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Old 12-27-2015, 02:34 PM   #1
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Test towing?

Has any one ever been able to test tow a travel trailer before purchase?
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Old 12-27-2015, 02:45 PM   #2
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There is most always a hitch towing system that also has to be bought and installed, A weight distributing hitch system, and some with sway control. Why do you ask about a test tow?
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Old 12-27-2015, 02:55 PM   #3
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We are upgrading from a small 18' TT to a 25' - 30'. I would like to know what expect for wind load and towabilty on longer trailer.
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Old 12-27-2015, 03:06 PM   #4
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About all you can do is call/go see the dealer and ask if they would permit this. Insurance on the trailer will be a major role player...............I would think.
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Old 12-27-2015, 03:14 PM   #5
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Has any one ever been able to test tow a travel trailer before purchase?


Trailer is a very general term. What are you considering and how many months a year are you going to be using it? Are you going long haul camping or local?

If you know someone with a car or truck set up to tow the weight you are considering, they might allow you to use their rig for a test run if the dealer will allow it.

As previously asked. Why do you need to do this?

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It has been several years, but we did get a dealer to let us test tow a trailer prior to purchase. WHat they issues with was adding the chain brackets for the W/D system.

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Old 12-27-2015, 03:26 PM   #7
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IDK....... You pay 20K - 30K for something. It would be nice to know what your getting into. Nobody buys a car without testing it. I may be nieve but thought I would ask.
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Test towing?

Good luck with that my dealer fought to charge me just to bolt the ball for the sway control on my TT when I bought it bunch off thiefs. Not all but most there make up some insurance BS that they can't plus they can't go off your word that you know how to tow a trailer and to let you take a 25-35k trailer for a ride might be risky in there eyes
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Old 12-28-2015, 12:27 AM   #9
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Before we bought our 1st TT we went to several RV dealers. One of them, and not the one we bought from actually said we could tow it to see if we like how our tow vehicle handled it. I have never asked again to tow anything because I pretty much know what to expect after owning 3 trailers. I think it's a great idea. It's just probably not to common though.
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Back before 1980 when we bought our last TT I was never able to "test tow" one.
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However your current trailer does in wind, a 25 to 30 footer will be worse.

Do you have enough tow vehicle?
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Old 01-03-2016, 11:03 AM   #12
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I rented a trailer a few months ago. turns out it was easy. I should note I drive, a lot. Then we purchased a travel trailer 27' long
I have a friend test driving his truck and my trailer next Saturday.
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I would deffinatly rent before you up and buy one. As for the testing one off the lot it in most circumstances wouldn't be allowed for liability reasons I would imagine. Sucks, but thats the way it is. As mentioned though renting would be the solution.
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I rented 1 for a test drive for the same reason. The rental cost me $150 for 8 hours. That included the weight distribution hitch and road service insurance if needed.

Well worth the cost to see how a similar weight & length of trailer towed with my 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel I just bought.

So check out a RV rental company in your area. Wireman
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