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Old 03-29-2014, 02:42 PM   #11
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I worked with somebody that was a service manager at an RV dealer for 10 years, he said you wouldn't believe how much crap they will say to get a sale
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Old 03-30-2014, 08:08 AM   #12
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Just think of it as if you potentially saved them or someone from getting in an accident or worse. At the very least you informed them that they should be aware and watch their tow limits/capacity. Good for you.
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Unfortunately, it will take some highly publicized tragedy on the road before some law will emerge establishing some accountability and liability to dealers for their actions.

Some sort of " truth in towing " document........
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Old 03-30-2014, 10:05 AM   #14
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There should be a rule and it should not take a tragedy to for it to be passed. I really think the salesman was new. They need to better train there sales people. Not only about what they sell ,but about the different weight of the trailers and have a clue as to what can tow it.
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Many salespeople at RV Dealerships are just salespeople, they have never spent a single night in a RV of any kind, less towed any RV.
They will do whatever it takes to get the sale, this is how they put food on their table.

When in Georgia a couple of weeks ago, I saw a Honda Odyssey Van pulling an approximately 30 Foot Airstream TT.

The Van and Trailer had Minnesota plates on them. I did not get a chance to see them hook up and leave.

Another case for it will pull anything!!!
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Old 03-31-2014, 09:48 AM   #16
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So I noticed this weekend it is not just campers people try to pull with anything. As the electrical contractor who is gonna work on my brother house rolls up with a Nissa frontiier, pulling a 24 foot box trailer. Worst yet I saw a round to flat four pin being used, so yea no brakes on trailer. I have also been boating for awhile so I have seen some people pull crazy boats with anything. They usually arent going far but still. The little nissan was sqauting pretty good. The trailer was pretty loaded with tools. Why do people think it OK to risk there lives and innocent people. Is it the lack of knowledge or just ignorance. Something more needs to be done about this. Its just out of control.:banghead:
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What was that old saying? Oh yeah, I remember, "Let the buyer beware."

The bottom line is that the salesman could care less about you or your families safety or anyone elses on the road for that matter. If you tow something in an unsafe manner the responsibility is on YOU and no one else. So in my opinion the only rule or regulation that we need is personal responsibility.
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What was that old saying? Oh yeah, I remember, "Let the buyer beware."

The bottom line is that the salesman could care less about you or your families safety or anyone elses on the road for that matter. If you tow something in an unsafe manner the responsibility is on YOU and no one else. So in my opinion the only rule or regulation that we need is personal responsibility.
I follow what you're saying, and I completely agree. But for better or for worse, there is a certain amount of trust that buyers put into salesmen. Is it misplaced? Absolutely, but it's there nonetheless. So when you have unscrupulous sales people telling customers their frontier will tow that 32BHDS all day long, that's a problem. That goes to a whole new level beyond "fluffing" to get the sale, that's just downright wrong.

So what to do? Of course, buyers should do their research. But sometimes there needs to be someone like the OP to talk to people who are unfamiliar with all this stuff. At least get them to ask the appropriate questions. There is so much to consider when buying an RV, it can get pretty overwhelming to the uninitiated...
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You can put all of the rules you want on this kind of thing. Its still going to happen.

The trouble is that too many people approach buying trailers like buying appliances. Look at the ratings and reviews, then buy the one with all the features they want. Since they see all sorts of vehicles towing trailers, they just assume its all kind of the same thing.
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Thanks guys, I know there are some honest sales people out there and sure they cant know everything about all tow vehicles. But there are sales people that are not all honest, just trying to make a sale, they are everywhere. This is alittle more safety critical then buying fertilizer or appliance. Yes the buyer should research, but lets be honest who researched there first trailer. I did not, I was looking to buy a 20 foot trailer just for my wife and me. Started looking and saw all the better options and layout of the bigger trailers, got way excited. I ended up buying a 28 foot trailer, 31 from tounge to bumper. I was lucky and had an 03 Dodge ram 2500 at the time. But not once did that salesman ask me about my truck. I was not giving it much thought ethier when looking. I have a dangerous job and I am always being trained and have to be OQ in tasks. Maybe these salesman should be made to go for training. Not to know about all the tow vehicles, but to be trained to ask specific questions. Like what will you be towing with, do you have a brake controller. Then he can show them trailers that would work for them, or they could do it once a trailer is picked out. Have like a mandtory question and answer form. Would be better right at the beginning. Then you would not lead people on or waste there time showing them something they could not tow.
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