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Old 02-02-2015, 12:40 PM   #61
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It would seem so, but I was talking about recommendations, not the standard you see out there.
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Old 02-02-2015, 12:57 PM   #62
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This is not from others that I received this info, it is from an informational site for rvers, "changinggears.com" under "Tow Vehicle Sizing". Not the auto industry. I never referred to it as a rule, I referred to it as a recommendation. Safety is a choice. I don't make decisions based on rumors or other's experience. I base it on industry standards and recommendations. But thinking that I am just going to be ok is not ok for me. You can do whatever you want, that's what's nice about America.Happy Camping
Um, that appears to be an Italian tour site? But, I have heard this mess before.

This is pretty much like Dilbert math here. An arbitrary percentage isn't ANY industry standard or a good recommendation. Saying 20% is the number implies that the engineers that designed each brand and model truck intended you (or the average truck consumer) apply that arbitrary "standard". They didn't. And at the very least, they didn't agree to 20%. That would mean they all agreed to this allowance, and we can barely get them to agree to put their trucks up for S.A.E. standard ratings. (which some have now done)

The engineers that design these vehicles almost certainly put a safety factor in their calculations. That safety factor may of may not be cut into by some marketing or management genious, but . . .
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Old 02-02-2015, 01:08 PM   #63
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I said it is on the site "changinggears.com" which is an rvers informational site to give a safety recommendation. Not from the truck industry.
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Total bliss the "changinggears.com web site is a tour operators site. Does not seem to have anything to do with trailers.
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Old 02-02-2015, 01:15 PM   #65
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Well, you might want to cut and paste that link to your browser as I actually did. And, just because someone puts up a website, doesn't mean all the information provided is factual or accurate. There is that whole "French Model" thing. . .


It sounds like you are happy with a 1T dually as the TV. In the end, I think you are making the right choice for you and your family for that trailer. That is fine.


I am just saying spreading arbitrary percentages is not a standard. That recommended 20% doesn't mean you are 20% safer or 20% less likely to have an accident. It doesn't even equate to 20% less stress on the TV.


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Total bliss the "changinggears.com web site is a tour operators site. Does not seem to have anything to do with trailers.
I found it. RV Camping & RV Lifestyle - Changin' Gears Two g's not three
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ok if you say so
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Obviously, I wrote something you disagree with. Please, expound . . .
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I found it. RV Camping & RV Lifestyle - Changin' Gears Two g's not three
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Which Tow Vehicle

I have 2014 SRW Ram 3500 and my SB is all but 400 lbs below it GVWR of 15.5k which puts my pin over 3k more like 3600 lbs. I drive many miles each summer and while wind conditions can cause some drivers concern the same applies to DRW and semis as well. High winds are a hazard that one needs to asses as they drive. Highway tractors flip over the same as RV's but each scenario is different so to draw conclusions is difficult from a pure factual point of view. The best way is to have the opportunity to use both setups and let your experience guide you. If not make the best choice one can from the info available.

My older DRW Ram did perform a little better in some conditions its not a deal breaker from my perspective. If I was hauling 60k miles a year then yes DRW based usage may be a better option.

The SRW truck performed very well and I would say 95-98% of what a comparable DRW truck handles.

I analyzed everything based on needs and found the SRW served me well.

I do find maintenance much easier on the SRW especially brake work.

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I am more inclined to observe the rear axel ratings and federal bridge weights and purchased tag insurance weights.

My last statement will poke a few bears but I research actual road laws not myths.

Good luck and enjoy your ride what ever you buy.
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