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Old 07-04-2014, 03:40 AM   #1
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12 expedition and a 15 26tbud

I am new to the travel trailer world and want to make sure my expedition can handle the 26tbud.

The expy is a 2012 4x2 which is rated at 9200 lbs towing capacity. I am sure it can handle the weight of the tt but I am concerned about he hitch weight. The brochure for the tt says the hitch weight is 815 lbs but I am sure it is more.

Any insights would be much appreciated as I am supposed to pick up the tt next week.

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Old 07-04-2014, 04:45 PM   #2
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12 expedition and a 15 26tbud

I tow a surveyor 260 with a '12 expedition. I just switched from a crew cab gmc pickup and for my trailer it tows quite well and is very comparable to the pickup. It looks like the length of our trailers are similar but the 26tbud is a fair amount heavier, especially the tongue weight. I believe the Expy tow information indicates a recommended max tongue weight of 10% of tow capacity for weight distribution hitches which would put it at 920lbs and pretty close to your dry tongue weight. Add in the battery, propane, impact of the items in the front storage compartment and that may be an issue by the numbers. Also consider the impact on the rear axle rating. I am not a weight police guy so it is certainly up to you to figure the specific numbers and your comfort level. Other than that, the Expedition has proved so far to be a good tow vehicle for our setup and has always felt solid in different conditions. Good luck.
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Old 07-04-2014, 05:10 PM   #3
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Is your hitch weight limit of 815 pounds with or without a WD hitch. My 2006 Trailblazer has a hitch limit of 500 pounds but increases to 1100 pounds with a WD hitch. I'm guessing your Expedition will be the same.
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Old 07-04-2014, 11:50 PM   #4
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It appears the max tongue load with a wd hitch is 920 pounds. Does this mean I should start looking for a different tt?
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Old 07-05-2014, 03:33 AM   #5
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I would say no. You should get a tongue weight scale or have it weighed and determine the tongue weight when you're packed up and ready to go.
You need a WDH with that much weight.
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Old 07-05-2014, 10:52 AM   #6
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Any recommendations on a nice tt that will sleep a minimum of 6 that the expedition can tow? Thanks all for your help!
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Old 07-05-2014, 11:10 PM   #7
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"Any insights would be much appreciated as I am supposed to pick up the tt next week."
You've already bought it?
You have a tow capacity of 9,200 with a max payload of 1,630.
Subtract the 920 lbs. from the 1,630 and that's how much people/stuff you can put in the Ex! Not much, huh?
Search the Expedition forums for what people tow and what can (if anything) be done to improve the Expy capabilities.
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No I haven't bought it yet. The dealership was very little help in advising me if this Tt would work with my expedition. They told me to research and then we could finalize the deal when I was sure or not the expedition could handle it.
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Old 07-05-2014, 11:34 PM   #9
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Good. Keep looking IMHO. With that many kids you have a lot of payload in the Expy. Every consider a hybrid trailer?
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I have looked at a few but really like the fully enclosed. I am also considering the 261bhxl, but am concerned about the lack of space it might have, not having a slide.
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