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Old 04-09-2012, 11:31 AM   #1
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Hi there! Okay we are jumping on the rv lifestyle bandwagon, selling our home, stuff and leaving someone else to deal with maintenance, light bills, property taxes etc... Our biggest confusion is 5th wheel versus Motorhome. We've always wanted a Motorhome but towing the kind of rigs we like to venture on road with isn't your "smart car" style. We have a suburban 1500 4x4 and a 1 ton dodge ram mega cab, I don't want to get rid of both, so wondering if anyone has towed a Suburban behind a Motorhome and the experience with that size of vehicle in tow.
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Old 04-09-2012, 11:34 AM   #2
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Howdy and welcome to the forum. Depending on the motorhome you choose, you'll need to be mindful of weight limitations and hitch weight. There's a ton of info in the Towing section, and I know several posters are towing 'Burbs, Tahoes, full size trucks, etc. Good luck!
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Old 04-09-2012, 11:59 AM   #3
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Hello jandk, welcome to irv2!

According to Remco's site the 2000 to 2011 4wd Suburban is towable as is.
Since you are looking at towing a full size truck type vehicle I would think you would want to look for a DP rated at least 350hp and up.

I would suggest researching threads here on tow bars for larger vehicles and different types of braking systems for them. As Sarah mentioned, you will need to keep within the confines of the rating on the hitch and tow bar set up that you chose.

Congratulations on your decision to go with the full time life style change, you will love it!
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Hey, welcome, and good luck
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Old 04-09-2012, 01:21 PM   #5
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To tow what you have I'm sure you'll falling into the DP category. They have the strength and the hitch capacities to accomodate your vehicle. Good luck with your shopping experience and hope you find the coach that serves you best. To be sure if your vehicle can be towed as is, it's best to go to remcotowying.com, put in the vehicle information and it will give you what you'll need if anything.
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Welcome to the forum and congrats on your coming adventure!

IMO, the decision between motor home and fiver for full timing comes down to how much and often you think you'll travel vs setting up in one place for week(s) at a time.

My guess is that there are more full timers in coaches than fivers but I could be wrong. Personally, DW and I like the floor plans available in fivers more than coaches but we went with a 40DP for three reasons:

1) The travel experience in a large MH is much better... being able to sit way up high and see the country via large picture windows. Of course if you don't plan to travel often this is a minor point.

2) We didn't want to have a large tow vehicle as our every day transportation.

3) Set up is a bit easier in a MH than a fiver.

Best of luck to you and keep us posted on what you decide.

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Hi folks! Welcome to IRV2! Sure glad you decided to join us! I can't help on the towing question since we have only been in the MH business for about a month! I'm sure you will get lots of answers. Good luck & God bless!
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Welcome!!! Glad to have you here with us. I don't know that much about the towing weights etc. so I'll just welcome you to the lifestyle and this site. The folks here will be able to help with any questions. They are also a very friendly bunch. Have fun and safe travels.
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Welcome aboard!

Be sure to check the tow rating, before purchase. A common 5k rating won't do it for you. Most diesel pushers will be rated to tow 10k, some even more. You also need to keep in mind, however, the combined weight max of the rig (weight of the motor home with you and all your stuff, fuel, water, etc on board PLUS the weight of the vehicle you are towing.)

As you're starting from scratch you are in a position to avoid problems. All it takes is a little homework (being here is a good start) and some basic math.

Good luck, and be sure to let us know what you end up with.
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Thanks to all for your expertise! Purchasing is half the fun for me
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Thanks again for all the suggestions, we ended up purchasing a Winnebago Destination 340 DP with a 10k towing capacity, so it's the suburban over the dodge and 5'r idea.. excited to get going on our new adventure
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Congratulations!!!

I'm sure you'll love it.

Best of luck and safe travels.

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Keep posting here and sharing your adventure....Safe travels.
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