• So What’s It Like To Drive and Tow with an American Ram 1500 Pickup in Europe? (Video)


    So what it is like to drive an American pickup truck in Europe? We recently received this email from Pavel Hornsteiner who hails from the Czech Republic. Pavel drives a Ram 1500 that he converted to LPG. He sent us the video below to show us his truck and the Euro mods he’s made to it to be able to drive and tow with it in Europe.

    I am writing to you from Europe. In particular from Prague, capital of Czech Republic.

    I know that Roman is from Czech Republic. I just wanted to tell you that, you and TFL truck had an influence on me when i was buying new pick up truck.

    European trucks were not powerful or luxurious enough. So I opted for 2017 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7 Hemi with RAM BOX and 5 foot 7 bed.

    Just wanted to show that you channel has an influence even in Europe.

    I work as a Junior Construction site manager, also I study architecture and civil engineering. So i use my pickup for work quite a lot. By the way it is completly possible to use this vehicle even in city center ,my university is located almost at city center and it is really ok to use even underground parking.I am writing to you from Europe. In particular from Prague, capital of Czech Republic.

    I know that Roman is from Czech Republic. I just wanted to tell you that, you and TFL truck had an influence on me when i was buying new pick up truck.

    European trucks were not powerfull or luxurious enough. So I opted for 2017 Ram 1500 laramie 5,7 hemi with RAM BOX and 5 foot 7 bed.

    Just wanted to show that you channel has an influence even in europe.

    I work as a Junior Construction site manager, also I study architecture and civil engineering. So i use my pickup for work quite a lot. By the way it is completly possible to use this vehicle even in city center ,my university is located almost at city center and it is really ok to use even underground parking.

    I had an idea that it might be interesting for you if I tell you about towing in Europe. I think that you know most of the stuff but it may help with the article or whatever you want to post on the internet.

    When you get a driving license in Europe you can tow only 750kg or less and the trailer must not have brakes.

    If you want to tow more, yes you guess right you have to go to driving school again. This time you drive car or truck (99% car) with a really small trailer but the trailer have breaks. The fact that the trailer is empty all the time and you learn nothing government do not consider.

    Ok so now you can tow up to 3500kg and the trailer can have brakes. Maximum GCWR in Europe for non CDL is 7000 kg or 7 tons. Maximum GVWR on any vehicle that you can drive on non CDL license is 3500kg or less.

    If somebody wants to tow more, CDL is required. For example 3/4 tons and 1 ton pickups in Europe require CDL. Even for not towing.

    At the photos that i have sent you can see that I am not using weight distributing hitch and i do not use safety chains.

    Safety chains are not required by goverment. The way that Europen coupling works does not need it. The macanism is self-locking. Only safety thing is emergency brakes it is just a steel rope which , in case of separating the truck and trailer activates brakes on the trailer. Breakes on the trailer are purelly macanical, thy are actuated by the coupling mecanism. When I brake with the truck the force of trailer ,which wants to continue at the same speed, put pressure on the coupling mecanism and it actuatess the brakes. I have seen it also in some of your videos. Electric or electric over hydraulic brakes are pretty much not possible in Europe, goverment does not like it. I dont even have a trailer brake controler in the truck.

    I have included video where I describe European trailers and the way we tow. Also Some small modifications the truck will be described.

    Sorry for my english its been a while since Ive been to english speaking country.


    Roman Mica
    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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