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#1 OFFLINE   trupilot

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Posted 08 July 2018 - 11:26 PM

I have a reserve navi on order with the max tow option.  I will tow a boat weighing approximately 6500 lbs.

The book says a weight distributing hitch is required to achieve the maximum 8300 lbs.  My question is,

what is the max weight, below which a weight distributing hitch would not be required?  In addition to this

information, a discussion/tips of the 2018 navigator as a tow vehicle would be appreciated.









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#2 OFFLINE   boredinbirmingham

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 05:05 PM

I have a reserve navi on order with the max tow option.  I will tow a boat weighing approximately 6500 lbs.
The book says a weight distributing hitch is required to achieve the maximum 8300 lbs.  My question is,
what is the max weight, below which a weight distributing hitch would not be required?  In addition to this
information, a discussion/tips of the 2018 navigator as a tow vehicle would be appreciated.

I included the pages from the manual about the weight distribution hitch, this may help answer your question. If you have a VIN you can use it to download your owners manual online if you want, I uploaded mine to my phones kindle app so I have access to it whenever I want so I dont have to keep he giant thing in the glovebox. As for tips towing, as I dont tow much and when I do its just a utility trailer, make sure to program the trailer in the tow settings and it will track your mileage and help you with reversing your trailer. The Navigator automatically goes into tow/haul mode when you connect the trailer power cable unlike the Expedition where you have to manually select tow/haul. Hope this helps.

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 09:34 PM

A boat usually has less tongue weight than normal, so you should be fine with a 6500 lb boat without a weight distributing hitch.


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Posted 10 July 2018 - 12:10 AM

Thanks BinB.  I should be able to get the manual, hoping to take delivery in four or five weeks. Time to start studying.

I currently have a 2012 F-150 with a 2.7 ecoboost and the factory tow package.  It pulls the rig with no problem.  The Navi

powertrain will be a significant upgrade, so no worries there.  My rig is right at the breakpoint between needing or not needing 

the extra expense and complication of the weight distribution hitch.  I'm wondering if I could be risking voiding my warranty by

not following the book to the letter?  The boat stays at the marina almost 100% of the time.  I'll only tow it two or three times a year, less than 500

miles on flat Florida coastal roads.



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Posted 10 July 2018 - 11:50 AM

Thanks BinB.  I should be able to get the manual, hoping to take delivery in four or five weeks. Time to start studying.
I currently have a 2012 F-150 with a 2.7 ecoboost and the factory tow package.  It pulls the rig with no problem.  The Navi
powertrain will be a significant upgrade, so no worries there.  My rig is right at the breakpoint between needing or not needing 
the extra expense and complication of the weight distribution hitch.  I'm wondering if I could be risking voiding my warranty by
not following the book to the letter?  The boat stays at the marina almost 100% of the time.  I'll only tow it two or three times a year, less than 500
miles on flat Florida coastal roads.

I dont know what to tell you other than if its close enough to cause you to worry maybe better to bite the bullet and go with the weight distribution hitch. Ive never used one so idk how they work but Id have to think the listed weight on the boat and how it actually measures have to be a little different especially after being in the water and having gear on it. I dont own or have ever towed a big boat so Im totally assuming here.

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 12:25 PM

The long wait for this vehicle {put my deposit down 27 March} is giving me the time to overthink, maybe.  

I'll try to refresh my patience and wait to actually get the vehicle.  Then, hook up the boat and do what makes

the most sense in the real world.  I would still appreciate any comments from forum members on the Navigator

as a tow vehicle.










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