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Old 07-08-2014, 12:51 PM   #1
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Towing with my 97' Pace Arrow

Hey all, I'm trying to make sure I understand my RV's towing limitations before I go and spend a bunch of money to tow.

Attached is the sticker in my closet.

I've weighed my RV, empty 1/2 tank of gas 1/4 tank of LP the RV weighed 14,960 which I thought was really low. Now, we don't take water with us (at least not yet) but I would expect that a majority of our time traveling would be without water.

I want to tow my 2011 Nissan Maxima, curb weight (3,540) with a tow dolly.

Thoughts? Concerns?
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Since your max towing is 3500 (probably a hitch limitation), how much does the dolly weigh? The Maxima by itself is a bit over the max.
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I'm still looking at the tow dolly's. The average 400 - 600 lbs depending on what you get. So we thinking I could simply re-enforce my hitch?
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Any thoughts? I've found a used dolly and I'm wondering if this is something I could do.
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The UVW , may have been calculated with a full tank of fuel, that would explain your slight under weight, in that department.
Even running with no water on board you will be at or over the chassis limits , GVWR & GCWR. Once you have passengers and gear on board, by the scales , I load on 1,300 lbs. but my DW likes to carry a lot of " just in case " stuff, and I have to have my tools.
You could be looking at , brake, transmission and cooling system issues, running at the limit , as these weights assume everything is 100% as good as when it left the factory.
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Tell us more about how loaded you were when you weight it. Would you say you were mostly "camp ready" accept for food and water? Your scaled weight is 87lbs LESS than the "dry weight" ( which normally only includes a full tank of gas).

How big is your gas tank? How big is your LP tank? How many people where in it when it was weighted? How much more "stuff" do you have to load into it for camp ready mode? You really only have 1,500lbs of people, cargo, water, fuel, stuff, and hitch weight. Although, a tow dolly doesn't have much hitch weight to worry about.

Honestly, I wouldn't worry to much about being 500-800lbs over on the towed weight for dolly or flat towing. Your not putting much weight on your chassis as you are basically just dragging it along. Your engine/tranny should be good up to the GCWR of 20,000lbs. What's another 500lbs!
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Gas tank is 80 gallons, 2 of the 4 people were in the rv when I weighed it. Had no food, water. I'll go weigh it with a full tank of gas and full l.p. and see what it weighs in at. I'd say I was 90% camp ready.
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Ok, so 40 more gallons of fuel is 250lbs
LP is 4.25lbs per gallon. Don't know how big your LP tank is but I'm sure it would take somewhere close to 10 more gallons if it's down to 1/4 ... So, there's another 42lbs.

I'd say you have about another 300lbs in fuel weight easily... Now add in your two extra passengers and the remaining 10%. You should be able to estimate this close enough to help you make your purchase decision on a dolly for the toad.
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I would say that you should be okay. Your vehicle is only 40 lbs over the tow limit but you are way under on your GCWR. Remember these limits are set by the factory to ease manufacturing liability. Your motorhome won't come apart just because you exceeded the towing limit by 40 or possibly 540 lbs (15%) factoring in the weight of the tow dolly.
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