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Old 09-01-2015, 12:28 PM   #1
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Towing with the RV

I'll need some education on towing with the RV.
I hve a 1998 Coachmen classB on a 1998 Ford E350, with the V10 and the 4R100 auto transmission, the RV's curb weigth is 9800 lbs, I want to tow a Tacome single cab with a curb weight of 2800 lbs with full gas, for a total of 12500 lbs RV & toad. Must of the towing will be around Florida.
On the brochure 2500lbs is what it's avertised for towing capacity. Do you think is doable without toasting the transmission, any opinions would be greatlly appreciated.
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Old 09-01-2015, 01:00 PM   #2
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2,500# seems a very low towing capacity for an E350 with a V10. That sounds more like the specs. for the 5.4L V8.
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Old 09-01-2015, 01:13 PM   #3
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maybe the GVWR is the limiting factor with the coach part taking up all the slack?
OR the tow capacity is limited based on hitch PIN weight and since there really won't be much pin wgt... ???? I'd call the mfg first...

While there is usually some 'cushion' in the capacities, my guess would be that your Tacoma weighs more than that
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2,500# seems a very low towing capacity for an E350 with a V10. That sounds more like the specs. for the 5.4L V8.
Could be the chassis is so loaded that's all the reserve left for towing. flyaviator, can you give us the other numbers on the builder's plate to the left of the driver or in door jam?
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My 1997 Coachmen 220RK on an E350 with a V10 had a GVWR of 11,500# (I believe some were made with higher GVWRs that year) and a GCWR of 18,500#.
That 24' regular Class C had a UVW of 9,622#. Your B weighs more than my C ? What model do you have ?

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Just a guess, but I'm thinking that the weight limit for a toad with your Class B is more to do with the weight of the RV than the capability of the engine and transmission. The curb weight of your RV is 9800lbs so 2500lbs is about 25% of the curb weight. As the weight of the toad goes up you will feel it more and more with the tail wagging the dog effect taking over. Especially when cornering and braking at the same time. So be sure to check with the manufacturer carefully before deciding what you can tow.
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I'll need some education on towing with the RV.
I hve a 1998 Coachmen classB on a 1998 Ford E350, with the V10 and the 4R100 auto transmission, the RV's curb weigth is 9800 lbs, I want to tow a Tacome single cab with a curb weight of 2800 lbs with full gas, for a total of 12500 lbs RV & toad. Must of the towing will be around Florida.
On the brochure 2500lbs is what it's avertised for towing capacity. Do you think is doable without toasting the transmission, any opinions would be greatlly appreciated.
If you're talking about a Toyota Tacoma....believe me, it weighs a LOT more than 2800 lbs!!! Better check this out first before you go any further.
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The weight for a 2012 Tacoma is 3300# to 3800# depending on the engine. And Google.
I have made the mistake of testing the towing limits of my Ford Excursion and we almost jack knifed pulling to much boat.
Check the specs closely and never push the limits of your tow vehicle.
Hope you find the perfect set up.
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Old 09-02-2015, 07:00 PM   #9
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1998 Coachmen "Starflyte"

Mich, before I was able to register my RV I was told to go to a weight station, I did, and the ticket read 9800 lbs. It is 20ft long on a E350 V10. I don't have any brochures or any other info on this RV, I found this RV up State NY in Webster.




QUOTE=Mich F;2725136]My 1997 Coachmen 220RK on an E350 with a V10 had a GVWR of 11,500# (I believe some were made with higher GVWRs that year) and a GCWR of 18,500#.
That 24' regular Class C had a UVW of 9,622#. Your B weighs more than my C ? What model do you have ?

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Tacoma curb weight

I will check the weight at a weight station this week. Thanks for the info.




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The weight for a 2012 Tacoma is 3300# to 3800# depending on the engine. And Google.
I have made the mistake of testing the towing limits of my Ford Excursion and we almost jack knifed pulling to much boat.
Check the specs closely and never push the limits of your tow vehicle.
Hope you find the perfect set up.
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That's one extremely heavy 20' RV you have there.
What brochure (from you first post) is telling you a Ford E350 with a v10 has a 2,500# towing limit ?
Have you looked through all your cabinets/closets and wherever for a sticker like the one that was on my 1997 Coachmen ?
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You sure you can flat tow the Tacoma ? It doesn't show up in the FMCA Towing Guide as far back as 2008, either standard or automatic, 4x4 or 4 x 2
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Old 09-07-2015, 11:57 AM   #14
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Toyota tacoma curb weight corrected

You guys were correct, the Tacoma's curb weight is 3080 Lbs, it is a 2wd single cab automatic, AmericanRv here in South Florida installed a shaft disconect by Remco. I did a short run with the toad attached around the parking lot, no faster then 10 mph, the short run was fine. Some how I don't trust the hitch that is installed, it is welded to the frame, the sticker on the hitch claims is good for 3000 lbs, so, next week I'm taking th RV to the shop to find the best solution, any suggestion from you guys would be greatly appreciated, my experience towing a toad is 0. Thanks to all who were nice to give me answers and ideas, much appreciated.
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