Towing for a 2009 Mercury Mariner Premier (not 4wd)
As stated in title I have a 09 mariner and I have a uhaul
hitch (rated at 5000 lbs and a 1300ish lbs trailer (5x8
enclosed). I seen that the towing capacity is up to 2000 lbs
and the payload is 1150 lbs. I only will be using it to trailer a
350 lbs motorcycle and a few small things. I'm i putting to
much weight on my Suv?
You should be okay, one thing I would check is if it has a tranny cooler, if it doesn't have one installed, in this case bigger is better. Late model transmissions hate heat so keep it cool is keeping it happy. I would have the transmission serviced before you start towing and raise the service interval to 15 to 20K depending on how many trips are towing.