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Old 10-12-2009, 06:58 AM   #1
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Class A vs C for towing

We just finished our 1st season of RV'ing, with a 31 ft. Class C MH. During our travels I've noticed an overwhelming number of Class A rigs with a vehicle in tow and only a very small number of "C" rigs doing a tow.
I'm posting this because it's become apparent to us that having a vehicle to use once we arrive at a campground is almost essential. But I'm concerned that having a Class C vs an "A" will limit our ability to successfully tow a vehicle. I'm looking for advice, comment and reasonable suggestions so that we'll be able to move around in a vehicle next year. As always, I appreciate the help and advice of fellow RV'ers.

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Old 10-12-2009, 08:18 AM   #2
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As long as you're not towing a H1 Hummer, most C's shouldn't have a problem towing a toad. Just treat it like a trailer with no tongue weight. Follow the GCW requirements on the MH and keep the toad (with all its goodies, and the junk you put in it to be an extra trunk) under 5,000#, make sure you have a good toad brake system, and enjoy. FWIW, we tow a 3500# '09 Ford Escape with our View - and it still gets 13+ MPG.

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Old 10-12-2009, 03:06 PM   #3
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I towed a minivan on a tow dolly with a Class C for 4 years with no problems. At 30 feet, the Class C was able to get into smaller spaces so we didn't have to bring our toad on every trip.

Now with a 40-foot class A, we MUST bring the toad if we want to go anywhere other than the campground.
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Old 10-12-2009, 03:34 PM   #4
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Quite often Class C owners don't tow a toad by choice, being that a C is smaller than an A, and able to manuever in and around attractions while traveling. Another reason why the Class B van campers are becoming more popular; maybe short on living space but able to park most anywhere without the need to unhook a towed vehicle.

Pros & Cons whichever way ya go
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Old 10-12-2009, 03:36 PM   #5
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We towed a 1994 Acura Integra (a little over 3000LB weighed) for several years with no problems behind our class C. Actually, our class C had a higher tow rating than our current class A, somewhere in the neighborhood of 8,000lb where the current coach is 4000lb (both using actual coach weight subtracted from GCWR).

The class C actually towed the car a little better, IMHO. We got in the range of 7 to 8MPG towing the toad, 1/2 to 1MPG less than not towing.

As porscheracer mentioned, just make sure your hitch is rated to tow your toad, keep the GCWR under the chassis rating, get a toad brake (required in a lot of states and by some chassis mfr's, IMHO just good practice if not required) and you'll be fine!

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