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Old 04-22-2012, 12:34 PM   #1
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I am looking at buying a 2006 Zinger320QB. The weight is 6000lb dry. What is a good vehicle to tow this with.</span>
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Old 04-22-2012, 12:46 PM   #2
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i have have a 32QB myself
1. read my post!!!!!!!
2. when i do have it i pull it with my f150 it has a 5.4 motor with no issues.... from my truck!
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Old 04-22-2012, 12:50 PM   #3
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Thanks for you quick reply.

Not sure where your post is you refer to. I just joined 20 minutes ago or so and did not find anything on my question.

I do not have a f150 but I can assume since a f150 is a 1/2 ton truck, I might be OK, but maybe not.

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Old 04-22-2012, 01:11 PM   #4
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Tom, that's a lot of trailer for your TV (tow vehicle). Your V8 is only a 4.6L and I think the max tow weight for a Mountaineer is 7300 lbs. . There are folks on this site that would disagree with me but you may want to look at getting something 'beefier' like a 3/4 ton if you can spend a few extra $. The difference is night and day if you can do it.

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Old 04-22-2012, 01:15 PM   #5
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http://www.crossroadsrv.com/forum/fo...s.asp?TID=4650
i am currently having issues with my 32Qb

if you have a V8 engine and can tow 9-10,000 you should be fine. My camper has a max wieght of 8,000 lbs and my truck can pull 10-11,000. i have a break control and no issues towing
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Old 04-22-2012, 01:36 PM   #6
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I have had that vehicle and towed smaller boats etc...So I am fairly familiar with it.
I now tow my TT with a 3/4 ton.

In my opionon, do not try and tow that TT with the Mountaineer. I don't think it has the payload capacity for it let alone the torque and horsepower.
It may pull it,,,, but I wouldn't want to.







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Old 04-22-2012, 11:53 PM   #7
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The tow limit on yourMountaineer is 5550 so you would be exceeding the max rating. Not a good idea.





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Old 04-22-2012, 11:59 PM   #8
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Tom,

Go by GVWR of the TT, NOT the dry weight.
- For this example let's use the GVWR of a 2012 320QB which is 9791 lbs based on the specs noted on the CR website.

You should figure on a max of 15% of TT GVWR for tongue weight.
- This would give you approximately 1468 lbs as a tongue weight estimate.

To determine your payload, look at your door sticker and see what your starting payload

is. From this number you need to subtract the weight of all occupants,

gear and a full tank of fuel. This will be your available payload. Your

tongue weight will also come off your payload.

Another way to figure

out payload is to go weigh your TV fully loaded w/ occupants and any

gear you would put in it while towing as well as a full tank of fuel.

Subtract this number from the tv's gvwr to get your payload.



Since the payload of your Mountaineer is only 1,050 lbs (http://www.cars.com/mercury/mountaineer/2002/specifications/?acode=USB20MES012A0) and you're tongue weight is over 1400 lbs there isn't a need to do anything else except shop for either a lighter TT or bigger TV.

Good luck and keep us posted.

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Ok, I am looking for a bigger TV. Would a 2003 Suburban 1500 2wd do the trick? If so I'll buy it tomorrow. Thank you everyone for your help. I am sure you all had a first time in setting up a TT and TV. I appreciate the help.
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"Would a 2003 Suburban 1500 2wd do the trick?"

Not IMHO. You could probably find a good deal on a Ford Excursion which is essentially an F250. That'll get you in to the 3/4 ton category with a suspension and payload capacity that would be sufficient. Ideally you'll probably want something with at least a 2000 lb or more payload rating for that TT.


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