Originally Posted by CecilliaB
Why is it Europeans will pull a 1300 odd lb brenderup (some of them weigh as much as 2100) with a horse in it with a car.....but Americans cringe at the thought of towing smaller 2 horses with 1 horse in it with plenty of towing capacity?
Erm I have no Idea where you got that from!
Ifor williams are the most popular trailers over here (UK), closely followed by Rice.
The brenderup supreme weighs 2700kg FULLY loaded (i.e with all tack and horses onboard). The Equitrek weigh significantly more. The vast majority of trailers overhere take a max of 2 horses, very rarely you will find a 3 horse but they are like hens teeth. The livings are tiny and generaly poorly equiped because if you need a living you buy a lorry not a trailer.
I have also lived in Europe for quite number of years and I have NEVER seen a car pulling trailers. We use 4x4's.
It is illegal to tow a trailer that exceeds the MAM of the car. It many countries it is illegal to tow if the trailer out weighs the car and it is certainly not reccomended.
When we tow (as in me personaly) we tow an ifor 505 (1200kg empty) with a mercedes ML270 which withoutt people in weighs 2.5tons! Legally we are allowed to tow a maximu of 3.5 tons however I would not feel safe doing so. I have a 7.5 ton lorry which I use for traveling any distance and it has a full living.