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Old 01-03-2018, 04:04 PM   #1
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What SUV are towing with?

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Thinking of add a tow vehicle, specifically an SUV and wondering what SUV you tow with? TT is a 261bhxl, currently towing with 03 supercrew f150. Thanks in advance.
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Old 01-03-2018, 06:09 PM   #2
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2016 Lincoln Navigator

As in my signature, a 2016 Lincoln Navigator L

We needed an SUV to accommodate our two teenage kids and a full size dog.

Struggled hard for a while between a GMC Yukon XL and a Ford Expedition EL. My DW does not really like the look of the Yukon, plus every other SUV on the road seems to be that or the Chevy version.

We test drove the Ford and liked that it had a 9,000 lb tow capability.

A dealer showed us a Lincoln. My immediate reaction was I could not afford that. However on the used market they devalue a little quicker, so they were comparable to the high end Ford. I keep my cars for a long time, so I'm not worried about loss of value. I typically have nothing to trade at the end of it's useful life.

What I like about the Lincoln is the 4.10 rear end. This vehicle tows so much better than my Chevy Avalanche did with the 3.73.

Watch Part 1 and Part 2 of this. Keep in mind they used the short Wheel based Lincoln. The L version is even better for room and towing.



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Hello all,
Thinking of add a tow vehicle, specifically an SUV and wondering what SUV you tow with? TT is a 261bhxl, currently towing with 03 supercrew f150. Thanks in advance.
What is the yellow sticker weight of you trailer or what year/brand is a 261bhxl?
It's not listed in your profile.
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What is the yellow sticker weight of you trailer or what year/brand is a 261bhxl?
It's not listed in your profile.
Sorry, dry weight #4505 2017 woof woof xlite.
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We're loving our Armada:

Here's a link to my thread, but the particulars are in my sig line, too.

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Durango R/T works for us with a comparable (weight wise) trailer.
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Old 01-03-2018, 09:08 PM   #8
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Sorry, dry weight #4505 2017 woof woof xlite.
Dry weight is for suckers. The trailer never really weighed that. Look for the GVWR on the sticker on the left front of the trailer. Use that number for towing capacity, unless you can actually weigh it loaded. Assume 12-15% of that number for tongue weight, unless you can actually weigh it loaded. Then add 75-100 lbs for a weight distribution hitch for Total Tongue Weight.

Now look at the payload sticker on the prospective tow vehicles door frame. Subtract the Total Tongue Weight above from the payload on the sticker. What's left needs to cover you, wife, kids, dogs, and whatever other "stuff" you put in the vehicle.

Good luck.

UPDATE: Looked online. GVWR from FR site, looks like 7434 lbs. So tongue weight would be 892-1115 lbs, plus WDH weight.
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Now look at the payload sticker on the prospective tow vehicles door frame. Subtract the Total Tongue Weight above from the payload on the sticker. What's left needs to cover you, wife, kids, dogs, and whatever other "stuff" you put in the vehicle.
The YOU part is questionable. Don't forget for some manufacturers that sticker is for "Passengers" as they count 150 lbs for driver. So if your sticker says "Passengers and Cargo should never exceed 1,500 lbs" he can add 150 to that number for himself and be safe. If the driver is over 150 lbs then that extra weight MUST be counted as part of the passenger weight. That is at least what I can say for the Ford/Lincoln product line that I studied pretty well prior to my purchase.

I don't want to change the course of this thread from Tow Vehicle to weight discussion, but it's something the OP does need to consider.
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The YOU part is questionable. Don't forget for some manufacturers that sticker is for "Passengers" as they count 150 lbs for driver. So if your sticker says "Passengers and Cargo should never exceed 1,500 lbs" he can add 150 to that number for himself and be safe. If the driver is over 150 lbs then that extra weight MUST be counted as part of the passenger weight. That is at least what I can say for the Ford/Lincoln product line that I studied pretty well prior to my purchase.

I don't want to change the course of this thread from Tow Vehicle to weight discussion, but it's something the OP does need to consider.
You are correct. I think for most newer TV's you have to count the driver; older ones assumed a 150lb driver.

The difference in nomenclature is usually "passengers and cargo" vs "occupants and cargo." If it's passengers, the 150 lb driver is already accounted for. If it's occupants, you must count everybody.
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