i gotta say, as someone that's lived in europe for a while, the concept
we have here of needing a honking great truck to pull a tiny little
wheelbarrow is just bizarre. in europe, the exact same vehicles as we
have here have up to 3 times the rated towing capacity, same
transmission, engine, everything. and what do we see? europeans
hauling honking great trailers with tiny little cars. the hybrid will
tow a trailer just fine. just look up the towing capacity on an
european or even japanese website.
I've towed a ~2500 lb boat and trailer behind my 2950 lb Volvo 240, it
handles fine, though you certainly can feel something is back there. The
hitch design has more to do with it than the vehicle. You don't want to
exceed the rated towing capacity though, if an accident does happen, it will
be a legal nightmare. A 400 lb utility trailer will be towable by pretty
much any car on the road no problem.
I think you hit the nail on the head with that one. Your capacity is much
greater and you are much safer with a trailer that can stop itself.
I towed a 1500 lb. popup camper behind an '81 Civic sedan 5 sp. once a year
and it pulled just fine. No harm to the engine or clutch.
Stopping was another matter altogether. A panic stop from 30 mph at a short
yellow light in a drizzle took me most of the way through the intersection.
Dropped the trailer right off at the dealer to have brakes installed.
I suspect it has more to do with liability issues here in our
litigious society. I mean, 75 pounds for the roof of a CRV? Come on,
that's ridiculous. It can certainly hold more than that. But our
society being what it is, sue-happy, manufacturers have decided to put
artificially low limits for carrying and towing. So we don't hurt
ourselves or do stupid things like the Internet picture of the Jetta
with 1000 pounds or so of sheetrock on it's roof.....
'07 Ody EX
Central NJ USA
dude, in europe, if you go to honda.co.uk for english, you can read the
towing specs for the same cars we have here. the fit [jazz over there]
is rated at 1000kg. that's 2200lbs. they have 1.2l and 1.4l engines,
both rated at 1000kg. the civic is rated up to 1500kg, that's 3300lbs.
the tow ratings we have here are bullshit designed to con us into buying
honking great [and much more profitable] suv's. just like we can't buy
the accord wagon here because they want us to buy the much more
profitable suv's or minivans.
My 2000 CRV has a factory roof rack with a factory decal on it that warns to
NOT load it with more than 75 lbs evenly distributed. The OP was talking
more in the range of 200 to 300 lbs. That would be pushing it pretty hard.
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