>>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.
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
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.