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Old 12-21-2012, 07:54 AM   #11
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Lots of good advice here on this thread. My 2cents is that I would not tow a trailer that close to your max rating. Too many things that add weight that are not taken into account and your tow vehicle with pay the price over the long haul. No need for a 3/4 ton truck with that weight but a 1/2 ton or SUV with a higher rating would make for happier towing without worrying about the stress on the vehicle.
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Old 11-02-2017, 08:43 AM   #12
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We are currently towing the ultra lite with a Ford explorer (with Tow package), but are thinking of upgrading our vehicle for more towing capacity and safety as we will be doing some traveling out west in the mountains. I am interested in vehicle recommendations. We would like to stay with Ford, but will consider other options. What are thoughts about truck versus Expedition/Suburban type vehicles? Thanks for your thoughts.
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Old 11-02-2017, 08:50 AM   #13
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Raine,

Welcome!!! Even if it’s a year since you joined for your first post.

I would suggest to start your own thread specific for your needs. Especially since this thread is just short of 5yrs old.

As for trucks vs a suv, it really comes down to the rated payload of the tv as long as possible t is properly equipped for towing your total trailer weight.

The weight of: all occupants, cargo in the truck cab and bed, any accessories added to the truck, the wdh, and the tw of the tt all count toward the tv payload.

Maybe a mod can start a new thread for you and move your post and mine.

Good luck shopping!!!
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Tow Vehicle for ultralite

Thank you Need a vacation! I am not very savvy about the forum so will see if this gets moved. Happy Traveling
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We are currently towing the ultra lite with a Ford explorer (with Tow package), but are thinking of upgrading our vehicle for more towing capacity and safety as we will be doing some traveling out west in the mountains. I am interested in vehicle recommendations. We would like to stay with Ford, but will consider other options. What are thoughts about truck versus Expedition/Suburban type vehicles? Thanks for your thoughts.
First, re-read what need-a-vacation said. All good stuff there.

To emphasize: The PAYLOAD is the number you need to pay attention to. Salesmen (truck and RV) will talk towing capacity, but the PAYLOAD limit is what your tow vehicle will hit first.

Are you planning on keeping your current trailer? If so, it seems you have questions about safety and towing capacity with it. What problem(s) are you encountering?
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