I have been researching the 17RR (and many others) for about a month now and it seems to me that you need to have at least a 5000 lb. towing capacity and 400 to 500 lb. tongue weight on your tow vehicle to comfortably handle the Gross Trailer Weight of the trailer when loaded for a trip. Items put in the trailer will need to be placed with attention to the weight distribution from front to rear to prevent overloading the tongue weight, or having too much weight in the rear of the trailer which will cause sway problems when you pass a semi or encounter high winds. (rule of thumb..60% of cargo weight forward/40% cargo weight rear).
That Road King Classic has got me worried!!
The dry weight of the trailer is listed at 3202 lbs with a cargo carrying capacity of 2159 lbs. (total 5361), and a dry tongue weight of 380 lbs.
Should I purchase the Wolf Pup 17RR, I will be installing a Tekonsha Brake Controller Prodigy P2, a Blue OX 6000 lb./550 lb. Weight Distribution Hitch with Sway Bars, and a Derale Plate Fin Series 8000 Transmission Cooler.
Did somebody say something about wearing suspenders and a belt, like my grandfather did?
Let's see what's another old saying?.....An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!!
How about this one?......Acting stupid will only get you so far!
I drive a V6, rated for 5000 lb. towing capacity and a 500 lb. tongue weight. Those numbers can be increased a little with the addition of the weight distribution hitch, but, I do not intend to push it.
Like I said....at 732 lbs......that Road King in the back worries me.
So far, no difinitive reply from any dealers. (as of the past 2 days)
Search the other posts on this site to read what others have written about hauling "the pup". It is interesting. Search "Wolf Pup".
And remember the trailer weight rating for distribution hitches refers to the actual loaded trailer tongue weight AND the weight of any load in the tow vehicle which is behind the rear axle.
I hope I don't regret buying The Pup when I get to the Rockies.
Wishing you good weather, good times, and good friends.
Be safe on the road.