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Old 01-09-2012, 03:50 PM   #1
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32' Winnebago Brave 04. towing a Nissan Frontier 99. I want to add a motor scooter to the hitch of the M/H. to carry an approx 500lb bike and would have to beef up or replace the existing receiver. BUT, will this overload .the M/H axle .. (lost my Workhorse book). The hitch has a vertical load cap. of 350lbs which looks way under-rated.
Does anyone know if I can hang 500 extra pounds back there without overloading the frame or axle?
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Old 01-09-2012, 07:15 PM   #2
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So it's ganna be Motor Home then scooter on some kind of rack then the flat tow? If this is the case it sounds like you're overloading the hitch receiver just with the scooter's vertical load. How far is it from the back axle to the receiver? 8 or 9 feet probably.
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Old 01-09-2012, 07:38 PM   #3
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32' Winnebago Brave 04. towing a Nissan Frontier 99. I want to add a motor scooter to the hitch of the M/H. to carry an approx 500lb bike and would have to beef up or replace the existing receiver. BUT, will this overload .the M/H axle .. (lost my Workhorse book). The hitch has a vertical load cap. of 350lbs which looks way under-rated.
Does anyone know if I can hang 500 extra pounds back there without overloading the frame or axle?
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Yep, Winnebago can tell you, but I'm guessing they will tell you not to do it. The hitch has a weight capacity for a reason and you want to go over double the rating?
BTW: legally the only one that can certify or recertify a hitch is the MH manufacturer, not the chassis manufacturer, the dealer or a hitch shop. There are reasons for the limit.
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I would add a receiver on each side for a total of 3, that way you want have twisting movement. Is 500 pounds including the rack?
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32' Winnebago Brave 04. towing a Nissan Frontier 99. I want to add a motor scooter to the hitch of the M/H. to carry an approx 500lb bike and would have to beef up or replace the existing receiver. BUT, will this overload .the M/H axle .. (lost my Workhorse book). The hitch has a vertical load cap. of 350lbs which looks way under-rated.
Does anyone know if I can hang 500 extra pounds back there without overloading the frame or axle?
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Can't you put the scooter in the back of the Frontier?
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