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    Default Curious: Total length of trailer - Oz vs SA

    I've been watching a couple of episodes of Ozzie 4x4 shows recently and I noticed that the trailers that these guys are using appear to be much lower and longer than our own. Is there a reason for this? I would assume a similar use case in both countries?

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    Default Re: Curious: Total length of trailer - Oz vs SA

    The Ozzie boys have the same mentality as the "mericans"

    Bigger is better

    Was at a caravan/ trailer show many years ago in Sydney..
    The stuff they got there is huge, as they also use big bakkies like the Americans.
    So no van is too big and heavy to get hauled anywhere.
    Reckon a Jurgens Exclusive could easily fit inside many of the vans I saw there. And that doesn't include the 5th wheel trailers.

    Some vans I saw there had granite tops throughout and porcelain basins. Nothing like our plywood and fiberglass weight savers here
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    Default Re: Curious: Total length of trailer - Oz vs SA

    I often also thought about why their trailers were built long and flat and think the answer lies in experience for their conditions. Long trailers pitch less (forward backward roll). Ditto lower COG lessens the load on the drawbar. They don't have towball limits like we do, so 250kgs on the towball is common. Now pitch that rig with a short drawbar and a high COG and the Ute will break through the middle, rip off the towbar or break the drawbar.

    Their problem is that the newer generation have forgotten why and in trying to follow the SA "shortass" campers, their beloved soft-ride trailing arms add to rollover issues. Enough pics on the net to show all four scenarios.

    Consider that the death rate on our roads is about 19 times higher than in Australia, and we regularly tow at 120km and above, yet they appear to have a lot more towing related accidents. I looked at the car ownership relative to road deaths about a year ago to get to this ratio.

    https://www.whichcar.com.au/reviews/bent-utes
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    Default Re: Curious: Total length of trailer - Oz vs SA

    Quote Originally Posted by dph View Post
    I've been watching a couple of episodes of Ozzie 4x4 shows recently and I noticed that the trailers that these guys are using appear to be much lower and longer than our own. Is there a reason for this? I would assume a similar use case in both countries?
    It makes the youtube videos look a lot more challenging

    these ones for example:

    Opus OP2 and OP4 camper trailers
    https://youtu.be/E5k9_DiyFEY

    Frenchmanís Track towing 7 metre trailers
    https://youtu.be/EyhP7ZyQdUw

    custom trailer for small boat and quadbike
    https://youtu.be/9veSWIiWogs

    MDC XT12 compact low centre of gravity offroad caravan
    https://youtu.be/O6gqMtlBkm0

    https://youtu.be/bU-5mzGQXGU


    Forbes 12 caravan and 7m long trailer on Telegraph track
    https://youtu.be/JIwYtWmVKSk


    itís just crazy what these bogans put their equipment through.

    and <<off topic>>: a very comprehensive comparative bakkie test down under:

    https://youtu.be/Ld1bMp5Hh1I


    Redarc Redvision battery control system and app
    https://youtu.be/OX_UDe9zbHo


    lastly, suggested essentials for a 4x4 toolkit:

    https://youtu.be/sZllY2fu4MA

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