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Old 06-22-2014, 07:07 AM   #1
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Towing 4 down a 1997 Suburban with 8.1 Workhorse

The rating on the receiver is 5000, the suburban weights 4800. Is this to much to pull four down?
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Old 06-22-2014, 07:51 AM   #2
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You're not giving yourself any margin of safety if that's the fully loaded weight. If that's the dry weight then your overweight on your receiver. That is a big heavy vehicle to be pulling around.
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Old 06-22-2014, 08:08 AM   #3
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Did you weight the Suburban? Published weights are usually sans options and of course won't include anything you put into it. Have you weighed your coach when it is loaded for travel? How far under the gross combined weight rating is it? Do you have 5k lbs left above your loaded weight?

That weight is going to tax any gas coach, especially on steep grades. I agree, you'd be leaving little safety margin.
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The maker of the receiver has a safety factor for the hitch is 2-1 at 5000lbs. Then why should I have to factor another percentage of safety. Isn't the 5000lbs the acceptable load?
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I'm more concerned about performance of your rig and braking, although I presume you'll be adding a supplemental brake system.

Again I'd ask about the coach weights. Actual weight when loaded for a trip, subtract from the gross combined vehicle weight rating, do you have at least 5k lbs left? Just because the hitch is rated for the load does not exempt us from the manufacturers GCVW rating.

Having towed a 4500lb Jeep Wrangler Unlimited with a gas coach I can tell you grades will be "interesting" with that much weight behind you.
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that is all most the same drive weight as you front tires of your RV

if you make a fast turn the SUV would want to drive you where it wants

i would not push it and tow some thing smaller
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I have a 5000 lb receiver but only 4000 lb of towing capacity. I was going to tow a 4500 lb car until this was pointed out to me.
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