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Old 05-24-2016, 11:46 PM   #1
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Towing 3606lbs on 97 Bounder with 3500lbs hitch.

I know I know, another what if. But lets just say I understand GVWR and etc...My plans of 4 down towing my 2012 Escape went out the window with the trans problems of those years. I am sending back my Ready Brute Elite and Blue Ox stuff and am leaning towards an Acme EZ tow dolly with brakes. The dolly weighs around 350 pounds. Curb weight of my 12 Escape is 3229, with a 1/4 tank of gas Im at 3606 pounds with the dolly. 100 extra pounds is ok I am assuming on my hitch. I know its small, just wanted to be safe. Thanks all.
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What is the chassis limit for towing? It also might be 3,500#'s. However you should be OK as long as you take it easy with loading the Escape.
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What is the chassis limit for towing? It also might be 3,500#'s. However you should be OK as long as you take it easy with loading the Escape.
Chassis is 3500. GCWR is 21,500. GVWR is 18000. I am going to weigh it for sure, just wondering if 3600 would be too much. I have portable scales I use from work, gonna check the true weight tomorrow (TOAD) and MH fully loaded before I leave for MT. Going to tow Escape with 1/4 tank and empty.
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Old 05-25-2016, 01:39 PM   #4
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That same hitch would likely be rated something different on a different chassis due to number play involving GCWR.

A good example is the Ford 24K/26K chassis, exactly the same unit except the rear spring rating being higher. Ford then reduces the trailer weight rating by 2000#'s because the chassis load rating went up 2000#'s regardless of your actual weight. Your on the right track looking at your true GCW. I had the same problem with my first MH, I was overweight, knew it, drove accordingly. BTW the ACME brakes are effective, the flatter you can get the tongue the quicker brake reaction you get.
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We are in a similar situation. We bought our Taurus knowing we we were planning to flat tow it eventually . When we bought our 96 Bounder 36 ft I soon discovered it had a 3500 lbs tow rating . The Taurus weighs just shy of 3900 lbs . We are not in any hurry , but kind of looking at different cars now, but we really hate to give up the Taurus.
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I look at this a little differently.
If you are exceeding ANY of the maximum values on the unit (RV, hitch, tow bar, etc) you are setting yourself up for a major problem.
Should you have an accident and the police, insurance company, other driver, etc. find out I would not want to be in your shoes.
Insurance company will look for any way to decline coverage.
If they decline coverage, do you have enough cash to pay the other party?

Stuff happens, your fault or not.

DON'T put yourself in that situation. End of story.
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