Darwin Award Nominee?

Redfred1

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And They say "Some people couldn't stick their thumb in their ear with both Hands"!
 

harringtondav

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Don't count on it.....Only in the US do people thinks it takes an 3/4 ton pickup to tow a john boat.

Towing with "small" cars is the norm in Europe

https://oppositelock.kinja.com/tow-me-down-1609112611

Nothing wrong with stretching a tow vehicle, if you're prudent. I pulled my 3200# boat w/a V6 std. Dodge Caravan @ 70 mph. After I installed a weight dist. hitch, electric brakes, trans. cooler. And I always manually or 'pedal up' shifted to save the tranny's clutches.

Then I bought a 5.2L Durango. No stretching anymore. Just a solid safe drive.
 

GA_Boater

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Three observations;
  1. Trailer lighting is unnecessary.
  2. Safety chains - Who needs them.
  3. A pickup truck is not needed for 5th wheel towing.
Probably applies to European towing as well.
 

Redfred1

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The only advantage I can see is it would help backing in a tight spot.I wouldn't use it! M2
 

Maclin

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Darwin Award candidates are usually endangering only themselves with a death defying stunt. This one looks like they would be in the clear if something happened.
 

Grub54891

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Aw come on.... I towed my 8n tractor, on a car hauler 15 miles at 25-30 mph, with my 1980's something Ford Tempo.
Went by the state patrol, he shook his head, took off the other way! Safe? No! But got it done. I'll never do that again, anything over 30 it would fishtail.…..
 

dwco5051

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...I hope that caster wheel has a load class 'C' rating, and is properly inflated to 50 psi.

Yep, that caster wheel is the weak link. A couple of years ago I had an old shopping cart that was left on one of my properties for at least 20 years. I tried to push it out the drive which is about 200’ long to the road for a scrapper to take away but the wheels were rusted solid so I got one of my great ideas and hooked the front of the cart over my trailer hitch. Haul it to the road, drop it off and me on my way home. Well when I left about an hour later I forgot all about it. Twenty miles later I am cruising along at 60 when a Jeep behind me starts flashing its lights on and off and my memory returned. No rubber, no metal left from the wheels, just sparks from the brackets against the pavement.
 

bassman284

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One thing I agree with - if that rig was mine I wouldn't hook up the safety chains either.
 

Redfred1

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Aw come on.... I towed my 8n tractor, on a car hauler 15 miles at 25-30 mph, with my 1980's something Ford Tempo.
Went by the state patrol, he shook his head, took off the other way! Safe? No! But got it done. I'll never do that again, anything over 30 it would fishtail.…..

What year is that tractor? I have a '43 (according to the S/N on the block) I bought it for $300. Had a bad valve;had it rebuilt and converted to 12V. I bought it because that is the year I was born
 

gm280

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Can you just imagine how fast that little caster wheel will be turning at highway speeds? Even high speed bearings would melt sooner or later. :facepalm:
 

Old Ironmaker

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We're gonna need longer safety chains Bubba. I never towed a thing way back when. What did you guys use to tow those big heavy glass boats before everyone needed a 500 HP, 1 ton Hemi powered 4X4 with 22" off road rubber to pull a 17' tinny?
 

garbageguy

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About an '06 Tacoma - not very far or comfortable. With the new Tundra, would go much farther than the trailer would want to.
 

oldrem

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In the early 70's my '64 T-Bird had no issues with my 17' Deep V fiberglass tub.
 
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