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Old 03-03-2018, 10:18 AM   #1
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Hitch Weight Question

The hitch weight rating on my wifeís SUV is 350 pounds. I found a nice Wolf River Pup 16BHS travel trailer but itís hitch weight is 377 pounds. I know most people would say no but do you think I could get away with that as most of the campsites we like are less than two hours away and are interstate accessible?
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Add another 100 for the weight distribution hitch, so no. You may be able to pull and stop, but will destroy the tow vehicle suspension.
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Is that 350lbs with a weight distribution hitch or without?
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Old 03-03-2018, 06:00 PM   #4
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If the tongue weight is with the trailer loaded , your just slightly over the limit. If it is the dry weight of the trailer , then no way . You should have at least 10% to 15% of the trailer weight on the hitch .Do not try to lighten the tongue weight by moving items from the front of the trailer to the back. If you do tow the trailer , I would stay off the interstates and keep the speed down. Check the specs on the SUV .It might just have a lightweight hitch installed and might be able to tow the trailer with the proper hitch.
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Single axle trailer, overloaded hitch weight, also overloaded on cargo capacity if you have any passengers, gear, and a full tank of gas. I would not.
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Not a good idea. Will likely tow OK until it goes awry and then you have no reserves to recover. Enter into a speed wobble (some at quite slow speeds, friend said he was doing 50 downhill) and at the least you will have to clean your drawers, and the ones in the trailer as well.
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Not a chance. Plus there will be added dynamic weight forces applied as your driving down the road. Not going to get into payload or anything but is the hitch integrated into the vehicle or is it a bolt on? You can buy after market hitch receivers at a very good price. What suv is this?
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I just looked up that wolf pup and that is dry tongue weight. Gross vehicle weight rating is just shy of 4000 pounds which means a tongue weight around 500 lbs not including a WDH. Once again what suv are we talking about and maybe we could get you more info.
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