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Old 09-30-2013, 08:24 PM   #1
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Towing a 2005 Chevy Colorado with my Class C

Just bought a 2008 Gulfstream 32' with Ford V-10 with 7200 miles on the odometer. Can I tow my 2005 Chevy Colorado 4x4 crew cab? I know I will need proper tow bar and brake system. I guess I'm wondering if the motorhome will tow this vehicle OK. Any tips will be appreciated. We are new to motorhomes. Thanks
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Old 10-01-2013, 02:11 PM   #2
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Should be ok if you are 5000#s or less. Depends on your hitch. Otherwise the V10 will pull it with no problems. Congratulations on your new 2u Gulfstream.
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I thought the limit was 3500# with the Ford V10???? Maybe not??
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Old 10-01-2013, 10:07 PM   #4
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If your rig is like mine, there is a sheet on a cabinet door or wall that tells you the cargo carrying capacity, towing capacity, and such. Each rig's net carrying capacity is different depending on the accessories, etc. Towing for standard class C is 3,500 pounds or 5,000 in almost all cases. Yours will state what it is on the sticker/sheet. If 3,500 is the limit, you will likely need a lighter rig than the Colorado. Rule of thumb I've been told is to ideally tow a rig that is no more than 80% of the tow rating. (Not required but ideal).

This simple site may also be helpful. http://www.onlinetowingguide.com/guidelines/gvwr.html

In my case, I tow a 2003 Chevy Tracker with a curb weight of 2,987 and the RV is approved for 3,500 towing from the manufacturer. Thus, I am slightly over what I consider ideal tow weight (85%) but I reason that my Class C also has 3,000 lbs of net cargo carrying capacity and I have over 2,000 to spare when fully loaded and weighed on a local truck scale.

State laws vary, but it is always good to have a supplemental braking system for the rig you tow. I do; purchased for much less off of Craigslist, but I did buy the tow bar new (Roadmaster Falcon all terrain) and the tow brackets locally.
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Thanks for the info. I actually take delivery of my MH tomorrow so I will check on all this then. I won't be ready to tow for a while but just gathering info now.
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I tow a 2008 Ford Taurus (3700 lbs) with my class c V-10, with no difficulty. pulled 7 & 8 % grades at 50-55 mph, with cruise and overdrive off. load rating on my rv sheet is 14,000 ibs for rv (super duty/450) and total for towed with gas and anything else in the Taurus is 6,000 lbs with total combine weight 20,000 lbs. Would be some less if you have a 350 V10
My hitch is rated 7500 lbs factory installed
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