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Old 08-26-2014, 11:43 AM   #1
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Help! Tow vehicle question

We just bought a used 04 shamrock 19 ft hybrid. Anyone else out there have a camper this size and weight? Wondering what you tow it with. I have spent every night for a week looking for a new/used tow vehicle and frankly am just stressed out!

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Old 08-26-2014, 11:50 AM   #2
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First of all welcome to the forum!

Second we would need ALL THE specs from both the trailer and tow vehicle.

And thirdly CONGRATULATIONS!

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Old 08-26-2014, 12:12 PM   #3
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04 expedition, this is all I can get off the dealer site right now. Going in person to see it tonight.

260 hp horsepower5.4 liter V8 SOHC engine4 DoorsRear-wheel driveAutomatic Transmission4-wheel ABS brakesPassenger AirbagFront fog/driving lightsDusk sensing headlightsSignal mirrors - Turn signal in mirrors 7pin wiring harness



Gotta go get paperwork to see specs of the camper, brb!


Thank you so so so much!
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Old 08-26-2014, 12:15 PM   #4
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Welcome to the forum!!

I think an expy will be more than enough for a Roo 19. Congratulations with your new purchase!
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Old 08-26-2014, 12:18 PM   #5
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Old 08-26-2014, 12:20 PM   #6
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I would guess that the trailer is about 3200 lb. The Expedition is usually set up with 5.4l engine and 3.55 gears. My 2005 F150 supercrew 5.4 3.73 gears towed a 6800 lb HR savoy. Did a nice job. Sounds like you should have no problem, but check the numbers.
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Old 08-26-2014, 12:51 PM   #7
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Looked thru all the old paperwork that was in the trailer. Nothing with specs on it. Guess I'll keep looking...
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Old 08-26-2014, 01:13 PM   #8
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Yes it'll tow it just fine. I tow my Roo 21SS with a 5.4 engine and 3.55 gears.
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Old 08-26-2014, 01:26 PM   #9
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Sounds like you put your cart before the horse ... or your Kangaroo before your tow vehicle...

Kidding aside - an Expedition should be more than capable. The towing capacity in the owners manual should be more than your Roo weighs loaded, but double check. The spec that is usually the one that max's out first is paylod of the tow vehicle. You will want to check the door sticker for the max gross vehicle weight (GVWR). That minus the empty curb weight is going to tell you the available payload.

You can compare that to the total weight of passengers, fuel, gear, and the weight of the trailer hitch and the tongue weight of the trailer.

To estimate (on the high side) your tongue weight of the loaded trailer, take 15% of the max gross trailer weight. Should be on a sticker on the front, street side wall of the trailer.

There are some detailed theads here if you search that give you all the ins and outs of calculating exactly how much a given vehicle is rated to tow and there are some handy towing calculators you can enter your specs into.

And - sales people are salespeople - they tell you whatever they need to in order to close a deal, so they will almost always say yeah you can tow that no problem - but it pays to do your homework and check the calculations for yourself.

Congrats on the Roo!
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Looked thru all the old paperwork that was in the trailer. Nothing with specs on it. Guess I'll keep looking...
Can you go look at the trailer? The weights are usually on a sticker (often yellow, sometimes white) on the side of the trailer. Mine are on the driver's side, right at the front, at eye level.

Others sometimes find them near the door

And again others sometimes find them on the inside of a cabinet.
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