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Old 11-24-2014, 12:09 AM   #1
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1987 Southwind towing capacity

Our 87 Southwind has a mfgr listed towing capacity of 3500 pounds. It has a Chevy chassis with a 454, TH400, and 4.88 axle ratio. I know that is has a class 3 hitch. Here is my confusion, the hitch has a weight carrying capacity of 350 pounds tongue weight and 3500 pounds total capacity. However, if it is set up using a WDH, it has a 600 pound tongue weight and a capacity to tow 6000 pounds. Why the difference? Does the hitch handle 3500 pounds or 6000 pounds? The reason I am asking is that our toad, a 2003 Kia Sedona has a curb weight of 4802 pounds and we use a tow dolly. So my final question is can my MH tow our toad?

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Old 11-24-2014, 01:07 PM   #2
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Grandpere....I have similar specs on my 1995 Bounder...454 and about the same weight. I towed my 2001 Aztek and a 16 foot car hauler trailer across the country. I never worried one time about performance. The gas sucking hog did fine but the normal 7.5 MPG fell to 5.2MPG.

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We have a KarKaddySS tongue weight is 100 lbs And the caddie is 5400 lbs (roughly)
We have hauled the caddie almost every time we went out.
P30 Workhorse 454 4 barrel Tows nicely..
Now I haven't hit the mountains but I did a good size hill had to drop her down to 2 gear and I kept my foot out of it. Did well.
I'll find out more this winter on the way too AZ.
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