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californiaboy

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Posted: 07/12/12 10:56pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am thinking of buying a new KZ Spree 280RLS.
I have a 2011 Expedition with HD tow.
Does anyone have an opinion on towing a 30 ft. TT with a short/regular Expedition using a wd hitch ?
The trailer is within the Expedition's tow rating.
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JiminDenver

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There are a few here that have towed big with a EXpy and hated it and some that say they are fine. I believe Eric James is one that tows a bigger trailer with his Expy.

The issue isn't so much weight but rather sway. A 30 ft trailer on a shorter wheel base truck is a little dog with a big tail. a premium hitch is used by some to control it better.

Another issue can be the payload capacity of the Expy.(around 1600 lbs) You have to consider everything in the truck as well as the tongue weight of the trailer.

Could you post the make and model of the trailer along with the dry weight, gross weight etc, same for your Expedition. It will help those with more experience in towing help you.

Personally I love towing with our Expys but our TT is only 25 ft and 4200 lbs dry. I have the power I need in the mountains and sway hasn't been a issue yet.

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Well ours is only 27.5 feet long, and standard length Exp. We have no sway at all with our 10,000# Equalizer, and it is a pleasure to tow.

Having said that you will have an issue with the Ford rear GAW. We carry very little in the Exp, just wife and I (both not noted to be skinny) and a 60# dog. Our ACTUAL hitch weight is 860#. We are in spec on everything, but it took 7 washers in the head.

So it depends on what you plan to carry in the Exp, you have VERY LITTLE payload left IF loaded like us. Our rear GAW is 4180# with spec of 4250#.

Did I say what a pleasure it was to drive. No sway, steady as a rock, and very comfortable. Of course gas mileage sucks at about 12 mpg, but you expected that.


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That spree is 5600 lbs dry. If you can keep the loaded weight under 6500 lbs your expedition can handle it. Get a really good weight distribution hitch.

Last time I weighed I was 6200lbs. That puts me 200lbs under the trucks Gvwr of 7400 lbs.

I'm maxed out with payload, tongue weight and length at 33'

In so far under the 8600 lb towing capacity. It's a meaningless number with travel trailers


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Posted: 07/13/12 10:36pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

In response to JimInDenver, TT is KZ Spree 280RLS with 5590 lb. UVW, 652 lb. dry hitch weight, 1410 lb. Net Carrying Capacity, 7000 lb. GVWR, 4938 lb. dry axle weight, 30'3" total length.
2011 Expedition has 9200 lb tow rating, 3300 lb. front GAWR, 4250 lb. rear GAWR.
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