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post #1 of 6 Old 12-29-2012, 08:14 AM Thread Starter
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Confused about towing capacity

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Max towing: 7,400 pounds, 2WD / 4WD+Max payload: 1,180 pounds, 2WD+Max payload: 1,130 pounds, 4WD+

I have a 2012 Overland 5.7 4WD with the above optional trailer tow group. I'm still confused about the total trailer weight I can safely tow. Max payload for 4WD says 1130 lbs. Assuming I pay attention to hitch load how much combined weight of trailer and equipment can I haul (either single or double axle)? I know I can pull more than 1130 lbs and not the full max of 7400. I read where it is best not to exceed 75% of max capacity but not sure how to figure that - does that mean 75% total weight of trailer and gear of 7,400 lbs. (5,500 lbs.)?? I want to know how large a U-haul trailer I can tow including trailer weight and stuff I put in it. Please help explain.

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post #2 of 6 Old 12-30-2012, 12:13 AM
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You can tow up to 7400 pounds, assuming you have brakes and controller.

Payload wil be weight inside the vehicle.

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post #3 of 6 Old 01-01-2013, 04:30 PM
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You can tow up to 7400 pounds, assuming you have brakes and controller.

Payload wil be weight inside the vehicle.
Not true. His payload amount must take into account tongue weight of the trailer.
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You can tow up to 7400 pounds, assuming you have brakes and controller.

Payload wil be weight inside the vehicle.
I beleve you will also need a sway bar and equalizer hitch. Do a search this came up not too long ago.

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Not true. His payload amount must take into account tongue weight of the trailer.
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I beleve you will also need a sway bar and equalizer hitch. Do a search this came up not too long ago.
These are both right.

A max Payload of 1130 lbs is the weight being carried by your Overland (People, Cargo, gear, tongue weight, etc...). It's anything that's been added to the vehicle.

A max trailer rating of 7400 lbs means that you can pull a trailer with that much weight (including the trailer itself and anything you put in it) with the correct equipment (usually includes trailer brakes, WDH hitch, sway control, etc...). All of that 7400 lbs can be pulled, stopped, and controlled by your vehicle, but only a small fraction is actually carried by your vehicle (ie. tongue weight).

Hope that helps explain the difference between Max Payload / Cargo capacity, and Max Trailer / Towing capacity.

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Not true. His payload amount must take into account tongue weight of the trailer.
Probably right.

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