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Old 03-08-2013, 10:15 PM   #1
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Tow Capacity for my class a?

So Im just trying to find out how much weight I can tow behind my georgie boy encounter... I am wanting to tow a vehicle and wonder up to how much can it weigh and what is the best option for towing it?

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Old 03-08-2013, 10:34 PM   #2
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Typically near the driver's station or in a cabinet or closet should be a listing of all the information you need. It includes tire size and tire pressures, Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW weight of fully loaded RV) and Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR), etc.

The GCWR is the maximum weight of the RV and a trailer or towed vehicle combined. Best thing to do is load RV as if ready for a trip and take it to a scale and get the real weight. The weight listed on the sticker often fails to take into account any options or additions to the RV over the years. Once you get the weight of the RV, subtract it from the GCWR and you will know your limit for a toad vehicle.


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Old 03-09-2013, 03:44 AM   #3
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Welcome to IRV2. The advice above is what you need to determine your towing capacity. Good luck and post often.

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Old 03-09-2013, 04:47 AM   #4
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This will be a moot point after you weigh but I suppose it goes w/o saying that the tow also cannot exceed the limit of the hitch.

In my case I have a 5K hitch but after weighing cannot tow more than 4K because I then exceed the GCVW. You will wind up relatively the same most likely.

Towing 4 down is the most popular option and most often used. It requires that the vehicle be able to be towed that way. See the owners manual for towing specifics. Be absolutely sure your vehicle can be towed this way before you invest in the set up.

It is often a case of economics that determines your tow method. If you have a vehicle that cannot be towed 4 down and you do not want to get another vehicle then a tow dolly can work.
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