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Old 07-18-2015, 05:47 PM   #1
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Dear Lord, another towing thread....

Over on FGRV there is another thread (there seem to be at least two or 3 a week) along the lines of 'can I tow a Scamp/Casita/etc with my sportscar?' And, as always, it devolves into nothing but an argument about what the lawyers say, what the manufacturers say, what the laws are in certain countries, why so and so is right and everyone else is wrong, how so and so once towed with a Yugo and never had a problem, etc, etc...

Thank God there is at least one Fiberglass Forum that doesn't deal in such NONSENSE.

Ok, rant off.
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Old 07-18-2015, 06:04 PM   #2
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I think it just shows that people like to argue.

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Old 07-18-2015, 06:08 PM   #3
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What I can't figure out is the motive for one small group to try to convince people to tow with less than adequate vehicles.
I quit responding myself.
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Old 07-18-2015, 06:33 PM   #4
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The dangers of doing something wrong while towing:

Car hits detached trailer, spurs I-80 closure | KSL.com

SALT LAKE CITY — A car hit a trailer on the freeway Friday afternoon after the trailer became detached from the pickup truck that was hauling it, police said.

A Taylorsville family was driving the pickup truck eastbound on I-80 near State Street just before noon when the trailer somehow became detached from the hitch, but stayed connected to the pickup by the safety chain, Utah Highway Patrol reported.

The driver, 28-year-old Amber Marchant, pulled to the right, but due to the narrow shoulder on the road, was still mostly in the travel lane.

Marchant and her husband, Brandon, 41, got out of the car to check out the trailer.

About an hour later, Salt Lake resident John Galanis, 54, was travelling eastbound from the second lane to the right when traffic slowed because of the pickup truck and trailer blocking the road.

UHP said Galanis appeared to be driving too fast and too close to the car in front of him. Galanis then hit the car in front of him, and pushed it into the second lane from the left.

Galanis' car then went into the right lane and underneath the trailer, which pushed the trailer into the Marchant's, who were then pushed into the concrete barrier on the bridge structure.

Amber Marchant and Galanis were transported to Intermountain Medical Care in poor condition after Marchant sustained chest and head injuries and Galanis sustained head and arm injuries. Brandon Marchant was not taken to the hospital and their 7-year-old and 1-year-old children were uninjured.
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Old 07-18-2015, 07:05 PM   #5
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What I can't figure out is the motive for one small group to try to convince people to tow with less than adequate vehicles.
I quit responding myself.
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Old 07-18-2015, 07:47 PM   #6
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Over here we are more concerned with food, as in poutine.....
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I don't know why they don't just put up a sticky that says to start by getting your vehicle and model GVWR and GCWR, and max trailer capacity, and towing capacity and see if the numbers work. When you get that straight, come back with questions.
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Old 07-18-2015, 08:04 PM   #8
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Over here we are more concerned with food, as in poutine.....
On my recent overnight trip to beautiful Victoria I stopped at a Dairy Queen. When I ordered a sandwich I had a choice of side order: fries or... you know. I got the fries.
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The dangers of doing something wrong while towing:

Car hits detached trailer, spurs I-80 closure | KSL.com

SALT LAKE CITY — A car hit a trailer on the freeway Friday afternoon after the trailer became detached from the pickup truck that was hauling it, police said.

A Taylorsville family was driving the pickup truck eastbound on I-80 near State Street just before noon when the trailer somehow became detached from the hitch, but stayed connected to the pickup by the safety chain, Utah Highway Patrol reported.

The driver, 28-year-old Amber Marchant, pulled to the right, but due to the narrow shoulder on the road, was still mostly in the travel lane.

Marchant and her husband, Brandon, 41, got out of the car to check out the trailer.

About an hour later, Salt Lake resident John Galanis, 54, was travelling eastbound from the second lane to the right when traffic slowed because of the pickup truck and trailer blocking the road.

UHP said Galanis appeared to be driving too fast and too close to the car in front of him. Galanis then hit the car in front of him, and pushed it into the second lane from the left.

Galanis' car then went into the right lane and underneath the trailer, which pushed the trailer into the Marchant's, who were then pushed into the concrete barrier on the bridge structure.

Amber Marchant and Galanis were transported to Intermountain Medical Care in poor condition after Marchant sustained chest and head injuries and Galanis sustained head and arm injuries. Brandon Marchant was not taken to the hospital and their 7-year-old and 1-year-old children were uninjured.
This accident does not appear to be related to towing beyond the vehicles limits. I just don't see its relevance to this threads topic.
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Over here we are more concerned with food, as in poutine.....
Naughty Jim, very naughty. There are some folks on the forum who had hoped the P word had faded away for good. Not likely

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