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Old 10-10-2014, 10:12 PM   #1
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Towing question

Have a Winnebago Adventurer, 2002 30Y model, and am looking at a new tow car. I currently tow a Nissan Sentra, but the wife says it's time to upgrade. I would like to buy a friends Landrover Discovery, 4800 lbs. The Winnie can tow a max of 5k. Is this too close? Thoughts from people pushing the envelope would be greatly appreciated.


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Old 10-10-2014, 10:47 PM   #2
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Best luck on towing with your RV.

Whatever you pick, hope you get brakes on it...not required on RV toads in many states, but smart and obviously safer. And very important if you are towing at or near your hitch limits.

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Towing question

Our Jeep tips the scales at about 5000 lbs trail ready. Blue Ox tow bar and a Brake Buddy.
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Old 10-11-2014, 08:17 AM   #4
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Old 10-11-2014, 03:56 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by Adventurer44 View Post
...The Winnie can tow a max of 5k...
You might want to compute the true towing capacity, it is normally the lowest of:

- GCWR minus weight of MH when ready to travel (loaded).

- Hitch capacity.

- MH tow capacity.

- Chassis tow capacity...some times the last two are different.
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Depending.......The Land Rover may not be towable. Check the owners manual and/or check here:
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The question isn't limited to just whether or not the vehicle can legally handle the weight. There's also the question of whether towing a vehicle that heavy will adversely impact your driving experience.

To say it another way, my CR-V toad is ~10% of the weight of my 40' MH with a 425 HP diesel engine. I don't notice any change in performance whether or not I'm towing. In your case your proposed toad is probably 15-20% of the MH's weight and you have a much less powerful engine. You simply may not enjoy driving the MH as much with this toad attached.
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I agree with docj, if you normally don't have many hills to traverse you probably won't notice the difference in weight much except when attempting to pass another vehicle. But if you travel in an area with hills or are the type of driver that passes other vehicles often, you will notice the difference greatly. We used to tow a motorcycle on a light trailer and hardly noticed the additional weight. Now we tow a Captiva that weighs about 3700lbs. I used to pass other vehicles easily, now I just stay behind and go whatever speed the traffic allows. When you punch the gas pedal while towing that much weight you will hear more noise being made by the engine but not much acceleration happening.
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The land rover has a gear box disconnect, specifically allowing for emergency towing, or towing behind an RV ( as described in the owners manual) flat four. Pretty neat design actually. The mechanics of towing aren't in question, it's just the handling and being so close to the max tow weight. The total weight percentage from the nissan to the land rover goes from 18% to 22%, and I almost never pass people, maybe twice in the 3 years and 15000 miles I've put on the RV. It's a pretty good deal, the right answer might just be upgrade the RV . Thanks for the comments.

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