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Old 03-28-2016, 07:59 PM   #1
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Tow capacity

I like to read the forums and often read posts about towing capacity. Many insist that its important to have a 10,000 lb. hitch rating. I often read "it only has a 5000 lb. hitch". Sounds generous to me!
I also realize most class A RV's tow small Jeeps, Hondas and the like. Many look for smaller vehicles to save fuel both when towing and driving As a matter of fact most auto manufactures are using more plastic and aluminum to cut down on weight. Most Towds I see on the road are well under 5000 lbs. and getting lighter every year.
I understand there are exceptions, pulling large trailers, race cars and big boats but I'm an average guy and never had anything to tow that was 5000 lbs

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Old 03-28-2016, 08:10 PM   #2
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Sometimes that rating also indicates how much total weight capacity there is for towing. So even though it may indicate a 5,000 lb hitch, the difference in the GVWR and the GCWR is only 5,000 lbs. You can use that up with other stuff you may be carrying in the coach. Look at all the weight ratings on manufactures web sites (or brochures) and calculate how much capacity you have for the motorhome, your stuff, and the toad/trailer.

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Old 03-28-2016, 08:11 PM   #3
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No reason to go over 5K if you know you will never use it.
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Old 03-28-2016, 08:13 PM   #4
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Are we talking DP's or gas? That is the major difference. If all you want is a vehicle then most will be under 5000 and most A's will tow them. The kicker is the folks towing things like race trailers where they add another several thousand pounds of enclosed trailer with the race car or a car and golf cart or whatever. They need the DP and the 10,000 capacity.
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Ours has a 15,000# tow rating and we tow a 4,500# Honda Odyssey. Have no need nor plans to tow anything much bigger/heavier.
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This has been posted on here many times...but here it is again:

Tow rating is the lower of-

1. Coach's hitch rating.

2. Coach tow rating.

3. Chassis tow rating (sometimes different than the coach's).

4. The difference in weight between the coach's GCWR and the coach's actual weight when ready to tow.

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