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Lwiddis

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“I need to just purchase a truck with better towing capabilities sooner than later.“

Good plan. Could also consider a Tahoe or Expedition. Look at the payload sticker before anything else. Not what the salesman says...the sticker.


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spol11 wrote:

Thanks for the replies everyone! Definitely good feedback. I figured class 3 was better option but this solidified my choice.
I also knew that I was going to be maxed out (or very close) with supplies in camper/van but some of your info has me thinking I need to just purchase a truck with better towing capabilities sooner than later. The last thing I want to do is ruin the transmission on my wife's van in a year or two of camping.
(sorry for the cross post).


There aren't any hybrids with a dry tongue weight under 350lbs. The Rockwod Roo line of hybrids, are the best selling hybrid line and the most floorplans. Their smallest Roo 19 has a fictitious dry tongue weight of 448lbs. That's with no battery, no factory options, no water and no cargo.
Popups or A-frame trailers are pretty much all you can tow with that. It's the 350lbs max hitch weight that's the biggest issue.


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Good input bikendan.
I have found that the tongue weight on this particular trailer is about 390#. Obviously that still exceeds the van's max TW.
Would a weight dist. hitch help at all??
or is it as simple as TW cannot exceed TW capacity of towing vehicle? thanks in advance.

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I would pick the hitch attached to a truck with sufficient ratings.


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valhalla360... I'm trying hard to get someone to tell me everything will work out great and my setup is fine [emoticon]

At this very moment, a truck is unobtainable. But after going through my math numerous times and getting great feedback on this forum, I'm quickly realizing a used truck will likely be in my driveway by next year.

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spol11 wrote:

Good input bikendan.
I have found that the tongue weight on this particular trailer is about 390#. Obviously that still exceeds the van's max TW.
Would a weight dist. hitch help at all??
or is it as simple as TW cannot exceed TW capacity of towing vehicle? thanks in advance.


a WDH will not lower tongue weight, it just shifts it. and is that 390lbs the actual weighed tongue weight or a brochure/website "dry" tongue weight? and we haven't even discussed the van's payload capacity.

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spol11 wrote:

valhalla360... I'm trying hard to get someone to tell me everything will work out great and my setup is fine [emoticon]

At this very moment, a truck is unobtainable. But after going through my math numerous times and getting great feedback on this forum, I'm quickly realizing a used truck will likely be in my driveway by next year.


You can get a reliable 4 door pickup that will easily handle that trailer pretty cheap.

Our current 2008 F250 4 door was only $10k and we've had it for 2yrs with nothing but standard maintenance (not that you need a 3/4 ton). Our previous 3/4 ton was only $6k. Reliability has never been an issue buying at around 10yrs old (current truck is really clean but body rust can be an appearance issue)

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Bikendan, that was dry TW. I've redone my math.... I would have to somehow keep my van/trailer payload at/under 300# to be safe and that's just not happening. And the TW is an immediate issue, so that van wont be pulling anytime soon.
Valhalla360, I have already started looking. I'll be back in the forums with more questions once I get a proper TV.

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spol11 wrote:

Bikendan, that was dry TW. I've redone my math.... I would have to somehow keep my van/trailer payload at/under 300# to be safe and that's just not happening. And the TW is an immediate issue, so that van wont be pulling anytime soon.
Valhalla360, I have already started looking. I'll be back in the forums with more questions once I get a proper TV.


Yep, the 350lbs max hitch weight is the main weakness for minivans, then the 3500lbs towing capacity.
That's why Popups, teardrops and A-frames are about the only choices.

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