Originally Posted by Mike Magee
That video was a hoot! Those guys are having way too much fun. They must not have to pay for any of that stuff.
Obviously, the VW is superior to the Mazda.
LOL I love those guys. And Yup I don't think they pay for any of the gear they take out and destroy! LOL
It would be fun to try to do some of the caravan racing they do on the tracks without worrying about the final impact on the trailer or the car towing it! LOL would be a great way to learn to handle your trailer correctly in situations when it becomes wiggly/unstable.
Also totally agree the European hitch system/set ups are far superior to what we get in North America.
Trailer stabilization systems on the cars in Europe is just one component that makes their towing system better than that in North America.
Some of the other BIG differences is they do not have the genetic Hitch Class System we have here in North America that often results in poor fitting/designed hitches being installed and installers drilling holes and attaching on parts of the car that were never designed to take that amount of weight or stress.
In Europe each hitch is made specifically for the car it is going to be attached to so that only the factory reinforced mounting points are used and hitch is stamped with the same weight limit on it that the car manufacture has set for that cars tow rating - no more.
The European hitches are also not going to stick out to far or sit to low (which will change the towing stability) on the car as they often do on cars using the NA generic hitch class system.
The hitch/ball set up in Europe are more upright vs North American horizontal. The ball on the hitch is also not normally removable. On the trailer side of things the Euro couplers have a more sophisticated attachment to the ball than we have here in NA as well. In Europe they use the ISO standard tow ball of 50 mm on all the vehicles.
European trailers all have brakes
but its not common to find electric brakes
on them. The most common type of brakes found on European trailers are called Over runs (do a google for differences in application vs electric brakes). Also some of the trailers in Europe have their own stability system on them and may have another different type of braking system as a result.
The other BIG difference regarding trailer stability when towing is of course the across the country tow limits which in many/most counties is 50mph max with some exceptions but you will not find to many places you can tow over 60mph.
Speed of towing is the BIGGEST game changer when it comes to a trailers stability as well as the ability of the vehicle pulling it to adequately tow it, which is the probable the #1 reason many vehicles in Europe that are the same or close to the same in all ways (although there are very few if any that are these days) have a higher tow rating than its counter part in North America.
In Europe you would be very foolish to attach a trailer to a car that is heavier than what the car manufacture states the car is rated to tow as the police do and will check the car labels (tow rating appears on a visible label), the trailers weight labels and the hitch stamp/label.
The European authorities are generally far more serious about ensuring those towing trailers are following the cars & trailer manufactures towing specifications than they seem to be here in North America - that is until you have an accident and hurt and kill someone here in North America - then they get serious about it here.