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Old 06-24-2012, 07:50 PM   #11
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Our sp-280 yellow sticker is 4900lbs we tow with a nissan titan and a Anderson weight dist hitch no problems.
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Old 06-24-2012, 08:45 PM   #12
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We are looking at a 2003 - 04 Ford Expedition to pull our 04' 255RS.
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Old 06-24-2012, 09:47 PM   #13
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They sell 32 ft trailers...but I"m not sure anyone makes a TV with a 160" wb!
Dodge Ram Quad cab with an 8 foot bed. Not argueing with any of the info you took the time to post just pointing out there is a TV with a 160" WB.
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Old 06-25-2012, 09:07 AM   #14
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Dodge Ram Quad cab with an 8 foot bed. Not argueing with any of the info you took the time to post just pointing out there is a TV with a 160" WB.
I know a few exist - but they've been making trailers over 30 ft for decades - but only recently have they made TVs with 'that much' wb.

A car with 125" wb has always been rare, yet people pulled long trailers. AFAIK the new SAE towing 'test' does not take trailer lenght/wb into account. PickupTruck.Com - SAE, OEMs, Trailer, and Hitch Companies Work to Define Standards for Tow Testing and neither have I ever seen anything about length and TV selection, safety, driver training, vehicle inspection or licensing.

Only that un-credited ratio brought up in forums. If it had some basis in fact there would be a source, tests to confirm/rebut it's validity, etc. Legal liability concious car companies would put warnings in the owners manuals, trailer makers might also.

I agree, the longer the WB, the heaver the TV, the better off you are when towing but other factors matter more.
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Old 06-25-2012, 09:16 AM   #15
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We have an sp260 and pull with a suburban half ton. The suburban pulls great and we haven't had any issues with sway.
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Old 06-25-2012, 09:43 AM   #16
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Add 1200 lbs to the dry weight. This will put you very close to your ready to travel weight!
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Old 06-25-2012, 12:15 PM   #17
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Definitely a V-8 and perhaps a big one. Also, if towing at altitude, subtract 20% from the towing capacity to get the safe number. As you can see from the detailed replies, you need to really understand all the factors which go into safe towing before you decide which vehicle to purchase for your trailer.
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Old 07-20-2012, 11:53 PM   #18
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Forest River listed the dry weight of our SV264 as 4300 lbs. Delivery weight is 5300 lbs.
Go to a lot and look at the stickers before you get a tow vehicle.
I have this same trailer. It seems they do not weigh the trailer when it leaves the factory. If you look in the brochure it shows the weight of the options. My theory is that they add those numbers to the dry weight of the trailer.

I took mine to a state certified scale and fully loaded (full water,gas,etc,clothes, bedding, pots, pans) ready to camp weighed 5300 pounds and i have a sticker that has a delivery weight of 5300 pounds.
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Old 07-21-2012, 06:42 AM   #19
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I have this same trailer. It seems they do not weigh the trailer when it leaves the factory. If you look in the brochure it shows the weight of the options. My theory is that they add those numbers to the dry weight of the trailer.

I took mine to a state certified scale and fully loaded (full water,gas,etc,clothes, bedding, pots, pans) ready to camp weighed 5300 pounds and i have a sticker that has a delivery weight of 5300 pounds.
Did you remember to add the tongue weight?
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Old 07-21-2012, 12:20 PM   #20
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I have this same trailer. It seems they do not weigh the trailer when it leaves the factory. If you look in the brochure it shows the weight of the options. My theory is that they add those numbers to the dry weight of the trailer.

I took mine to a state certified scale and fully loaded (full water,gas,etc,clothes, bedding, pots, pans) ready to camp weighed 5300 pounds and i have a sticker that has a delivery weight of 5300 pounds.
Is it the exact same 10th anniversary model trailer?
They do weigh every trailer - they have to because of legal reasons.
I weighed mine while hooked up, spring bars and all. The weight on the tires of the trailer was 5550 lbs. Add an estimated 12% tongue weight and it gives me about 6200.
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