Originally Posted by cbaka27
snip......Part of my confusion comes from the difference in the purchase sticker and door panel and what the Ford tow rating shows......snip
Not sure what you are referring to when you say "purchase sticker".
Normally the door sticker on a TV has the TV's GVWR, not the TV's tow rating.... but I could be mistaken (some may have both?).
First, always work with "loaded" weights, not UVW or dry weights because most of us don't tow an empty TV or TT. Also, when you do reference unloaded weights of a TT, it's best to work with the actual "ship weight"
in lieu of a published UVW rating.
Until you confirm your specific TV's tow rating, let's assume it's 9,200lbs.
The manufactures tow ratings
are based on the "curb weight" of your TV's base model
. The curb weight includes a 150lb driver and full tank of gas. The curb weight doesn't include vehicle options, cargo and passengers. This means that the weight of your vehicle options, cargo, and passengers gets subtracted form the 9,200lb specified tow rating. Taking your TV to a CAT scale and weighing it will give you your TV's loaded weight, just subtract the published curb weight from the CAT scale weight, then subtract the remaining weight from the 9,200lbs will give you your "real" remaining towing capacity.
The TV's door panel normally will provide you with maximum front & rear axle weight limits, and your TV's GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating).
The other thing that you can do with your loaded
TV's CAT scale weight is subtract the CAT scale weight from your TV's specified GVWR, the remaining weight is what you have left for the "loaded" TT tongue weight
The StarCraft 297BHS TT has a UVW is 5,360lbs, GVWR of 7,500lbs, Dry tongue weight of 680lbs. Lets assume
that you load your TT for an average family, that would put you about 6,500lbs for a loaded TT weight. Your loaded TT tongue weight would be 13% to 15% of 6,500lbs..., or 845lbs to 975lbs. Based on these assumptions you would want a 1,000lb rated Equal-i-zer WDH (weight distributing hitch).
Again, please note that I have made some loaded weight assumptions.
I hope this information gives you an idea of some of the weights you want to be considering.