Originally Posted by canadiankid
I can't speak specifically to your situation but I can tell you mine. I made the mistake of listening to a dealer and bought a 29qbs last year. My TV was a Silverado 1/2 ton with a 5.3l V8. Don't remember the exact numbers but pretty sure my max tow was 9800lbs. Max trailer weight being 9500lbs I figured I was fine. Not the case. With my trailer hooked up and nobody in the truck I was already at my rear axle weight limit. I had no idea that the was a thing till I started reading about towing and at that point already owned the trailer. My bad!! I did whatever I could to make for a better tow experience. I added stable loads, I bought a good weight distribution hitch and I was always very careful to how I loaded everything. I towed a fair bit with that set up and always had good experiences. Even towed in a 40mph cross wind on a very busy 2lane highway. Every time I was loading up my family in the truck I felt like I was doing something wrong and the entire point of the camper was family fun. Much easier to have fun if you have less to stress about and let me tell you being at your TV's limit is and should be stressful!! I know some aren't but ignorance is bliss as they say!! Long story short, more truck the better! Sorry about the long reply but it's something I feel very strongly about.
I knew I wasn't the only one, but that story was eerily similar to mine! LOL! All better now though.
I agree that you should weigh as much as you can while estimating. Could be that the Edge will do just fine, but no way to really tell on paper. Weights and measures could be good on paper, and give you a horrible experience on the road.
I would consider a 150/1500 pickup. Just about as much utility as the Edge, and a lot more capacity. But then, I'm a pickup guy, and I use my truck like a truck (hauling stuff in the bed) so my usage pattern supports such a vehicle. And I live in the country where pickups are the norm. If you're hauling people more than anything else, and dealing with an urban environment, an SUV might be a better fit. That's why DW drives a crossover (GMC Acadia). Which ironically enough, you can get with a 5K towing capacity. A friend of mine tows her trailer with her Acadia, and has nothing but good things to say about it. As mentioned before, be sure to get the factory tow package.
Sorry for the rambling...
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