I have just picked up a new (to us) camping rig for the family and I, and I'm wondering if anyone out there has experience hauling with a Sport Trac?
The newish trailer is a 2004 Shamrock 21' HTT. I believe dry weight on it is roughly 3000LBS with a 260LB tongue weight. When we are fully loaded for camping, I would estimate the trailer comes in at about 3800LBS
Our TV is a 2005 Sport Trac (Adrenalin), with the 205HP 4.0L V6 and 4:10 in the rear. We have a 700 pound WD hitch and a full trailer break setup, and an aftermarket transmission cooler (not sure of the make, came with the truck).
I have only hauled the trailer 3 times so for, for a total of about 300 miles, and it pulls well. However, on our last return trip, I hit serious cross/head winds (60km - 80km gusts). When I hit this head wind, my little work horse had it all it could do to keep 95km, RPM at 3k and if I tried for more it would kick down to passing gear (really makes me wonder if I can handle a mountain trip).
I looked at my towing guide guild for the vehicly and all that I can find is that it is rated for 3500LBS, or 5300LBS "if properly equipped". I have not yet be able to define what "if properly equipped" means. We have the trans cooler, the WD hitch, trailer breaks... I am cautiously assuming this meets the criteria. Can someone out there using a Sport Trac for real world camping throw some comments my way on the thier experience?
Thank you in advance for any feedback,