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Old 08-24-2013, 04:22 PM   #51
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The Expedition isn't a bad tow vehicle. The trouble is when you push the upper edges of a trucks tow limits you are never going to have a relaxing drive, no matter what you tow vehicle is.

When replacing our old Grand Cherokee we decided that the Expedition was the largest thing we would consider given that it will see day to day use. With that in mind we only looked at trailers around the 5000 lb range loaded. Towing our 2013 Jay Feather X213 ( about 24 ft and 5000 lbs loaded) the Expedition is stable and unaffected by crosswinds and trucks.

If you don't want to upsize your truck you could consider downsizing your trailer.

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Old 08-24-2013, 04:45 PM   #52
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Interesting discussion, because my husband who owns an auto dealership and can pull with any tow vehicle he wants to have for a summer, got it into his head to pull our 28FtBH this year with a Dodge Durango with a Hemi V8.(At least thats what I think he called it). Great motor, good gas milage, but too short of a truck bed to be pulling that length of trailer. Because we have pulled with three different TV's now, it was very obvious compared to the first two. As to the trailer weight issue, some wise person on this site told us to go through the trailer at the beggining of our second season and remove every single item that we didn't use the first year. IT was great advice and we removed about 500 pounds of stuff that was not necessary. I know some ladies don't like to deal with this part of RVing..(lightening up) because we like to have a lot of "just in case" stuff with it, but it is actually more enjoyable to have a simpler, lighter and more organized trailer once you have done this.


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Old 08-24-2013, 07:27 PM   #53
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I know you are at the limit or slightly over the limit of the Expy, but if you can't afford to trade for a truck, look into the Propride 3P hitch. I just started towing with one and it is night and day difference. I get absolutely NO sway and the trailer/truck combo does not move one bit with a passing semi. I am amazed at the difference. It is a ton of money but I went from a 3/4 ton truck that felt the trailer back there to a 1/2 ton Tundra that really felt the trailer back there! I now don't worry about the wind, a storm, semis passing by or even following in the wash of a semi on the interstate. I get no movement at all. My buddy who tows a 28BHS with a Cummins Ram noticed how much better it tows when he follows us now. He said before you could see the camper sway and now he does not!

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2013 Toyota Tundra DC 4x4, 5.7, 6 speed 4.30 gears
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Old 08-25-2013, 07:22 AM   #54
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Originally Posted by Campinken View Post
Anything below 55 and I don't even know its behind me. Thanks folks. I've got a cross state trip coming up and I don't want to crush the steering wheel with my grip. Thanks

Jay flight G2 32 BHDS
Dry Weight 7855
Payload Capacity 1895
GVWR 9750
Hitch Weight 920

Ford expedition king ranch 2008 4wd
5.4 l. V8 300hp
Rear airbag suspension
9050 towing capacity.
I'd say then that you should try to stay right around that 55MPH speed.
Your TV, nor TT, was designed to be loaded up to or near max GVWR and run at "highway speeds".

Besides, a trip is just as much about the "traveling" as it is about the destination.
You should enjoy the sights along the way instead of having a death grip on the wheel and the 1000 mile stare out the windshield.
There's a LOT to see along the way.

The posted speed is the "limit" (or maximum) and is NOT the speed you have to maintain.
It is less than wise to push the limits while towing.
A few extra minutes of drive time is not worth the danger of trying to run "max speed" like a passenger car.
FWIW - I have seen SEVERAL wrecks in TX that were caused by nothing more than attempting towing at 70 or 80 MPH.

A 300 mile trip @ 60MPH takes only 5 hours.
The same 300 mile trip @ 75MPH takes 4.5 hours.
The 30 minutes saved is NOT worth the risk.
(and you will likely spend more than 30 minutes stopping along the way anyhow)
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Old 08-25-2013, 08:22 AM   #55
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The scaling back gear makes sense. I've been thinking about that the last few days. We bought this camper because it was the right setup and an awesome price. Unfortunately with our schedules and our school district is year round we don't have many opportunities to camp. Probably only 5 trips this year and they are all within 90 miles except one. We love getting away with just us and not having all the distractions.
Ill look into that other hitch. I read about it and it looks good. And of course I'm going to take it slow. I don't drive fast even without the TT. Too much precious cargo.

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2008 Ford Expedition King Ranch with rear air suspension, Husky WDH & SC
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