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American Government Special Collections Reference Desk


Elizabeth Morgan
March 1, 2006

It is the nature of man to create circumstances in which he is compelled to pull a disproportionate amount of freight behind him. In a rapidly industrializing age, this phenomenon has multiplied to such an extent that many people now pull entire households behind them on a regular basis. Welcome to the world of mobile homes vehicle towing.

One can only guess what our cave-and-tree-dwelling forbears would have thought of these circumstances. The fact is, towing is a tricky operation at all times and under the best of circumstances. There are specific laws of physics that must be suspended for us to tow something many times our bodyweight behind us successfully. In that respect, it is a lot like flying.

In the modern world, there are innumerable situations that require towing. There are a mind-boggling number of automobiles on our roads today, and it is the nature of automobiles to break down occasionally. Constraints of space and budget force many to use trailer homes instead of the conventionally rooted house. Even those who believe in four firm walls need to shift homes every once in a while. And smooth functioning of any kind of industry requires an equally smooth flow of raw and finished products. In all these cases, towing is called for in some form or the other.

Considering what will be required of it, a towing vehicle will obviously need to have certain features that one is unlikely to find in one’s family sedan. For instance, it will have to be of sufficient dead weight and will require special brakes. One of the most basic rules of towing states is that a tow vehicle and hitch needs to handle at least fifteen percent of the total weight of the trailer (total weight of trailer plus contents). Not heeding such parameters is a sure-fire recipe for disaster.

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