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Old 01-28-2016, 02:41 PM   #43
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bigfoots....

If SockMonkey's Bigfoot 17 says 2000lbs on the paperwork inside.....I bet the year is 1988 or earlier.....What say you SM?
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Old 01-28-2016, 09:03 PM   #44
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Hi John,

Looks like you have your parameters locked in for your tug. Looking forward to hearing what you get!

Take care,

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Old 01-29-2016, 10:22 AM   #45
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well ya-all got me out the door and shovel-in' away the snow from the door...

It seems it does say 2880 lbs GVW
B17 DX1 1991

I guess the guy I bought it off told me it only weighed 2000!
I'll run it over the truck scales in the spring and I'll add to that data base once I've got some solid facts.

SO looks like I'm towing 1,000 lbs more than I'm used to. Funny those old Vanguards weighed in so light. My last one was real wide and also a 17'. But the roof had been damaged buy snow ( not me) I tried to repair it and it was OK, but it never stopped leaking. It was a 1978. We sold it for a profit! I got it for $300 because of the roof and sold it for $1,200 to someone who figured he could fix the roof. The floor plan was identical to our Bigfoot.
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Old 01-29-2016, 12:02 PM   #46
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well ya-all got me out the door and shovel-in' away the snow from the door...

It seems it does say 2880 lbs GVW B17 DX1 1991

I guess the guy I bought it off told me it only weighed 2000!
Somehow, these stated estimates for trailer weights always seem to be low. You'd think we were offering to pay for the trailers by the pound.
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Old 01-30-2016, 09:04 AM   #47
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In some cases it's ignorance- they're going by what someone told them or a WAG and pulled it with a V8 truck where a difference of a thousand pounds didn't really matter.

In other cases, they're flippers who understate the weight to attract unsuspecting buyers desperate for something to pull behind their Fiat 500.
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Old 01-30-2016, 09:32 AM   #48
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Thoughts on a Tug?

I got flamed here on this idea a few years ago. It was an article in Trailer Life that said tow at 70% of your vehicle's rating.
My Hyundai is rated at 3500# (don't forget that includes vehicle cargo too).
I figure my trailer plus cargo weight is about 2200+# (my trailer weighs 1400# dry).
Within the 70% for sure.
I think there should be a match between trailer and TV lengths as well. The longer your trailer, the longer your TV...
OK. Have a go at me
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Old 01-30-2016, 10:41 AM   #49
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I got flamed here on this idea a few years ago. It was an article in Trailer Life that said tow at 70% of your vehicle's rating.
No flames here. I'm just curious, any idea how they arrived at 70%? Raz
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I got flamed here on this idea a few years ago. It was an article in Trailer Life that said tow at 70% of your vehicle's rating.
OK. Have a go at me
I noted 80% in post #15 of this thread. 70% works for me too.

My Audi is rated at 4,400 pounds, which is apparently a conversion from 2,000 kilograms. Ratings are generally rounded to 500-pound increments. My rating started as "some number" rounded to some interval of 2.2 pound increments.

Vehicle manufacturers vary in how they assign their ratings. Trailer manufacturers are prone to understate the total weight. Some travel trailers have minimal capacities for loading above their dry weight; I've seen a few that were on the order of just a few hundred pounds, which I think is irresponsible.

Road conditions vary widely, including pavement condition, width, traffic levels, grades, altitude, and weather. The condition and maintenance of trailers and tow vehicles and their tires, suspension, hitch, and other design and maintenance items vary. Hitch arrangements vary broadly from anti-sway and weight distribution to none of the above. Tire pressures can change during the course of a day with weather and altitude. The load might be placed higher or lower, affecting stability. People drive at different speeds.

It seems like the total weight of the whole tow-vehicle and trailer combination might have some bearing here; maybe it's better to be more conservative with the heavier combinations? Or perhaps to be more conservative with the lighter combinations? I don't know.

Personally I'd rather be driving next to someone that subscribes to the 70% or 80% approach when a tire gives way or we are reacting to a deer on the highway or some other stressor. So, you've got my encouragement to be just as conservative as you like Phillip. Who knows, maybe that will be the edge that keeps us from "meeting" on the road in a bad way some day.

Gosh, I guess that was more than two cents worth.
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