Towing Fundamentals

By Staff Writer
Feb 3, 2020 | Towing, From the Vault | Posted in Shop Work , Features | Never miss an article

Today’s paddock is full of trailers and tow rigs. Our towing story from the March/April 1990 covers many of the fundamentals.

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nocones GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
2/3/20 11:26 a.m.

Good article covering the basics.  

I couldn't help but notice how times have changed and peoples thoughts of what it takes to tow have changed.   Could you imagine what would happen today if someone proposed towing a Porsche+spares in a ~20' enclosed trailer with a 1990 (at best) S10 Blazer/Jimmy.   Let alone what GRM would hear if they showed such a rig as am example of "towing it right".   I personally wouldn't have an issue with it.  It would tow slow and you could easily be safe.   But now and days that same load is one many a forum member have said taxes their modern 1/2 ton like a Tundra with ~2500lbs more towing capacity and literally 2.5X the HP.    

RJStanford GRM+ Memberand New Reader
2/4/20 11:10 p.m.

In reply to nocones :

Seems like these days people expect to be able to tow as if their vehicle was unloaded, anything else is flat out unacceptable.

codrus GRM+ Memberand UberDork
2/5/20 12:23 a.m.

Well, that 1990 Porsche is probably a thousand pounds lighter than a 2020 one, so that's part of it... :)


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sleepyhead the buffalo GRM+ Memberand Mod Squad
2/5/20 3:02 a.m.
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