Originally Posted by docmarrin
I intend to pull my X19H with a Buick Enclave that has a 4500 lb. towing capacity with my included trailering package. Since the spec. on an unloaded 19H is 3350 lbs., I assume that I am well within my capability. Whaddayathink?
Our TV is an Acura MDX with a 5,000 lb tow capacity.
There are some recent posts by "Allamuchy" - and in one he recounted how their original TV was a Pilot with a 4,500 Tow capacity and that there salesperson was very upfront about not overloading the towing capacity of the TV.
The dry weight does not include options (such as power awning; battery; propane; etc) and these can add 350 - 400# of weight. Your TV cargo capacity assumes a full tank and one person of 150 lbs. You need to subtract any additional weight from the 4,500 and then see how much tow capacity that you have. You also need to subtract the real weight of the trailer plus anything else you have loaded for a trip.
In our case we started at the 5,000 pounds on the plus side. Then subtracted the "real weight" of the trailer, which we thought of about 3,700 lbs. The excess people (more than 150 lbs) and the dog was another 275 lbs (the dog is HUGE
); then we assumed that we tow with a few gallons of water only; hiking gear; clothing; minimal food; bedding; etc. We packed as though going on a trip and weighed everything and that was 450 lbs for some fairly light packing - not including bike gear.
So the math was 5,000 lbs towing capacity less the TOTAL of (excess people/dogs; 40# water; 450# minimal "everything else")for a combined total of nearly 4,500#
When we regrouped at the smaller x19h - we discovered that we could pack more comfortably; include our bikes and still be about 300 lbs under our limit of 5,000#.
So now we figure that we will be heading out in the x19h at about 4,700 lbs with room for a toy or two for grandkids or a case of local beer for Papi because our TV is rated at 5,000#
For some excellent advice on this and more, Please read this thread and good luck. http://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/sh...ad.php?t=21276
Either way, we will be following your posts and hope to share some local camping insights. Happy Travels.