I'm trying to help my in-laws. They have a mid-2000 Toyota 4Runner/V8 with towing package. They'd like to have something that they can take to car shows as my father-in-law (FIL) is restoring an old Ford Galaxy. They know they'll have to take 2 vehicles (4runner + RV and the Galaxy itself separately).
My FIL has put it fairly bluntly, "What can I tow with what I have?" as we walk the aisles of RV shows. I took a picture of his yellow placard on the SUV:
This is showing that he's got a fairly limited cargo carrying capacity of 950 pounds. For easy numbers, lets say that they pack the SUV as lightly as possible and only add 350 pounds to that (extra for the driver, 1 passenger, a few things in the car with them and the ball receiver for the hitch). That leaves 600 pounds of left over.
With 15% of tongue weight, that leaves them with a maximum trailer weight of 4,000 lbs.
With 13% of tongue weight, that leaves them with a maximum trailer weight of 4,615 lbs.
And, while unlikely - going off of 10% of tongue weight, that leaves them with a maximum of 6,000 pounds.
Can anyone check my math here? (on edit: QCCowboy did and I updated the numbers above to reflect a brainfart. They're correct now.)