• Unsafe to Tow? Magic Towing Dust Revealed Preview

    Unsafe to Tow? Magic Towing Dust Revealed Preview
    Unsafe to Tow? Magic Towing Dust Revealed Preview

    In the United States the main car manufacturers have agreed on a common standard for calculating MPG and horsepower.

    This means car and truck buyers can rely on the manufacturer’s numbers and compare apples to apples.

    But when it comes to trucks and payload and towing no such common standard exists.

    This means that truck manufacturers have as much magic towing dust as they can sprinkle on a pickup.

    Coming soon: TFL investigates magic towing dust.

    Check out the video preview below.

    Roman Mica
    Roman Mica is a columnist, journalist, and author, who spent his early years driving fast on the German autobahn. When he’s not reviewing cars or producing videos, you can find him training for triathlons and writing about endurance sports for EverymanTri.com as our sister blog’s publisher. Mica is a former broadcast reporter with his Master’s Degree in journalism from Northwestern University.

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    6 thoughts on “Unsafe to Tow? Magic Towing Dust Revealed Preview

    1. Hey guys- well done on having the balls to take on this subject. The tow ratings are getting stupid, at what point does the tail start wagging the dog?

    2. Roman,
      My hat is off to you for asking these questions. It needs to be done.
      Sure, these half tons will pull 10,000 maybe 12,000 lbs down the road but how well can they really handle it and for how long ? What happens to the suspension, brakes and driveline. How safe is it??
      It is very similar to the Horse Power game. Push the motor a little harder, give up some longevity. It’s all about having the highest rating. If you can’t get the numbers or results that you’re after, fudge the data.
      I assume that Reid knew that you were going to discuss this but He appears to be a bit uncomfortable.
      If you keep putting these guys on the spot they might start treating you like the White House Press. All questions must be from the approved list or authorized in advance .


    3. Great question indeed. A great example of this would be Ram. Please correct me if I’m wrong but I do believe that once the tow ratings for the 2014 GM twins with the 4.3 engine came out, Ram almost immediately upped there’s by another 250 pounds to be on top again.
      And 30000 pounds towing capacity on the Ram, SERIOUSLY who needs that? The Ram struggled with the 17000 pound horse trailer.
      I could go on and on about this but will leave it to the TFL Truck crew

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