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Old 05-29-2012, 09:33 AM   #1
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up grade towing

I am a newby, I have a 2002 Expedition, 300 isb. 36', says I can only tow max of 5000lbs. Is there an up grade I can do to increase towing, like to get at least up to 7500lbs.

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Old 05-29-2012, 12:30 PM   #2
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You need to talk to the manufacturer and find out what single part of the entire chassis is the limiting factor, and strengthen that part. Maybe it's the frame itself, maybe it's the hitch, the springs, the shocks, the wheels, tires, or any number of other things that go into the complete package. You find the weak part and strengthen it; then the next weakest part becomes the limiting factor, ad nauseum.

Or you can do what most people do and ignore the limits sets by the manufacturer and just tow what you want.

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Old 05-29-2012, 04:57 PM   #3
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So you have the facts and figures for what most people do.....
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Old 05-30-2012, 09:45 AM   #4
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Thanks, what would happen if a person is pull over & checked with pulling more than the limit.
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Old 05-30-2012, 08:07 PM   #5
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Nothing - you aren't violating any law except perhaps for the laws of physics. The better question is what would happen if the hitch receiver breaks loose while towing? Or the coach drive shaft breaks? I think you get the idea...

Chances are nothing will fail right away, but eventually some overstressed part with give out.
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