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Old 01-31-2014, 10:51 PM   #1
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File this under things not to do

Here's what can happen when you don't pay attention to towing limits! Screwed up traffic all over our area for a couple hours this afternoon...

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Old 02-01-2014, 06:33 AM   #2
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You see and hear about this all the time, when will people learn? Usually when it is too late! Hope it was just the drivers pride that was hurt.
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Old 02-01-2014, 12:43 PM   #3
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How do you know they exceeded the Jeeps weight limits? If that vehicle has a V8 it would be rated to tow 7200 lbs, probably a good bit more than that trailer weighs.

Far more likely the driver did something stupid.
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Old 02-01-2014, 01:51 PM   #4
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How do you know they exceeded the Jeeps weight limits? If that vehicle has a V8 it would be rated to tow 7200 lbs, probably a good bit more than that trailer weighs.

Far more likely the driver did something stupid.
Same thing occurred to me. That looks like a classic "can't drive" event. Probably panic braking, or no brakes hooked up on the trailer at all, or sway caused by improper loading...who knows?

Certainly not the guy that posted the original "tweet", or he'd have backed it up with some details.
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I think Micky missed a few of Lucy's rocks.
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The skid marks clearly show the tail wagging the dog. Pulled the tow vehicle right along with it. Must have a good hitch, wonder what make?
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I think Micky missed a few of Lucy's rocks.
Did you mean Desi?
Took me a while to figure out what you were referring to.
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Did you mean Desi?
Took me a while to figure out what you were referring to.
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Yep. I think his movie name was Micky, could be wrong.

Okay, checked your link, it was Nicky.

Micky was his m-i-l's name for him on I love Lucy.
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The skid marks clearly show the tail wagging the dog. Pulled the tow vehicle right along with it. Must have a good hitch, wonder what make?
T'other thing you can see in the pic is that the whole rig did a complete 180. See the freeway signs in the background? Both tug and tow are now facing against the flow of traffic!
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Using the ladder as a gauge, it appears that the trailer body is about 25 feet. Easily over the tugs V8 7200 lb limit if it is a toy hauler full of toys. Possibly under the limit if not. Too bad we don't have that info.

But I agree with those that speculate (which is all we can do without more info) that likely it was a badly loaded trailer, light on the hitch weight. Overloaded or not, that is a recipe for disaster.

I can't tell but the damage to the tug doesn't look that bad. I mean it doesn't look like it rolled or anything.
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Son-in-law just rented a flatbed car trailer to move his sedan. Rental agency(a national company), didn't even hook up the lights or check the brakes on the trailer. I was riding with him when he took the trailer back, and wouldn't go until I made sure everything was hooked up. Car=3,000+, trailer 1,000+. So over 2 tons with no brakes or lights!!!!
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If it's a factory OEM hitch, it is under rated. The one that came on my 90 XJ was rated over 5000 / 500 TW. I'm betting that it was due to sway, brakes and driver experience / knowledge. I have seen some Darwin Award Candidate's towing much less just driving.
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How do you know they exceeded the Jeeps weight limits? If that vehicle has a V8 it would be rated to tow 7200 lbs, probably a good bit more than that trailer weighs.

Far more likely the driver did something stupid.
Denny, I agree. There are a number of towing articles on the Grand Jeeps and they get very good reviews as TV's. Would luv to see what hitch setup it had.

We are also seeing old school front fender mount mirrors. That may be an indication the connection system was old school /not the best too.
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Using the ladder as a gauge, it appears that the trailer body is about 25 feet. Easily over the tugs V8 7200 lb limit if it is a toy hauler full of toys. Possibly under the limit if not. Too bad we don't have that info.
I have a Trailer Life mag from 10 years ago. They did a towing test on a Jeep/Grand towing a 25' Sportsman TT with a rear slide out. They praised the way it handled and performed.
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