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Terryallan

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Posted: 02/24/21 08:59am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

carringb wrote:

Weight-wise, you'll be generally in good shape. I do like the long wheelbase of the Max, but even the regular version tows well. As mentioned, you could have payload challenges if you need to carry a full passenger load while towing.

As for the hitch, I'd try it without the Hensley first. You probably don't need it. Grand Designs don't seem to generate many towing complaints, and the Expedition is stable as well.


are you saying NO WDH at all? Because the weight carrying tongue weight cap for the Expe will be 500lbs. He is going to be over that a good long ways.


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I don't think he means no WDH, but maybe saying that a very expensive model, like the Pro pride or Hensley may not be needed. I agree, OP may not need those expensive upper end types.

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MFL wrote:

I don't think he means no WDH, but maybe saying that a very expensive model, like the Pro pride or Hensley may not be needed. I agree, OP may not need those expensive upper end types.

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I'll agree with that. But it does need a WDH.

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Terryallan wrote:

carringb wrote:


As for the hitch, I'd try it without the Hensley first. You probably don't need it. Grand Designs don't seem to generate many towing complaints, and the Expedition is stable as well.


are you saying NO WDH at all? Because the weight carrying tongue weight cap for the Expe will be 500lbs. He is going to be over that a good long ways.


Sorry, no I did not mean to imply no WD. Only that a Hensley might be overkill compared to a traditional WD hitch.


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OP, presuming with your questions that you don’t have any meaningful towing experience.
So take the responses with a grain of salt, as many folks believe in putting their own factors of safety on (which is ok) and then preaching them as gospel (when they are far from it).
First, a new Expe with towing package will EASILY and safely tow that trailer. No questions asked. Long or short wheelbase.
Second, I would suggest purchasing both units and then after driving them together as a pair, decide if you need any enhancements above and beyond a standard weight bearing hitch.
Better to have a basis for your hitch decisions vs throwing money at something you may not need.


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I towed a slightly longer, slightly heavier TT for 10 years with the non-Max length Expedition. Our TT weighed in just under 7000# loaded, and I kept the tongue at around 900# versus our 920# limit. At the time the Max had a lower hitch limit of 860#. Our WDH was the Reese dual-cam and once we got it dialed in we found it was fine. Because of the short wheelbase, on strong cross wind days the tail did try to wag the dog. When I sold the TT, the buyer had the Expedition Max and the extra foot-ish of wheelbase made a very noticeable difference for him.

Watch your tongue weight, watch your RAWR, pay extra attention on cross-wind days and you should be fine. Enjoy the new setup.


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Since they don't already have the tow I'm not sure why they wouldn't go with the Max, the difference in MSRP between a standard and Max with the FX4 and Max tow is only $2k. To me not having to white knuckle it on high wind days makes it an easy upsell, but it's not my money =)


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Wanted to stay with regular length since no kids. Max can work as well if it makes that big of a difference

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