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Old 11-12-2019, 05:03 PM   #1
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Can I tow 8000 pounds

My question is about a Class C with the F450 Ford, with the V10, can they tow 8,000 LBS,
Would i help if i got a 25 footer vs 32 footer, the 25 footer would have no rear bedroom.
Can I tow 8000 pounds if I did Modifications?
Looking under $30,000
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Old 11-12-2019, 05:06 PM   #2
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Simply, no, it it's rated for 5,000lbs max.
You can tow up to the maximum amount of weight that the chassis and upfitter manufacturers tell you it can tow. It isn't just the hitch capacity that figures into the determination.
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You would need a Super C or DP for that weight.
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Old 11-12-2019, 06:37 PM   #4
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Yes, you can do modifications to try to beef up the frame to tow 8000#, BUT NO, you should not. The E450, does not have the capacity.

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I will be the idiot, YES BUT...
You need to limit the load inside the RV, properly shift weight to distribut on frt axle,

use a weight distribution hitch..

the super C yes is best ...

I do close to 6k on my e350 29foot minnie I need to watch load and my weights, bare min in RV,, to stay withing 18400 Combined.. my hitch was OEM a 3000lb,, , it was update to a 5000 by previous owner .. I now have a 7500, with rear frame modded.

The E450 has a heavier frame and tow capacity, combined is 20K+ i think again so much is in how you load and your weight, slides add alot, extra water , fuel etc..

My older 1996 Minnie, just works for me, I have had it scaled with various loads,, I have not used my weight dist hitch, I had it on but it was not right unless I moved stuff forward in trailer..

Sorry for rambling but I travel at speed 200-300 miles one way on friday nite traffic, so I make sure I am solid.. then It is home in sunday traffic..

PLEASE I am not saying I am right , If you dont understand the dynamics and safety, PLEASE PLEASE stick to the low side of the factory hitch, that is normally 3k or 5k.. be safe.. I have seen the back frames break on Class C, many of times at our motorcycle events,, way too much tongue weight, traveling off road as we do miles on dirt road etc..

THIS is my opinion,,
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My 2017, E450 Axis has a 8000 lb towing capacity.Click image for larger version

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Old 11-12-2019, 08:55 PM   #7
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My Sunseeker is rated 7500

I tow around 4000 and it does fine.
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I think you will be looking for trouble. I am sure the engine can pull it, however, if you have to do an emergency stop, you will be in trouble. Mine is equipped from factory with a 7,500 hitch, I would not dare. Your rear axle will be overloaded.
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My question is about a Class C with the F450 Ford, with the V10, can they tow 8,000 LBS,
Would i help if i got a 25 footer vs 32 footer, the 25 footer would have no rear bedroom.
Can I tow 8000 pounds if I did Modifications?
Looking under $30,000
Of course you CAN. The question is SHOULD you. The answer to that question is definitely no. Your hitch is probably only rated for 5000 pounds and I'm sure 8000 would put you over the gross combined weight by several thousand pounds. You should probably consider a Class A or a Super B.
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the engine can not sure about the brakes or transmission gearing or the leaf springs as for the hitch here is some info

What are the Different Hitch Classes?
Class I

Class I hitches are weight carrying (WC) hitches rated up to 2000 lbs. gross trailer weight (GTW) with a maximum trailer tongue weight (TW) of 200 lbs.
A Class I hitch usually has a 1-1/4" square receiver opening.
A higher class drawbar does not increase the towing capacity of the hitch.
Class I hitches usually attach to the bumper, truck pan or vehicle frame.
Class II

Class II hitches are weight carrying (WC) hitches rated up to 3500 lbs. gross trailer weight (GTW) with a maximum trailer tongue weight (TW) of 300 lbs.
A Class II hitch usually has a 1-1/4" square receiver opening.
A higher class drawbar does not increase the towing capacity of the hitch.
Class II hitches usually attach to the bumper or vehicle frame.
Class III

Class III hitches are weight carrying (WC) and also are weight distributing (WD) depending on the vehicle and hitch specifications.
Not all Class III hitches are rated to be both. See the specific hitch for that information.
Class III hitches used as weight carrying are rated up to 6000 lbs. gross trailer weight (GTW) with a maximum trailer tongue weight (TW) of 600 lbs.
Class III hitches used for weight distributing are rated up to 10,000 lbs. gross trailer weight (GTW) with a maximum trailer tongue weight (TW) of 1000 lbs.
A Class III hitch usually has a 2" square receiver opening.
A higher class drawbar does not increase the towing capacity of the hitch. To use this class of hitch for weight distribution requires a weight distribution system.
Class III hitches attach to the vehicle frame only.
Class IV

Class IV hitches are weight carrying (WC) and weight distributing (WD) hitches depending on the vehicle and hitch specifications.
Not all Class IV hitches are rated to be both. See the specific hitch for that information.
Class IV hitches used as weight carrying are rated up to 10,000 lbs. gross trailer weight (GTW) with a maximum trailer tongue weight (TW) of 1000 lbs.
Class IV hitches used for weight distributing are rated up to 14,000 lbs. gross trailer weight (GTW) with a maximum trailer tongue weight (TW) of 1400 lbs.
A Class IV hitch usually has a 2" square receiver opening.
A higher class drawbar does not increase the towing capacity of the hitch. To use this class of hitch for weight distribution requires a weight distribution system.
Class IV hitches attach to the vehicle frame only.
Class V

Class V hitches are weight carrying (WC) and weight distributing (WD) hitches depending on the vehicle and hitch specifications.
Class V hitches used as weight carrying are rated up to 12,000 lbs. gross trailer weight (GTW) with a maximum trailer tongue weight (TW) of 1200 lbs.
Class V hitches used for weight distributing are rated up to 17,000 lbs. gross trailer weight (GTW) with a maximum trailer tongue weight (TW) of 1700 lbs.
Your ball mount and hitch ball need to both be rated for Class V to safely tow these weight loads. To use this class of hitch for weight distribution requires a weight distribution system.
A Class V hitch has a 2-1/2" square receiver opening.
Class V hitches attach to the vehicle frame only.
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If are within the specs of GCVW, tongue weight, and hitch capacity, then yes
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...as was mentioned....an equally important question is: "can you stop 8000#?"
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As Twinboat pointed out--recent E450s can be within spec to tow 8,000. BARELY. It has to be the right unit, but it can be done. It needs to have the right hitch, needs to be a small-ish lightweight class C, and needs to be on an E450. The majority of the time, most of these people are right, and it's pushing it. If you have just the right model, (like Twinboat's Axis), you can tow that weight. My class C weighs ~11.5k, has a 22k GCWR, and a 7500 lb hitch. I think some of the Redhawks also have an 8k hitch.

Edit--the units with these ratings will be more than $30k for a couple years still, I think. $40k would likely get you there, though.
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We have the E450, tow a soft top Wrangler, 3500 lbs with a "Brake Buddy" tows fine but we have had a couple of times when I had to hit the brakes, times when I was glad I just had the Wrangler back there along with the "Brake Buddy. Don't think I could handle 8000 lbs.
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