I towed my Cabrio VR6 a couple of times with my 2013 Tacoma TRD Sport with one of those uHaul trailers and man, it was a sketchy experience. It had plenty of power and it was reasonably stable at freeway speeds, but stopping was a real problem... like, soil your shorts if you weren't absolutely focused six cars ahead in traffic and you need to stop from 40 mph or more.
It had a transmission cooler and was rated for 6,500 lbs (IIRC) but man, towing that same car on the same trailer with a full-size truck is a night and day difference.
It would be nice if someone rented light weight aluminum trailers. I would like to tow my Alfa behind the Ascent next summer, but I don't think the Uhaul trailer would be doable due to the tongue weight issue. With one of those nice Trailex or Aluma trailers, I'd only be using about 3k lbs of the 5k lbs tow capacity, which would be more than doable. Just not ready to spend $5k on a trailer + store the trailer.
Last edited by Nealric; 09-24-2019 at 01:54 PM.
this brings me to my favorite reminder about when things go wrong in towing something or hauling a heavy load - force is mass times acceleration...you're just adding mass and that means whatever you hit you're going to hit harder. i just wouldn't want to see you in a panic braking situation where suddenly your trailered s2000 is overtaking you.
you may have extra cooling capacity due to temperature, but keep in mind the delta due to lower air temps doesn't change coolant temps that much particularly when really working a motor. you could consider adding something like an external oil cooler to assist the radiator.
Also note I wasn't intending on egregiously overloading the thing; my initial thought was I could get a 1000-1200lb trailer to tow my 2700lb car, so 3700-4k on a Jeep rated for 3500. I think you'd have more of a point if I was looking at towing with that 2200lb UHaul trailer and I was 1500lbs+ overweight, not a few hundred pounds.
i agree you weren't doing anything super crazy and you're probably still within specs, but everything has a failure point. my latest thing has been looking for a trailer for utility/yard/hauling stuff for the truck. first thing i'll do is swap to a matching hub pattern electric brakes axle. why you ask? because then i only need to carry one spare and the e-brakes, even on a sub 2k trailer can help in many bad news or annoying scenarios. a great example is the old military trailers that often have axles rated for 3x or more what the trailer is rated for...they knew in some situations overloading would be needed and terrain/off-road is really hard on a trailer. smarter to build in way too much cushion if you're getting shot at need to haul a ton of junk out of trouble in your 1/4 ton spec trailer.
Laws do vary, but even in Canada never heard/read this anywhere.
And if you are a repeat offender here you can be forced to get insurance where you head of time agree that in an accident if you are under the influence again your coverage is limited. This is not the case with standard insurance.
The point is that people seem to pick and chose the limits they think that insurance companies apply depending on what they believe the egregiousness of the offense is, that isn't how it works.
So they do cover medical and damage to other property.
Possibly not your car.
It seems unclear on whether they cover your injuries.
So about what your response to Cabin covered, not as blanket denial of coverage that your initial response implied.
SourceCar insurance companies in Ontario have overcharged Ontarians by $5 billion over the last five years.
Ontario’s auto insurers made $1.5 billion pre-tax income in 2016, up nearly 60 per cent over the last four years alone.
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