Your practices sound perfect!
But the vehicle-makers' ratings don't seem to be conservative enough for the kind of towing I've done, and been burned by, in the past.
I started out very small--Chevy S-10 Blazers and a Trail Blazer. Four of 'em in total. The S-10's were rated to haul 3300 lbs, the Trail Blazer rated to 5000 lbs.
And I went through four transmissions over 20 years, towing trailers that weighed about 3000 lbs.
I'd added on tranny coolers if the little trucks didn't have them--but three DID come with factory tranny coolers.
I changed tranny fluid annually, did slow starts. And still had that awful smell & sound of an overheated transmission forcing the hot fluid out around the rubber seal that deformed at high heat.
I gave up on those vehicles and now I tow with a 3/4 HD pickup. I hope to never have that transmission problem again.
The point, which I'm taking too long to get to, is that the car builder said I could tow up to a certain weight. I kept below that weight, and still damaged the vehicles. Hopefully your case will show that the weight the App shows is far enough under the vehicle's rating that you won't have the issues I did.
Keep on camping!
Originally Posted by ependydad
I'm a huge proponent of staying with truck and trailer ratings. Never had truck issues, but I did buckle the frame of a trailer once. I'd like that to not happen again.
So, weigh early. And weigh often. Especially when there are big changes made. For us, that was the replacement of the crappy RV sofa with one that is super comfortable but also has 3 electric motors for the recliners.
For this weighing, I was carrying some black water, some gray water, water heater full, and less than 1/3 of my 100g freshwater tank.
So first- download the Weigh My Truck app
to your smart device. Run it and configure it with credit card information.
When you get to the truck stop, fill up with fuel.