I have done a search and found a lot of information on tow weights and wheelbase formulas, but still I have some confusion. I have tried to look up the necessary numbers and here is what I came up with.
I have an 2000 EB Expedition, 4x4, 5.4L, 3.55 rear axle ratio, 17" tires, and 119" wheelbase.
On the door it reads front GAWR 3500#, rear 4128; GVWR 7200#
The Ford manual says GCWR is 12,500# for this set-up.
Starting with curb weight, I start to lose it further. I have only the number I found doing a search that I found in an article for 2000 Expedition, it says4850#, but I saw in the threads that sounds light compared to what I saw there.
We are considering the 2003 25' ssd (or c) Safari. The weights on the sticker in the unit per sales associate read:
The weights are as follows: Empty weight 5289
Personal gear 573
From the brochure the hitch weight is 680# and UVW is 4770 (no options) see weight from dealer above 5289# and 6300# is the GVWR.
We have the hitch provided with car and Reese weight distributing hitch (800# bars)and a Reese one side friction sway control.
I think we could do it. My husband thinks we can do it. I know some of you do and some of you don't. I was wondering if you would be so kind to help me with the actual numbers so I could see in black and white for myself (and understand) just where the strength or weakness lies.
I know the wheelbase formulas and that the 25' is closer to 26', but also read it cannot be applied to the largest of units so I thought perhaps it would not have to be applied to this size unit.
Right now we pull a 2001 26' low-profile Towlite that handles well through the mountains as we just returned from a three week, 6,000 mile trip from Michigan to Glacier Park MT, Banff Canada, Yellowstone and Grand Tetons WY. The Towlite weighs 4040# without options, my sticker is incorrect on final weight so I need to do some calculations, the GVWR is 5500# the hitch weight is 550# We thought we could pull 800# more.
(Don't they include gas in the curb weight when it says all standard fluids included?)
I have looked up an old truck scale paper that my husband did. I do not understand the numbers beside the gross weight which was 11620# The car and trailer were loaded and I can't remember if we had the bicycles with that time or not or how much water we were hauling. The confusing numbers to me are:
Steer axle 6940,
Drive axle 2380
trailer axle 2300
He may shoot me for saying this but I know he did it over and I could not guarantee we did it correctly.
So there it is. I understand the gist of the weight considerations and the total is easy but the tongue weight subtraction, and whether to consider the weight redistributed, and some others, etc., have got me lost.
Sure would like to have our first full profile unit, and don't feel it viable to purchase the smaller CCD, we are used to a 26' interior. But do not want to purchase a new vehicle either. We have traveled many extended vacations out west in both this unit and previously our 21" Towlite pulled by our Explorer, before Jayco1406, before 806-Probe.
Thanks for your help. Sorry I was so long at it but wanted all the info out there in case it was needed.