TV questions for new trailer
I have a new Solaire 307QBDSK with a dry hitch weight of 835, total dry weight of 5960, and a GVWR of 8835. These weights do not reflect the eclipse package which adds 250#.
My first TV is a 2004 Silverado C2500HD (6.0L). It shows a max trailer weight of 10,000# and max tongue weight of 1,500#. The Chevy pickup is what I plan to use almost all of the time with the exception of when I carry along any of my kid's friends when we need more seating.
My 2nd TV is a Ford expedition EL(5.4L). My owners manual shows a max trailer weight of 8,950# and a max tongue weight of 910#.
My questions are:
1) can I safely tow with the expedition?
2) if I can tow with the expedition, would it be a good idea to add a hitch like the Hensley or Propride. I'm concerned about adding to the tongue weight which seems to me to be my limiting factor.
If we don't pull with the expedition we can take 2 cars. Not ideal but if it's safer I'm willing to do that.
Other details: we don't carry any water but we do have the trailer packed pretty full. We bring bikes, etc in the truck too.
Sorry for the long post. I appreciate any feedback I can get.