Originally Posted by Scottsmenn
I am leary of any dealer telling me, yes your car can haul this or that. So I thought I would ask you all if you think it's safe for our 2004 expedition to pull this rig. Would a hitch weight of 805 be too close to the limit even with the equalizer hitch? I think the dry weight of this TT is 5800. Anyway thanks. Btw we do have a brake controller and tow package.
Not sure which engine you have - the 4.6 is only rated to tow about 5500 lbs but with the 5.4, you should be OK on tow rating. The payload capacity may be an issue based on the truck's ratings. Varies a little from 2wd to 4wd, but round numbers, you have 1700lbs of payload capacity. So if your empty tongue weight is 805, then you add gear, even if the WDH can shift some load back onto the trailer axles, you still have somewhere around 1/2 your available payload or more in tongue weight.
Then when you have passengers, a full gas tank, and any gear that goes into the tow vehicle, you can easily go over the available payload.
I would say get your best estimate of the weight of people & gear in the tv (or stop at a scale for that) then you have to do a best estimate on tongue weight and see how it comes out against the specific ratings for you engine/trans combination.
In this scenario, a quick look says you are going to be Ok on the CGVW and the towing capacity would be OK with the 5.4, GVWR that need more evaluation. (GVWR = empty weight + tongue weight + passengers and cargo)
Never run across a salesman that mentions that - they seem stuck on the generic tow rating - or worse, just say "oh yeah, you can tow that"...