I have herd a lot of those stories as well. We love our 25FB and have never really had anything serious go wrong with it. Oh, by the way glad to see you could log into your account.Keep on Outbacking
Nope, haven't actually weighed it. It tows great. We have a Dodge Ram 1500 4.7 L V8 Short bed. We have the WD hitch and friction sway with brake controller.