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Old 04-10-2011, 09:42 AM   #11
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Everybody here seems to be making the assumption that you acquired a hitch with bars of appropriate capacity for your trailer. Just out of curiosity, what weight bars did you get?
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Old 04-10-2011, 09:48 AM   #12
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Install is free if I'd have bought their $1500 hitch...I opted to go and get my own for $500. Not sure if they'd install mine for free at this point.
They are delivering it to me (following us home). It was a display model at the RV show so it's been towed a few times now with no WD hitch so it can be done, at least by experienced knowledgable folk.
You know, it might be a real good idea to find a local hitch shop and offer the mechanic $100, or so, to stop by your house after work and do the install for you. He would have the proper tools and knowledge to do it properly.
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Old 04-10-2011, 09:49 AM   #13
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Don't forget the 01 Expedition is truley an F150 chassis vs the newer style that has IRS etc. and they are rated to tow 7400 to 7700lbs if properly equipped. In reality they are within a couple hundred lbs of the F150 Supercrew of that era for towing capacity. BTW there was only 1 wheelbase back then. Big diff is the Supercrew was on a 138" wb and the Exp on a 119".
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Old 04-10-2011, 11:14 AM   #14
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they actually come in class III 1" and class IV/V 1 1/4" shank sizes. I have both.
Both walmart and advance auto have the 2 5/16 but in a 1" shank, 6,000lb capacity. I'll try the dealer on tuesday when we pick up -they should have it or know where I can get one, or I'll mailorder it and wait.


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Everybody here seems to be making the assumption that you acquired a hitch with bars of appropriate capacity for your trailer. Just out of curiosity, what weight bars did you get?
8,000. Empty trailer is 5465, gvwr I think is 7500 give or take a few pounds. We never plan to load it anywhere near that.

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Don't forget the 01 Expedition is truley an F150 chassis vs the newer style that has IRS etc. and they are rated to tow 7400 to 7700lbs if properly equipped.
8100 lbs actually, and ours is so equipped.

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X2 You will definitely need that WD hitch. I hope you have the longer wheelbase Expy.
I'm glad they are towing it to your home for you. Be safe!
The longer WB expy (which is newer, back in 01 it was the F250 based excursion - rare and very expensive). The longer WB might be nice but it weighs more and can't tow more so you actually lose some GCWR, will be tempted to put more stuff in the truck - and don't forget the space from rear axle to hitch is much longer too giving the trailer more leverage. I'm guessing it's 6 of 1, half dozen of another.
Our plan is to to tow to our campground (75 miles) and once there all we need to do is move the trailer in and out of storage. We can leave it there in the winter but the plan is to bring it home. We'd like to take a week and go somewhere over the summer but that's still up in the air at this point.

The WD hitch is pretty much mandatory to tow that much/have that much toungue weight. A bit of research shows that the dual cam is great sway control, short of a hensley. If we were planning to tow a lot then we'd have done things differently.

If the expy doesn't work out for some reason or I find a 'better' vehicle (talk to the DW on that one) then we can always change. The blue book on ours is $7000 and we paid $4400. The wife wants a pickup for herself to drive to work but also wants the dog and all the kids inside with us. That makes a pu even with a cap a difficult sell to her as it will get croweded on trips to the camper with our kids, borrowed kids, dog, food, bikes, etc. We looked at two, an 02 F250 4 dr long bed V10 Dually and an 01 dodge 4 dr long bed w/ a cummins - $10k and $8k respectively.
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