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Old 05-27-2013, 12:24 PM   #1
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Towing large toad.

How many class a owners are pulling 5500 plus pound toads. We are thinking of getting tahoe or yukon. My wife's daily driver is gx470 lexus. We tow a grand cherokee. We would like to consolidate the 2 but not sure about the grand cherokee as a daily driver and cargo space. new tahoe or yukon is going to weigh right at 5700 lbs. Looking for input from those that tow larger toads.
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Old 05-27-2013, 01:28 PM   #2
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We tow a Sierra 1500 Crew (+ 5500) and when we go snowbirding it has over 1000lb. in it including a golf cart. We used to tow a Colorada Crew and I can fell the difference, but there have been no problems over 35,000 miles with this RV.
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Old 05-27-2013, 01:29 PM   #3
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What is the rating of your MH?

Total combined vehicle rating minus MH loaded weight or hitch rating, whichever is smaller is the maximum loaded weight of toad.

Need to know that first.
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Old 05-27-2013, 07:03 PM   #4
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Work the numbers, the tow rating is the lower of:


1. GCWR minus RV's actual weight (if it's not over GVWR).

2. Hitch capacity.

3. Coach tow rating.

4. Chassis maker's tow rating.
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Old 05-28-2013, 08:21 AM   #5
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This is one of those threads where including a description of your RV in your signature would help those responding.

In checking your profile I see you have a 43' Dutch Star. No doubt the hitch is rated for up to 10,000 lbs, but the weight numbers still have to be considered, as mentioned earlier.
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You'll have no problem towing it. I tow a 2500HD Duramax 4x4 at about 7500lbs. You'll definitely know it's back there, but won't be an issue.
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Not quite as heavy as you are thinking, but likely more comparable when rolling resistance is considered - our Jeep tips the scales right at ~5000 pounds as towed.
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I towed 2 different Yukon Xls with no problems.
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I tow a 2003 tahoe behind my bounder diesel no problem.
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With a 43 Dutch Star you should have no problems. Your hitch is fine. You may want a Tow Bar rated above the 6,000 limit of many. Don't exceed the COMBINED vehicle weight rating. Make sure you have a good supplemental brake system. Given you have air brakes I'd go with SMI's Air Force One which I use. Others prefer the M&G system which requires the room to extend the vehicles master cylinder.
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The weight is not an issue as long as the tow ratings cover it. We've been towing a 5000 lb toad for 6 years now, but we have a 10,000 lb hitch and a GCWR to match. I could wish for a bit more horsepower when the grade exceeds 3%, though. Hauling extra wight up steeper grades is noticeable!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Cat320 View Post
Work the numbers, the tow rating is the lower of:


1. GCWR minus RV's actual weight (if it's not over GVWR). Not true

2. Hitch capacity. True

3. Coach tow rating. True

4. Chassis maker's tow rating. Not true
1. You cannot "transfer" load not used to tow a heavier vehicle even if under the GCVWR.
2. Yes
3. Yes
4 The only one that can legally set a tow rating is the completed vehicle manufacturer.
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1. You cannot "transfer" load not used to tow a heavier vehicle even if under the GCVWR.
2. Yes
3. Yes
4 The only one that can legally set a tow rating is the completed vehicle manufacturer.
Do you have a reference for #1? if you can't transfer load from an underweight vehicle (within reason) why does GCVW rating even exist? If the under weight vehicle weight can't be transferred the towed load there's no reason not to simply state the towed maximum load by itself.

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And we pull on a KarKatty SS a 1999 Caddie Deville and can't tell its back there.
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