Could I tow this?

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With what we know now could I tow this? I’m trying to find a travel trailer that my wife and I could use with a Bronco. She wants to go with me and she has settled on this lightweight trailer. I’m no expert so I’m asking the smarter people in the room
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With what we know now could I tow this? I’m trying to find a travel trailer that my wife and I could use with a Bronco. She wants to go with me and she has settled on this lightweight trailer. I’m no expert so I’m asking the smarter people in the room
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Yessir! I'm looking at campers now myself. The bronco is rated to tow 3500lbs.
 

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As long as its loaded weight is below 3500 lbs. Could be pushing it with that depending on what all you want to carry.
 

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Agreed. You could get away with it if you're careful about loading it. If the empty/dry weight is 3000lb, and you fill the fresh water tank, you're already at 3320lb. That doesn't leave a lot for your gear, clothes, bedding, etc. You might have to limit how much water you keep onboard while traveling. Either way, you'd be right at the Bronco's limits.

I have no doubt that either engine will pull the weight just fine, I expect the limit is driven by suspension loading and stability at highway speed. If you run at the limit, I would recommend that 1) you use a weight distribution hitch, 2) you augment the hitch with a sway control device, and 3) consider installing airbags in the rear coils to help level the load. But the later point should be determined how well it carries the trailer in the first place. All of that goes without saying that you invest in a good trailer brake controller.

That's a nice, efficient floor plan though. Murphy beds make for great flexibility. My trailer is similar, but slightly longer so that the bathroom is across the rear. That makes enough room for a side sofa.
 

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I think you're pushing it. When I looked at travel trailers they all seemed heavier in reality vs what was stated in the specs. We were looking at larger units (30-35'). You could see if anyone on rv.net or irv2.com has one and has gone through the process of weighing it.
 

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I'd be more concerned with the GCVW - that includes you and your gear.
 

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And oh, don’t get the factory hitch. You will probably want to upgrade to a class III.
 

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I think the 3,500lbs of capacity might also include GCVW, the extra weight in the vehicle too, including people. You’re not leaving much weight for all the gear and people.
 

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Maybe on flat land. Here in Colorado I wouldn’t. I grew up on a farm towing since 12. Towed a trailer all over Colorado almost everyday for work for 6 years. 2000 max.
 

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getting close to the 'legal' limit since you'll be at 3310 pounds if you carry 38 gallons of water. the real question is what's driving the limit imposed by ford. it might be cooling (which is why the two FCA diesels have very different limits) or it could be the suspension .

it's not HP or wheelbase since the current Defender 110 has virtually the same wheelbase and HP rating (but is rated somewhere around 8500#) with coil suspension
 

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getting close to the 'legal' limit since you'll be at 3310 pounds if you carry 38 gallons of water. the real question is what's driving the limit imposed by ford. it might be cooling (which is why the two FCA diesels have very different limits) or it could be the suspension .

it's not HP or wheelbase since the current Defender 110 has virtually the same wheelbase and HP rating (but is rated somewhere around 8500#) with coil suspension
I hope I’m not misunderstanding But the defender is Air suspension.

And that’s usually the diff in tow ratings. Same reason an F250 and F350 can have vastly different tow rating with same engine and tranny.
 

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If you load it light and it truly is just you and your wife then maybe you'll be under the 3500lb limit. Until we know the GCWR you should assume that the Bronco will be like other Ford vehicles, which means that any weight in the tow vehicle over 300lbs of human starts to come off the towing capacity. So no "cheating" by loading a bunch of your gear into the Bronco instead of the trailer.

Now keep in mind there may be a big difference between what Ford rates it to tow and what it can actually tow, especially if you're careful. 3500lbs is a pitifully small rating for a non-Sasquatch four door model.
 

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I personally wouldn't, not enough flexibility to load it down. The 12ft height sounds like pulling a sail too. I'm looking at teardrops myself.
 

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