Originally Posted by kjoh75
Ok I'm confused on this subject. I have read in other posts that state you just can't look at the towing capacity of a vehicle. They mention something about having the right size wheel base for a more safe and stable ride.
I own a 2005 Cherokee 27l. I pull it with a 5.4 Expedition Eddie Bauer. The wheel base in that SUV I believe is 119 inches. My camper is over 30 feet long bumper to tongue. More then one person has told me that I should be pulling the camper with a 3/4 ton vehicle. There was a post that came out a while back that calculated the correct wheel base per foot of camper. I wish I could remember how many inches (of wheel base) per foot (of camper) that was. People have suggested the suburban as a replacement.
Uh oh, here we go again.
This is a hot topic. There are no set rules. Most people agree that a longer wheelbased vehicle is better towing long campers.
Once upon a time, several years ago, there was a guy that ran a website (that had to be shut down because of copyright problems) who came up with this chart:
110" 20' ******* 150" 30'
114" 21' ******* 154" 31'
118" 22' ******* 158" 32'
122" 23' ******* 162" 33'
126" 24' ******* 166" 34'
130" 25' ******* 170" 35'
134" 26' ******* 174" 36'
138" 27' ******* 178" 37'
142" 28' ******* 182" 38'
146" 29' ******* 186" 39'
The 1st number being the wheelbase of the tow vehicle in inches, and the 2nd number being the "recommended" maximum total trailer length for a conventional, bumper pull trailer.
An equation that follows closely with the chart is to take the vehicle wheelbase in inches, divide by 5, and that is maximum total trailer length in feet that should be towed.
Disclaimer so that this doesn't turn into a "who says that is the rule" debate: The chart was 1 man's idea on what the tow lengths should be. I don't know of any scientific evidence to say that chart is the bible of tow lengths.
That being said, personally I think it is good to stay close to the chart. With the Crew Cab, 6.5' bed of the truck in question, that is 157" of wheelbase....pretty darn close. The only pickup that might be better would be a Crew Cab with an 8' bed.....not available with the F150s.