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Bucko

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I posted this pic on a facebook BS group with the caption "Ready to head out". Talk about an uproar! :cwl:

It was a joke.

Probably why I get a lot of facebook bans....
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You jokester you.
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I posted this pic on a facebook BS group with the caption "Ready to head out". Talk about an uproar! :cwl:

It was a joke.

Probably why I get a lot of facebook bans....
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That's one of the funniest things I've seen lately! :cool:

A huge "Beverley Hillbillies" or "National Lampoon's Vacation" load on the roof would have sent them over the edge -- although maybe then all but the most gullible would have realized it was a joke.

The same idea would work with any number of online groups/forums -- especially those with members who take themselves way too seriously.
 


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What's the joke? What am I looking at?
The OP's photo seems to show his BS hooked to a tandem axle camper that is WAY over the 2,000 pound limit.

People on FB apparently thought he was actually going to attempt to tow it and lost their minds. :cool:
 

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Ok so I have a serious question because I don't know anything about towing. Why is bronco sport rated for only 2000 lbs? Over on the other side of the pond I'd see people towing with their Dacia dusters and Volvo wagons.
 


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Ok so I have a serious question because I don't know anything about towing. Why is bronco sport rated for only 2000 lbs? Over on the other side of the pond I'd see people towing with their Dacia dusters and Volvo wagons.
There are many factors that go into the maximum tow rating. Some of them are:

* The performance of the brakes
* The hp/torque rating of the engine
* Cooling capacity of the radiator
* Strength of the transmission
* Gearing of trans and differential
* Weight of the tow vehicle

Another factor is whether the trailer or vehicle being towed has its own brakes.

I haven't looked into it very closely, but most compact passenger vehicles seem to have a tow rating of 1,500 to 2,000 pounds (or no rating). I believe that's assuming no trailer brakes.

Regarding what people do in other countries, I'm not familiar with the Dacia dusters and Volvo wagons (unless they are the same ones Volvo sells here). What have you seen them tow? Any idea what those trailers weigh? Are the towing limits enforced?
 

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In addition to @sajohnson's list there is wheelbase, suspension, and aerodynamics. The Bronco Sport and Escape are built on the same C2 global platform, yet Ford rates the Escape equipped with a 2.0L EcoBoost at 3,500 lbs max towing. The Escape sits lower to the ground (suspension), has a longer wheelbase, and is much more aerodynamic than the Bronco Sport.
 

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I wasn't being facetious in any way. If I had to tow a trailer that size with a bronco sport, I wouldn't have thought much about it.
So I looked at the specs for EU Ford cars and there is nothing directly comparable to Bronco Sport. Combination of 1.5 or 2.0 gas engine with an automatic and all wheel drive is unique to state side. Either way to put it into perspective the smaller Ford Ecosport with 1.0 ecoboost that makes 123HP and 6 speed manual is rated for 2400 lbs if the trailer has brakes. The Kuga, with which we share the platform, has a trim of AWD with 190HP diesel motor and it's rated to 4600 lbs with brakes.
Upon further googling it turns out the reason why American cars, even if same engine and model, are rated less is because we are expected to drive faster, go over elevation, and less likely to have electric brakes on the trailer. In EU you are limited to 50MPH in most places.
In addition, I think, culturally, we want to justify our large car purchases. Manufacturers also want to protect their truck sales. The actual test is for large SUVs and trucks and it's just an estimate for smaller cars. They probably low ball it on purpose so that you think you need a pick up when you get a boat. But maybe I am being cynical.
 

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In EU you are limited to 50MPH in most places.
This is the primary factor, I believe. Ford actually lists several limitations for towing with the Bronco Sport. Two are weight related (total & tongue weight), but it also mentions trailer frontal area. You're gonna have a difficult time pulling even a relatively light trailer at typical US highway speeds if it sits behind you ginormous sail.
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