I'm sorry for the loss of your friend, but, if you don't want to start arguments, then just don't start arguments. I don't remember making the claim that it was "safe," and so please don't put words in my mouth. Anyway, under what circumstances exactly do you envision it would be "safe" to have a tire blow out at highway speeds, much less while towing? It's bad news any time it happens, and that's really pretty much that.wow. im sorry, but thats INSANELY idiotic. that is extremely dangerous. what happens if a tire blows on your car or worse, on the trailer. ... you have a couple loose screws up there if you think thats safe
a friend of mine recently passed away while towing a flatbed trailer with an srt4 on it with his underpowered S10 pickup. tire blew on the trailer, sent the trailer sideways. truck shot over the cement barrier and flipped over, crushing him
I didn't set out knowing my curb weight, I discovered it en-route from PA to CO while in Indiana, just like I didn't notice uhaul gave me a trailer with expired plate tags until I was at my destination. It was far heavier than I would have thought possible, though I had noticed the need for heavy braking early on and kept my spacing wide behind other vehicles. I believe that most people who tow with a uhaul trailer, like me in this instance moving away from my college town after graduation with almost no budget to do it, do so once for a life event, like moving cross-country, and don't have a ton of prior experience towing, or plan to do it often. As has been discussed in PM, there's been some back pressure mounting on uhaul for encouraging consumers to do it with their products/services.
As always, give vehicles towing a trailer on or off the freeway a wide berth, because literally anything can happen. Even moreso if it's a rental, as the driver is likely not experienced or familiar with their trailer setup.
update: It is probably worth suggesting folks visit this site and think carefully about their future towing plans.