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Old 06-25-2019, 10:33 PM   #1
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How careful does one need to be in the amount if gear they would be putting in their rig/TV, if say they wanted to tow a Bigfoot 25B17.5G.

TV is a 2016 AWD Honda pilot.

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Old 06-25-2019, 10:39 PM   #2
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Part depends on whether or not you're using a WD hitch. Essentially, load your gear, and head for a nearby scale. Weigh each axle, compare that to your Pilot's front and rear axle gross weight ratings.

We do not use a WD hitch for our 17' Casita, towed with a 4Runner. With a heavy kayak on top, at least 350# of tongue weight, and additional gear, our rear axle weight came in at 3450#, at capacity. Still have 300# to spare up front.

We are trying different setups to see what we can carry differently, in order to leave a bit of capacity.
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Old 06-25-2019, 10:45 PM   #3
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I guess I'm wondering prior to purchasing or looking at a used one. If it was brand new or I could do what you've suggested then perhaps.

But yes more than likely I would use a WD hitch
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Old 06-25-2019, 10:50 PM   #4
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Suggest you go to your Honda dealer with your VIN and find out what your vehicle is equipped with and what it is rated to tow. Then, go on from there.
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Old 06-26-2019, 01:56 AM   #5
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How careful fires one need to be in the amount if gear they would be putting in their rig/TV, if say they wanted to tow a Bigfoot 25B17.5G.

TV is a 2016 AWD Honda pilot.
thats a 4500 lb GWR trailer. its also 8' wide and 8'8" tall, so has a big wind load. I'd be very hesitant to tow something that heavy and large with a FWD-centric vehicle like the minivan derived Pilot.
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Old 06-26-2019, 07:38 AM   #6
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The web quotes a 3500-5000 pound towing capacity range and a ~1400-1600 payload (tongue weight counts against this number).

Two of three Bigfeet in Fred's database (17.5) are in the low 4000 pound range and therefore exceed the lower tow vehicle capacity.

It turns out I don't care enough to try and figure out by implication what your actual tow rating and payload is. That's pretty much your job. Being a conservative tower and lacking information, my opinion is I wouldn't tow the Bigfoot pairing never mind worry how the payload is distributed.
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Old 06-26-2019, 07:43 AM   #7
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I did look at the database and see that the BFs (that were listed) are in the high 3s. My vehicle is rated at 5000lb with the tow package that was installed. Again as much as I would want a truck that's not in the foreseeable future. As such I was asking if anyone has any experience towing a BF with my specific vehicle or in general with a SUV which generally had the same tow capacity.
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I did look at the database and see that the BFs (that were listed) are in the high 3s. My vehicle is rated at 5000lb with the tow package that was installed. Again as much as I would want a truck that's not in the foreseeable future. As such I was asking if anyone has any experience towing a BF with my specific vehicle or in general with a SUV which generally had the same tow capacity.
I tow a 2002 Bigfoot 17CB with a 2017 Durango RWD. It has a tow capacity of 7200/720. I personally would not tow it with a 5000 capacity tow vehicle.

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Old 06-26-2019, 10:51 AM   #9
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Question then. I've read and seen many individuals towing a 19' escape trailer with SUVs with the same tow capacity and people rave about towing it and the ability tow. And the weight isn't that much different.
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My Acura MDX has a 5000 limit. With a 4500 GVW baseline, I wouldn't think the Pilot (MDX's honda peer) has enough towing capacity for it.
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Question then. I've read and seen many individuals towing a 19' escape trailer with SUVs with the same tow capacity and people rave about towing it and the ability tow. And the weight doesn't that much different.
I’d find those threads and send the authors private messages. I haven’t seen those threads.

Realize everyone’s towing experience is different. Some are happy going 40mph up steeper grades, some travel light, some haven’t had a white knuckle experience (yet). Some live in the flat lands and only take short trips (weekend campers). And then you have the options or lack of on their Escape 19s.

Ultimately the decision is yours.
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Escapes are generally lighter than Bigfoots. I go by the trailer GWR rather than curb weight as I'm usually pretty loaded when traveling, for instance tomorrow I'm rolling out to 6 nights of boondocking, so I'll have a full water tank before I leave, 18G of water is about 150 lbs.

pretty much everyone I've ever seen towing a BF 25B23 is using a 2500 class truck or heavier.
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I’d find those threads and send the authors private messages. I haven’t seen those threads.

Realize everyone’s towing experience is different. Some are happy going 40mph up steeper grades, some travel light, some haven’t had a white knuckle experience (yet). Some live in the flat lands and only take short trips (weekend campers). And then you have the options or lack of on their Escape 19s.

Ultimately the decision is yours.
Fair enough... I do understand that... And I apologize, I've seen used trailers with individuals selling their escapes that state they used an SUV to tow it. (And sure maybe that's why they are selling).
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pretty much everyone I've ever seen towing a BF 25B23 is using a 2500 class truck or heavier.
I wouldn't know about the BF 25B23.... But I'll take your word on it.
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