Source: Detroit News
quote: Strength of materials starts to mean less as you have momentum and inertia to deal with.
quote: It's both.
quote: This is just my long-winded way of saying the weight of the pick-up truck as very little to do with the towing capacity.
quote: In order to safely brake and simultaneously turn the vehicle, you need to ensure that there is not an overly large reliance on the trailer brakes and that the tractor retains sufficient authority over the drawbar.
quote: there are trailers without its own brakes.
quote: When braking, you actually want the trailers to rely most of its braking power on the towing vehicle.
quote: And they are illegal if they're over a certain weight.
quote: Yes you want the combined braking power and yes it makes for stable braking but the not designed for over GVWR braking is still is a fact.
quote: Yes and that proves his point that trailers rely on vehicle brakes and tow vehicles are designed with that in mind.
quote: that's why there's a max tow limit and any trailers past a certain weight has to have brakes.
quote: If you're towing a load that's greater than the tow vehicles GVWR, which if you're towing anything you are, you ARE overly relying on the trailers brakes! LOL! The tow vehicle is NOT designed to brake anything over its own GVWR.
quote: If the trailer >> tractor, then you have issues.
quote: That vast majority of the time I see a truck on the road, it's empty and not towing anything.
quote: if they did, then he would see a lot of them on the road.
quote: Using more fuels will also cause higher demand and raise prices.
quote: I see what you're saying but I haven't seen a study that has determined how much more a pickup truck damages roads and environment than a lighter vehicle. I'm sure there's some amount more but is it significant enough to charge a fee for?
quote: Anyone using fuel is causing higher demand and since most vehicles driven are by far CARS not trucks/SUV's/whatnot (see Ford's 13% comment above), a significant reduction in demand will come from driving less CARS not trucks/etc.
quote: Yes, 13% of new market sales are trucks. But that 13% caused more than 13% of the problem. We don't need statistics to tell us that. Trucks pollute more, use more fuel, and cause more road damage. Most truck/suv owners use them for daily driving.
quote: They already went with a V6.
quote: Yikes, a turbo 4 in an F150.