OK, I'm going to post my reply from last night, but without the links so that it actually gets posted.
Originally Posted by sask934
The math is not in your favor to pull that trailer. You will be way over pay load and total weight allowed.
here is a link that will help you:
Thanks for the link -- that's very helpful.
Using the calculator, I entered the following:
TV GVWR: 6280
TV GCWR: 12000
TV Max trailer WR: 7020
TV Max Tongue: 740
TV RGAWR: 3400
TV GVW: 4717 curb, but entered 5500 here
Trailer GVW: 5500 estimated
Trailer Tongue Weight: 700 estimated
Safety Margin: 10
Trailer TW percentage: 13
Running this, got answers of:
Max Trailer Wt: 5692 lb
Max TW with margin: 5123 lb
Max Tongue Wt: 740
Max Tongue Wt with margin: 666
It's close, but the max weights still appear to be within the vehicle's limits. Even at max tongue weight, I'd still have enough payload for passengers, but nothing else (which is OK with me).
So, it seems I have a range of 698-1267 lbs for trailer cargo. It seems from other threads on here that even 1000 lbs of cargo is high, so I would think I'd be fine. Realistically, if tongue weight ends up being around 700lbs at 13% (960 lbs of trailer cargo), I'd be somewhere around 5% under limits.
So, unless I'm missing something, if I closely monitor tongue weight and trailer cargo weight, and don't put anything in the Mountaineer other than passengers, I should be OK, right?