Originally Posted by jimjr
...How close to the max tow weight is too close? I guess thats what I'm asking...
there are only several 100 threads here on this issue so read some.
many folks try to abide by the 80% of rated capacity mantra.
it's a sensible approach.
the published hitch weigh is ONLY an estimate and doesn't include 60-80 lbs of lpgas or options or BASIC cargo.
the 30/31 base weight (~7000) is also WITHOUT options.
the 30/31s have about 10k total weight capacity, MANY folks report these uints packed for camping...
at 8500-9000 lbs and with hitch weights of 900-1000 lbs.
while it's suggested you will be scaling back the cargo,
a stocked fridge, kitchen, personal gear, clothing and basic rv needs and a few tools or toys...
quickly reach 1000 lbs even for the weight thrifty IN a 30 footer. so REALLY how light do you expect 2 travel?
the towing rating for the exci' is WITHOUT passengers or gear INSIDE the suv or options.
the hitch apparatus (not the receiver) will add another 100-250 lbs,
in other words REDUCE the available payload of the suv (for towing) by that amount.
so assume 4-500 lbs of people, 200 lbs of STUFF and a HITCH at 150lbs....
NOW the 'towing capacity has dropped by 850lbs already, lower the MAX to <8,000 lbs.
no doubt one can manage the combo, but if your questions are 'what is reasonable'...
consider 80% and work ALL of the numbers...
here is but one example of this process...