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Old 02-28-2016, 05:46 PM   #231
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Does anyone tow their X213 with a Ford Explorer? It says towing capability of 5000lbs. I know it will be cutting it close, but the dealership and General RV says it's fine...

We have a 2016 X213 being delivered next week and currently have a 2013 Ford Explorer with no tow package and looking to trade it in for another Explorer or similar suv. My husband has a 2008 GMC Sierra which will pull it just fine.
Hi, you will be over with the Explorer and don't let the dealer convince you otherwise. If your vehicle never came with the tow package, it is likely your tow rating will be lower, simply adding a hitch to you SUV isn't enough, you will need a transmission cooler, brake controller, look at your axle gear ratio and if the alternator has sufficient capacity to handle the additional electrical load and not to mention that your passengers and cargo you carry in the Explorer decreases your tow capabilities by the same amount. if your passengers and cargo are say 800 lbs and your tow rating is 5000 lbs, you only have a 4200 lb limit. Please understand that any cargo that you put in the bunk storage area of the TT increases the tongue weight. I highly recommend using a weight distribution hitch. The Sierra will definitely be capable since I tow mine with a 1/2 ton Dodge Ram. Congrats on your new X213, they are a great trailer. I have had mine for 4 years now with very little issues.
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Old 02-28-2016, 05:52 PM   #232
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Here is the Chevy 2014 Trailering Guide https://www.chevrolet.com/content/da...de_1113.13.pdf

Find your vehicle on page 9 and you can see what your theoretical maximums are (seems 1200# is max tongue load for all). Then use your yellow sticker on the driver's door to see what your max payload is. If you have anything added to your vehicle since factory, i.e. bed cover, running boards, etc. that reduces your payload. So get an idea of what those things weight and subtract them off your payload to know what's left. Then subtract off the weight of all passengers and if you have an idea of any other gear you might carry in the vehicle. This will give you an idea if you have enough left for the tongue weight of the X213. I would ensure you had at least 800# left for the tongue. This will give you a guesstimate of whether or not the X213 will work with your truck.

We've got just over 1500# of payload (heavily optioned 1/2 ton), and our X213 tongue weight is around 760 pounds IIRC. The trailer is basically at its max 5500#. We aren't heavy packers, but we've got 3 kids so we take a minimum of 4 bikes with us and we have been packing all the food in advance, and canned food and drinks are heavy! We are a light family, the heaviest of us is 145# and 3 out of the 5 are theoretically not growing anymore. We've got a bit of room left for payload, and that has to be saved for the 2 that are growing.

Take a pic of your payload sticker, as it also has axles max on it as well and I'm sure you'll get some helpful comments as to whether it looks promising for you.
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Max Cargo: 1726 lbs
GVWR: 7200 lbs
GAWR: 3950 (both front and back)
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Old 02-28-2016, 06:32 PM   #233
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Pictures not working On mobile but here is what I have:

Max Cargo: 1726 lbs
GVWR: 7200 lbs
GAWR: 3950 (both front and back)
I think the GAWR for the rear concerns me more than the payload; you may hit it before payload. My front is 3900# and my rear is 4050#, we were over it one trip and then moved some stuff to the trailer after we discovered that. But we had barely had weight room in the trailer. I think you may hit that before payload? Someone else may have a better idea of that.

Any idea of how much your family weighs? (include dogs and other pets if they are coming along!), and if you have extras on your truck?
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Old 02-28-2016, 07:03 PM   #234
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I think the GAWR for the rear concerns me more than the payload; you may hit it before payload. My front is 3900# and my rear is 4050#, we were over it one trip and then moved some stuff to the trailer after we discovered that. But we had barely had weight room in the trailer. I think you may hit that before payload? Someone else may have a better idea of that.

Any idea of how much your family weighs? (include dogs and other pets if they are coming along!), and if you have extras on your truck?
I am 220. My wife is 130. Then the combined weight for the 2 little ones is 50 (this will go up obviously in the future as one is 3 and the other is 6 months. My dog is 15 lbs. so overall, not much yet. I have running boards, tonneau cover and spray in bed liner.
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I am 220. My wife is 130. Then the combined weight for the 2 little ones is 50 (this will go up obviously in the future as one is 3 and the other is 6 months. My dog is 15 lbs. so overall, not much yet. I have running boards, tonneau cover and spray in bed liner.
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Honestly, I think you'll be fine as long as you watch what you put in the bed as the kids grow. For now, you're likely easily fine, unless you've got ATV's or something in the bed. As they grow, your truck and trailer might as well. Seems to be the X213 is likely about perfect you for now!
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Old 02-28-2016, 07:18 PM   #236
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Honestly, I think you'll be fine as long as you watch what you put in the bed as the kids grow. For now, you're likely easily fine, unless you've got ATV's or something in the bed. As they grow, your truck and trailer might as well. Seems to be the X213 is likely about perfect you for now!
Thanks for the info!! I appreciate it and will just need to experiment with loading it when the times come. My gut told me that if I had issues, they would come with what I put in the bed plus the toungue weight. Have a good night!
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My X213 will blow the 30a fuze on the front at the battery if we run the slide in or out. I've been told that Jayco's fix for this is a 40a fuze. Not sure what I think of that answer. Before my trailer goes out of warranty in the next year does anybody else's do this? Its fine if we're plugged into shore power.
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Mine x213 is a 2016, and I have not blown my fuse when opening the slide. But I have maybe opened it a few times without being hooked up
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Never had the fuse blow on mine, I always leave it plugged into my truck when I open or close the slide. only time it blew a fuse was when the power tongue jack died and I had it replaced under warranty. My dealer put a heavy duty Atwood 3500 as a replacement and I tell you it raises and lowers the tongue so much faster.
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Mine x213 is a 2016, and I have not blown my fuse when opening the slide. But I have maybe opened it a few times without being hooked up

Mines a 2015 Could you do me a favor and see if yours came with a 40a fuze in it? It's the main fuze at the battery.
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