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Old 08-25-2017, 08:30 AM   #41
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I tow our 23IKSS with our X5 and we are 5.
10K miles and not a single problem with sway, etc.

That being said, we special ordered a F150 and are waiting for delivery hopefully next month.

The reason we are going to the F150 is that the X5 don't have the space to carry all the stuff you accumulate, etc.
4 wheel drive SUVs like the X5, Jeep GC, Audi Q7, etc are excellent tow vehicles for trailers up to 7K but they don't have space to carry stuff for a family.

We special order because we wanted a 6.5 bed with a heavy duty payload package, a 3.73 rear axle and the V8.
That should give us 11K in towing capacity with a payload of almost 3K lbs. Which would be enough even if we want to upgrade to a 29' fifth wheel....


What is the payload rating on your X5? What does the sticker say on the drivers door jam?
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Old 08-25-2017, 08:55 AM   #42
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Enough to say that I'm close to the limit but still under.
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Enough to say that I'm close to the limit but still under.


Higher than 1500 lbs?
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Old 08-25-2017, 09:02 AM   #44
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I don't remember now but when I did the calculation I was close.
That is the reason we don't carry anything inside the car other than snacks and the reason we are going F150....
I love the way the X5 tows like if was on rails when on highway and I know the F150 will not get even close to that but I think this is the trade off for more carrying capacity.... I guess.....
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Old 08-25-2017, 09:03 AM   #45
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I don't remember now but when I did the calculation I was close.
That is the reason we don't carry anything inside the car other than snacks and the reason we are going F150....
I love the way the X5 tows like if was on rails when on highway and I know the F150 will not get even close to that but I think this is the trade off for more carrying capacity.... I guess.....


Just curious. What is the rating as stated on the door jam sticker? A quick google search suggested 1200 lbs which isn't much
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I don't think it's that.
The older ones like mine had more stated capacity.
They reduced the stated capacity when they launched the X6 so the more expensive X6 would have more capacity than the X5....
Anyway, I never saw someone complaining that they had a suspension / bake or axle failure because they were towing close to the limit but I always see people complaining about sway even when towing at 1/2 the stated towing limit.
It's not only weight limit that affects safety, but stability too....
you may have a 1 ton truck but if your trailer sway, that thing is dangerous to everybody while a combination that never sways, like mine, is not.
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Old 08-26-2017, 11:59 AM   #47
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We have a 233S and tow with a Toyota Tundra 5.7L and it's awesome.
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Old 08-27-2017, 07:32 AM   #48
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We pull ours with an Expedition EL. And we feel it. The 233s has a heavy tongue. My WDH is set at max. But it rides fine and feels very safe. I have weighed it and am within all cargo limits. We are a family of 6 but we don't put any cargo in the truck, everything goes toward the rear of the camper.

Sure a pickup would be better, but you can't fit 4 kids in one comfortably. I would shy away from SUVs with shorter wheel bases and even the shorter Expedition. Go with a Suburban or Expedition EL if looking at SUVs. Click image for larger version

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We pull ours with an Expedition EL. And we feel it. The 233s has a heavy tongue. My WDH is set at max. But it rides fine and feels very safe. I have weighed it and am within all cargo limits. We are a family of 6 but we don't put any cargo in the truck, everything goes toward the rear of the camper.

Sure a pickup would be better, but you can't fit 4 kids in one comfortably. I would shy away from SUVs with shorter wheel bases and even the shorter Expedition. Go with a Suburban or Expedition EL if looking at SUVs. Attachment 149751


What year Expedition? 4WD? What's the payload rating as stated on the door jam sticker?
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Meant to get a pic of it but forgot. Away until end of the week and will get it. We have a 2007 4WD with full tow package. They are basically the same truck from 2007-2017. In recent years brake and sway controls are integrated with the tow package. Newly designed Expedition is coming out in 2018. We love ours. Pretty sure cargo capacity is between 1400-1500 lbs if memory serves me right.
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