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Old 06-17-2015, 06:19 PM   #1
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Towing an automobile; weight 6,000lbs

Am looking for an accessory for towing an automobile. Would like any inputs from those who tow and what are your preferences?
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RoadMaster or Blue Ox. I went with RoadMaster simply because they were local and I could drive over plus they used our '05 Odyssey for a test fitting and we got the baseplates and install free.
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It would be better if you stated what car your going to pull. Are you going to pull it four down, or on a dolly?
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And also what are you going to be towing it with?
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Tow strap, rope, chain...
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Old 06-17-2015, 10:12 PM   #6
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We have a 2015 Palazzo. That's what I'm asking. If you tow a car behind your Thor RV, what accessory do you use!
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We have a 2015 Palazzo. That's what I'm asking. If you tow a car behind your Thor RV, what accessory do you use!
And that's what people were asking you!
What were you planning on towing?
What were you planning on towing with?
How were you planning on towing? Four down or on a dolly or trailer.

The more info you give us the better we can answer.
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We have a 2015 Palazzo. That's what I'm asking. If you tow a car behind your Thor RV, what accessory do you use!
While you are looking at equipment to tow with, verify your capability. The Palazzo has a 10,000# hitch which is sufficient for towing 6000#. The potentially tricky part is that the GVWR is 28,000# while the GCWR is 33,000#. Without going into all the other factors about axle and GVWR stuff, if you tow 6000# then you can only go up to 27,000# total weight of the coach before towing.

I'm not familiar with how Thor loads up that coach but keep that in mind. It may or may not be a problem.
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It is important to state what kind of car you want to tow. Some can be towed with the wheels on the ground.(4 down) some can be towed with the fronts on a dolly and the rear tires on the road and some need all the wheels off the ground in a trailer. If you let us know what you plan to use people on here will be happy to give you lots of great advice.
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You only have 300 HP - seems 6000 lbs will be heavy for that
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While some of these responses seem curt, and some ARE curt Most are really trying to help you by asking pertinent questions... All of us were newbies at some point and some of us forget that.


Basically until you give us specifics, we can only give you generalities:

you need an rv 'capable' of towing what you want to tow,
you need a towed vehicle that CAN be towed,
and you need a hitch and connections that can tow what you want...

and all three of those basic questions bring up other caveats/questions so we CAN answer your question.

So -
towing vehicle:
gvwr, gcwr, year, model, engine and real weight ?
towed vehicle:
year, model, 2wd or 4wd, and real weight?


and that will help us explain what you need to do.

Be it:
do you need a trailer, a tow dolly, or just a hitch...
what type of base plate for the front of the car,
what type of hitch you need,
whether or not your rv is capable of towing that much...

Sometimes it's best to get in a specific forum for your mfg to ask the question because they probably have already done that ...
good luck !
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You're up against two limiting factors. 1. The weight of the vehicle you wish to tow within the limits of the coach chassis and 2. In what manner can the vehicle you wish to tow be towed.

Problem 1, The Palazzo is built on a Freightliner XC-S chassis with a Cummins ISB engine mated to an Allison 2500MH transmission. It’s a good set up but the weak link is the transmission, particularly the weight limit of the transmission which is 33,000 total weight. The hitch might be rated at 10,000 pounds but in reality the transmission might not up to the task when the total combined weight of the load coach and the towed vehicle are added up. Pull a full size pickup with a golf cart in the bed and you might have problems overheating the transmission. Something lighter you'll probably never know it's back there. You need to load the coach up with everything you normally take on the road (including people, water and fuel) and get the rig weight checked. Cat Scales will work fine for this and they only charge around $10. Once you know you normal weight you can determine if what you want to tow can be towed plus about how much more stuff you can bring along and not overload the coach.

Problem 2 is going to depend on the transmission of the vehicle you wish to tow. Some can be towed with all wheels on the ground, front wheel drive that can't will need a dolly while rear wheel drive or all wheel drive might need a trailer. There are exceptions such as a 4 wheel drive with a manual transfer case that can be placed in neutral but without knowing what you want to try can't say for sure.

Sorry but there's no quick and simple answer to your question.
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I pull a long bed crew cab diesel behind mine, weighs in at 7,164 pounds at the local CAT Scale with the tank full, and ready to go. I also have a Jeep, that weighs significantly less. Let's face it, if you are driving a DP you are not driving it to beat anyone in the standing 1/4 mile. Don't expect to set any land speed records either, but it will get you there, and if you are like me, it is the journey, not the speed. Just make sure you weigh everything before you go and you are within your limits. As they say, you can pull a mountain with a diesel, but can the rest of it support the weight and get you there?
I use a Blue Ox Aventa tow bar, 10K, for both, and so far, so good. I also use the Blue Ox base plates on both. Good luck and safe travels.
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Motorhome Magazine Dinghy Guides

Motorhome Magazine publishes a Dinghy Towing Guide each year. For the indicated year, it lists all of the cars/trucks that are rated for towing without modifications. Go to their site, and download the guide for the year of the toad you are planning on using, and it will tell you if the car is rated for towing, and if there are any restrictions.

The guides also include some information on tow bars, brakes, and other accessories that will give you some good background information about the things to consider and the questions to ask. The guides are heavily biased toward towing four-down with a tow bar, but often includes some limited information on other methods (a two wheel dolly or trailer.) You might want to consider downloading a few years worth of guides to get a good overview of the process.

The guys here are trying to help, but your questions so far are too general. It's like asking "What do I need to start RVing?" There are too many potential answers. You need to narrow down your questions, but before you do that you need to understand the general concepts first. The guides will help, as will browsing this section of the form and doing some general web searches for dinghy towing.
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