I'm sure glad I've decided to do my research about this before making any purchases, as it's proven to be a lot more complicated than I first imagined.
I have another thread were I was discussing a Honda odyssey as the tow vehicle, but that is going to change. It's just not logical for what we're after.
we were initially trying to find a trailer in the appropriate weight range so that my parents Odyssey could accommodate it. after learning more, it's just not feasible or logical. aside from physical variables, we were also sacrificing our "wants" in order to fit into that weight range.
we're looking at buying a used truck now, possibly a Frontier. From my research I see that they have a tow cap. of 6300 and a payload of 1100. The trailer that we've found that meets ALL of our requirements, is dry at 3800. Now of course there is the add-ons and the potential for fresh water weight of another 300lbs, and lets say 500lbs of cargo. So we can figure 4600lbs total. The dry hitch weight is 420, and if I'm using 12% of 4600 to roughly calculate my tongue weight, I'm sitting at 500+lbs. If I am correct, that 500 is subtracted from the 1100 payload cap., leaving me with 600lbs. I weigh 200, my wife, 130, and my small children equate to about 100lbs together. this leaves me with 170lbs, which isn't much room for them to grow and leaves not a whole lotta room for vehicle cargo. Am I going about this thought process correctly? And what about the tow cap. with a fully loaded payload cap.?
Can someone give me some clarification on this? Maybe I just need a F150.