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Old 29 May 2014, 14:16   #1
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Does towing wreck your vehicle?

Bit of a Poll really.

In our Diving Club we have two RIBS and an inflatable.

We have a 5.4 Tornado with a 90Hp Optimax on a twinaxle braked trailer plated at around 1200Kg.

We have a 5.5 Humber (not sure which model) with a 90Hp Optimax on a single axle braked trailer plated at around 1300Kg.

We have a Bombard C5 (I think it is) with 40Hp on an unbraked trailer.

If appropriate towing vehicles and towing 'style' are employed does it wreck the towing vehicle?

Should we be recompensing those that tow in lieu of extra wear and tear as well as fuel used to tow?

Just a straw poll really!

Thanks in advance for any input
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Old 29 May 2014, 14:18   #2
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Bit more tyre wear and brake wear, but it doesn't wreck the vehicle.
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Bit more tyre wear and brake wear, but it doesn't wreck the vehicle.
agreed .... and yes you would expect the tow vehicle to use more than its normal mpg for fuel .. I'll have a stab at about 25-30 % more
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Depending on your launch/recovery sites, technique and how close the trailers are to the limit you might find it accelerates clutch wear...

...but if the person sells on to the next unsuspecting owner they probably don't experience any loss, or if it fails the cost of replacing the clutch is probably more than you are prepared to cough up!
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Only if you drive the vehicle into the sea until the boat floats off of the trailer. If you reverse in and not let the nasty salty stuff near the shiney alloys, all will be dandy for years. :-)
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Where and how much weight you tow dictates the wear on the towing vehicle. In the mountains a vehicle will get trashed. If the vehicle is at or near it's maximum capacity it will also take a beating. If it is towing at 50% capacity on fairly flat ground the wear is next to nothing. Of course how you drive while towing also dictates wear.
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Where and how much weight you tow dictates the wear on the towing vehicle. In the mountains a vehicle will get trashed. If the vehicle is at or near it's maximum capacity it will also take a beating. If it is towing at 50% capacity on fairly flat ground the wear is next to nothing. Of course how you drive while towing also dictates wear.
Absolutely correct in the last sentence. If the vehicle is driven with care and consideration, there is little reason why any additional wear should occur due to towing. Ribs really aren't that heavy, I tow a. 3500kg gtw mini digger, my 7m feels like its not there by comparison.
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So what we are saying here is that if the all up weight is within the recommended limits for your vehicle and you drive sensibly there should not be any extra wear and tear.......
however if you try to drive the same as if nothing was hooked up behind you might experience some 'issues'! ???
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So what we are saying here is that if the all up weight is within the recommended limits for your vehicle and you drive sensibly there should not be any extra wear and tear.......
however if you try to drive the same as if nothing was hooked up behind you might experience some 'issues'! ???
I think you were hoping for a post you maybe didnt get .. no .. all pretty much said yes .. more wear and tear and extra fuel .. but it wont 'wreck' your vehicle as in your original post .. Kinda obvious when you put extra weight on any vehicle ?
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I think you were hoping for a post you maybe didnt get .. no .. all pretty much said yes .. more wear and tear and extra fuel .. but it wont 'wreck' your vehicle as in your original post .. Kinda obvious when you put extra weight on any vehicle ?
Absolutely spot on, Regards Jim.
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