******* Towing guides by Vehicle Manufacturer********************

Discussion in 'Tow Vehicles, Hitch & Towing' started by Storm Trooper, May 6, 2010.

  1. Storm Trooper

    Storm Trooper Home is where you park it!

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    LClick on the Towing Guides below to view them

    Chevrolet Truck only Towing Guide
    Ford Towing Guide
    Jeep Towing Guide
    Ram Towing Guide

    Please PM me if you have another link to Vehicle Manufacturer Towing Guides only.

    NHTSA Towing Info
    Thank you.
     
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  2. brianbigdogsmith

    brianbigdogsmith Camp more Camp more often

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    Thanks for posting cleared up a few things for me
     
  3. BigBaron

    BigBaron Dreaming of Tommy's chili cheeseburgers...

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    Fantastic, Trooper!
    Thanks!
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  4. ericgregoire

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    I'm shopping for our next TV, even if my lease is not due until a couple of years. I know, I'm obsessed not need to remind me, my wife is doing a fine job at it.

    Anyway, I ended up on Trailerlife.com and found some Trailer towing guides for vehicules from 1999 to today.

    Here’s the link: Trailer Towing Guides
     
  5. Storm Trooper

    Storm Trooper Home is where you park it!

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    Towing guides such as this seem miss things like the limit of Frontal area of the vehicle towed SPECIFIED by Ford, Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge.
    I have also found a few errors and omissions in them over the years and the only numbers I would recommend are those provided by the vehicle manufacturer themselves when making a final decision to buy a TV.
    They deny any responsibility for errors. The following is from Trailer Life
    While the respective manufacturers pro-
    vide all the specifications—and every effort has
    been taken to ensure accuracy—prospective buy-
    ers should verify the information by reading the
    factory tow guide for their particular vehicle. It’s
    also important to note that some capacities may
    change during the model year without notice,
    and a few were not available at presstime. Again,
    consult with the latest towing guide for your
    respective vehicle manufacturer before signing on
    the dotted line.
     
  6. tenttrailer

    tenttrailer Art & Joyce - Columbus, O

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    Currently all the above tow specification by the manufactures listed are useless. You should be looking at the SEA J2807 Standard from these manufactures.

    OH! none of them meet the standard. So how much weight do you need to take off their published tow capicaty before the meet the Safety and tow capability of SAE J2807, 1,0000 LBS, 5,000 LBS?????

    All the american manufacture agreed to a common SAE tow standard in 2009 after they worked for 3 years to write the standard. They all agreed to put the standard in place in 4 years, by 2013. None of the Big Three have published that their TV's meet the standard.

    So where do they fail meeting the standard???
    - Handling characteristics during cornering and braking maneuvers.
    - The structural characteristics of the vehicle's hitch attachment area.
    - Engine's power and torque characteristics.
    - The powertrain's cooling capacity.
    - The durability of the powertrain and chassis.

    Read more: http://www.automobilemag.com/features/news/0912_sae_tow_ratings_finally_pass_sniff_test/
     
  7. Storm Trooper

    Storm Trooper Home is where you park it!

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    tenttrailer,

    It would be nice if the SAE J2807 standard was available online from SAE. I have gone to the SAE website and it is only available to members.
    I've gone to the Toyota website to look at a couple of vehicles which they list compliant with the J2807 standard, but Toyota does not list the frontal area considerations that are part of the standard for each towing level.
    So Toyota's compliance is problematic at best. Toyota states that the 2013 Sienna meets the standard but has no mention of any frontal area limitation when towing up to3500 lbs, Toyota should publish that. Toyota doesn't and you can't look it up directly at SAE.
    That to me is more dangerous because people will think that towing a small HTT under 3500 lbs is compliant with the J2807 standard when it is not.

    Currently, there is only one manufacturer that puts out a tow guide for all of it's vehicles and lists frontal area limitations with the towing weight limitations.
    Every vehicle manufacturer who wants me to tow with their vehicles should publish a tow guide. In this day and age, It's not that hard to put one together.
    There is a list of those manufacturers that deem tow guides important at the beginning of this thread.
    They may not be complete, but they are a starting point.


    Also, for those of us who have been towing all types of vehicles and trailer combinations for many years, it's generally understood that if you tow at 80% of the factory rating, you should have a decently performing tow vehicle. it's not the perfect answer, but one which will suffice given the information manufacturers provide us.

    So until SAE provides links available to the general public regarding their standards and Vehicle manufacturers not only list compliance with that standard, but publish limitations with that weight range. SAE J2807 is worthless to me period.
     
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    MarcnAngel New Member

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    Thanks for the info. Looking into new TV.
     
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    MarcnAngel New Member

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    Well, got our new TV, a Nissan Titan. Just hooked up the BC (Tekonsha Primus). It was very simple. Can't wait to go to Yosemite tomorrow to see how well it toes.
     
  10. Storm Trooper

    Storm Trooper Home is where you park it!

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    I’ve just updated the main towing guide links.
    Honda does not publish a combined towing Guide
    Nissan no longer has a combined towing Guide.
    Toyota still doesn’t publish a combined towing Guide.

    If anyone has links to a combined towing Guide that I haven’t listed, please post here and I’ll update.
     
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    What I dont understand is why manufacturers publish a towing capacity of 35000 lbs then only put a four pin connector on their vehicles.
     
  12. nineoaks2004

    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    Lots of good info here, thanks for sharing
     

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