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Old 04-21-2012, 08:09 AM   #15
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Shorter wheelbase? I thought all the models 25', 29' 35' were on the same wheelbase. I also thought the shorter models were better to tow with than the longer models due to less extension added????

I purchased a hitch receiver for an '02 E450 but I didn't fit. The holes didn't match up. So, now I am back to square one.

To the best of my knowledge, and you can hunt on the internet to confirm, the E450 came in 138" 158" or 176" wheelbases from Ford, and depending on which one Monaco ordered, you'll see where the frame rails have been extended on it.I suspect that on a 25 footer, it will be on either the 138 or 158.. center of front axle to center rear axle to confirm. I got very lucky with my P30 that National ordered the longest wheelbase they could, so I have a relatively short overhang behind the wheels. It takes more room to maneuver but it makes the ride and handling better on the road with passing trucks, side winds, etc.
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Old 04-21-2012, 09:50 AM   #16
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Well, that may work out well for you in the end? Now, you should better understand about the coach's frame rail extensions and the fact Ford had nothing to do with manufacturing, designing, or testing them. If that hitch had fit, it would have been pure coincidence!

I've seen some where the lightweight steel tubing used within the floor of the coach actually provided most of the hitch's capacity to carry tongue weight!
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I guess I'll just let it be then.
If we ever do decide to get a toad, it will just need to be below 3500#.
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I guess I'll just let it be then.
If we ever do decide to get a toad, it will just need to be below 3500#.
For what it's worth, CR-V's work well, and are within that capacity!
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