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Old 05-07-2014, 10:00 AM   #1
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That time of year, here comes the can I tow this questions

What is with people wanting to tow trailers outside their vehicles capacity? It is spooky to read all these posts about people wanting to tow these large heavy trailers with Geo Metro's. They need to take into consideration of the fellow drivers on the road that they could potentially harm. Just a scary thought.
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Sadly, many people who pose such a question have already been told or suspect the fact, they're hoping someone will give them a different answer. Why would they consider endangering strangers on the road, they're already ignoring the safety of their own family and themselves.

Unfortunately there's always someone who will chip in, "I've done that for xx years, or (xx,xxx miles)" and never had a problem. Yeah, people play Russian roulette many times, until the last try.
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Ya it goes along with the I tow xyz TT with my 1/2 ton and it's great, but I'm looking at 3/4 tons. I should've got one instead.
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The only posts that I have seen including one that I posted merely asked for any extra advise anyone who may have pulled a similar setup for. On mine the tag at the reciever specifically states it can handle 7100 lbs with WDH. Since the vehicle has the capability of towing that amount of weight our hopes are up that we can find a towable that we can pull safely without fianancing another 60 grand for a heavy duty truck. Now if newbees like myself are missing critical information or are neglecting to ask the right questions I invite anyone who feels willing to offer the right info to do so. I have tried to get the advise from the dealerships in my area and as soon as I ask the first question I am quickly pushed in the direction of some elaborate hitch set up and multiple extras that quickly add up to $$$$$. I can't imagine that some of the good people out here have not been taken advantage of a shady dealer/salemen at some time so the collective experiences of the members here can save not only the families of the newbees by shaking their fingers and saying no,no,no to their inexperienced questions but also a lot of money that can be used to camp where we might run into each other and share a beer a two.... my treat!

IMHO......(no offense intended)
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The only posts that I have seen including one that I posted merely asked for any extra advise anyone who may have pulled a similar setup for. On mine the tag at the reciever specifically states it can handle 7100 lbs with WDH.
The receiver on my Subaru Forrester is a Class III, good for 5,000 lbs. I know this, because I installed it. Problem with that hitch, the car is only rated for 2,400 lbs with a braked trailer, 1,000 lbs. without brakes. I would never dream of trying to hitch up anything even close to any of the car's limitations.

With your 7,100 lb capacity, how much weight does that allow in the vehicle? There are a whole bunch of factors involved in capacities. Those capacities are based on a new vehicle, with everything as they should be. What do worn shocks and brakes, older tires, do to the safety of towing near capacity loads?
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I think it's a combination of an unknowledgeble consumer & an RV salesman giving the customer wrong information. Together those are a disaster waiting to happen.

An RV buyer needs to do their due diligence & know weight ratings & tow limitations. Granted, it's daunting, especially for a newbie, but that's what iRV2 is here for.

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Lol. Using my daily driver (6cylinder Jeep Wrangler) while staying at the campground. Took the truck back home. This am, the neighbor asked me if I really pulled that 35foot camper with the Jeep and how far did I go! No, I'm not THAT guy!
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I just tell them to visit a web page.. It is for folks who do not want to ask "Can I Tow This?" Cause you shop here the answer is "Yes You Can"
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I think it's a combination of an unknowledgeble consumer & an RV salesman giving the customer wrong information. Together those are a disaster waiting to happen.
An RV buyer needs to do their due diligence & know weight ratings & tow limitations. Granted, it's daunting, especially for a newbie, but that's what iRV2 is here for.
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X2, and throw in miss-leading advertising and manufacturers ( pick-up trucks in particular ) xx,xxx trailer weight , only if driver weighs 145 pounds and nothing else in the truck when towing. RV manufacturer's ads, pictures showing their TT etc. in a camp spot, with a color matched vehicle that anyone that ever towed , knows didn't get there together. As Obewan, says , a Wrangler posed in front of a fold out , that would be way over the vehicle's 1,500 lb. tow limit.
As , I've told many folks looking for their first RV, first question to ask any RV salesman.
" What kind of RV do you own? " If the answer is ; " I don't have an RV." Walk away. Better yet RUN.
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My point proven. Rvguy1966, people here have told you what you need to know but you still argue the fact that because your hitch says it can your vehicle can. Your inexperince speaks for itself at this point in time. I never said that camping in an rv is cheap. I have been told many times in my life, if what you are trying to do is out of your budget, don't do it. Unfortunatly rving is an expensive hobby. Its simple, you dont see motor home manufacturers building motorhomes with 6 or 4 cyclender gas motors. There is a reason for that. All I am getting at is do your home work and follow the law according. Dont be an unsafe motorist.

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My point proven. Rvguy1966, people here have told you what you need to know but you still argue the fact that because your hitch says it can your vehicle can. Your inexperince speaks for itself at this point in time. I never said that camping in an rv is cheap. I have been told many times in my life, if what you are trying to do is out of your budget, don't do it. Unfortunatly rving is an expensive hobby. Its simple, you dont see motor home manufacturers building motorhomes with 6 or 4 cyclender gas motors. There is a reason for that. All I am getting at is do your home work and follow the law according. Dont be an unsafe motorist.

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Actually you forget toyota used to build motor homes with 4&6 cylinder gas motors.

Not everything needs a v8 or diesel to tow.

But education is key and truck manufactures and rv manufactures do not do a good job on this.
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I think it's a combination of an unknowledgeble consumer & an RV salesman giving the customer wrong information. Together those are a disaster waiting to happen.

An RV buyer needs to do their due diligence & know weight ratings & tow limitations. Granted, it's daunting, especially for a newbie, but that's what iRV2 is here for.

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I agree completely. You have to do your due diligence to know whether what you are going tow is a safe set up. If you are involved in an accident, and not compliant, I'm positive their attorney will find out this info.
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