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Old 06-06-2014, 11:02 PM   #1
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We have a F.R. S. H. 272BH 6300llbs dry. Currently tow with a 2005 Dodge Hemi Quad and family does not fit. Looking at a used 2005 Cadillac Escilade which shows tow rating around 7800lbs. Any thoughts
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Old 06-06-2014, 11:20 PM   #2
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Make sure you have enough payload. The tongue weight, passengers and cargo in the TV all have to be accounted for.
My F150 had a payload of over 1500 lbs and was rated to tow 7700 lbs. I ran outside the numbers more than once with 2 adults, 2 dogs, bikes, cooler, wood, etc.
You can't get big payload numbers in cars or suv's.
That is where the HD and SD trucks come in.
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Thanks, we have plenty of payload to account for. I do use a weight distribution system and sway bar. Money is tight and what we really need is out of reach now. Thanks for the reply.
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All I ask is that you check the numbers friend.
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first, you need to post better specs/numbers.

is the trailer's 6300 number the website/brochure "dry" number or the actual UVW sticker weight from the factory?

need more info on the Caddy: engine size, payload amount, rear end ratio and so on. where did you get the 7800 number?
rarely does a 1/2 ton vehicle like the Escalade, have lots of payload.
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Looking at a used 2005 Cadillac Escalade which shows tow rating around 7800lbs. Any thoughts
You could probably find a 2005ish, gas-powered, 2500 crew for less than what the Escalade is worth. Something like a Dodge Mega-Cab?
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SUVs typically have WAY lower payload capacities than pick ups because of the extra weight of the vehicle body. Tow capacity is usually quite a bit lower too. Escalade will be worse than most others because the weight of all that bling takes away from payload. Maybe look at a Suburban or Excursion
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UNless it's a 2500 class TV you'll be way over in payload and GCWR i'm thinking.

Remember - it can tow 7500lbs with NOTHING in the TV. Every lb you add to the TV you remove from the tow rating (because of GCWR).

A suburban 2500 is what you should be looking at and check the numbers.
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