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Terryallan

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Posted: 09/08/21 09:16am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

fj12ryder wrote:

Preaching to the choir?


Even the choir needs some truth every now and then. Remember. They are just part of the congregation.


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I'm sorry, well, not really. If you don't know its back there, something's wrong. I can say my 10,000lb boat and trailer, on the hitch receiver, compared to my 15,000lb FW on a FW hitch, do tow differently, but I always know they are there.

People can get in trouble easily from a lack of skill, speed, poor maintenance, overloading, unseen road hazards, other stoopid drivers, and bad weather (sometimes seems like all the above). My only advice is to match tow vehicles to the load, keep speed reasonable, keep head on a swivel and keep up with maintenance.


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I think some take the I can't tell it there approach and become too comfortable
going down the road.
On a good clear light traffic day its easy to get too comfortable.
Being too comfortable quickly turns into being careless.
Throw in bad conditions, a twisty road, blind spot or a sudden stop and suddenly you have an accident.
Having a questionable tow vehicle gives one less margin for error when unexpected things happen.
Having the correct tow vehicle should be the first priority. THe correct tow vehicle will give you the maximum safety margin even if that tow vehicle doesn't fit in the garage!... LOL...
Staying alert and attentive to road conditions is the next key to success.
THese simple priciples apply to 5'ers and bumper pullsas well as any oversize vehicle.


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First thing my brother did when he got his Reflection, was to put stickers on his dash, saying height (measured) and width. Both of the truck and the FW. Unfortunately, he may lose it, as his wife is visiting her family in Alberta and she's loving driving it around, setting up, tearing down, dealing with what can be run on a 15a circuit, and just living in it. :-) Yes, she grew up towing a 3-horse trailer with living quarters, so not a newb to towing.

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I'm always amazed at how fast people tow. Like in an area with 70mph speed limit for cars, and 60mph for trucks+trailers, I regularly see people towing RV's (both 5th wheel and bumper tow) at 75mph+, keeping up with the car traffic.

I don't tow, but when I drive my Class C, I generally stick with the truck speed limit... not only is it safer, but the gas mileage is better too. Just because you *can* drive at 75mph, doesn't mean you *should*, or that you can do so safely.

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Curious where all these accidents for FW's are in NC. And how is it more than the rest of the US per state? Do you have some data? And you seem to be making some bold assumption of drivers towing FW's as to the causes of the accidents. There could be a million reasons for accidents completely outside the responsibility of the drivers. I just find the post completely presumptuous.


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I've seen a couple of TT flipped over lately, and they looked like bigger TT being pulled by 1/2 ton trucks or suv's. These dealers will sell people anything.
I tow my TT on the interstate around 65-68, but I'm amazed how many go flying past me.
I think the amount of power some of these diesels kick out now, they don't strain pulling at 80-85, so people do it.


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Posted: 09/08/21 01:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

rlw999 wrote:

I'm always amazed at how fast people tow. Like in an area with 70mph speed limit for cars, and 60mph for trucks+trailers, I regularly see people towing RV's (both 5th wheel and bumper tow) at 75mph+, keeping up with the car traffic.

I don't tow, but when I drive my Class C, I generally stick with the truck speed limit... not only is it safer, but the gas mileage is better too. Just because you *can* drive at 75mph, doesn't mean you *should*, or that you can do so safely.


Unless there is weather or other conditions coming into play...on a clear dry day, keeping up with traffic is generally safer on freeways.

Truck speed limits are put forth by politicians not traffic engineers.

Now if it's a lightly traveled rural freeway, doing 60-65 isn't a big problem but as traffic builds keeping up so you don't create a rolling road block is safest.

But I'm with the other post asking what data is there that a lot of 5th wheel crashes are happening? I've seen far more bumper pulls in crashes over the years.


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Couldn't disagree more on the comments to drive at the speed of traffic.
You see I'm towing and most of the traffic isn't. We should drive at a speed that is manageable by someone who is towing a RV.

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Posted: 09/08/21 03:28pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

valhalla360 wrote:



Now if it's a lightly traveled rural freeway, doing 60-65 isn't a big problem but as traffic builds keeping up so you don't create a rolling road block is safest.


So in heavy traffic with all those BMWs, Audis and such, I need to match their speed? I'm driving my speed, deal with it.





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