A few links were given in the March posts in this thread, none of which contained any real load capacity info (curb/empty weight + load capacity = GVWR). I googled and found this on MSN
. It clearly says that the Pilot maximum payload is 1323 pounds. For the purposes of normal handling, anticipated mechanical wear, design of the suspension, emergency maneuvering, and maximum braking you cannot exceed this load on or in the tow vehicle.
What makes up this load? For starters the weight of any vehicle option not a part of the base model. If a 2" hitch receiver isn't standard you just about have to begin with the 150-175# this will add. But we hardly have to go there... Sleepy, add the weights of all family members. To that add the advertised trailer hitch weight plus
after-market front end trailer weight (hitch bar, weight distribution gear, LP in the tanks, spare tire if ordered -- all at least 200-300# minimum). All these weights added together are borne by your tow vehicle alone -- weight distribution gear does not
throw any of that weight back to the trailer axles. The basic premise is to drive with your tow vehicle below or approaching specified load capacity (payload or whatever you call it). Let's not even talk about tow capacity when a Pilot would be so heavily overloaded before you even turn the key.
The current F150 or F250
thread has some good considerations to look at. Read between the lines because there is info that goes beyond Ford trucks. There are many members very satisfied with larger capacity vans. Your kids will grow up rapidly and I suspect you'll consider at least a 25' before you're done. Just let me say that 1/2-ton trucks/vans/Suburbans also have a very hard time fitting within TV load capacity with 6 people and
a trailer that big.
You may not go any of these directions at all but please understand the first hurdle is to always fit within TV load capacity. Therein lies safety.
Tow capacity and GCWR are nothing but fluff if you aren't within TV load capacity specs! When looked at closely, it is evident manufacturers must figure tow capacity with only one thoroughbred jockey and a gallon of gas on board.... There are many Forums jokes about a certain dealer in the vicinity of our northern border that misleads people to believe that even an AMC Gremlin has enough oomph to pull an Airstream.