Originally Posted by AV8R72
The trailer will be for my wife, our dog, and myself. We will be pulling it with a 2010 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara (6 speed manual) with a factory installed tow package, 3.73 axle, 3500 lbs tow limit (350 lbs hitch). Of course we will install a WDH, sway bar, and brake controller.
Any and all feedback is welcome. Thanks!
I would be cautious with the expectations of your tow vehicle capacity of 3500 lbs. Typically you can only factor out the weight of the TV driver in your calculations of trailer weight tow capacity. So anything else in the vehicle (passengers, pets, & cargo will limit your trailer weight tow capacity.) Just one other passenger and limited cargo will likely subtract 200-300 lbs from your available tow capacity. Weight distribution hitches (like mine-the equalizer) could add as much as 75 lbs to your set up.
You may only be left with 3000 lbs tow capacity for the trailer.
The delivered trailer will likely be 100 lbs or more then the listed dry weight (as I found out the hard way). I assume you are going to load the trailer with gear as well. In the end I would think you are flirting with the limits of the vehicle.
I am of the opinion that although they build these vehicles with a 3500 lb axle rating, they were really pushing the limits with suggesting that they are in the class of trailer that could be towed by mini-vans and such with a 3500 lb tow rating.
I my self like to stock up on extra gear (slide stabilizers, under awning gazebo, dedicated trailer jack and tools for tire change or repairs). This is over and above the food, bedding, clothes, toiletries, etc. I like to journal each trip cargo load and on average I am hauling 300 to 400 lbs extra cargo over and above the trailer weight.