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Old 07-19-2015, 09:19 AM   #1
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Pushing the limits

Folks new to trailer camping seem bound and determined to push the limits when selecting a new trailer. While trying to cling to their current daily driver they post a discussion concerning towing capacities while trying to ignor the manufacturers established safe maximum weight ratings. I guess they are hoping to get lucky and hear stories of a 2,000 pound rated vehicle towing a trailer that exceeds that limit by a thousand pounds or more. Then, suprise! ...here comes a reply (or two or three) about some uninformed camper who has gotten away with such an unsafe foolish towing endeavor. I'd guess that makes stupidity O.K.

Every RV open forum site is littered with examples of this dangerous exchange of bad information.


Human nature being what it is such posters will focus on any answer that fits their goal while ignoring the good safe advise posted by many others....sooner or later we will see a story about a camper towing his 16foot Scamp with a bicycle in the Rocky Mountains!
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Old 07-19-2015, 09:45 AM   #2
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This forum is full of can I pull a .... with a .... threads. I don't believe the arguments serve any useful purpose. In the end we all dig our own holes and the adage about the electric fence certainly applies. Raz
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Old 07-19-2015, 10:21 AM   #4
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Human nature being what it is such posters will focus on any answer that fits their goal while ignoring the good safe advise posted by many others....sooner or later we will see a story about a camper towing his 16foot Scamp with a bicycle in the Rocky Mountains!
And, for sure, it will be the Canadian Rockies .... LOLOLOL
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Most don't want advice, only affirmation of their dumb choices. Oh well, as they say, you can lead the mule to water....
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Old 07-19-2015, 10:31 AM   #6
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I, a newbie, started just such a thread here recently, and wow! Sure am learning a lot, like don't go for the smallest tow vehicle you can get away with. That seems pretty basic. A smart car towing a fully loaded fifth wheel is not the goal! Err on the side of extreme caution. If I finally buy as planned a couple of years from now, I will have a tow vehicle and hitch arrangement that offers great peace of mind. Thank you for the reminder, Uplander. You are a smart person.
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advice....

the advice you get on sites like this one is worth exactly what you pay for it

and that goes for both ends of the scale...

I'm reminded of a saying...."Anybody can build a bridge that doesn't fall down...the art/science is building one that looks like it might fall down...but never does"


Towing out of New York or L.A. on a regular basis is different than somebody who lives in a town of 30,000 and wants a TT to tow it to the beach twenty miles away half a dozen times a summer....

we are all adults....you can stop frettin'
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I'm reminded of a saying...."Anybody can build a bridge that doesn't fall down...the art/science is building one that looks like it might fall down...but never does"
And there we have it folks, the "Quote of the day"!

Thnxs Franswa for posting!

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If I finally buy as planned a couple of years from now, I will have a tow vehicle and hitch arrangement that offers great peace of mind.
Sounds like a plan Geo. Hope you get a nice set up.
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So one can understand the context, please tell us who actually said:
"Anybody can build a bridge that doesn't fall down...the art/science is building one that looks like it might fall down...but never does"
The usual sources don't seem to know, (but what would Google know anyway) .....
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That's good, and I believe that good credit is due the author.
Better get into Google so others will know in the future.
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It's knda like corollary to the comment: 'We all dig our own holes",
which is
"As long as they don't dig them where others can fall into them" LOLOLOL
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This is an old topic beat to death, and we do not need to bring a new low to the subject, so I am closing this thread.

People will, and should, decide for themselves what to do. It has been shown that there is no swaying of opinions. In any thread on the subject, I would suggest that anyone with an opinion state it, and then move on, without having to further rehash things in the same thread.
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