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Old 11-02-2005, 06:31 PM   #1
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We have a 2000 Ford Expedition with towing package. It says we can tow 7200 (sticker on door) and the TT we are thinking of buying is 34 with a weight of 7400.
We've been told by several people that it will be just fine but we don't know. We are totally inexperiened. Any advice, please?
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We have a 2000 Ford Expedition with towing package. It says we can tow 7200 (sticker on door) and the TT we are thinking of buying is 34 with a weight of 7400.
We've been told by several people that it will be just fine but we don't know. We are totally inexperiened. Any advice, please?
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Old 11-02-2005, 07:22 PM   #3
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Exactly what does the sticker on the door state? The sticker inside the drivers door usually states a GVWR (gross vehicel weight rating) which is the maximum the truck can weigh with all passengers, cargo and hitch onboard. It will also have a GAWR (gross axle weight rating) for the front and rear axles. This is the max a single axle can carry.

In the owners manual you should find a GCWR (gross combined weight rating) which is specific to the body style, axle ratio and engine in your truck. This weight is the total weight of your loaded truck and your loaded trailer.

You have to be very careful of towing ratings as published by the manufacturers. This weight is based on a base model truck, no cargo, no options, no hitch and only a 150# driver. By the time you add cargo, passengers and a hitch, the max tow rating is reduced pound for pound.

You need to weigh the truck with full fuel, passengers, hitch (add 150# if you don't have one) to get your LVW (laden vehicle weight).

GVWR - LVW = max trailer hitch weight.
GCWR - LVW = max loaded trailer weight.

Never use the dry weight from the trailer literature. Onece loaded with options, cargo, water, batteries, and propane, it can easily weigh 1000# more than the dry weight.

The max you can tow depends on your engine, axle ratio and what your truck weights. Practically, a properly equipped Expedition can tow about a 25 or 26' trailer at about 4500# loaded.

For the size trailer you are looking at, you need a 3/4 ton truck as a minimum. Also, the Expedition has way too short of a wheelbase to handle a 34' trailer.

Sorry to rain on your parade, but I would not go over 25' on an Expy.

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You'll get lots of advice against what you are thinking to doing. The GVRW of your tow vehicle and trailer will dictate the load you can carry... this includes passengers in the Expedition, "stuff" in the tow vehicle and the load in the trailer. If 7200# is the true load you can tow, for safety sake it is better to pick a trailer that is at least 10-15% below this limit. NEVER exceed it.

And 34'?... not a good idea with the short wheelbase of the Expedition. We tow a 28' with an extended cab HD truck (8300#) and would not consider anything longer.
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Old 11-02-2005, 07:37 PM   #5
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Thank you very much for your quick and honest replies. After reading all the advice here we have decided to pass on the 34 ft. TT. I'm sad and disappointed because I'm anxious to get Rving but we don't want to be foolish either. There's no advice better than that of the voice of experience. Thanks again.
P.S. Where can we find a 25 ft. TT? LOL
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One example of the size and lighter weight you may be interested in is made by Keystone. Check the Zeppelin line at http://keystone-zeppelin.com/index.html?page=detail&model=Z241&year=2006.

My brother-in-law is considering this particular model because the shower is friendly to those with mobility problems.
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