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Old 03-31-2016, 02:38 PM   #11
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Whoa....if you look through the advice given thus far you'll see no one is lecturing you. You asked a question and it's being answered by people with experience. Simply look at the actual weight of your trailer (it's probably on a yellow sticker) and it'll give you the real weight of the trailer when it left the factory. If dry weight is really at exactly 3500# then the second you add water, groceries, clothing, a rug, utensils or any other single item, you'll be overweight (assuming your vehicle has a 3500# tow limit). Factor tongue weight and cargo capacity and the tow vehicle will probably be over limits too. If you want, post the numbers here and someone will do the math for you. A LDH will not make the vehicle safe. For what it's worth, I asked the same questions and learned my truck was not sufficient for my new trailer. Live and learn.
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Old 03-31-2016, 03:12 PM   #12
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With a dry weight of 3500 lbs, you can figure wet weight of your TT is going to be close to 4500 lbs. I see you have a class IV hitch on the Exploder, so your maximum tongue weight without a weight distribution hitch is going to be 500 lbs. The tongue weight of your camper is going to be 10 to 15% of the camper's total weight. So let's use 13% - you are looking at a tongue weight of 585 lbs. Definitely over without the WDH.
Now, if you get a Reese Strait-line weight distribution with sway control - trunnions bar one trailer.com for $480.00, you will be able to redistribute that tongue weight over all the axles of your rig.
I have not addressed what the maximum cargo capacity of your vehicle is. If you look at the information sticker in the driver's door, it will tell you that the weight of cargo should never exceed a certain number of pounds. When you subtract the weight of passengers, fuel, food, luggage, and the weight distribution hitch itself, the remainder represents the maximum allowable weight of the camper's tongue all loaded up and ready to pull. You'll want to get some real numbers and work through the formulas to ensure you don't get hurt trying to tow too much weight on your suspension.
Good luck.
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Old 03-31-2016, 03:31 PM   #13
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w/o knowing the year, motor, etc, of your Explorer, I would speculate the towing capacity to be 5k or more if that 2" receiver is factory. The 1" receivers usually were the 3500lb limit...


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Old 03-31-2016, 03:37 PM   #14
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w/o knowing the year, motor, etc, of your Explorer, I would speculate the towing capacity to be 5k or more if that 2" receiver is factory. The 1" receivers usually were the 3500lb limit...


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That 5000 pound hitch rating must not be confused with the maximum cargo capacity of the vehicle. In the OP's case, the 500 pound rating is important because it's very likely that the tongue weight of the TT is over that by a significant amount, which is not good, regardless of TV cargo capacity.
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Old 03-31-2016, 03:55 PM   #15
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That 5000 pound hitch rating must not be confused with the maximum cargo capacity of the vehicle. In the OP's case, the 500 pound rating is important because it's very likely that the tongue weight of the TT is over that by a significant amount, which is not good, regardless of TV cargo capacity.
again depends on the vehicle.
just randomly pulled a 2010 owner manual: 4.6L 2WD GCWR=12000lb, max trailer=7285lb, max hitch weight 740lb (w/ WDH). It may end up he has cargo capacity to spare after hooking up 4500lb (though still on the edge).

If his max really is 3500 trailer, then yea, he's screwed when he loads up...

Lots of WDH options. Almost best to start w/ a budget in mind, IMO (after recently going through it myself here: weight dist hitch for smaller TT

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Old 03-31-2016, 04:00 PM   #16
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on a second look at the photo, looks like a class III bolted under a 1" class II? not sure what to make of that... 3500 is probably correct then. (?) class 2 limit's probably more like 350lb...


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Old 03-31-2016, 04:16 PM   #17
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Etrailer.com has plenty of hitches to choose from. Make sure it has the connector for your sway bar.


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His trailer won't have a yellow factory weight sticker.
Back then, it was a white sticker that was usually on the inside of a cabinet door.

Poe, you have to understand that FRF is a community. We're here to help but we also are concerned.
Because, based on the small amount of info you've provided, it has us concerned.
Not just for you and your family, but others on the road.

If you give better info, we could make better suggestions.
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The tow veh is an 07 ford explorer with a 6 banger. Model is XLT. It came with factory 1.25" hitch. The rating is 3500 lbs. 2" receiver was added. The camper is actually 33 and change. I'm going to travel light as I know I'm at capacity so I'm figuring plus 150 lbs so I top out at 3500 maybe 3600, max 3700. I assume my 3500 has some factor of safety in there to cover the slight overage. Because at this point we can talk transmission cooling in another thread. Now let's talk WD HITCH's.
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The tow veh is an 07 ford explorer with a 6 banger. Model is XLT. It came with factory 1.25" hitch. The rating is 3500 lbs. 2" receiver was added. The camper is actually 33 and change. I'm going to travel light as I know I'm at capacity so I'm figuring plus 150 lbs so I top out at 3500 maybe 3600, max 3700. I assume my 3500 has some factor of safety in there to cover the slight overage. Because at this point we can talk transmission cooling in another thread. Now let's talk WD HITCH's.
You haven't mentioned a brake controller.
It appears that your Ford doesn't have the factory tow package.

Just adding an aftermarket receiver, doesn't prepare it to tow this trailer.
Trans cooler, 7 pin connector wiring, pre-wiring for brake controller and towing rear end ratio are parts of the package.

Based on your pics, I saw no 7 pin outlet on the Ford. And I assume you had no brake controller setup.
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