I am not the weight police and generally try not to get involved in alot of "can i tow this" discussions. But this weekend as the campground I saw a Buick Enclave which is a little SUV pulling about a 33 foot Airstream TT. Curiousity got the best of me so I started googling the setup to see If I wss right. Max towing capacity was 4500 lbs. It has a wopping 280ish horsepower v-6 and torque wasnt even listed. The Airstream looks to have a 6000ish lb dry weight. WTF. I wanted to ask them what they were thinking so bad but decided to not get involved. If you see that coming down the road towards you run, its got to be dangerous. Am I missing something here. Is there an engine that was put in these things I didnt see online
I used to pull that amount with a 105HP 292 I6! or a 235HP 454! or 185HP 6.5td, or my 175/330 NA 7.3........
More HP is good, that rig has plenty of HP, with proper gearing to multiply the torque, also no issues. Problem is the chassis, not the drivetrain!
Todays motors of ANY size are power houses vs 30 yrs ago when I started towing, much less even 10 yrs ago. IIRC the dmax had all of abut 300hp and 550 lbs or torque, now something like 400/800! lets be honest, who REALLY needs that much power in the small rigs we drive? Yeah it fun, but do we really NEED that much power?
05 Chev CC D/A LS Dooley
92 Navistar dump truck, 7.3L 7 sp, 4.33 gears with a Detroit no spin
00 Chev C2500, V5700, 4L80E, 4.10, base truck, no options!
92 Red-e-haul 12K equipment trailer
3 Single axle utility trailers
Engine power or not, I would be more concerned with the weight and wheelbase length of the SUV, versus the weight and length of the trailer. Sounds like a bit much for a small car chassis based crossover SUV to be pulling.