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Old 02-23-2016, 08:20 PM   #1
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Towing my 2012 Chevy Equinox

I'm confused. It seems to me that from the numbers I'm reading that if I add my 5000# Equinox to my Pace Arrow LXE ( GVW 32000# ) I'll be exceeding the CGVW. Am I missing something?
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The coach in question is the Pace Arrow LXE.
GVWR 32400
GCWR 33000
Toad 2012 Chevy Equinox GVWR 5000
It appears the CCC of the coach is only 600#. How can that be.
How does the 5000# tow weight figure into these numbers.
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Interesting numbers. Are these from the label on the coach?

Here's some footnotes I copied from a Fleetwood Web site:

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1 GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) is the maximum  permissible weight of this fully loaded motorhome. The GVWR is equal to  or greater than the sum of the (UVW) unloaded vehicle weight plus the  (OCCC) occupant cargo-carrying capacity. UVW and OCCC are found on the  label containing the federal certification tag in each RV.
2 GAWR (Gross Axle Weight Rating) is the maximum permissible loaded weight a specific axle is designed to carry.
3 GCWR (Gross Combined Weight Rating) is the value specified by the  motorhome manufacturer as the maximum allowable loaded weight of this  motorhome with its towed vehicle. Towing and braking capacities may be  different. Refer to Fleetwood and chassis manufacturer's manuals for  complete information.
Normally, subtracting the GVWR from the GCWR gives you one of the maximum weights you can tow (others being hitch rating and maximum trailer weight rating, which the manufacturer determines). In your case, that would be 600 pounds. This is very different than the hitch capacity of 5000 pounds. I think you should call Fleetwood and ask them to explain what's going on.
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Take a look at what your car actually weighs, not its GVWR. Unless you plan to load up the Equinox with a load of bricks, you should be OK. The curb weight of your car is under 4k lbs.

It also seems there is something wrong with your numbers. I've never seen a motorhome with just 600 pounds of towing capacity. (GCWR minus GVWR).

None of the numbers you provided will tell us what your CCC is. As stated above, CCC compares GVWR to what you unit weighs empty except for full fuel.

On edit**** I looked at the Pace Arrow site and your numbers match what the web site says and its no wonder you are confused. I think your best bet is to call the manufacturer and not the dealer to get the real scoop.
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After 10 years of towing 2 seat Miatas, we are getting set up to tow a 2011 low mileage (11,000) Equinox that my wife recently inherited.

From what I could find on-line and in the manual, the un-laden Equinox weighs between 3,700 and 4,000 pounds. Not the 5,000# that you quoted.

We'll use a Roadmaster base plate as that is what our tow bar is.

In setting up your Eq', what Aux Brake are you using? Charge line?
Are you pulling the fuse or using a switch?
How did you wire the tail lights?

I'm looking at similar RV graphics to put on the white Eq'.

Now we'll be able to take the g-kids with us...

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Thank you all for the response, this forum is invaluable.
What I need to Know is if your toad weight is #4000 how much does that add to the GCVW. For instance, if your CCC is 1500# and your loaded to that limit, can you still tow that #4000 toad.
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What I need to Know is if your toad weight is #4000 how much does that add to the GCVW. For instance, if your CCC is 1500# and your loaded to that limit, can you still tow that #4000 toad.
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The answer is "No." If you have loaded the motorhome to the CCC, then the motorhome is at it's maximum allowable weight, the GVWR. And if it's at the GVWR, then you can tow 600 pounds (GCWR minus GVWR). And that makes no sense- which is why a call to Fleetwood was suggested.

Here's a link to a Web page with weight/rating definitions.
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