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Old 09-21-2012, 01:16 PM   #1
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Towing capacity question

We'll be picking up our Escape 19 on October 2nd. My plan is to carry my 700lb motorcycle with us in the bed of our F150XL. I loaded the bike on the truck and took a measurement before and after loading. The back of the truck came down one and a half inches. I estimate the trailer will weigh in the neighbourhood of 3700lbs with a tongue weight of between 350 to 500 lbs. We will be using an equalizer hitch.
My question is about the capability of the truck springs to handle this load. Am I worrying unnecessarily or do I need to beef up the truck's suspension?

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Old 09-21-2012, 01:53 PM   #2
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Re: Towing capacity question

I have an f150 and a 19’ also. I put a 300 lb. dual sport bike in the truck along with whatever else needs to go in the bed of the truck. I do not use an equalizer hitch and the trailer tows just fine. You are only 400 pounds heavier on the bed/tongue weight than I am, and with the WD hitch, I would think you would be fine. I would at least try it before doing anything to the truck.
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Old 09-21-2012, 07:39 PM   #3
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You need to read your manual to find out your vehicles gross carrying capacity. My Ram is something like 1350 lbs, from which fuel, passengers, tongue weight are all subtracted. You maybe over your vehicles # with the 700# load in the bed and hooked up to the 19 which has a t/w around 400#, adding fuel 160 lbs means you may only carry one person to be within your limit. See the other thread here discussing GVWR and GCWR http://escapeforum.org/index.php?topic=2217.0;topicseen
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Old 09-21-2012, 09:34 PM   #4
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You need to read your manual to find out your vehicles gross carrying capacity. My Ram is something like 1350 lbs, from which fuel, passengers, tongue weight are all subtracted. You maybe over your vehicles # with the 700# load in the bed and hooked up to the 19 which has a t/w around 400#, adding fuel 160 lbs means you may only carry one person to be within your limit. See the other thread here discussing GVWR and GCWR http://escapeforum.org/index.php?topic=2217.0;topicseen
Thanks for the responses! I dug out the manual and discovered I had to look at the driver side door jamb to find my gross carrying capacity. Much to my relief it shows as 1780lbs. Although the combined load I'll be carrying is still quite heavy, I am still within the weight parameters. Now if I can just convince Rosemary into travelling light... oh wait a minute... I'm the guy with the motorcycle!

It should be OK but I'll continue to research the subject and I'll closely monitor everything once we hook up!

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Old 09-21-2012, 09:37 PM   #5
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She could drive the tow and you could be the outrider.

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Old 09-22-2012, 07:53 AM   #6
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"1780" lbs capacity, less 700 lbs bed weight, less 400# tongue weight, less fuel weight 160 lbs, less 2 passengers is putting you mighty close, plus I'm sure you will need ramps and spare gas for the toy in the back, at your limit and your gas mileage is really going to suffer also.
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Hi: cpaharley2008...Sounds like we have here, the opposite of former Pres. Bill Clintons one word solution. "Arithmetic". Things add up faster than you can load them for your trip, and you didn't even mention a case of "Slim Fast". Sounds like Richard Simmons diet plan may be in order and a pedal bicycle instead!!!
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or a six pac of that St Thomas Railroad beer you had, that was some good beer!!!
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This is how I'm beginning to feel!
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or a six pac of that St Thomas Railroad beer you had, that was some good beer!!!
Hi: cpaharley2008... Glad you liked it. I only had time to have one all weekend, but then I'm on a diet too!!!
Here's the whole story www.railwaycitybrewing.com Lots better than any lite beer. Alf
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