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Old 08-18-2018, 09:43 AM   #1
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Question on towing capacity

Hoping someone can help me clarify my towing capacity. I have a 2006 Journey 36G. It has the Cat C7 350 Freightliner chassis and has all the options listed in the sales brochure for the model. The 2006 brochure also lists the 36G as having 10,000 lb drawbar with 500 lb vertical tongue weight.

What is confusing is I have also seen references to only having 5000lb drawbar capacity...

I realize the actual capacity is based on GCRW, which should be 37,910 lbs per the 2006 brochure...
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Ok, it sounds like your chassis GVWR is the same as mine 27,910.

Given that Freightliner sets the GVWR and the GCWR on their chassis , I doubt they would install a draw bar ( hitch ) with only 5,000 lb capacity; and give the chassis a 10,000 lb tow capacity.

BUT; For confirmation , BECAUSE brochures have been known to be wrong before.

Call Freightliners free help line with your chassis serial number and ask if they installed the hitch to the chassis , and what specs were for the hitch; and confirm GVWR and GCWR on your chassis.
If they say Winnebago installed the hitch , then you'll need to make another call.

1-800-385-4357

EDIT: I'll add that this is confusing for me too , because my ( older ) chassis has only a 5,000 lb tow capacity and a GCWR of 32,710 lbs.
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Got down and found the information right on the hitch itself on a Freightliner tag - 10,000 tow / 1,000 tongue weight -
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Got down and found the information right on the hitch itself on a Freightliner tag - 10,000 tow / 1,000 tongue weight -

That's the hitch--but I'm pretty sure Winnebago limits the tongue weight to 500#.
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Got down and found the information right on the hitch itself on a Freightliner tag - 10,000 tow / 1,000 tongue weight -
I agree , that info is for the hitch , you need to confirm that the info you have on GCWR, is correct by calling Freightliner with your serial number.

The same hitch could fit chassis with a much higher GVWR ; or even chassis with lower numbers.

We know this is a pain to track down, ALL the correct info , but we're just trying to keep you safe.
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36ís with the 350 cat are 10K rated and yes only 500 tongue weight. I believe the issue is how the hitch is mounted. It is not directly mounted to the frame, they have a bracket bolted to frame that holds radiator & other accessories down below frame level then the hitch is attached to that bracket.
So they are great for flat towing just about any vehicle and trailering only about 4-5K max and no an equalizing hitch isnít an option.
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ok any one know the infomation for a 2006 adventuer 38t with the w24 workhorse 8.1l vortec allison 6 speed?
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The 2006 Adventurer Brochure lists it as "5,000-lb drawbar/500-lbs maximum vertical tongue weight".
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Ok, it sounds like your chassis GVWR is the same as mine 27,910.

Given that Freightliner sets the GVWR and the GCWR on their chassis , I doubt they would install a draw bar ( hitch ) with only 5,000 lb capacity; and give the chassis a 10,000 lb tow capacity.

BUT; For confirmation , BECAUSE brochures have been known to be wrong before.

Call Freightliners free help line with your chassis serial number and ask if they installed the hitch to the chassis , and what specs were for the hitch; and confirm GVWR and GCWR on your chassis.
If they say Winnebago installed the hitch , then you'll need to make another call.

1-800-385-4357

EDIT: I'll add that this is confusing for me too , because my ( older ) chassis has only a 5,000 lb tow capacity and a GCWR of 32,710 lbs.
Freightliner sets the rating for the bare chassis, then the complete vehicle manufacturer sets the ratings according to their changes and upgrades. That is the Federal Law on two party manufacturers. So, what Freightliner says means nothing.
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Freightliner sets the rating for the bare chassis, then the complete vehicle manufacturer sets the ratings according to their changes and upgrades. That is the Federal Law on two party manufacturers. So, what Freightliner says means nothing.
Yep. What the hitch says means nothing as well.

I know a guy who regularly tows a 14K trailer with a coach that has a 5K towing capacity. He says itís no problem because the trailer has good brakes. Just to be safe, heís going to install a 20K hitch.

I believe this type of behavior occurs frequently in the RV world.
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cbeierl thank you for your help and the link
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That's the hitch--but I'm pretty sure Winnebago limits the tongue weight to 500#.
Freightliner chassis came with entire drivetrain installed, and attached the hitch to the frame, why would Winnebago de-rate Freightliners specs?
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Freightliner chassis came with entire drivetrain installed, and attached the hitch to the frame, why would Winnebago de-rate Freightliners specs?

You'll have to ask Winnebago that, I don't know.
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You'll have to ask Winnebago that, I don't know.
Since you said you were pretty sure they de-rated the hitch weights, I thought you also knew why. Hopefully you can provide your source of information.
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