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Old 03-12-2011, 09:57 AM   #11
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The angle of the dangle is directly proportional to the fall of the ball. This is a critical statistic when hooking up a trailer and having to jump over the hitch to hook the safety chains. The point I'm making is no matter what you have, there will be a naysayer throughing another stat that will say you can't pull diddly. I just get a kick at all the banter around towing capacities. Keep it up. It is educational.
I personally agree that that towing length formula is suspect. Not sure from your post where you lie on ALL capacities, but just so we're clear about it, the towing capacities dictated by your vehicle's GVWR, GCWR and axle ratings are there for a reason.
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Old 03-12-2011, 10:22 AM   #12
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I towed a 35.5' Travel trailer with my crew cab F-150 which had a 5.5' bed. Weight wise I was within my lmits. But it was one BIG trailer, and on windy days, yeah, I wished I had a heavier/bigger/longer tow vehicle. As you are just going in, and especially seeing your numbers, I personally would not tow that trailer.
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Old 03-12-2011, 11:00 AM   #13
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Thanks all for info, I would love the 34, but even tho I am within TV limits, burning up said TV is the last thing I want to do. My destination is from OKC to Port Aransas Tx. Taking I-35 down for majority of way.
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Old 03-12-2011, 12:17 PM   #14
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I tow my Lacrosse that is 7700 lbs dry and 35.5 with my Titan (7100GVWR, 15100 GCWR, 9100max tow) without issues. If your trailer has the EZ Tow axles and you have a quality sway control, it will be a little tight with the numbers but you will be okay. If you are pulling mountains all the time or pack alot of stuff, you will not be happy. I would recommend buying the trailer you love, even if it is a little tight. You can always upgrade your tow vehicle in a year or two. If you don't get the trailer you love, you will eventually upgrade both trailer and TV. Which means you will take a beating in depreciation in your trailer. This is what happened to me. Hope you can learn from my mistakes.
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Old 03-12-2011, 02:48 PM   #15
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I personally agree that that towing length formula is suspect. Not sure from your post where you lie on ALL capacities, but just so we're clear about it, the towing capacities dictated by your vehicle's GVWR, GCWR and axle ratings are there for a reason.
To me, trailer length is ONE part of the tow experience. The type of trailer, the trailer suspension, the overall HEIGHT of trailer and the weight will all play into how a trailer tows, not to mention how you load the thing, the proper towing equipment, the proper setup and on and on!

I really don't think you can make a blanket statement saying a trailer that is "x" feet long can or can't be towed by a vehicle with "y" dimensions. Things are not that cut and dry, period.

I've got lots of examples at the tips of my fingers... Does anyone remember a thing call common sense? Where has that gone? Anyone?

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