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Written for Europe. Towing is treated very differently there and in addition, it takes the winter conditions into account. If you consider that you don't need any extra tests here to tow without speed restrictions, irrespective of conditions, it's understandable that some countries are more aware of the potential outcomes.

Just had new neighbours move in, clearly they have some business that has light trucks and large trailers and they provided no end of entertainment trying to reverse the trailers into their double width driveway. Hopefully it will get better.
 

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Hi Tiliqua --- OH ! you mean like me, Caravan Park's afternoon entertainment, my problem is getting it close enough to the slab that the missus does not break an ankle.
Her ankle, your neck. It's the dream motivation tool, self preservation. If you were entrepreneurial you'd have tickets printed. Gotta make the most of every opportunity.
 

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You might also be interested in the extract of the manual that says DONT LOWER TYRE PRESSURES for SAND DRIVING - at least in the 2008 handbook for a 7L 3.0 V6 tdi.
This is odd and wrong.
At 18-20 psi its completely unboggable in dry sand !!
Accepting that manuals are usually written for the lowest common denominator, it is probably good advice. Highly experienced drivers will always make their own choices with some knowledge of the consequences while no experience places a lot of onus on the manual.
The experienced know that with reduced pressure comes reduced load capacity, you can overheat your tyres with a little speed and roll them off the rim easily. Driving on muddies in the sand is dodgy too. Looking at many that drive on the sand on school holidays for example and you'll see all those traits being displayed all too often. Where do you draw the line for the inexperienced? At one time stuff up and you get called a dick, now it's handbags at 5 paces with litigation because the manual said you can do this. Todays 4WD are pretty lardy which never helps. In the end Physics always wins.
 
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