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Old 05-02-2016, 06:12 PM   #1
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10k tow rating: how close should i get?

Wife and I are considering getting a van as a tow vehicle for our 02 Monaco Windsor (which can pull up to 10k). Obviously one concern is the weight of the van. We're eyeing one that 9600 lbs.

Would you feel comfortable pulling a vehicle that close to the limit?

(Longer story is we are also considering pulling a TT with the van, but our transition period would be several months, so we might have to drive both for a while (MH and van))
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Old 05-02-2016, 08:43 PM   #2
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What kind of van weighs 9,600 lbs? My RAM 3500, Cummins diesel 4X4 weighs 7,700 with two of us in it.
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What kind of van weighs 9,600 lbs?
I was thinking the same thing when I read it......must be a big box van of some sort.
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I suspect you're reading the van weight wrong. Most likely the 9600 lbs. is the van's max weight while curb weight is probably a bit more than half. Either way that will be a pretty big anchor to drag around. Just keep an eye on transmission temps.
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Yeah, it's a sportsmobile conversion. Kinda overkill, but we're wanting an "escape pod" so we can park somewhere monthly, and then do little 2-4 night quick trips.

Y'all are also right about 9600 being the rating. I'm not sure about the curb weight. Will ask.

Thanks for the feedback so far!
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Well, it is not the "pulling" you need to worry about. You have a 10K hitch but you need to take into consideration the total weight including the coach. You need to look at the GCWR, not the tow rating of the hitch. How Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) Works | HowStuffWorks
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as for the question posted, I would pull the 10K if it was the actual weight of the van without issue.
Make sure you tow bar, etc. will take care of the weight!!
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I would tow a 1-Ton Pickup with a Camper on the back.

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Like someone said, be sure you don't exceed the GCWR.
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I would also be sure that your tow bar is actually 10,000 lbs. rated if you have a Blue Ox. The Blue Ox that I bought 10 years ago was rated at 10,000 when purchased, but I found out last year when I stopped at Blue Ox plant for an inspection and rebuild, that the hitch sold to me as a 10,000 rating back then is now de-rated to 7500 lbs.
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Wife and I are considering getting a van as a tow vehicle for our 02 Monaco Windsor (which can pull up to 10k). Obviously one concern is the weight of the van. We're eyeing one that 9600 lbs.
Would you feel comfortable pulling a vehicle that close to the limit?
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IMO your 02 Monaco Windsor "can pull up to 10k lbs" you can safely tow any "tow-able vehicle" that weighs less than 10,000 lbs with your Windsor.
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