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Old 10-29-2012, 12:47 PM   #11
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Thank you for the responses, and to bikendan, I think it was actually one of your responses to another thread (I can't find it now) that led to me posting this message. Unfortunately my Explorer is a V-6, but has the 3.73 ratio and a 5300 lb tow cap. I took the trailer to a scale on our last camping trip and loaded with propane, food, and gear. It weighed in at 4800 lbs. I know I am at the upper limit of towing cap and although my Explorer can pull it, the 4.0L V-6 is working hard (and getting about 9 mpg). My worry and reason for the post more had to do with what having a short wheelbase vehicle and towing a long (27.5 ft) trailer.

The pick-up is coming but still about a year away. Have to pay off the wife’s mini van first…lol
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Old 10-29-2012, 08:32 PM   #12
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just remember that the 5300lbs. number is with only a 150lb. driver in the Explorer, nothing else.
so, any passengers and cargo and WDH, will lower that 5300 number by its weight.
so, since your trailer weighs 4800lbs. loaded, that gives you only 500lbs. to account for passengers, cargo and WDH. if Mom weighs 150 and Dad and kids total 400 and cargo is 50 and WDH is 100, then you'll be over your max by 50lbs.

and that's to be just maxed out! nearly everyone on every RV forum i've been on, usually recommends being only at 80% of max, not at 100% of max.

by the way, i owned a 4.0 v-6 Exploder and would never tow a TT of that size with it.
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Old 11-04-2012, 09:52 PM   #13
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Be careful. I'm worried about pulling my 24' Grey Wolf 19rr with my 2011 Cherokee Hemi.
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Old 11-06-2012, 12:41 AM   #14
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Bikendan, I think you may be confusing your numbers here. The family isn't going to be stored in the trailer and he already accounted for all the goodies when he weighed it. The GCVW for it is around 10,000lbs so minus 4200 for the TV and 4800 for the rig and gear, he still has 1000 lbs of bodies and cargo he can fit in the Explorer.
Just go by how it feels and stay away from the steep hills.
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Old 11-06-2012, 08:23 AM   #15
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wneise - it doesn't work that way. The limits for the truck itself still apply.
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Old 11-06-2012, 08:24 AM   #16
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This may not be an issue for us, but we have a 3500 Silverado gas job and are picking up our 2007 Cherokee..empty today.

How would this thread fit into my headspace for my situation.

thanks...
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Old 11-06-2012, 08:33 AM   #17
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Granny,

All the same rules apply - pin weight, hitch weight, payload, GCVWR, etc. You just have more room to play with on a 3500.
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Old 11-06-2012, 08:39 AM   #18
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I am new here, but from what I gather the safety issue is also in stopping power. If you drive 10 MPH it's not as big a deal on short hauls as if you drive 65 mph and have to stop going down hill in a tail wind...
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Old 11-06-2012, 09:17 AM   #19
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4800 < 5300 and with say 600lbs of people and stuff in the Explorer, 9600<10,000. It is within limits albeit not by much.
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mewildman, it seems that sometimes it is hard to get a straight answer to a question. I personally don't have a real understanding of the length issue of the TT as I have only pulled the fifth wheel. maybe someone will address the length thing for you.
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