I think many are missing the possible utility of the device. The unit isn't a "towed" unit; it is rigidly attached to the back of the TV. It hinges up and down, but, not left and right and has the full weight of the pin on it for stability. It has its own brakes, and in effect, adds additional braking over the TV/5er combo. It legthens the TV without adding weight to the TVs suspension as a bumper pull would. Much the same principle that the double and triple trailer combos used by OTR trucks but with the added advantage of being rigidly attached to the TV so that you don't have the "double tow" problem in a lot of states.
My truck, too, rides better with a load, however, a "static" load (such as an auxiliary fuel tank or an ATV) is a lot more comfortable than the fighting load of 5er with its own suspension. My TrailAir Tri-Glide does an outstanding job of taking the "fight" of the trailer and dissipating it rather than transmitting it. It would be even better moving that "fight" off of the truck altogether. My truck can haul much more weight than bed load weight. With the device, I could put the 5er on it, freeing up the bed and putting one of our ATVs in it, or a big auxiliary diesel tank. I would not exceed GCW nor any of the axle ratings. A "toy hauler" without the excessive pin weight in the bed of the truck. I can't imagine anyone buying one of these and then not put some other load in the bed.
I wouldn't term it a "kludge"...just some creative engineering, again a take off of the Idaho Tote:
Photos Idaho Tote rv trailer, tow your atv, motorcycle, golf cart behind your rv.
I spoke quite extensively with a fellow in the campsite next to us in Gering, NE who had an Idaho Tote on the back of his Presidential 5er. He was towing a full dress Harley on his and had been using it for about 3 years. He couldn't say enough good things about it. It didn't affect handling, although he said it took awhile to get used to the "unseen" added length when backing or turning, but, other than that it had little to no impact on his towing aside from the added weight on his GCW. He had all the benefits of a "toy hauler" (and this was years ago, before the advent of toy haulers) without losing the interior space to a garage.
I wouldn't dismiss it out-of-hand, nor consider it a "kludge". It apparently is engineered well and would, like the Idaho Tote, have a "niche" market that it would fit into. If my pockets were a bit deeper, I would give it consideration, there is that time we were in Oregon near the dunes...would have been "sweet" to have had one of our ATVs
, or I could put in a 90 gallon auxiliary tank and never have to worry about "will I be able to get into and out of that station?". Never have to worry about the "90 degree turn"...with a little practice I would imagine you could put the trailer almost anywhere; the turning would be sharper since the pivot point is well behind the rear axle, even better than a bumper pull, I would have to guess with the steerable wheels it would track almost in the TV's wheel track and a radius of well over 90 degrees would be snap.
While it wouldn't benefit the vast majority, I find nothing wrong with the engineering nor the utility of the device for unique towing situations and I applaud the "thinking outside the box" for its inception. It qualifies for that "Yankee engineering" title that this country was built on.