Originally Posted by Francesca Knowles
I hope you understood that the tow limit on my Sportage is higher than on yours, which I think you gave as 1500 pounds. The first gen limit is 2,000 pounds, and I'm scrupulous not to exceed it. I like to think that's part of the reason it's lasted/served me so well!
I don't advocate nor would I ever recommend that anyone disregard limits imposed by the manufacturers of their vehicles....
Now if a half ton Toyota could tow the 155,000 lb Space Shuttle Endeavor, I figure my 1-Ton Silverado can tow 1/2 million lbs--I am looking around for something interesting to tow.
A Sportage can tow more than you think, and like a Toyota towing the Endeavor, much depends on the characteristics of the tow--terrain, distance, roads, tug and trailer.
Manufacturer recommendations don't account for modifications to the tug, hitch, or tow. Or driver ability.
You have surely noticed that speed limits don't vary between uphill and down hill. I can mathematically prove that if driving at the sane speed, you can stop quicker traveling uphill than on flat terrain, or downhill...yet the speed limits do not increase for uphill or decrease for downhill.
These are posted limits and manufacturers recommendations are important but they are for a wide range of conditions. Should they be the same for someone living in Florida and someone living in the mountains? I don't think so.
What about gearing? Say you don't use your top gear overdrive...that is common. What if you don't use the next highest gear and avoid highways?
While I don't generally advocate exceeding manufacturers recommendations, I might if I beefed up my suspension, recently serviced my brakes
, reinforced my hitch, and used trailer brakes
even when not required.