ratios - Fiberglass RV

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 12-27-2007, 05:48 PM   #1
Senior Member
ronsmith100's Avatar
Trailer: Casita
Posts: 451

I have a 4000lb towing pickup and a 3000 lb trailer.
I want to downsize a little but and was interested in what you pull with and how much you pull.
My trailer weight is 75% of my truck weight.
Do any of you go more than "one to one"? trailer being heavier than your car/truck?


ronsmith100 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2007, 06:13 PM   #2
Senior Member
Chester Taje's Avatar
Name: Ches
Trailer: 1992 Kustom Koach 17 FT
British Columbia
Posts: 4,896
Thats something i never thought of. I normally go by tow rating of tow vehicle.

Retired Underground Coal Miner.
Served in Canadian Army (1PPCLI)
Chester Taje is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2007, 09:37 PM   #3
Senior Member
Trailer: Casita 17 ft Spirit Deluxe
Posts: 509
I once (1970s) pulled a 2,000# (fully loaded) stick built 14' (8' wide) travel trailer with a 1,600# 1966 Covair Monza. Does that count?
CD and Joyce Smith - Lily, Violet, and Rose
1999 Casita 17' SD - "The Little Egg"
2007 Escalade - 6.2L V8 - 6L80E Trans - 3.42 Diff
CD Smith is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2007, 04:10 AM   #4
Senior Member
Roger H's Avatar
Name: Roger
Trailer: Y2K6 Born Free 32RQ on the Kodiak chassis, 1995 Coachmen 19' B-van and 1996 Precision 21' Sailboat
Posts: 5,000
Ron, I pulled my 8,900 lb Airstream with a 7,500 lb Excursion. I also occasionally pull my 5,300 Bigfoot 25RQ with my 4,300 lb Tundra.

Roger H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2007, 05:28 AM   #5
Senior Member
Tom Trostel's Avatar
Name: Tom
Trailer: 1980 Bigfoot 17 ft
Posts: 1,238
Send a message via AIM to Tom Trostel Send a message via MSN to Tom Trostel
I pull our 1400 lb. Compact Jr. with a 4200 lb. '02 Toyota Sienna. I used to tow it with a 3300 lb. '96 Nissan Maxima.



Tom Trostel
1980 Bigfoot 17' & 1973 Compact Jr
Tom Trostel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2007, 01:58 PM   #6
Senior Member
BobB's Avatar
Trailer: 2004 Bigfoot 17 ft ('Beastie')
Posts: 564
I would shy away from towing with a tug lighter than the trailer, but I realize that it may be acceptable with some rigs, such as a 5er and a well equipped truck. For information about towing, check out Trailer Life's 2008 "Guide to Towing" which just came out with the January issue. It is a great reference on towing!
BobB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2007, 02:07 PM   #7
Senior Member
Kevin K's Avatar
Name: Kevin K
Trailer: 17' Casita
Posts: 3,040
Trailer wt NO more than 85% of Tow Vehicle.
Kevin K is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2007, 02:07 PM   #8
Senior Member
Byron Kinnaman's Avatar
Name: Byron
Trailer: 2006 Scamp 13' towed with a 2005 Dodge Dakota 4.7l Magnum W/full tow package (over kill)
Posts: 5,859
I think Chester has the right answer.
As for towing with a vehicle light than the trailer, towing ratings of vehicles seem to discount that. Example: My 2005 Dakota with tow package is rated to tow 7,000 lbs. The vehicle weighs 4,700 lbs.

We have examined and discussed tow ratings here on this forum. From those discussions I don't believe weight of the tow vehicle vs weight of trailer are important. What is important the towing rating of the tow vehicle vs the weight of the trailer.
Byron & Anne enjoying the everyday Saturday thing.
Byron Kinnaman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2007, 03:42 PM   #9
Senior Member
ronsmith100's Avatar
Trailer: Casita
Posts: 451
Trailer wt NO more than 85% of Tow Vehicle.
I'm with you there somewhere Kevin.
Maybe 1:1 max
Just makes me feel better if the trailer doesn't weigh more than the puller.
ronsmith100 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2007, 04:45 PM   #10
Trailer: 1977 Boler 17 ft
Posts: 33
I believe it's true that many tow vehicles have ratings higher than their weight. Actually a 3/4 ton is not that heavy and can have quite a large towing capacity. I believe one huge factor would be brakes on the trailer so that the tow vehicle is not trying to stop the whole load in an emergency. I would think that as long as you are within the towing capacity of your TV you are safe, but I do agree 1 to 1 sounds sensible.
Neil W' is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2007, 11:00 PM   #11
Senior Member
peterh's Avatar
Name: Peter
Trailer: 2005 19 ft Scamp 19 ft 5th Wheel
Posts: 1,519
A vehicle's tow rating has a lot more to do with its design and construction than its weight. Consider a diesel tractor in a tractor-trailer combo where the weight of the trailer and cargo is often some multiple of the weight of the tug; at the other end of the spectra some cars are rated for zero-tow-weight. There is no golden ratio.

Off the top of my head, some of the things that affect tow rating are

-- The TV's brakes. They have to be able to effectively handle the TV & Trailer.
-- Wheel base & weight distribution. A longer wheelbase and shorter distance between the rear axle and the hitch helps maintain front-tire traction; vehicles with shorter wheelbases and greater hitch overhang loose traction and directional control as the vehicle's effective center of gravity shifts backward when weight is applied to the hitch. (Additional downward weight beyond the standard hitch weight is applied to the hitch while braking and as the TV and trailer go over rough terrain.)
-- Rear axle and tires. They also have to handle the added weight and demands of towing.
-- Body/frame type. Cars and trucks with traditional frames have stronger mounting points for the hitch than frame-less "unit body" vehicles.

And the list goes on and on . . .

peterh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2007, 07:42 AM   #12
Senior Member
Patrick M.'s Avatar
Name: Patrick
Trailer: 2007 Casita Liberty (Sold 2011)/ Honda Odyssey
Posts: 705
I would go with whatever the automotive engineers in their infinite wisdom determine for the tow vehicle.
Attached Thumbnails
Patrick M. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2007, 07:44 AM   #13
Senior Member
Suz's Avatar
Trailer: 1989 Casita Spirit Deluxe
Posts: 2,055
In the US (and, perhaps, Canada) we seem to go more by tow ratings and length of trailer to tow wheelbase than weight ratios. However, the Europeans seem to use weight ratios. I believe the British trailer-to-tow ratio is around 85% to 89%.

It'd sure come in handy if North America had a website LIKE THIS. They furnish a lot of helpful information.
Suz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2007, 07:03 PM   #14
Senior Member
Pete Dumbleton's Avatar
Trailer: Scamp
Posts: 3,072
Send a message via Yahoo to Pete Dumbleton
The manf tow capacity rating trumps all.

That said, I don't think weight is that much of a factor if all the other stuf is right. I have seen a small trailer yank a pickup truck around on the road when the loaded pickup weighed almost three times the loaded trailer's weight. Conversely, as PeterH points out, what's the weight ratio of a tractor-trailer rig hauling a load of structural steel...

Pete Dumbleton is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
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
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:56 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.