TrailManor Owner's Forum  

Go Back   TrailManor Owner's Forum > TrailManor Owners Community > Prospective Owner Questions
Register FAQ Members List Calendar Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-28-2010, 12:06 PM   #1
rvhopeful
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Tow Vehicle

Is anyone out there towing an Elkmont 24 with a Ford Edge or equivalent? - we are supposed to be able to tow up to 3500 pounds. (We will put on any necessary safety products as advised). What are your experiences? We are just in the looking stage but really like the idea of the extra space in the Elkmont at the light weight. But we don't want to make a mistake and buy something that's too big for us to tow safely. Thanks for any input.
  Reply With Quote
Old 09-28-2010, 02:47 PM   #2
PopBeavers
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Make sure you allow for the extra stuff that you add. I carry about 1,000 pounds of stuff so my TM 2720 weighs 4,100 pounds ready to go, but the factory published empty weight is 2,742. 4,100-2,742= 1,358.

You probably have less stuff than I do.

Others will likely chime in soon regarding how much cargo you can or can not have in the Ford Edge.

The towing package has a 4 wire plug. You will need a plug with more wires.
  Reply With Quote
Old 09-28-2010, 03:03 PM   #3
ShrimpBurrito
Site Sponsor
 
ShrimpBurrito's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Sunny Beaches of Los Angeles
Posts: 3,128
Default

My 2720SL is about 2,800 lbs dry, roughly the same as the Elkmont IIRC. Loaded with factory options like AC, awning, etc. that are NOT included in the dry weight, plus water, food, clothes, camp chairs, etc., our TM weighs about 4,100 lbs. That is obviously more than the Flex's tow rating. And generally, I don't want my trailer to exceed more than 75% of the tow rating. But there are other factors as well, like Gross Combined Vehicle Weight, which is the combined weight of the tow vehicle and trailer. The more you pack in the Edge, the less you can tow. That 3500 lb rating is probably for an empty tow vehicle, and only 1 occupant -- the driver.

Bottom line: I wouldn't tow ANY TM with an Edge ANYWHERE, with the possible exception of the TrailMini. You could quite possibly tow that with an adequate safety margin.

You don't mention where you live. You'll need a more capable tow vehicle if you are towing in mountains vs. the prairie states, for example.

Dave
__________________
2000 2720SL & 2007 3124KB
2005 Toyota Sequoia
Twin Battle Born 12v 100Ah LiFePO4 (BBGC2) batteries, 300W solar on rear shell, Link 10, Lift kit, Maxxis 8008 225 75/R15 E tires
ShrimpBurrito is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-28-2010, 03:04 PM   #4
brulaz
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Our 24' Elkmont weighs in at about 3700# with food, clothing, propane and other gear. So I don't think a 3500# towing capacity is good enough.

Its hitch weight is 620# so your vehicle also needs a hitch rating of maybe 650#.

We use a weight distributing hitch that shifts 200# of that back to the trailer axle leaving about 420# carried by our tow vehicle. Add 330# of people and that leave's only 250# for gear in our half ton (1000#) pickup. We're usually over that unfortunately ... Not sure what the payload capacity of your vehicle is, but the hitch weight of the Elkmont can really eat into it.
  Reply With Quote
Old 09-28-2010, 03:12 PM   #5
PopBeavers
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

I found a bit more info

8400lbs is the GCWR... that means that your Edge, your trailer, your passengers and anything in the vehicle/trailer combined should not be over 8400lbs.
  Reply With Quote
Old 09-28-2010, 06:19 PM   #6
Redhawk
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Reading thru other postings, it seems that the general consensus is that you need a TV with at least a 5000 lb tow rating. I'm not speaking for others, just what I read. I think 5000 is even pushing it a bit. At least here in the mountains. Good luck though...hope you can make it work. Would the 22' Elkmont work any better??? I don't know the numbers on it.
  Reply With Quote
Old 09-28-2010, 06:30 PM   #7
Brutus
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 114
Default

RVHopeful,
here's my 2 cents worth from the school of hard knocks. As long as you have a non-CVT tranny near sea-level, you might be ok. I had a Nissan Murano (CVT) rated at 3500 lbs, so I bought a 2005 model 2720. Dry weight well below 3500 so I'm good-to-go right? It no workie out so good. Took the camper 20 miles away to a nearby campground (at the same elevation BTW) to do a camper checkout and smelled that "burnt tranny smell" from the Murano after we had stopped. After changing my soiled underwear, I headed for various dealers to find the cheapest (new) thing I could find that would safely tow the camper. (Hint: that ruled out SUVs.) Ended up with a Nissan Frontier V6 (they gave me the best trade-in value on the Murano) and never looked back! 6100# tow rating in crew cab and 4WD trim.

After my experience, my advice is to find a 3500 pound something and tow it. Rent it, borrow it, tow it off the dealer's lot, whatever it takes. You will THEN have your answer my friend. Like the veterans here have said, forget dry weight. Add at least another 1000 pounds to be (relatively) safe. Good luck! r/Pat
__________________
2005 TM 2720, 15" tires. Awning, oven, LP tanks removed (for now). Battery to the rear.
2014 Audi Q5 diesel w/ tow pkg
Brutus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-28-2010, 06:48 PM   #8
rumbleweed
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

We would love to have you as part of the family, however if we don't discourage you from trying this, you will be unhappy with your TM and the forum. Being able to tow something ( move it around on a flat parking lot) and being able to move your TM to a location safely and enjoy it are two very different things. Look for something much smaller or get a larger TV.
  Reply With Quote
Old 09-28-2010, 06:54 PM   #9
Bill
Site Team
 
Bill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: The mountains of Scottsdale, AZ, and the beaches of Maine
Posts: 9,496
Default

rvhopeful -

Try the Search tool on "Ford Edge". There was a discussion a year or two ago. I think it mirrored what has been said above, which I can summarize as "I don't think so". My daughter has a Ford Edge, and it is a great vehicle for her needs. But the Class II hitch is a giveaway that a bigger trailer is not likely to work well.

Bill
__________________
2020 2720QS (aka 2720SL)
2014 Ford F-150 4WD 5.0L
Bill's Tech Stuff album
Bill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-28-2010, 08:29 PM   #10
rvhopeful
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Thanks!!

We really appreciate all your honest and thoughtful answers to our question about the reality of towing the Elkmont 24 with a Ford Edge. We are senior citizens and don't think the mini would be big enough for us to be comfortable. My husband was eyeing a Buick Enclave on the highway tonight and I have a feeling he may be checking out its towing capacity soon. So, although we love our Edge, we may have to get a bigger tow vehicle. Safety and comfort are our goals. Thanks again for guiding us away from getting into more than we can handle. I hope we can become part of this community in the not-too-distant future.
  Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Vehicle Weight Ratings Wavery Towing and Hitching 15 03-12-2014 06:43 AM
Confused to Tow fotozeman Prospective Owner Questions 64 04-29-2011 10:21 AM
Tongue weight of 2619 KParis Prospective Owner Questions 4 08-10-2010 05:57 PM
Tow Vehicle Choice - Tundra or GX470 SPribnow Towing and Hitching 10 08-08-2010 05:46 PM
what model can I tow with our 2009 V6 VENZA with tow prep? 4seasons Prospective Owner Questions 34 06-09-2010 12:18 PM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:40 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Copyright 2021 Trailmanor Owners Page.