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Old 12-19-2013, 12:14 AM   #1
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Towing capacity - can my MH tow my SUV

I am a newbie in MH world. I've tried to understand all the ratings of my Motorhome and it's towing capacity but to no avail. I would appreciate all the advises about this subject matter as well as possibility of towing my SUV. The following information are extracted from the manuals of both my MH and SUV:

For MH: 2013 Tiffin Allegro Open Road Model 32CA
GAWR - Front 8,000 lb
GAWR - Rear. 15,000 lb
GVWR 22,000 lb
GCWR 26,000 lb
Towing Hitch Capacity 5,000 lb

For SUV: 2004 Acura MDX
GVWR. 5,798 lb
Curb Weight 4,510 lb
Gross Trailer Weight Braked 3,500 lb
Max Payload 1,307 lb

Each vehicle has different definitions when it comes to weights. I am very confused about these terminologies, and would like to know if I can tow the SUV with my MH. Do I need to modify either vehicle to be able to do so. I am looking at the Blue Ox towing equipment. Do I need the supplement braking system? I am sorry for the long posting but I need help. Thanks.

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Old 12-19-2013, 12:50 AM   #2
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Weigh your coach as you where going on a long trip pax and all. Take this reading and subtract from your GCWR (26k). Thats what you can safely tow. The hitch may say 5k but the tow capacity is on the coach, not hitch. If you took your gross vehicle weight rating and suptracted that from your coaches gross combined weight rating you only get 4k lbs. If your Acura was empty you would be 500 lbs over if your coach was loaded to your gvwr.

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Old 12-19-2013, 01:04 AM   #3
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I'd say you're pushing the limits, but it may be possible. First, you need to weigh your Acura. Make sure it's ready for travel, just like you are getting ready to hitch up ride. You should be able to do this at a truck stop or possibly a local company that has truck scales. If your Acura weighs more than 5000 lbs., then I would not recommend towing it behind your MH as your hitch is only rated for 5000lbs. (note: GVWR on the Acura of 5798 means full gas, all fluids topped of and full of your stuff and passengers. There will be no passengers in it while being towed.)

Now the GCVWR of you coach is 26,000 lbs. That means the coach and towed vehicle can not weigh more than this. If your Acura is 5000 lbs or less, you'll need to weigh the coach next. Make sure it's full of gas and ready to travel. Now add your weights and see if it's less than 26,000. If so, hitch up and travel safe. If not, look for things to leave behind to lighten the load.

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Old 12-19-2013, 05:13 AM   #4
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Yep you are right at the edge. Got to get some weights. Simple, don't exceed: 1)Coach weight needs to be less than 26000 minus the SUV weight (see 2).

2)SUV weight with tow bar, base plate, supplimental brake system, and all towed contents needs to be less than 5000.

Our CRV, and I suspect a lot of others, is storage for more than several hundred pounds of canoe, bikes, chairs, bird seed, and etc. You get the picture.

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I have used a county recycling scale that was free.

You may have to plan on traveling with empty holding tanks and just enough fresh water to get to destination. Gas and propane weight are a little harder to manage.
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Old 12-19-2013, 06:03 AM   #5
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I am looking at the Blue Ox towing equipment. Do I need the supplement braking system? QUOTE]
In a word - YES
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Do the numbers, the tow rating is the lower of:

1. GCWR minus tow vehicle's actual weight.

2. Hitch capacity.

3. Coach tow rating.

4. Chassis maker's tow rating.
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Old 12-23-2013, 02:28 AM   #7
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Your MDX may NOT be flat towable. There is not enough information about the exact model listed, ie AWD, 4X4, limited, sport. No matter what , you are pushing the weight limit. Go to Store : Remco
and see what their site says about flat towing.
As far as weight get the MH weighed along with the car you plan on towing.

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