Dec 202016
 

I’m somewhat active in various online RV communities, and it never fails to amaze me how people can be easily manipulated into purchasing a trailer that is unsafe to tow with their vehicle. Or even better are the people that show up with an unsafe combination and try to justify it, “but the towing capacity is 10,000 pounds”. What most do not realize is the numbers are cooked in all manner of ways, starting with a basic understanding of the terms Towing Capacity, Tongue Weight, Payload and Axle Ratings. Towing Capacity in particular may not mean what you think.

Further RV manufacturers actively confuse things (and IMO outright lie) about numbers, they get away with this by including “specs subject to change” in all marketing materials. I cover that in more detail in When Optional = Mandatory.
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Dec 202016
 

RV manufacturers lie about weights, no two ways to say it. They actively use numbers for trailers that they will never deliver in an attempt to get people to buy more trailer than they can tow safely. If that causes an accident, not their problem because YOU are responsible 100% and they surely told you clearly ‘specs subject to change’.

One way they obfuscate numbers is by listing weights using a base model trailer that they will never build or sell because (if you read the title you know what’s coming) of the options that are mandatory.

Here’s some examples from Coachman Apex line:

OPTIONAL APEX ELITE PACKAGE (Mandatory on 8′ Wides)

APEX NANO PACKAGE (MANDATORY)

The mandatory APEX NANO PACKAGE further hides details under a ‘show more’ button.. if you press that you find the following:
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