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Old 03-18-2003, 03:49 PM   #15
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>>I have the impression that many Europeans tow with smaller vehicles than Americans?!

Depending of the tt: yes.

>> I just can't imagine towing a 2,500lb trailer with a 2 liter (or smaller) vehicle that is under 3,000 lbs.

If you mean a loaded trailer of 2500lb, a well dimensioned 2l can do the job.

>>Is it the cost of gas?

Sometimes. and the costs of cars. Or preferring a small tt.

>> It seems unsafe?!

If you obey the 85% rule, it is safe. If you are a safe driver of course.
And if the trailer is loaded properly.

Safe Loading
It is important to keep weight low down and over the axle. In our diagram above the area for heavy items, such as awnings, is indicated in red, medium weight items can be loaded in the pink area, the rest of the caravan should be used for storing light items only.
<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3e7793682fbefloading.gif/>
And if the noseweight is ok: 50 - 75 kg.

Speed limit for rigs in most European countries is 50 mls.
On French highways 80 mls.
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Old 03-18-2003, 04:19 PM   #16
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Hi Lex

Thats a good post.Good information for all to view.:wave
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Old 03-18-2003, 08:00 PM   #17
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Lex - very nice graphic; illustrative of the correct method of loading.

Most of us get in a hurry (me :r ) and just shove things anywhere on occasion; even when we know better.

I think you 85% rule of thumb is more real world than the 75% rule listed in the link below, but they give a very good illustration of the change in power when going up in elevation.

http://www.popuptimes.com/archives/75rule.asp

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Old 03-18-2003, 10:32 PM   #18
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85%??

Les:

According to a weight receipt, my laden tow vehicle weighed in at 4,260lbs, the trailer axle at 2,280lbs (thats what, about 55%?). Tow with a 3.8 liter v-6.

Perhaps I'm a bit on the conservative side. :E :E
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Old 03-19-2003, 01:05 AM   #19
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Orginally posted by PineConeDon
According to a weight receipt, my laden tow vehicle weighed in at 4,260lbs, the trailer axle at 2,280lbs (thats what, about 55%?). Tow with a 3.8 liter v-6. *
Perhaps I'm a bit on the conservative side. :E :E
You say it ;) ;) ;)
Experienced drivers may upgrade the 85% to 100%. :) :) :)
But it is still an advice. Legally the limit is: max tow load for the car or the max mass of the complete 'train'.
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