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Old 03-12-2019, 12:35 PM   #1
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Max towing margin

I know, I know another towing question. Just wondering what towing margin most of you adhere to between max towing capacity of your TV and the actual gross weight you travel with. So far we've stayed pretty much in FL which is flat. Would like to spend some time this summer in the Virginia mountains or NC mountains where it's cooler than FL. Curious as to a level of safety and wear and tear on the TV.
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Old 03-12-2019, 12:40 PM   #2
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Oh no...another one of these?

Anyway, there is no magic number.

Before anyone can tell you anything we need to know what you are towing...and what you are towing it with!

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Old 03-12-2019, 12:47 PM   #3
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TT is a Coachman Freedom xpress factory weight 3875

Tv is a Toyota 4Runner, max tow cap 5000 lbs.
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Old 03-12-2019, 12:48 PM   #4
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Popcorn and beer time.

My margin is my trailer is 61% of my TV's rated towing capacity.

My old set up was my trailer was 77% of my TV's rated tow capacity and the TV was at or above it's limits for 3 of 5 other ratings.
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TT is a Coachman Freedom xpress factory weight 3875

Tv is a Toyota 4Runner, max tow cap 5000 lbs.
Factory (dry weight) of your TT doesn't mean squat.

Loaded for camping weight is what you need to know!

As for your 4Runner, there is a sticker on the driver's door jam that will give you exactly what your specific tow rating is.

With the numbers you've provided it sounds like you won't have any margin by the time you are ready to travel.
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Old 03-12-2019, 01:36 PM   #6
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Also its not how much you can tow, its what your GCVW is. My max tow according to the "books" is 10,200LBS. However my GCVW is 16,000lbs. My truck full of fuel, myself, and my wife is 6500LBS. So now I am down to max tow of 9500LBS. Add a couple hundred pounds to the truck for some firewood. Now max tow down to 9300LBS. Our TT loaded and ready to camp, with full FW tank, 8300LBS. That leaves 1000LBS unused, which is where I like to be.
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Old 03-12-2019, 01:39 PM   #7
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TT is a Coachman Freedom xpress factory weight 3875

Tv is a Toyota 4Runner, max tow cap 5000 lbs.
Yea, I think that TT is 96" wide, you want a narrow body trailer...7' wide. Aerodynamics is towing enemy.
Figure adding 600# to that "factory weight". And adding another 500# for the 4 Runner cargo.
IMO, too much trailer, especially if you plan on trips around the Rockies or Sierras..
I am bumping max with my set-up.
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Over weight and Frontal area for a 4 Runner. You can not make any number work for this combo. Need a real truck not a Toyota.
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