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Old 06-02-2016, 02:38 PM   #1
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Tow Vehicle shopping

Just started looking for a TV for my 20-ft Flying Cloud with 5,000lb/631lb (tow/tongue) ratings. My first choice TV has a 7,770 lb. tow rating and 617 lb. tongue rating. Will have the FC weighed in a few days to see about slightly reducing load on the tongue.

I would really appreciate thoughts on the tongue weight issue, and whether to consider another TV. Will be traveling across country for a couple months.
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Old 06-02-2016, 02:55 PM   #2
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If you are, which you should, putting a WD/SC hitch you are going to add a good deal more weight on the tongue. From your figures, it appears you are already at the limit. Should have no problem towing the trailer, but tongue weight and payload capacities of the TV are something that definitely needs to be considered. Since you are in the market for a TV and not trying to marry the trailer to one you already have, I have always been of the opinion that having more TV capacity is much better than being right on the limit line. Good luck and have a blast.
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Weight distribution hitches change the location of measured weights, simply adding this and that will not provide an accurate load measurement that will be carried by the truck. It's a ball park estimate. You can also adjust loads within your truck and trailer to change hitch weight, and the quality and length of the w.d. hitch can change hitch weight. The truck's "tongue rating" probably does not consider the type of load a weight distribution applies to the truck's receiver.

For example, our Airstream factory spec hitch weight is 835 lbs. Our ProPride w.d. hitch assembly is 180 lbs. After loading the additional weight of camping/traveling gear in the Airstream and truck, with weight distribution applied, the Airstream and ProPride hitch add 820 lbs to our truck's weight.

What is the tow vehicle you have in mind, some are much better than others even though factory spec's may indicate they are equal? They are not all equal in performance and handling. Some are easier than others to distribute weight with a w.d. hitch. Some are more stable than others. And how many passengers and how much gear in the tow vehicle will go camping with you?

The information provided at this point is not enough to evaluate the tow vehicle's suitability for your FC 20.
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In another thread I see you are looking at a Touareg TDI tow vehicle for our FC 20, probably the most perfectly matched combination possible unless you had an Audi A7. Two important considerations remaining. Proper trailer and tow vehicle loading and do you need the hitch reinforced for the stress of the w.d. hitch. Contact Can-Am Airstream, they know what they're doing and will help you.
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