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Old 08-16-2010, 01:53 PM   #29
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I promised mysef I wouldn't post on this topic. O.K, O.K. so I lied to myself again. I saw some info on this subject on another forum and the person made some good points but I don't remember the source so I will take a shot at it. It would seem that the lower tow ratings in the U S of A may be at least partially due to towing conditions. I checked on the web ( we all know that info on the web is 100% accurate, right ?). Using Germany as a representive sample the following info is relavent. Highest temperature ever recorded 104 degrees, highest mountain pass 9000 feet plus, speed limit (other than the autobahn ) probably no higher than 60 MPH (this is a guess I really don't have a clue) and you could easily cross the whole country in one day. Now to the U S of A highest temp recorded easily well north of 120 degrees, 37 paved mountain passes over 9000 feet in Colorado alone (14 over 10,000 feet, 8 over 11,000 feet and one over !2,000 feet) max speed limit 75 in much of the west. So whereas in Germany (at least) the highest pass you would encounter is a little over 9,000 feet and the highest temperature you would likely EVER encounter would be 104 degrees and you would most likely not ever exceed 60 MPH In The U S of A you could drive for days in some areas in 115 to 120 degree heat and then turn north into Colorado and traverse 22 mountain passes 10,000 to 12,000 feet all higher to much higher than the 9,000 feet in Germany and much of the time be cruising at much higher speeds than in Europe. The potential towing conditions in the U S of A, given the above, may justify the lower tow ratings as the potential drivetrain stress could be exponentially higher. Lee
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Not to mention that lawyers are more ready to sue for damages in the USA.
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Roy You are so right! There is always that. Lee
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Old 08-16-2010, 07:32 PM   #32
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Been reading this exact anecdotal urban legend for years now.
Well fabricated, except it is without date,documentation, or any other form of credibility.
BE WARNED! You out there who believe everything you read.
If you believe that story, think about this poor guy....

Police Constable Abducted by Aliens
One of the first sentences in that story mentions the Rendlesham Forest incident. That's the forest right next to RAF Woodbridge, where I worked in the contol tower. Interesting story, happened a few months after I left.
This is probably why European vehicles can tow more, they get extraterrestrial assistance.
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Thanks Lee,
But I have to admit, we are learning fast up here, and evolving to keep up with our southern neighbours. A lawyer client of mine when asked said $10G in damages is the entry level where one can recoup costs and a lawyer will start considering civil litigation on this side of the border.

Small claims is a futile process. Best left for forced apologies.
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