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Old 05-17-2018, 07:20 AM   #1
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I have been looking into buying a travel trailer but only have my SUV and don't really want to change it. Reading over various posts on multiple forums it seems most people seem to jump to trucks for towing but the SUV towing population is growing. So I was curious for those of you who are towing with an SUV would you post a picture/description of what your towing and what your towing with? It would also be interesting to know what wdh or sway controls your using if any and how that's working out.

I've seen the various posts discussing how bad suvs are at towing and don't really want to get into that discussion here. If done right it shouldn't be an issue.
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Old 05-17-2018, 07:30 AM   #2
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With the SUV in your sig, I'd go with a popup or at most a hybrid maybe.. Then again, I'm not familiar with the tow capacity of your SUV.
When I had a 2004 Trailblazer, I towed a popup and it was great, but I would've been too afraid of "pushing" it to get anything much bigger (again, a hybrid most likely).
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Old 05-17-2018, 07:39 AM   #3
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Done right and within the limits an SUV will do just fine. We pulled our old pop-up without any issues for years. However, when we went to a larger camper the guy we bought it from lied about how much it weighed to get the sale. Also hid the federally-mandated sticker with the official dry weights.

I trusted him and went ahead and paid too much for it only to find out that it was too much for our vehicle.

For me to feel safe (and this is subjective) I would only purchase a trailer that is less than 70% of the vehicles max towing capacity with the goal of not going over 75% when fully loaded. You're easily going to add another 5-800 lbs of "stuff" batteries, propane, lawn chairs, food, etc to your camper.

I've included a picture of our Esky pulling the above too heavy trailer. I'm pulling with what I freely and proudly admit as overkill F-350 today. Click image for larger version

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Old 05-17-2018, 07:45 AM   #4
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We tow with a 2011 Chevy Traverse. Rated for 5200 towing. We have the Eaz-Lift 1000/10000 weight distribution hitch. I have never had it sway do we don't use sway control.
Trailer is 2014 Palomino Solaire hybrid. Dry weight is 3154#. With battery, propane, water, bikes, food etc. probably around 3800#-3900# loaded.
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Old 05-17-2018, 07:51 AM   #5
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OP- What's your SUV?
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Old 05-17-2018, 08:01 AM   #6
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I agree that if done right it shouldn't be an issue. For the last 2 seasons, we have been pulling our Surveyor 247BHDS (7500 GVWR) with a 2011 Expedition (tow rating 9100, payload 1435). We never travelled with a "full" load (no water, didn't max out the CCC), and my family is small so far (young, light children). We are closer to the capacity of the Expy than I want to be. I have had and will have no problem driving relatively short distances around the relatively flat land of MN and surrounding area, but on longer trips (due to 200mi fuel range) or in the hilly/mountainous regions I wouldn't be too comfortable. Our Expy has the 5.4 V8, perhaps the EcoBoost would provide more power. The biggest thing to watch out for is payload. By the time you add your hitch weight, any gear and additional passengers, that is the limit you will hit first.
Other relevant info might be that we have air bags in the rear of the Expy and use a 12k Equal-i-zer hitch and a electric brake controller and put on new Goodyear Eagle XL tires.
I am upgrading to an F150 this year, but will probably still pull some with our Expy (pulling the trailer is not the main reason for the new truck)
Sorry, I can't find a picture of the trailer hooked up, I'll try to remember to add one the next time we tow.
Biggest thing is to watch the payload.

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Similar situation, my wife's daily driver is a 2011 Durango AWD 5.7L w/ OEM tow package (i confirmed by getting a build sheet). We bought a Grey Wolf 23MK last fall, E2 hitch and Takonsha brake controller. Durango has a GVW of 7100# and a tow rating of 7200#, but I'm ignoring that and watching the GCVW of 13,100, front axle of 3200 and rear axle of 3900. TT is 28', 5100 dry, and 5600# loaded with our camping gear (no water, no food, no clothes, no coffee pot). I hit the CAT scales (details on separate thread if you are interested, search 23MK) and I'm a couple hundred pounds under on both axles and GCVW was 11,600 (if memory serves). Full disclosure, I've done limited towing so far, less than 200 miles, 50 mph 2 lane country road is fastest (no highway yet). I also readjusted the E2 after loading up and before hitting CAT scales.
My wife and i love the TT, so we make do. If i have to tow without water and food until we reach campsite, that's fine. If I'm getting blown all over the place, I'll pull over. 3 weeks of vacation means camping trips are short and close. This won't work for everybody, but it works for us until I can shift vehicles around and get my wife a smaller SUV and get a pickup (or sell my Mustang, which I'm not ready to do yet).
Make sure you absolutely know what your TV specs are. If you think you have a tow package, verify it before you buy the TT. The tow package on our Durango is the difference between 7200# and 3500# tow capacity.
Good luck and sorry, this is probably TMI
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I have been looking into buying a travel trailer but only have my SUV and don't really want to change it. Reading over various posts on multiple forums it seems most people seem to jump to trucks for towing but the SUV towing population is growing. So I was curious for those of you who are towing with an SUV would you post a picture/description of what your towing and what your towing with? It would also be interesting to know what wdh or sway controls your using if any and how that's working out.

I've seen the various posts discussing how bad suvs are at towing and don't really want to get into that discussion here. If done right it shouldn't be an issue.
When I bought my first TT back in 2006 it was a 25ft Prowler that weighed 5745 lbs I had a 2004 Forerunner AWD Sport with the V8 it was rated I believe for 7700lbs towing.

I will admit I was a newbie and didn't know anything about payload, GVWR, WDH, etc. it seemed to do ok I had some sway by passing semi's the hitch wasn't set up correctly once I got that worked out it it seem to be fine I did take it to the scales but I really don't remember what the numbers were or how to interpret them back then.

I didn't keep the Forerunner very long though just a few camping trips it just didn't have the room to carry everything we wanted to take camping with us so I bought a new 2006 Chevy 2500HD pickup truck with the plan if I bought a larger camper I would have enough truck.
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