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Old 04-04-2014, 12:47 PM   #1
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JohnJan, Horsetrailer towing

We purchased a 32 foot '2006 Southwind '2013 with the hopes of towing our 2 horses in our "TRAILS WEST" trailer. Motorhome info: Workhorse Frame, Vortec 8.1 liter engine, GVW 21,000 lbs, UVW= 18048, Usual traveling cargo= 1310 lbs, GCWR= 25,700 LBS. NOW THE PROBLEMS: 5,000 LB HITCH RATING & NEED APPROX 14" DROP HITCH TO LEVEL THE TRAILER.Total weight with horses, etc. approx. 6000 lbs.... I have been impressed with how Fleetwood has attached the Hitch assembly, going up and over the top of the Workhorse Frame but inspite of that,is there anything we can do to make this a safe towing situation? THANKS IN ADVANCE OFR THE INFO !!! JOHN

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Old 04-04-2014, 03:49 PM   #2
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Hook on and pray, eh? LOL.

Seriously, I had to do a spring-over on my bike trailer or it would drag on all the driveway aprons. And that was with a 6" drop. Running a 14" drop is gonna drag on everything.

That's a lot of weight but it will probly tow it. Towing rating is 5K, right? I would be a lot happier in a 3/4 HD pickup with a diesel, something with 12-15K towing capacity. I've towed a few horsetrailers and they are HEAVY! Beasts I tell ya!

IMO the weight isn't as much an issue as the trailer configuration. You're going to have to figure out a better hitch setup. The motor and trans are put in RV chassis of much bigger and heavier units so it's up to the job. More than likely will void any trans warranty, but if you keep it changed with synthetic you should be fine. I would add a temp gauge for the trans so you can keep an eye on it.
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