Originally Posted by reeves99
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.