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Old 10-06-2015, 12:41 PM   #11
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You will never ever win on this forum asking that question. Somebody has had their wife's cousins nephew's step brother's neighbor pulled over and weighed and they were sited for numerous violations resulting in millions of dollars in tickets. I would just delete your post.
Has nothing to do with somebody's wife's cousin's nephew's step brother's neighbor. It has to do with reason and logic. What would a reasonable person think is the correct thing to do? That's the legal metric.

If he were talking about towing 2000 lbs over a 10000 lb tow rating (20%), a reasonable person might not that that's really all that bad of an idea. But he's talking about towing 2000 lbs over a 3450 lb tow rating. That's nearly 60% over his towing capacity. And he's probably even further over on payload capacity.

You're not going to convince a jury full of unreasonable people that you're not at fault, much less a jury full of reasonable people.
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Old 10-06-2015, 12:48 PM   #12
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You may be fine until you have to make an emergency stop. Then you may have real problems. If you hit a car because you failed to stop and you knowingly towed over your limit, you will be in serious legal trouble. If there are serious injuries or fatalities involved, the problems will be both civil and criminal.

Just doesn't seem worth it to me.
Confused here - the trailer has its own brakes, right? Regardless, when you buy brake parts there is no distinction for engine size, only cab and 2/4WD.

That being said, I don't think the Dodge tranny will survive.
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Confused here - the trailer has its own brakes, right? Regardless, when you buy brake parts there is no distinction for engine size, only cab and 2/4WD.
Those trailer brakes are NOTHING like your ABS disc brakes. Comparing an A team with the majors!
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Hey guys, remember.. This is hypothetical only.. I have a rated TV already, was just curious as to opinions here.. One point that was brought up and I totally agree with is the potential legal ramifications if ever this was done and there was an accident.
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Hey guys, remember.. This is hypothetical only.. I have a rated TV already, was just curious as to opinions here.. One point that was brought up and I totally agree with is the potential legal ramifications if ever this was done and there was an accident.
Right, Tex, and I noted that in my humorous reply. No reason not to ask such a question.
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Yea, Sorry but I am going to have to agree.. Difference in engine power does not translate into different brakes and stopping power...
Actually, it can. 80% of braking is done with the FRONT wheels. With a smaller/lighter engine there is less weight on the front tires and therefore less potential friction with the ground to stop the rig.

If we sat down with the math, the amounts will probably be barely significant.

BUT, when you are dealing with professionals that routinely thread elephants through sewing needles... We are all better off knowing the actual weights we are hauling and keeping that UNDER the manufacturer's rated limits.

Regardless of size of the truck, trailer, engine, dually, doors on the cab, hitch type, BTU's of the A/C, etc. ad nausium.
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Where's my popcorn?

Hypothetically? I would assume something would bend or break. If it didn't I would be surprised.

When I was a kid, the fuel pump in our 1988 Suburban died while pulling a 25 ft tandem axle flat bed trailer stacked double tall with gear up a pretty serious grade. My dad has worked for various rental car companies his entire life and happened to be driving a company mini-van loaded with boy scouts up the very same hill. Grandpa was driving the Sub when the fuel stopped flowing, and I was riding shotgun. We were blocking traffic going up the little crushed limestone road that was on private property, so it wasn't a public road or anything.

My dad looked for about 30 seconds, figured that 8 tons of freight wasn't going to move itself, so he got all the boys out of the van, hooked it up to the tow hooks on the Sub and pulled the whole train up about another 3-400 ft of hillside. With a Dodge Caravan. Front wheel drive with a little V-6. I had to scrape my jaw up off the road with a shovel. I simply couldn't believe that little mini-van could pull all that truck and trailer up the hill like that! And nothing broke!

Moral of the story is that sometimes equipment will surprise you when tested WAY beyond its limits. And sometimes stuff breaks. We ended up dropping the tank right there on that crushed limestone road and replacing the fuel pump. Truck had skid plates over the tank as well, so that was fun. I learned MANY valuable lessons that day. And my dad and that little van earned A LOT of my respect too.
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snip........ So, the obvious question that I pretty much already know the answer to is what damage do you think I would / could cause by using my truck to make a short trip every now and again ....... snip ....... I know I am opening myself up to all kinds of rhetoric on this question, but like I said it really is just a hypothetical question..
Tex1961,

There is a good chance the transmission's operating temperature may increase when in tow...., translates into possible premature component wear and/or failure.

The TV's steering & braking characteristics may be compromised, even under ideal towing conditions.

At the end of the day, IMO, the short distance one may be traveling is moot under the hypothetical conditions described by the OP, the effects of the over weight condition start at mile one...., even under ideal towing conditions (flats, no wind, etc.).

Just thinking out-loud......

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I wonder what would happen in a court room, should you be involved in an accident, with a under sized tow veh ? Seems like you would be guilty before the trial started!
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