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Old 05-21-2012, 03:53 PM   #15
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If it is setup to tow 5000lbs you cannot upgrade your current setup to accommodate it. From a liability standpoint if you were to hit another person hurt or possibly kill them you will be sued for all you own. Ask the person who is welding up your current hitch to sign a waiver that says your setup will be 100% safe I am sure they will not do it. The manufactures spend a tremendous amount of money on R&D, I would contact Winnebago and see if your coach could have the 10,000lb rated hitch installed on it and still be with manufacturer spec. If it can than that would be your limit on weight.
Exactly. Pretty clear to me. I'm assuming there is an auxillary brake for the hauler being towed?
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Old 05-21-2012, 06:24 PM   #16
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Good point. The coach's GCWR is 36,850. "Ready to tow" weight is 24,800. That means "true" tow capacity is 12,050. Estimated maximum trailer weight is 11,000, leaving a good cushion.

I have virtually the same coach you have and my tow rating is 5000#. My coach weighs 24,500# with a gvwr of 26,850# and my GCWR is 31,850#. You must have a heavier chassis than than I do. I tow a vehicle that weighs 4300# and wouldn't want more weight behind me with the CAT 330. Good luck.
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Old 05-21-2012, 07:18 PM   #17
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To add more wood to the fire, in 10 states you'll be over length. A 36' rv and a 29' trailer, 65'. Too long for NC, Conn, IN, IL, DC, MD, MA, NH, NJ, RI, WV.

I know the kid with the most toys wins, but 3 cars and a scooter?
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Old 05-21-2012, 08:28 PM   #18
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Talking

I pull trailer with my motorhome but purchases a Trailer Toad to take the load off the rear. Give them a call or check them out online.
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trailer toad is a GREAT idea in this application. Three cars allows him to run in two classes in the same weekend and his wife in another one. the scooter is because after wrenching on three cars and driving, you're too tired to walk!

With two british cars and a VW powered one you either have to haul the spare parts or drive to get some - thus the extra weight and the scooter

See you in the fall, maybe at Buttonwillow Octoberfest.
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With two british cars and a VW powered one you either have to haul the spare parts or drive to get some - thus the extra weight and the scooter

See you in the fall, maybe at Buttonwillow Octoberfest.




BINGO! We'll be there, with at least three cars, scooter, and whatever the heck else we want to bring... Maybe even a golf cart if we feel like it. I thought this would be a good site to get objective advice on weight distribution, sway control, but...

Feel free to come by our pits, we'll have the Journey and the awesome stacker, plus a few race cars, etc... We're usually with the FV folks.
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I have virtually the same coach you have and my tow rating is 5000#. My coach weighs 24,500# with a gvwr of 26,850# and my GCWR is 31,850#. You must have a heavier chassis than than I do. I tow a vehicle that weighs 4300# and wouldn't want more weight behind me with the CAT 330. Good luck.
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Look at your data, mine clearly shows the Journey with a 36,850 GCWR. I would be quite surprised if the Itasca was 5,000# lower if you've got the Freightliner XC chassis / Cat 330.
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I used a Reese unit on my 7500 lbs. TT, behind a 3/4 ton Suburban.

Properly attached it really helped level the load over both axles.
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What is the reason Winnebago put a 5,000# hitch on my coach?
You need to contact Winnebago directly and ask. Only they will be able to give the correct answer. Having spent my career in RV service, if I cannot give you an informed answer I can lead you to someone who can. It is great that you're confident in your chassis being able to handle the weight but obviously Winnebago ISN'T. There has to be some difference between them and before you put yourself, your family and traveling companions and those of us on the highways with you at great risk, you need to research it more before you concern yourself with which weight distribution hitch to use. I'm not trying to start a flame war, or be hateful, just giving an honest opinion.
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Here is a picture of the Trailer Toad device hooked up to my trailer.



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Ummmmm.....just a thought. Take a close look at that Trailer Toad device. Someone tell me why that doesn't constitute "towing double"...

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Ummmmm.....just a thought. Take a close look at that Trailer Toad device. Someone tell me why that doesn't constitute "towing double"...

Rusty
I thought the same thing until I checked out their website. They don't seem willing to show a bunch of photos of the set up, but 2/3rds down on this page:

2012 Trailer Toad 3500 HD

you can see that it is rigidly connected to the back of the MH except for vertical travel. The wheels caster to follow the MH. All the tongue weight is transfered to the Trailer Toad...for $3200. I didn't look, but I guess it would need title, registration and plates too.
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You need to contact Winnebago directly and ask. Only they will be able to give the correct answer.

OK, called Winnebago. They said they didn't know why some coaches shipped with a 5k hitch and some with a 10k.
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I thought the same thing until I checked out their website. They don't seem willing to show a bunch of photos of the set up, but 2/3rds down on this page:

2012 Trailer Toad 3500 HD

you can see that it is rigidly connected to the back of the MH except for vertical travel. The wheels caster to follow the MH. All the tongue weight is transfered to the Trailer Toad...for $3200. I didn't look, but I guess it would need title, registration and plates too.
I looked into it for use in North Dakota at least and you don't need title, registration or plates for this device. It's a hitch with wheels. It's meant to be a helper for pulling the actual trailer itself. I talked with Jok from Trailer Toad about it and he's never heard of anyone having to do that. I believe a tow dolley would be the same. In your state if you have to register your tow dolley then I would guess you'd have to register the trailer toad.
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