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Old 11-18-2018, 11:26 AM   #1
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Meridian 39k owners Towing capacity

Sorry if the question is dumb, but I am confused on the towing capacity of my coach. Almost positive that I asked what the towing capacity is of my 2006 Itasca Meridian 39K and was told 10K lbs. Also when looking around on the web I am seeing it can tow 10K lbs, but I also saw that it is rated at 5K. I've also read where Freightliner say 10K but Itasca/Winnebago has 5K listed?

Is there a way to determine exactly what the towing capacity is?
According to the specs;
GVWR is 29,410 and the GCWR is 39,410, looking at this, I see 10K difference for the combined weight.

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Side note: any tutorial on how to search this site when looking 2 specific terms? I tried separating them in quotes (ie "towing" and "39K')
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Based on your numbers you arecorrect. You can tow 10000 lbs. Now the question is, whch hitch is installed? Did Fleetwood install a 5000 lb hitch or a 10000 lb hitch?

Can you identify any part numbers on the hitch? If you can the you will be able to identify your hitch rating.

Hope that helps.
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I would expect to find a 10K towing limit along with a 500# tongue weight limit on your coach.
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Old 11-18-2018, 11:43 AM   #4
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I would expect to find a 10K towing limit along with a 500# tongue weight limit on your coach.

The 2006 Meridian Brochure indicates a 10,000lb hitch with a 500lb vertical tongue weight limit.
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the amount of weight you can safely tow will be the lesser of the following:

- the gross combination weight rating of the MH minus the actual weight of the MH as it is loaded and configured for travel

- the weight rating of your hitch

- the weight rating of your tow bar
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Based on your numbers you arecorrect. You can tow 10000 lbs. Now the question is, whch hitch is installed? Did Fleetwood install a 5000 lb hitch or a 10000 lb hitch?

Can you identify any part numbers on the hitch? If you can the you will be able to identify your hitch rating.

Hope that helps.
I sure hope Fleetwood didn't install any hitch on his Winnebago
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The 2006 Meridian Brochure indicates a 10,000lb hitch with a 500lb vertical tongue weight limit.
Thanks, I see that in the brochure and that adds to my confusion. When I look in, the owners manual it has this "CAR OR TRAILER TOWING -Hitch pulling capacity: 5,000 Ibs. max. Tongue weight: 350 Ibs. max.
The factory installed towing hitch on this coach
is capable of pulling 5,000 lbs. load (max.);
however the vertical (tongue) weight may vary
according to chassis and model combinations."

Looks like I'll have to see what I can find on the hitch.
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I'll bet the Owner's Manual is wrong...
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If you go to the Winnebago website here Service Parts List you can put in the last 6 of your Winnebago Serial Number and get the complete, as built, parts list for your coach. My parts lists shows
DRAWBAR/HITCH - CLASS 4 134016-03-01A EA 1
for my 10,000#/500# hitch. Given that number you can confirm the hitch rating with Winnebago directly.
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If you go to the Winnebago website here Service Parts List you can put in the last 6 of your Winnebago Serial Number and get the complete, as built, parts list for your coach. My parts lists shows
DRAWBAR/HITCH - CLASS 4 134016-03-01A EA 1
for my 10,000#/500# hitch. Given that number you can confirm the hitch rating with Winnebago directly.
Correction, last 5 of your SN.
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If you go to the Winnebago website here Service Parts List you can put in the last 6 of your Winnebago Serial Number and get the complete, as built, parts list for your coach. My parts lists shows
DRAWBAR/HITCH - CLASS 4 134016-03-01A EA 1
for my 10,000#/500# hitch. Given that number you can confirm the hitch rating with Winnebago directly.
Thanks for the link. Went in and checked my serial number and found this;
HITCH/RECEIVER - CLASS 4 134016-03-01A

Which from what I read, Class IV hitches used as weight carrying are rated up to 10,000 lbs. gross trailer weight (GTW) with a 1000 lbs maximum trailer tongue weight (TW).

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Sounds good! Same hitch I have. Due to other factors as installed on the chassis your vertical weight limit is 500lb, not 1000lb, per Winnebago.
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I would think the engine size and brake capability should also be considered. Torque?
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Please excuse my ignorance on this whole trailering subject, but "I don't know,what I don't know".

Vertical weight is a new term to me. I always thought that tongue weight would be the same as vertical weight? Or does vertical weight come into play if I were to say, I wanted to haul a something using just the hitch, such as these baskets you see hanging on the back of vehicles?

And the tongue weight would be downward force, of the tow bar when towing a trailer/dingy. I am thinking this would be the weight of the hitch, minus some number because the weight would be distributed between the ball and where it attaches to the tow vehicle if everything is level.

Bottom line to all this is trying to determine what type of vehicle I can safely tow and yet not over burden the coach when traveling.

I have a CAT 7.2L turbo DP with 350HP, Allison 3000MH transmission with 860lbs torque. I am still undecided with what will be my dinghy, 2015 Chevy silverado (5400lbs), 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee(5300lbs) or something totally different.

Again, sorry for all the questions and I do appreciate everyone's input. Thanks..
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