autobahn is where I learned driving... I still think driving here in the States or in Canada is like driving on an empty field in Germany... I enjoy the American way, and will never understand how some Germans are so much opposed to any sort of speed limit on the Autobahn!
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With regards to travel trailers and even motorhomes: At least in Germany you have to watch how much weight you are allowed to load until they are at their max allowed weight. Usually it is only very little you can load; more than a thousand pounds what I can still load on Cafe Egg until it is at the 3500 pounds is rather rare!
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