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Old 11-08-2012, 11:40 PM   #29
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In following this thread, I was impressed by the ongoing efforts of dedicated and caring forum members who not only shared factual information, but also took the risk of going beyond that and sharing their own personal thoughts. Obviously, Brian needs to decide for himself what he will tow with his Fiat; he asked for input and seemed to be as impressed as I was with the time and efforts of forum members. For any of us to dish out put-downs or criticisms of what other members share and express really negates what this forum is all about. Since when has it become about facts only? The diversity of opinions and differences shared on this forum make it an incredible resource for practically anyone who might be looking for ideas concerning their own little egg. I think it helps to lighten up and look at the bigger picture of things. We're all in this together and each of us is looking for ways to put our own personality into our little towable egg.
The ideas and information that my husband and I have gleaned from this forum continually help us to be the best egg owners we can be! I thank all of you who share your ideas and opinions as well as links to other sources of information (fact or opinion is often just semantics). Ultimately, each of us is responsible for the choices we make, not some post on a fiberglass trailer forum.
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Old 11-08-2012, 11:53 PM   #30
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American standards are the toughest in the world, but who cares about that....

This picture is part of a "Knaus Schwalbennest" European advertisement, Not an American ad for Fiat. (for all you combination Lawyer/mechanical engineers)

Looks like a great little trailer, and wouldn't it look great behind an Abarth?
Hey! A guy can dream can't he? (while he waits in line for a potato)
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Old 11-09-2012, 01:33 AM   #31
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Floyd it is indeed a cool looking set up! And as you know I being one of the first to tow a 16' with what funny enough has been declared in the past an inadequate tow by at least one party partaking in this discussion. And I have taken a far bit of flack over it by a few others here over the years as well, but I would be the first to buy a small car again if it was in fact European built and with all the same specs and engines as they are so privileged to get. Wouldn't mind that trailer & a few others they have to go with it either

As you say though sadly it appears we in NA are left to only dream about it or retire to europe.
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Floyd it is indeed a cool looking set up! And as you know I being one of the first to tow a 16' with what funny enough has been declared in the past an inadequate tow by at least one party partaking in this discussion. And I have taken a far bit of flack over it by a few others here over the years as well, but I would be the first to buy a small car again if it was in fact European built and with all the same specs and engines as they are so privileged to get. Wouldn't mind that trailer & a few others they have to go with it either

As you say though sadly it appears we in NA are left to only dream about it or retire to europe.
I think we did just retire to Europe, eastern Europe!
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Old 11-09-2012, 12:52 PM   #33
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This website actually does cover this in the Terms of Service, linked at the bottom of this and every page.

It basically says that individuals are responsible for what they post online.
I think I see the problem...perhaps presuming that we're smarter than we actually are, the site doesn't State The Bleedin' Obvious!

You might consider enlarging on that language to include the following

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Old 11-10-2012, 11:43 AM   #34
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Sorry to resurface this opinions pool, but I will add my opinion to it regarding towing in the USA. I just experienced this decision process.

Yes, there are differences in all EU cars once they get to this side of the pond. The DOT headlights shoot 10% of light upward to illuminate road signs (including the upcoming traffic), in the EU this number is 0 by design, there are remotely adjustable headlights, more door brackets for side impact, different bumpers, different taillights, engines, transmissions, and the list is long. In my opinion these are secondary causes to the different towing standards in the USA. Any engineering team could take these partly differently built cars and design them for similar towing as in the EU. Towing by passenger cars (perhaps except Volvo) was not in their list of objectives from the get go.

There are legal differences of how towing limits are managed on both continents. Personally, I believe that following the rules is far more stringent in the EU than in the USA. As an example; there is no ambiguity about the particular vehicle towing limit, it is printed on the registration paper, it is based on options for the particular vehicle, and penalty for exceeding that number is stiff. During the purchase of my 99 F350, I calculated the towing limit, had to pull a large boat, and finding right information for the towing limit equation was not simple.

So, here is my opinion. If in doubt follow the money. All manufacturers will always promote products with the most profit and rightfully so. The phenomenal growth of the SUV market in the USA was the result of these higher profit strategies. Just go to any dealer and ask for a towing vehicle, will they lead you to a passenger car? It takes a long time to build market perception, there are many vectors driving the market perception toward the highly profitable SUV strategy. One of these vectors is building awareness that passenger cars cannot tow. Towing became a special privilege reserved for SUVs and trucks only. So, I ended up with a Sprinter.

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