“Why do the Aussies and Yanks insist on 10-15-percent towball weight, while the Europeans are content with around six percent? Towing speed is the main reason for the difference and that makes the Australian practice something of a misfit.”
An interesting discussion.
They keep banging on about how you need higher towball weight for high speed towing. I think you are nuts to want to tow at 130kph or above which is the speeds they were indicating.
I see lots of towing done at too high a speed for whatever reason. I do lean towards compulsory training for towing and a HD licences for the big rigs
I tow a small van, around 1400 max fully loaded with my Troopy. I do not see the need for showers, toilets, washing machines, two water tanks, lots of batteries, generators, massive awnings, etc. etc. because many people stay at caravan parks some or all the time.
I had this enormous off road van pull up next to me in a park and the bloke showed me through. Shower inside and outside, toilet, washing machine, two steps to climb up, etc.etc. . I asked where was his wife and he said she was washing some clothes, having a shower, etc. in the toilet/shower/laundry block in the park. They did not intend to go off grid for more than one night at a time.
I understand there are the long haul off grid people, however I have been through heaps of parks and seen and talked to hundreds of travellers who really just use parks, especially the nomads.
I talk weights to them and they only tell me the supposed weight of the van and what their vehicle's maximum towing capacity is.