Metto said:i used to tow my 85 toy with a tow bar, mounts bolted to the frame. tow rig was a 6cyl 5spd '99 F-150. i didnt ever have problems with it and it didnt push the furd around at all.
mbalbritton said:i'm no kinda of know it all about towing.. in fact I know little about it. Only know what I've seen, and helped my buddies with when then tow.
But I have to ask, isn't it more the tow vehicle than it is the trailer/dolly/ or tow bar? as a comparison, do you ever hear of RV's having problems with their tow bar set-ups? no... It's all about wheelbase and mass of the tow rig isn't it?
I see so many vehicles with factory rating that I would NEVER want to try. Like a ZJ with a 5K lbs tow rating.. WTF!!!! My fully loaded '98 ZJ only weighted in at 5500 lbs! and the wheelbase is what? 108" or something in that range. the longer the wheelbase the more leverage and control you have on what's behind you.
Is this way off base? Just what I've picked up on.
In my case, I was missing having a truck, so was talking about trading the expedition in on a F250. Then the wife decided she wanted to wheel her XJ, so we upgraded to an F350 and bigger trailer. I towed my jeep for 4 years with the Expedition and it towed fine. Not great, but well enough. Bear in mind it had the factory tow package with the air bag leveling system.mbalbritton said:and here I thought the reason for getting the big boy rig was to get a tranny that was worth a shit..
uglyjeepoffroad said:It seems that nowadays that people over compensate on the tow rig to make up for underwhelming driving and towing skills/decisions.
Rich said:You've got to admit - if the load gets hit by a strong crosswind, or you have to swerve, what will better control it?
The other big reason for getting a bigger truck, besides the safety margin, better load control, etc... When i tow, it's normally for 6-9 hours. It's far more relaxing to drive the bigger truck and have the load positvely under control.