It all depends on the design of the trailer and the capabilities of the TV and hitch.
The general recommendation is that a TT should have fron 10% to 15% TW
How this came about is pretty simple. Most TTs NEED at least 10% TW to tow well. And most TVs and hitches won't be able to handle more than 15% TW.
The bottom 10% figure is pretty much set in stone. But the upper 15% figure can be gone over IF the TV and hitch are capable of it.
In fact the more TW, the better they will tow.
Many here are very concerned about TW as their TVs have a low limit in this area.
Another thought to ponder, is that TTs are different from most other trailers in that the TW can vary a lot in the course of a trip.
FW gets used and ends up in waste tanks. Food gets eaten and ends up there as well. Propane gets consummed and dissappears. Many other items can move around the TT as well.
This why I always caution those with a TV that can barely handle the 10% TW.
I have a stout truck and hitch, and like my TW heavy.
MY TT has four 42 gallon waste tanks.... Talk about some potential for weight moving around!
Hey you guys, this is my first post. I don't know anything about RVing except that I want to do it. I'm purchasing a vehicle and I want to know if a RAV4 is enough to tow a small camper. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you!!
According to Toyota, the 2016 RAV4 towing capacity is 1500 lbs.
This is the total capacity, so it would include the dry weight of the camping trailer as well as anything you put into it (food, clothes, liquids, etc).
As an example, the smallest Jayco pop-up camper is just over 1500 lbs with nothing in it. RPods are around 2500 lbs. The smallest Scamp is around 1200-1500 lbs.
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I have a 23 ft travel trailer (gvw 4360 lbs / gvwr 5500 lbs) I plan on towing it with my 2006 GMC 1/2 ton truck SLT 5.3 Eng. with the towing package, also installed in the truck are the trailer brake unit . I also have all the WDH installed for the truck and trailer and the truck is nice and level.
Im thinking my truck is able to handle 7000 to 7600 lbs
Im needing to know if this is a good tow for my truck or do i need to look into getting a larger truck?
My husband & I are RVing across the US, coast to coast and everything in between. We stay in parks some of the time but often we are just driving to get to a new location. We tend to make our driving days in daylight so we don't miss a thing. So we spend a lot of nights in places that are just to have a place to park, eat and sleep.
We utilize the free parking in Walmart parking lots and have been pleased with the ease of use and secure environment. All of you RVers out there who use this service I have a suggestion; go in and buy what you can at the store where ycou spent the night. Then take a bit of time to drop a thank you note in the mail to the manager for allowing you to stay. I include the sales receipt in the note so the manager can see it is a win/win situation. The manager's name and address are at the top of every Wallmart receipt. Maybe if we all take the time to say thank you this wonderful free travel benefit will remain in place...and maybe the Walmart's who don't provide free overnight parking will see the light.