What's Wrong With This Picture? Towing Capacity Edition

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  • Stein X Leikanger Stein X Leikanger on Mar 14, 2009

    There's nothing wrong with this picture: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3121/3351377803_823776bec6.jpg?v=0 But when towing sailboat (1.700kgs) and trailer (550kgs/steel) - I would always limit the transmission range by selecting 3, and make certain that the transmission oil was topped up. Total weight of car and hitch was right at the limit for the jeep, and when you do hauls like that for any kind of distance, you might even want to consider getting a separate oil cooler. Since most people don't even consider these things, engines and transmissions get destroyed (have their working life shortened by factors), and therefore manufacturers have stopped rating cars for any kind of load in markets where people don't give a damn.

  • Barry M Deep Barry M Deep on Mar 14, 2009

    I have a photo in my office that I Photoshopped of a TR-3A towing an Airstream. This is what I hope to do after I retire. Hopefully one of you automotive engineers can suggest the right modifications, starting with ways to lighten the trailer.

  • 07Frontier 07Frontier on Mar 26, 2009

    I was thinking of trading my 4.0L V6 Frontier for a Civic with the 5 speed manual. The few times I need to haul or tow something doesn't justify the bad gas mileage. The only thing I will tow is a 12 foot jon boat; I haven't weighed the boat but wifey and I can pick it up. I cut and pasted the following from the PDF Civic owner's manual: "Your vehicle is not designed to tow a trailer. Attempting to do so can void your warranties. Your vehicle is not designed to be towed behind a motor home. If your vehicle needs to be towed in an emergency, see page 370." Why can't a Civic tow a small jon boat? I thought a car could tow up to it's own weight. Can I go ahead and buy the Civic and put a towbar on it for the few times I want to go to the lake? And if I do, should I get a transmission cooler? Thanks.

  • Hammer99 Hammer99 on Apr 14, 2009

    trailer has door on wrong side