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Old 04-13-2010, 06:28 AM   #1
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3500 Lb hitch and crv?

Do you think it's cutting it close , the factory installed hitch on the chevy class c chassis has a 3500 lb specification and the crv is 3508 curb weight.
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Old 04-13-2010, 07:25 AM   #2
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Once you weigh the CRV ready for the road, it won't be close at all. It will weigh a few hundred pounds over it's "curb weight".
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It just amazes me that they would put a class 2 and not a class 3 hitch on a Motorhome of any size.

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It is a 5000 lb, I found the label on the hitch installed on the motorhome. Winnebago had 3500 lb drawbar listed on the specs.... Never trust the specs lol
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It may be a 5K hitch, but the MH chassis and frame may be rated at 3500K. The MH manufacturer's rating is the controlling factor.
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I wish I bought the ford but don't really have the extra cash to upgrade the RV at this point so I am stuck with what I have for now. I am fairly certain I am running a grand under max loading
I know it is cutting it fairly close to the max towing cap of the rig based on weights of being fully loaded.

The CRV would allow me to be able to let someone else drive the car up or, more importantly , down steep grades in the mountains. I do know the rig pulls the current car which is in the vicinity of 2800 lbs without much problem or too much tranny heat. Then again another grand is alot of extra.




There is a disclaimer at the bottom of the spec sheet, for the chevy chassis, that the towing limit is based on your particular loading and towing circumstances.

I will go hit the scales first before I go any further to make sure the GCWR is not exceeded.
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It may be a 5K hitch, but the MH chassis and frame may be rated at 3500K. The MH manufacturer's rating is the controlling factor.
Our last motorhome had a rating of 5,000 lbs in the manual for towing. While I was under the MH checking something else I noticed the label on the tow hitch. It was 3,500 lbs. Best to check both before you begin towing.

While in a campground I noticed a MH with an aluminum trailer that had one of the new Thunderbirds on it. Since it was a gasser, I was curious about the combined weight of towing the trailer and car. I went over to see if there was a tag on the hitch. What I saw was scary. The welds on the hitch were tearing loose from the frame. Way too much weight for the hitch.
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Ok finally got the MH to a scale and I am running about 4400 lbs under the gross combined rating ...MH was full of gas, water and all goodies I normally carry plus about a hundred pounds of excess that I loaded for the trip as I didn't have the tow with me.
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