Originally Posted by grafxman
I see the hitchstore.com has a class III RV hitch for just under $200. I'll see about getting that thing installed if I get the Dakota. I'll check into a supplemental braking setup too.
I feared you'd think this. You could mount a Class V hitch
, with a 2 1/2" square receiver on it, (10,000 to 18,000 lb capacity) but it wouldn't increase your RV's capacity above the 2,000 to 3,500 lbs Class II hitch it has.
THAT'S ALL YOUR RV IS CERTIFIED AND ENGINEERED TO HAUL.
Just because you can weld more metal on to the receiver or frame doesn't change the fact you would be exceeding it's rated strength and capacity. Springs, axles, wheels, tires, brakes and frame all combine to create limitations. Your RV is not rated for that kind of load tugging or pushing on the back of the vehicle.
I won't make warnings of legality or insurance, others can do that, but I caution you that it very well could be a dangerous idea to try to hitch a toad up that weighs almost half of the RV's own weight.
PLEASE call Winnebago and see what they say. If they won't commit to an opinion, check with an experienced towing shop.