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Old 05-09-2016, 06:26 PM   #1
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I am considering purchasing a 1998 Holiday Rambler Endeavour. My problem is the vehicle I want to tow is a 2009 Chevy Traverse. The hitch capacity says 3600 lbs. The Traverse weighs 4700 lbs. I would tow as a toad not a dolly. Can I beef up the hitch system so this is ok as long as I stay under the total gross weight limit of the towed vehicle and motorhome?
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I could be wrong but the total gross weight has to do with the weight of the coach. I'd suggest you have a qualified hitch installer look at where your hitch is mounted and determine if a heavy duty 2" hitch can be installed.
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I am considering purchasing a 1998 Holiday Rambler Endeavour. My problem is the vehicle I want to tow is a 2009 Chevy Traverse. The hitch capacity says 3600 lbs. The Traverse weighs 4700 lbs. I would tow as a toad not a dolly. Can I beef up the hitch system so this is ok as long as I stay under the total gross weight limit of the towed vehicle and motorhome?
The only one that can determine/change the towing capacity is HR themselves. Per Federal Law no one else is allowed to change any of the capacities but the completed vehicle manufacturer.
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Max tow ratings are generally very misunderstood. There are several "limits" that are posted for a given vehicle.
The hitch max tow rating is only for the hitch assuming the ball and ball mount are the same or higher.
The limit that really means something is the GCVWR or Gross Combined Vehicle Weight Rating. Total weight of the loaded coach plus total weight of the toad (and towbar) isn't supposed to exceed that number.
My understanding is that number considers the chassis, tires, and hitch ratings but it also has a lot to do with the brakes on the towing vehicle. Most tow vehicles can get really heavy stuff moving but can't stop 'em worth a hoot.
You'll have a hard time finding anything that says it's OK to exceed that limit.
Also: A dolly would only add to your overweight condition.
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If it were me, I'd find a MH with at least a 5,000 pound tow rating. You won't be able to legally up your towing capacity but that doesn't mean you can't do what you want.

The down side is you could do it and get away with it...until a tragedy occurs. Then everything gets weighed and you get hammered for being overweight.
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Have you actually weighed the Chevy Traverse, i would empty it and go have it weighted. Dont forget to subtract your own weight as you will not be in it when towing.
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But remember you'll be tempted to put things in your toad to bring with you. So empty weight may not be a accurate weight. We always have things like golf hand carts and golf bags with clubs in ours.
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I am considering purchasing a 1998 Holiday Rambler Endeavour. My problem is the vehicle I want to tow is a 2009 Chevy Traverse. The hitch capacity says 3600 lbs. The Traverse weighs 4700 lbs. I would tow as a toad not a dolly. Can I beef up the hitch system so this is ok as long as I stay under the total gross weight limit of the towed vehicle and motorhome?
I think you can. I did it to my beast from 3500 to 5000, just for peace of mind. I tow a crv 4 down. The shop even put their certified stamp on.
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Thanks for all the replies. Since my original post I had the MH into a truck service shop to determine if there were any issues I should be aware of before purchasing and unfortunately there were some that have made me reject this MH. The oil was overfull indicating perhaps gas in the oil plus the transmission fluid was burned indicating possible trouble in the transmission. There were other issues such as tag axle brakes don't work, loose wheel bearing, other fluid leaks.
Add these to the towing issue and I have decided to pass this MH. Most others I am considering do have the 5,000 lb capacity.

Thanks for the input.
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