I created these posters based on my interpretations of written comments that appear to be relaying bad or negligent advice to other RVers, in most cases, no fault of their own. Stop the cycle. You are free to copy and share these posters (unedited) to others or in social media groups that need to get the corrected message.
SAE J684, paragraph 7.5.2 states: Safety chain shall be connected to the towing vehicle and trailer so that the slack for each length of chain is approximately the same when the vehicles are aligned on a common front to rear centerline. There shall be no more slack than necessary to permit proper turning of the vehicles. The safety chains shall be crossed under the trailer tongue and connected to the hitch assembly or to other towing vehicle members.
In the background, I am diligently working to educate dealers. It’s slow but the progress continues.
During my research the past years, it is clear that a significant number of people do not read or know how to interpret vehicles owner's manuals. Failure to do so contributes to several RV related mishaps. That's the reason I have spent so much time and research to develop tools that are better than the majority of people's knowledge.
No, it’s not a lie. The reality is, just about any size vehicle with an adapted towing apparatus connecting to a large and heavy object on wheels will be able to tow it. If a man can pull a 100-ton train car, so can a VW.
Although some tire manufacturers are improving the speed ratings on some RV trailer tires, that doesn’t mean it is safe enough to be towing at the same speed of other cars and some semi-trucks. Cars are not as heavy, and semi-trucks have better brake and control systems.
The risk isn't worth it. Ha, most people don't even notice the LP filling station near by.
Oh, did I mention that entire towing section in the owner's manual needs to be read? Every week I will read a question and it is obvious the questioner hasn't read the owner's manual.
So many people are quick to say yes while they don't know all the facts.
I hope you don't mind me yelling. IGNORE THE DRY WEIGHTS!
Self-explanatory. However, many have the idea that air springs increase GVWR.
It's hard to understand the reason that some people become defensive when caring RVers are only pointing out the truth and are concerned about the wellbeing and safety of everyone on the road.
"Oh yeah, I tow my trailer just fine" says the RVer who knows absolutely nothing about the questioner's towing situation. Quick and foolish answers contributes to the 60% of tow vehicles exceeding the weight safety ratings.
Some dealers/salespeople do the best they can with the knowledge they have. Unfortunately, the majority are still using outdated resources, and in many cases, end up selling an RV too big for the tow vehicle. RV Tow Check is a tool you can trust as much as you trust yourself.
(Maybe more than yourself.)
No, those weight ratings are not just a guideline.
People put way too much faith in a published number without reading all the other cautions and warnings.
There's not a better mobile-friendly tool for the job. Forget the pin, paper and calculator. Most people don't know the four required formula sets required to make the right decision anyway.
Yep, this is the one I like to use when someone is absolutely pig-headed. I resort to using it because one individual doesn't know what they're talking about and they refuse to learn.