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Old 03-26-2016, 01:07 AM   #1
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General MH purchase advice

Thinking of going to a MH towing a Wrangler. Wrangler would also be my DD. Looking a getting a 30 foot or so gasser class A, shorter the better, 30 would be ideal. What's it going to be like towing a Wrangler with a class gasser up the grades. Have not even begun thinking about best MH makers and other important items. Looking to spend <60K on a used one in great condition. Any other advice or experience welcome. I have had a truck and TT since 2003 and travel with the dog.
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Old 03-26-2016, 08:52 AM   #2
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30' is pretty small, be sure to check the tow rating.
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Many of us have dragged jeep wranglers all over the U.S. With gas MH. Either the ford v10 or the GM 8.1 will get'er done. Smaller/lighter coach offers some performance advantages, however I have used my large 38' PA with good results.
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I have had RV's for years of the TT type and Dad had a C but the research on this project is really a rough one. I guess the MPG will be close to 7 towing and the grades will be 45MPH with the engine wound up. Is the GM 8.1 a better way to go? If my TT weighed 2500 then a wrangler could tow it, LOL. I know a DP would be the way to go but really just can't do that. I am sure a MH salesman could give me all the info I want, LOL.
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Old 03-26-2016, 11:58 AM   #5
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The keys are tow rating and floor plan.

Some of the smaller gas coaches have only a 5,000 pound tow rating. Towing the jeep four down should not be a problem, because it doesn't weigh 5000 pounds.

And you've got to be happy with the floor plan, or nothing else matters.
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I believe our 26' Flair has a 5,000 lb tow rating. We are planng our first trip of about 8k miles with it this Summer towing a Tracker.

After purchasing it in Victorville, CA we drove it about 900 miles to our home in Phoenix, OR towing the Metro we used for the trip down to get it. I was happy with the way it preformed all around. It is older and has a 454 with tbi and OD.

One of my main concerns about it is the limited space in the sleeping area. If that does not work out well for us we may be forced to stretch out to 30' or so.

IMHO, sacrifices will be made. Many of these will be based upon the planned use of the RV, at least that's the way it's been for us.

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I think those of us that have Winnebagos would be remiss if we didn't caution you to look carefully for windshield leaks. There is a good discussion going on now on the WIT forum.
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The keys are tow rating and floor plan.

Some of the smaller gas coaches have only a 5,000 pound tow rating. Towing the jeep four down should not be a problem, because it doesn't weigh 5000 pounds.

And you've got to be happy with the floor plan, or nothing else matters.
All of the Class A gas coaches I have seen or read about have a hitch pulling rating of 5000 pounds or less. As far as I know the maximum WH and Ford GCWR is 26,000 pounds. When you subtract the coach GVWR from the GCWR, often there is less than 5000 pounds that can be towed.
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So they load these buggers right up to the max and still claim a 5K tow? I would think a 30 footer with a V10 would have better luck towing, power wise that a larger heavier unit with the same drivetrain.
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I would suspect you would not have a problem at all towing the Wrangler with a 30' gas motor home. Don't know what year you're looking at but even with our 04 8.1 andnalmost 38' towing the pt, you don't even know it's back there. Now I'm taking into consideration an approximate 8' longer motorhome to compensate for the heavier toad that you are considering over what we are towing. The 8.1 in our coach is stout and I'm sure the V10's have the guts you'd need as well, if it's the Ford chassis you're looking at. Good luck and hope you find one that fits your needs.
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You need to be careful about the GVWR. A 4 door wrangler is over 4000 pounds. You may have a 5000 pound hitch but once you take the weight of your loaded RV and add the weight of the Jeep, you may well be over the GVWR.
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Hello Highway 4x4 - I was staying in the San Antonio area for a couple of weeks. I have been thinking about using PPL for a consignment, so I decided to drop by the PPL store in New Braumfields. I filled out some paperwork regarding my coach. I was told that I would be "contacted" with a price. So far, the only call I got from them was to find out the model number, with no other correspondence regarding price. Also, I had a change to "look around the lot" at what they had. In IMHO - the units on the lot were "beat" and "Dogs" (not in very good looking shape or condition). Yes they have cheap prices, but do not expect a good condition coach (at least at this location). I told my wife that this reminded me of one of the used car lots on the south side of Chicago - selling nothing but "beaters." Maybe the Houston location is better??
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You need to be careful about the GVWR. A 4 door wrangler is over 4000 pounds. You may have a 5000 pound hitch but once you take the weight of your loaded RV and add the weight of the Jeep, you may well be over the GVWR.

I think you mean GCWR.
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30 foot A won't have any problems towing that Jeep. We tow on a dolly my wife's RAV 4 at 3200 lbs and 500 lbs for the dolly. Don't know its back there. That includes trips through the Kentucky mountains and up into northern New York, Vermont and Maine. At your price point of 60K you should be able to buy a nice gas rig 2012 or newer and should look and feel like new. Good Luck with your shopping.
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