Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Cariboo, British Columbia
Hauling with an SUV is like playing russian roulette. It is the wheel base ratio, not the power I am concerned with, burn out your tranny, fine. Just means your broken down, but if you are hauling with a light weight vehicle that has a wheel base ratio not meant to haul a long tow along trailer, eventually the tail will wag the dog. That means in certain situations, crosswinds from semis, severe loadshift, minor contact with another vehicle, etc, the tow vehicle or trailer or both can flip very easily. But, and this is the most common reason why your towing vehicle MUST have a greater wheel base ratio, you turn sharply to avoid a road hazard, you are at great risk of flipping yourself. I believe there are regulations prohibiting this in my province, I do not know about the states or the rest of Canada. Please check with your motor vehicle branch as to the standards & laws of tow vehicles & trailers. Again, I do not know how your jurisdiction regulates such matters, but here, they DOT (Dept of transportation) check vehicles pulling trailers all the time, and do a thorough check on brakes, suspension, breakaways, lights, tires. I have seen a Ford 1500 pulled off the road for having a camper on & pulling a stock trailer.