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Old 11-27-2019, 09:00 AM   #62 (permalink)
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Tow Ratings like Payload are advertising terms. Zero insurance or legal applicability.

1). What’s needed are the wheel/tire/axle ratings. That’s what counts.

2). And against a TARE weight from a certified segmented scale. Driver, max fuel and gear aboard that never leaves the truck until sold. The adjusted true empty weight.

3). The capacity remaining against the limits at each axle determines what can and cannot be towed when strictly weight is involved. Aero is much more telling. 60-sq/ft frontal area is a standard reference.

As this vehicle isn’t going to go anywhere (around a metro area at most) it is heavily penalized by stop & go.

IOW, it might be lucky to make it 50-miles when up against its conditional rating.

Remove any subsidy and no one will be stupid enough to buy it. A rebuilt 1979 Ford F350 with a V8-460 is more economical over any lifespan projection when it comes to getting work done.

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