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Old 03-27-2012, 02:25 PM   #1
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Swift SLX 184 or 185

Hi everyone. I'm expecting delivery on our 2012 Jay Flight SLX 184BH in a couple weeks and may have some concerns about the GCWR. If my calculations are correct the curb weight of my 4 door 2002 Ford Explorer XLT is 4344lbs and the trailers unloaded weight is 2740lbs equaling 7084lbs.
The number of passengers we'll have weigh approximately 400lbs plus the 7084lbs = 7484lbs leaves us with only room for about 200 more lbs before we max out the GCWR of 7700lbs. That makes me nervous. I don't have the paperwork with me but if my memory serves me correct I believe we'll be installing a class III hitch, a weight distribution system and trailer brakes. What tow vehicle and setup do you all use to tow this trailer or one like it? Is anyone able to verify my ratings? Should I be concerned? I'll be visiting a CAT scale asap with my truck to be certain of the curb weight plus passengers but thought I'd check here while I wait to get there. Thanks in advance for anything you can offer.


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Old 03-27-2012, 07:07 PM   #2
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Congrats on the new swift slx 184bh. I'm picking mine up on saturday ! Can't wait.

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Old 03-27-2012, 07:58 PM   #3
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What engine do you have in your Explorer? What rear axle ratio do you have. With the 2002 Explorer depending on your engine and your axle your GCWR can range from 7000 to 11,600.
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Old 03-28-2012, 05:23 AM   #4
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Russell, you are asking all the right questions and you seem aware of your limitations. Your idea of getting to the CAT scale is the best one. Once you have the facts, you can make a determination on how close to the combined weight you really are.
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Old 03-28-2012, 08:39 AM   #5
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Congrats to you as well iLLBRED. We can't contain our excitement. It's the only thing I think about
I see you'll be pulling with an Equinox. What are your ratings?

Sorry I suppose I should have included that info It's a 4.0L V6 3.55 rear axle ratio. And after doing some more research I believe the GCWR is 8,000 lbs which makes me feel much better.

And thanks to you too Quahog for your vote of confidence. I'll be visiting that CAT scale to be 100% sure on the weights.
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Old 03-30-2012, 12:24 AM   #6
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We tow our new 184 bh with a 2001 ford f150 6 cyl. Automatic trans. Tows and handles well. Congrats on your new tt.
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You should be OK, no worries with your TV/TT combo. Be sure to share some pictures!

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