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Old 05-12-2013, 01:18 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by flying kurmaster View Post
do you think four inches of gutter each side would be strong enough to take a sudden bump,wobble, or emergency braking at speed??How would a Yaris or other modern gutterless car attach the hitch?

It's true, though... You bring up good points. The mounting point would have to be built into the car, and I don't know that it would easy to do.

Besides, when the trailer isn't attached, I'd think it would be a bit un-aerodynamic to have a huge hitch assembly roof-rack thingy attached to your car...

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Old 05-12-2013, 12:12 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Flakbadger View Post
I don't know that it would really be all that top-heavy, because the weight of the trailer would be over the trailer's wheels, for the most part. The weight of the tongue of the trailer and the little bit that hangs over the car itself is all that's planted on the car.
I guess the novelty and the convenience are what make it so cool to me.
Well I guess what I mean is that in say a sudden lane change maneuver, you have say 300lbs of toungue weight pushing down very high up on the car, rather than pushing down fairly near the ground and down low. I'm not sure how to model the physics exactly, but i'm pretty sure if I put 300lbs of sand bags on my roof, instead of in the back of my trunk, that I would be less stable, not more. The trailer weight is on the tires but the toungue weight is still pushing with more leverage up high than even passengers inside the car by quite a bit.
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The dive under braking would prolly be ridicurous...

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