I recently leased a 2014 Ford Flex Eco Boost AWD. A big part of my decision was that Ford states that with the Class III towing package the tongue weight is increased to 450 lbs. I need to attach a power wheelchair lift on my tow hitch. The powerchair will weigh about 250 lbs. The lift with a swing away arm will weigh 140 to 150 lbs. I then asked a U.S. manufacturer of wheelchair lifts what lift they would recommend for my setup. Their response was as follows ( I have not included the name of the manufacturer because their email stated the information was proprietary and could not be redistributed.):
We have de-rated the Ford Flex tongue weight due to our experience with the suspension of that vehicle. I'm sorry in our opinion when it comes to the tongue weight we have it rated at 250 pounds.
So I responded with:
Are you talking about the Flex with Ford’s Class III tow package or the the standard class I that comes if you do not have the towing package?
And they responded:
Yes, we do not rate it any higher than 250 pounds. Due to experience with the vehicle.
Now I am wondering if I have made a huge mistake.