Hello everyone, when is it okay to let renter's know if we believe their tow vehicle is not up to the job to pulling our trailer's? My trailer weighs 4,100 lb empty and I get a lot of people with midsize trucks wanting to pull it... I know a Toyota Tacoma or Chevy Colorado can pull it but is it really safe for the Long haul?
I direct them to the towing capacities listed on the door jamb of their vehicle to make sure they can tow safely. I also let them know if they come to pick-up and the trailer exceeds the capabilities of their vehicle they cannot take it. I usually find I have bigger challenges with folks not having a 7 way connector or they don't have a brake controller.
There is a bluetooth brake controller available but the still need the correct electrical connection, most people renting are not experienced in hauling / towing, GVWR is a tough conversation for newbies who do not take into consideration that rating includes passengers and gear, i'd rather lose a booking than have a family to get overturned on the highway as they are over laden.
Is it safe can lead down an opinion hole that most owners cannot escape from leaving them with unanswered questions.
In short, owners should be aware of the renter's year make and model which Outdoorsy is working on adding, per my session with them. Ultimately, for instance my 38' conventional trailer is 10,995 GVWR the actual weight with all of the tanks empty is 10,200. Therefore, a row vehicles capacity should be 1000 to 1500 lbs more than what the tow vehicle is pulling. My F150 had 3.55 gear ratio V6 transmission cooler max tow with rear stabilizing bar on the back axel. With the Blue-Ox weight distribution and sway-control hitch and a 1500 lb. Tongue rating my recommended tow capacity is 12,000. On the higher end of my 1000 lb comparison but safe. For more questions or tips stay tuned or follow me. CHEERS 🍻
My trailer is 7200lbs dry. My freshwater is 100 gallons full. That’s 800 lbs of sloshing. No I do not fill it when towing. I am asked can my truck haul it? I tell them to check thier sticker , owners manual or phone the dealer and let me know. I know a 1500 will not tow my rig. I use my 2500 ram with a 4:6 rear diff. If they haven’t towed or can’t I offer delivery at a fair cost. That’s best solution in my opinion.