Originally Posted by RaptorTaxman
Ok. With the the specs I've provided in my posts, can someone please tell me the maximum size/weight trailer I can safely tow with my Raptor?
No. One important weight is missing. Wet and loaded weight of your truck.
Load the Raptor with all the family, pets, tools, cargo and whatever else will be in it when towing. Include the head of the WD hitch. Go to a truck stop that has a CAT scale and fill up with gas. Then weigh the wet and loaded Raptor. If you don't have the WD hitch yet, then assume the head weighs 50 pounds and add that to the weight of the truck.
Subtract the weight of the wet and loaded Raptor from the 7450 GVWR of the Raptor. The answer is your real-world net payload capacity available for hitch weight. Divide that payload capacity by 0.125 and the answer is the maximum GVWR of any TT you want to consider. (12.5% is the average tongue weight of a TT when wet and loaded for the road. So that's a reasonable estimate to use.)
Example: Your wet and loaded Raptor weighs 6,600 pounds. So the net payload capacity available for hitch weight is 850 pounds. 850 divided by 0.125 = 6,800 pounds. So the max GVWR of any TT you want to consider is 6,800 pounds.
The Minnie Winnie you want is new and no specs are available in normal internet channels, but similar Minnie Winnies have GVWR of 7,000 pounds. So if that RV has average 12.5% tongue weight, that would be 875 pounds. So if you can get the wet and loaded weight of your Raptor down to 6,575 pounds, then that would put you right on the razor's edge of running out of payload capacity, but you wouldn't be overloaded over the payload capacity of the truck. However
, that much trailer REQUIRES
a good weight distributing hitch,, so buy the trailer with one of these included:
Reese Strait-Line Trunion bar rated 1,200 pounds (more than you have to have, but Reese doen't make the Strait-Line in a 1,000 pound tongue weight version)
Equal-I-Zer rated at least 1,000 pounds tongue weight
Husky Center-Line rated at least 1,000 pounds tongue weight
Blue Ox SwaPro rated at least 1,000 pounds tongue weight
Husky and Reese also make cheap hitches. DO NOT
buy a cheap hitch. If it didn't cost over $500 from discount sources, then it's a cheap hitch. (List price of those is around $1,000.)
Those 4 above are the minimum hitch you want to tow that trailer with. It's okay to spend a lot more for a ProPride, Hensley Arrow, or PullRite hitch if you want almost a guarantee of no sway. I have a Strait-Line on my cargo trailer, but I tow my small TT with a ProPride.