Originally Posted by chevyman
I own a 2002 Winnebago Sightseer. I have never towed a vehicle before. I purchased a 2018 Jeep Wrangler JK Rubicon to tow behind my Sightseer. Is their a way to determine if I can safely tow this Jeep Wrangler with my 2002 Sightseer? The Jeep Wrangler weighs 5000 lbs.
well, honestly, it would've been better to ask the question before buying the toad but this is the advise i usually give when asked.
before you buy a toad you need to know what your mh weighs as it is loaded for a trip. that includes full fuel, fresh water and lp tanks, food, clothing, supplies, pets and people. get separate axle weights to make sure that neither axle is is overloaded. then apply the three tests above. for every pound your mh exceeds its gvwr you lose a pound of available tow weight.
the amount of weight you can safely tow will be the lesser
of the following:
1) the gross combination weight rating (GCWR) of the MH minus the actual weight
of the MH as it is loaded and configured for travel. actual or rolling weight is determined by loading the MH as you would for a trip. fill the fuel, fresh water and LP tanks. add clothes, food, supplies, etc. don't forget people. find a scale and get individual axle weights at a minimum. compare the actual axle weight to the axle weight rating (GAWR) for that axle. each axle will have a different weight rating. for every pound your mh exceeds its gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) you lose a pound of available tow weight. don't guess or assume...know.
2). the weight rating of your hitch. the amount of weight your hitch is engineered to carry should be in your owner's manual.
3) the weight rating of your tow bar. check the specs of your tow bar if you already have one. if not i'd look for one that is capable of towing 8000-10,000 lbs.
once you determine how much weight you can safely tow then you can start shopping for a toad. since you’re talking about a wrangler (great choice, btw) all you need to do is ensure that be model CAN be flat towed (not all can) and know what the curb weight including whatever options you may order. if buying used or off the lot make determining the gross weight of the car (including fuel at 6-lbs oer gallon)