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Rav 4 be darned. Towing a 53’ semi with a Chevy Silverado


Rav 4 be darned. Towing a 53’ semi with a Chevy Silverado

Old 12-20-2019, 06:29 PM
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Chevy Silverado Driver Ticketed for Towing 53-Foot-Long Trailer

12-20-2019, 03:26 PM
Chevy Silverado Driver Ticketed for Towing 53-Foot-Long Trailer

Colin Beresford

3 hrs ago
© Ontario Provincial Police No, this wasn’t a PR stunt for Chevrolet.

Just because you can do a thing, that doesn't mean you should. That's especially true when it comes to towing a 53-foot-long trailer using a standard-issue half-ton pickup.

A driver in Ontario, Canada, hooked up a 53-foot trailer—yes, like the ones that semitrucks tow—to a mid-2000s Chevrolet Silverado. We can only guess as to why, or speculate whether the driver had tried this before, but nonetheless, the adventure ended with the Ontario Provincial Police pulling the rig over and ticketing the driver, because as one might assume, this is not exactly the safest practice on a public road.
© Ontario Provincial Police via Facebook Chevy Silverado Driver Ticketed Towing 53’ Trailer

From photos posted on the police department's Facebook page, it appears the driver had built some sort of air braking system, which would have helped with towing the trailer but definitely wasn't enough to make it safe.

shown in the photos the Ontario police posted to Facebook, the driver had attached the trailer via a pin to the hitch, leading one Facebook commenter to lament, "As danger as that is. [sic] I'm partially impressed with the fact that pin was able to handle the stress of accelerating and braking."

© Ontario Provincial Police Chevy Silverado Driver Ticketed Towing 53’ Trailer

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What was on the trailer? It looks silly crazy, but if it’s empty or close to it, really pretty reasonable.
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Well, he did have safety chains, so it must be safe right? Wonder how far he was towing that. I can see if you are moving it maybe a mile in the country maybe, but holy shiitte.
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Tongue weight looks reasonable.

Safety chains are crossed.

I don't see a problem.
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What was the ticket for, the length? I've pulled some heavy sh*t that I never should have. Try double pulling what we call a train, truck - camper - boat - they get up and over 50 feet, not legal in some states. Don't ever goto a place you will have to reverse.
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Lol he should have posted here in t&t first.
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I would have used a Ford, but otherwise it's really not that sketchy.
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Looks like an empty one weighs 10-15,000 lbs... I wouldn’t want that behind a 1/2 ton!
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I have Class A Licence with Doubles/triples endorsement, tow vehicle underrated, improper hitch.
Must have converter dolly with pintle hitch (military style) connection.
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Wonder how far he actually got?
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I'm guessing it's some old farmer moving his empty trailer from one part of the farm to another. With the home built air brake adapter between the truck and trailer, he's done this before a lot of times. If he can operate the trailer brakes and he's moving slow enough on some back country road, I'm actually not that freaked out.
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This is one of them, "Here, hold my beer!" moments.
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Must have been fun backing it up
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I think he thought it through pretty well with the air brake system in place. I'm impressed..
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It is Canada, no rhyme or reason for many of their laws.
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Hopefully this is only his test run.
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Ontario’s got some funky dated laws... i once got ticketed for pulling my boat over 10k without a commercial lisence..... i guess 28’ center consoles on a trailer aren’t meant for the roads here.

i imagine its the same thing for this guy
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Doesn't look like he did anything to get the mirrors out far enough to see around the trailer. I don't think that pin would survive for very many miles but shouldn't be much an an issue for a short haul.
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Said "driver had built some sort of air braking system". There appears to be nothing going to the tow vehicle in the photos indicating there was no service brakes or break away system while towing. Maybe just an air tank to release some spring brakes? Crazy!
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surge brakes? LOL

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