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Old 12-03-2018, 04:17 PM   #11
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The relatively short wheelbase on the Armada and other similar SUV's is not your friend when it comes to towing. It may seem to be a big SUV but it only has 131 inches WB and that isn't great for handling.
The "old towing guides" (before the days of XLite, UltraLite and Half Ton trailers) used to suggest the following "rule of thumb":

Maximum trailer length of 20' for a 110" wheelbase and 1 added foot of trailer for each 4" of additional wheelbase. Using this, the 131" wheelbase of an Armada would work out to about a 25' maximum trailer length. (110=20 and the extra 21"=5')

I've heard all kinds of excuses why this no longer applies, everything from "today's vehicles have electronic sway control" to "trailers now have wide spaced axles" to "that rule of thumb was for older style suspension systems and doesn't apply to modern vehicles".... Use it or not, but it served us well for many years, back when we were pulling vacation trailers with the family station wagon.....

To me, a 131" wheelbase is a "marginal tow vehicle" for a trailer longer than about 25-26 feet. Then you start adding the trailer weight, payload, GCWR, GVWR, RAWR and then "omit the WD hitch/sway control" and, well, you get a trailer on its side laying next to the highway with the rear of the tow vehicle hanging off the ground by the safety chains..... JMHO
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Old 12-03-2018, 04:37 PM   #12
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Old 12-03-2018, 04:59 PM   #13
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The "old towing guides" (before the days of XLite, UltraLite and Half Ton trailers) used to suggest the following "rule of thumb":

Maximum trailer length of 20' for a 110" wheelbase and 1 added foot of trailer for each 4" of additional wheelbase. Using this, the 131" wheelbase of an Armada would work out to about a 25' maximum trailer length. (110=20 and the extra 21"=5')

I've heard all kinds of excuses why this no longer applies, everything from "today's vehicles have electronic sway control" to "trailers now have wide spaced axles" to "that rule of thumb was for older style suspension systems and doesn't apply to modern vehicles".... Use it or not, but it served us well for many years, back when we were pulling vacation trailers with the family station wagon.....

To me, a 131" wheelbase is a "marginal tow vehicle" for a trailer longer than about 25-26 feet. Then you start adding the trailer weight, payload, GCWR, GVWR, RAWR and then "omit the WD hitch/sway control" and, well, you get a trailer on its side laying next to the highway with the rear of the tow vehicle hanging off the ground by the safety chains..... JMHO
It seems like the above mentioned rule of thumb for wheelbase still applies.
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Old 12-03-2018, 05:28 PM   #14
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Several things strike me from those photos:

As was observed, no wdh/sway.

Although the TV is an Armada, they are not built as a tow vehicle and would struggle IMO under the best of circumstances; to put a fair sized trailer on the back of one without the benefit of a wdh or sway control just makes one scratch their head.

The road doesn't look that bad if one is driving properly. Looks like the snow/slush is pretty well worn off or graded and it looks wet, not dull as if frozen. Now, if you let the SUV or trailer get off in the muck on the sides, especially with no sway control, you will get what you get.

This situation (pics) illustrate why we stress, repeatedly, about towing properly within weights to keep yourself, your family and others safe. When this episode started there was NOTHING the driver of the TV was going to do to save the situation, or, that family coming up behind them that could have run into them while they're doing a 180 in the middle of the highway. You have to take care of business all the time.

Of course, another cause of this could have been the driver constantly worrying with their smartphone and didn't have time to actually pay attention to driving - which seems to be happening with more and more frequency. As a note; ran into our closest little town this morning for breakfast (about 15 miles). On the return trip got behind an older Ford Expedition with a woman (late 20s or so) driving.....very erratically. I followed her for miles at 35-45 (45 speed limit) then a few miles at 55-60 (speed limit 55). During that entire trip I would bet her eyes were not on the road for more that 5 minutes total. She was working her smartphone - I watched her in her left rear view mirror the entire way. She sat well into 2 green lights because she just wasn't looking. I was going to honk but was worried she would just jump off without looking and hit something. Finally decided to pass before she hit the brakes (again) for no reason. The kicker? She had 3 (THREE) small children in the back seat....unrestrained!!! I know that's a long story to put on this but it came to mind when I made the observation about texting and the wreck...probably the reason I thought of it. And, have had no internet since Friday so guess I've got all these little things "bubbling" around in my head.
I think the point many of us stress is having a TV not sized for your trailer which can result in situations exactly like this. Its not that you can just pull something, can you control it, is it legal. This could have been a 2500 (I can pull that) towing a TH or worse a tri axle. Its a matter of protecting those in your TV, as well as, others on the road. when I meet these combinations on the road, first thing to come to mind is to get away from this potential accident My two cents, Be Safe
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Old 12-04-2018, 05:01 PM   #15
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It's be said many times on this forum, "you don't know what you don't know". It's like shooting paper targets vs real life experience of having someone shooting back at you. I'll take the experienced partner (and their advice) any day. JMHO
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Old 12-04-2018, 05:36 PM   #16
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Hard to say what their payload was, etc. We have a state vehicle (2015 Expedition 4X4 with the ecoboost, stripper model) with a yellow sticker payload of 2200 lbs. I peeked at it a few months ago after learning all about payload on here and was shocked to learn a standard expedition had that much payload. I have no idea what an Armada has, but that isn't a large trailer. I would posit that towing without a WDH and the weather/road conditions played the largest factor in this one, not vehicle issues.
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Old 12-04-2018, 09:55 PM   #17
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I agree, the vehicle alone is not suspect. An Armada is about as big as a Tahoe/Expedition. The hitch situation is reprehensible however. And as noted, while it CAN tow, it will not be fun and is potentially unsafe.
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Old 12-05-2018, 07:09 AM   #18
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Hard to say what their payload was, etc. We have a state vehicle (2015 Expedition 4X4 with the ecoboost, stripper model) with a yellow sticker payload of 2200 lbs. I peeked at it a few months ago after learning all about payload on here and was shocked to learn a standard expedition had that much payload. I have no idea what an Armada has, but that isn't a large trailer. I would posit that towing without a WDH and the weather/road conditions played the largest factor in this one, not vehicle issues.
The payload of an Armada Platinum which that one seems to be is around the 1300 and change. I have a 2015 platinum and it has 1380.
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Old 12-09-2018, 09:44 AM   #19
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I see all the comments reference this accident. No one has mentioned WIND. If the wind caused this accident then even with a wdh, anti sway bar/hitch etc. it could not be avoided. I have seen Semi trucks blown over in the wind. Yes a wdh and anti sway should be on this vehicle. It may not have made a difference.
I towed my 2011 Bullet Premier 19’ trailer with a Toyota 4 runner. Not a vehicle for towing this size trailer. Had a heck of a time with trucks and busses passing me and blowing me off the road. I upgraded to a Toyota Tundra. Problem solved. No problem with wind, trucks or busses. Just sayin.
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Old 12-09-2018, 10:08 AM   #20
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I came across something like that only a little worse in Yellowstone Park this summer.
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