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BigSur2

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Posted: 10/23/12 06:18am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A very close neighbor of mine that had done TON of work for me over the years just bought a new TT. He wants me to pick it up for him b/c he doesn't have his truck ready to pull yet. TT is about 4.5k lbs gross....tongue weight around 450 lbs. I'd have to pull it about 30 miles of highway with NO WDH. If I take my time, is that okay.....or am I just asking to wear my shocks out.


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Posted: 10/23/12 06:25am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would do it. 450 tongue wt is not that much IMO. This assumes you can take your time. It won't hurt your shocks in any event.


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Another issue you may want to consider is what is your liability if something goes wrong and the TT is damaged? Sometimes bad episodes can ruin friendships very quickly. I am just guessing, but when the TT is hooked to your pickup, your insurance may be liable for any damage to the TT during towing. If your friend pays you to tow the TT, then the insurance issue just get more complicated.

It is always nice to try to help a friend, but just be careful you have all your bases covered.

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You didn't say what vehicle you are towing with. Your shocks shouldn't be a problem. The big worry is if you can stop and steer. With less weight on the front end, steering and braking should be a concern. But if you take your time, be cautious, you should be ok.

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Posted: 10/23/12 06:40am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You should not have any issues. Sounds like a good opportunity to help out your helpful neighbor.


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What is the tongue weight of your current trailer? Is it not greater than 450 pounds? You will have the trailer brakes connected, won't you? I would not be worried about wearing out the shocks in that short of a distance.

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Helmsey wrote:

You should not have any issues. Sounds like a good opportunity to help out your helpful neighbor.


X2 I would have him ride along to make sure that all is good and that there is no blame game should there be a problem.


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Go get the trailer, but allow your friend to do the driving in your truck.
Your insurance should cover him, and his insurance should also give some coverage.
Chances are, nothing will happen, but in the unlikely event that something does, HE was the driver!


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Posted: 10/23/12 07:03am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I assume you have WD on your trailer? Is it the chain type? My WD is clamped onto the Trailer frame.. A couple turns with a wrench and I can have it off and on another in no time at all. Yours may not be the same.

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