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Old 12-31-2010, 01:34 PM   #1
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Help figuring towing capacity

I purchased what I thought was a 1999 SeaBreeze. The title came back saying that it was a 2000 Sea Breeze AND the plate next to the driver's seat says it is a 1998. It didn't come with any manuals so I've been trying to figure it out with what I can find online.

It has a GMC (P30, I believe) chassis with a vortec engine. No idea how strong a power plant this is but I do sometimes have to downshift when ascending the steeper western PA hills.

Anyway, now I'm ready to start traveling and would like to tow something so I don't have to keep renting cars. However, I don't know what I'm able to tow safely. (I do plan on getting a brake assist for the toad)

Here are the only numbers on the plate by the driver's seat.
GVWR: 6713 KGS or 14,800 lbs
GAWR Front 2,495 KGS or 5,500 lbs
GAWR Rear 4,536 KGS or 10,000 lbs

These seem low to me. Does anybody have any experience with this motorhome to know if these are the right weights?

I was thinking about getting an older Jeep Cherokee Sport but they weigh in at 2223 KGS or about 4,890 lbs. Is this too heavy?

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Old 12-31-2010, 08:36 PM   #2
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Hi, you need to get the GCVW,(Gross COMBINED vehicle weight). The brake system on your coach can stop the coach weight plus the combined weight total. Our coach has a gross weight of 22,000 lbs with a GCVW of 26,000 lbs. That gives us 4,000 lbs of weight to tow without tow vehicle having breaks. I would not tow without tow vehicle having break system. I think in NC any tow 1,000 lbs needs breaks. Towing weight could be 5,000 lbs + -.
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Old 01-03-2011, 10:48 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply, however there is no indication on the plate for COMBINED weights. That's really what my problem is. Does anybody have a GCVR for a 98/99 Seabreeze on a gmc chassis? The MH is 31 feet long, so I think it is a 1310 model.

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Old 01-03-2011, 12:32 PM   #4
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If there is only a 5000 lb hitch on it I would be surprised if it wouldn"t tow your vehicle safely with brakes,with only a small % of your vehicles wieght on the actually on the tounge,unless you using a tow dolly, you are not affecting the hitch weight that much and thus not affecting the GVWR a whole lot.....I;m guessing that your GCWR would allow for the "5000lb" hitch to be used as intended as long as your hitch wieght is negligable, It does on my tradewinds.
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I used to have a 1996 P30 chassis under a 30 ft mh. The towing capacity was only 3500 lbs. The chassis was also rated @ 14800 lbs GVWR. I bought it new and about a year after I got I received a letter from Chev that said you should use aux brakes any time you towed over 1000 lbs.
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Old 01-05-2011, 11:43 AM   #6
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Thanks folks, that was really helpful.
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