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Old 05-25-2012, 10:26 PM   #1
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towing capacity 1997 fleetwood southwind

new to rving and i have a 1997 fleetwood southwood 7.4l motor with towing capacity 3500 lbs, vehicle i want to tow dinghy style with tow bar is 2011 chev equinox weighing 3950 lbs, can i do this......


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Old 05-26-2012, 06:49 AM   #2
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I wouldn't, but that's me. Even if this was a really sturdy setup (not very likely in my experience), my concern would be that if something were to happen, you might have some explaining to do to a sharp insurance adjuster?
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My south wind is older I had the frame extensions boxed had a custom hitch made I tow a 2007 Chevy 4 door truck
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Perhaps upgrading the welding framework @ the hitch area could work . The engine can handle the pulling. Is the aframe tow bar rated for 4000lb?
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I STRONGLY advise against it yet again. The RV maufacturers post weight limits on a coach for a reason, and they're not kidding when they give a rating. Normally it's because of the frame rail extensions that they add. They also are taking into consideration braking capacity. Also take into consideration your insurance. God forbid you ever have a mishap and they see you're towing more than what the hitch is rated for, they can legally deny your claim... and it doesn't matter whether you box in and beef up the frame rails or not.... The long arm of the law doesn't care. Is the risk really worth it ? Just my two cents..
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As has been mentioned on here before, the actual towing capacity is the GCWR minus the weight of the MH when ready to tow (loaded) or the hitch capacity...whichever is less. If it was my decision, I would not exceed any of the manufacturer's data. Do the numbers.
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As has been mentioned on here before, the actual towing capacity is the GCWR minus the weight of the MH when ready to tow (loaded) or the hitch capacity...whichever is less. If it was my decision, I would not exceed any of the manufacturer's data. Do the numbers.
weight of gcwr. 20000..........mh....15657.........net carrying capacity....4343........gtw.......3500......,,,.., weight of toad..3900.....-400, not recommend ...,,,?


thanks for previous info....new here, did not know of toad info forum when first posted.....
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weight of gcwr. 20000..........mh....15657.........net carrying capacity....4343........gtw.......3500......,,,.., weight of toad..3900.....-400, not recommend ...,,,?


thanks for previous info....new here, did not know of toad info forum when first posted.....
20000 - 15657 = 4343, is not net carrying capacity, it is the tow capacity, providing this is the fully loaded drive away weight. However, if the hitch capacity is lower, then that figure becomes the tow capacity.

If the 3500 is the factory's tow capacity, ignore it. The formula given earlier is the correct one to use.
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OK, let's pick up where you left off?

4343 capacity
- 3900 toad
= 443 remaining capacity

Your weight, along with any other passenger's and four legged friends weights, water, propane, any accessories that may have been added since the coach was built, food, bedding, clothes, misc. camping gear, etc. - ALL to be subtracted from the 443 remaining capacity?

That's factoring only weight. Haven't even gotten in to any hitch strength/durability issues....
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You would be really pushing your luck to exceed the tow capacity on that coach. And probably complaining about hill climbing performance as well. I wouldn't do it.
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20000 - 15657 = 4343, is not net carrying capacity, it is the tow capacity, providing this is the fully loaded drive away weight. However, if the hitch capacity is lower, then that figure becomes the tow capacity.

If the 3500 is the factory's tow capacity, ignore it. The formula given earlier is the correct one to use.
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OK, let's pick up where you left off?

4343 capacity
- 3900 toad
= 443 remaining capacity

Your weight, along with any other passenger's and four legged friends weights, water, propane, any accessories that may have been added since the coach was built, food, bedding, clothes, misc. camping gear, etc. - ALL to be subtracted from the 443 remaining capacity?

That's factoring only weight. Haven't even gotten in to any hitch strength/durability issues....
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You would be really pushing your luck to exceed the tow capacity on that coach. And probably complaining about hill climbing performance as well. I wouldn't do it.
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