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Old 10-11-2011, 01:58 PM   #1
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Towing a half ton truck behind Class A Hurricane

Hi, I am hoping someone has some experience with this. I recently bought a 2008 Fourwinds Hurricane 30Q and had been towing a wrangler behind the coach. I sold the wrangler and I am hoping to tow a RAM 1500 4wd behind (want to use the same vehicle for towing as daily driving).

My issue is the Ram is heavier than the tow ratings I can find for the MH, the truck is around 5,800 lbs the hitch is rated for 5,000 lbs.

If I upgrade to a class IV (10,000 lb rated) hitch, will the MH tow it OK? Based on the manufacturer's info for the Coach it looks like it will work, is there anything I am missing?

The ford chasis seems to be more than adequate for the job & according to the GCWR I still have 10,000 lbs to spare even with the MH loaded to its max.

Ford Chassis 6.8L Triton
V-10 Gross Vehicle (GVWR) 16,000

Gross Combined (GCWR) 26,000

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Old 10-11-2011, 02:29 PM   #2
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First thing I would look at, what is the GCWR. Next will the frame be able to handle the extra weight? 5800 lbs is 15% over recommended towing weight. I, like you, know that there is a fug factory just don't know how much. I am towing a Ford Escape which is over my towing weight. I have a Freightliner chassis. So I took it into Freightliner and had them verify that the frame could handle it. I also load lite so to keep me in the GCWR. I am able to make up the difference by traveling with very little water and not filling the fuel tank to the top. So far, so good.

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Old 10-12-2011, 08:39 AM   #3
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I'm good on the GCWR, it leaves me 10,000 lbs leftover after having the MH fully loaded.

The frame being able to handle the weight is exactly what concerns me. I know if I ask Ford dealers I will get different answers & can't seem to locate a good number/email for Ford that looks like it would answer my question (should I possibly try Fourwinds??).

Has anyone else contacted a manufacturer with chasis questions and had any luck?

Thanks for the help!
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Old 10-12-2011, 07:22 PM   #4
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Gas motorhomes often have frame extensions on the back, added by the body builder, so the hitch is not actually on the Ford chassis itself. That's often the main reason for limiting hitches to 5k.

Here is a link to the Ford F53 specs for your 2008, 16,000 lb chassis. Maybe something in there will help.

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