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Old 07-28-2014, 08:50 AM   #71
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But where does the age vs. weight fit in. Is it where they ask when you first got your license?

I just saw an ad here last night for the new Dodge diesel pick-up and they are claiming 9200 lbs tow capacity.....

I know from my many trips across the pond that pick-ups are few and far between over there. What vehicles are commonly used to pull the heavier (?) 8 meter caravans with 1500 kg weight limits?

My dually can pull 15,000 lbs on a gooseneck or fifth wheel. 12,000 on a tag along. I would love to have a new one which can the up to 23,000 lbs , so I could tow my excavator which weighs. 16,300 lbs.

I suspect to tow with that tow rating it is 2x4 reg cab.


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Old 08-05-2014, 03:15 PM   #72
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So what is the consensus on the max size for a tow with one of these?


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Old 08-05-2014, 05:00 PM   #73
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He has a 1700 pound tow rating and a 1600 pound trailer. What is the problem?
...The problem lies within....himself. You didn't count his weight in. Someone said he weighs around...450 pounds. Now, that is...a problem....Lol.
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Old 08-05-2014, 07:05 PM   #74
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I doubt there is any real consensus. The answer depends on who you ask, and perhaps partially on whether a custom receiver is installed.
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I throw out and say I would tow 2000 lbs and use electric brakes-- this is what I suggested to a friend with one of these cars who wants to tow a small boat, mostly short distances.


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At that weight they should have electric brakes already. 1800 lbs = 1800 lbs, what's so hard about that?
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Old 08-10-2014, 01:21 PM   #77
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So this question has been asked and usually devolves into an argument of liability. I recent ran across this article with a real science/math answer as to why tow ratings are so different in the USA.

http://oppositelock.jalopnik.com/tow...1499/+ballaban

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Old 08-10-2014, 01:30 PM   #78
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The writing style, and the fact that he spells Forester with a lower-case 'f' several times, does not instill confidence in his facts and conclusions. I couldn't read it, actually.
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Here is how he sums up.....

"Bottom line - Can a tow vehicle pull a heavier trailer there than is rated for here in the US? Yes, with some provisions:

1. The closer the trailer weight gets to the vehicle weight the slower you will need to drive.

2. DO NOT exceed 65 mph with a tongue weight in the 4-7% range, this is a guaranteed way to sway and 65 is the max, go slower in regards to #1.

3. None of this takes into account crosswinds, cooling systems, hp, or braking effectiveness."


He has no knowledge of the science and technology that the pro's are using over here. In many cases custom mods to the vehicles and the use of the WDH etc.
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The writing style, and the fact that he spells Forester with a lower-case 'f' several times, does not instill confidence in his facts and conclusions. I couldn't read it, actually.
I agree with Glen's take (no big surprise on that). It's written by a 1st year engineering student dropout (by his own admission) trying to outguess vehicle specifications for his own benefit, without any attention being paid to factors other than a bunch of formulas.

On the other hand, Dr. Sheldon (Big Bang) Cooper would love it.
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Now for some real life towing with a Jetta Tdi.. No not a Fiberglass but our Teardrop.. As expected our Sportswagon Tdi towed the 500lb teardrop with no problem however what is an issue is the low clearance. We had the hitch installed by VW but the clearance is very close. I'm glad we don't have any more sag from tongue weight


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Hitch and teardrop

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I towed a 16' scamp from Mineral Wells Texas to Mobile Alabama with absolutely no problems.
Westfalia tow bar no brakes hooked up yet.
Averaged 25 mpg towing 62 - 65 mph with occasional 70 mph.
The towing was into a pretty stiff headwind.
The trailer tracked true and was very well damped and had no tendency to sway. This could be affected by the dead AL-KO axle that moves very little if any when jacked and has sagged a good bit.
I am planning to install a new axle and I want ti install a set of AL-KO octagonal shocks (blue) when I do it, but I will have to rig a way to attach them to a US made trailing arm.
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The white on white looks great. The fuel economy is nothing to shake a stick at either. Nice rig JD!
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