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Old 03-03-2015, 03:56 PM   #1
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2015 Outlaw towing capacity

The 2015 Outlaw has a 8000 pound hitch. Is it wise to tow this much behind a ford V10?
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The 2015 Outlaw has a 8000 pound hitch. Is it wise to tow this much behind a ford V10?
It all depends on what kind of hills you will be climbing and descending, the actual weight of what you are towing, and if you personally know a good Ford transmission and V10 mechanic.

I use an ACME tow dolly to pull various vehicles.

Normally, a small Toyota Prius is attached. But there was an occasion where a 4,000+ lb Jeep Cherokee ended up back there.

While it's only 1/2 of your potential 8,000 lbs. I really could not feel them back there, even when climbing to 8,500 ft. above sea level. But, I also don't drive the motorhome like a car, I'm much more gradual with the throttle.
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Thanks, I was thinking about a Ram 1500 with a golf cart. Looking at about 6500lbs.
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It's a 26,000 lbs GVWR with 30,000 lbs GCWR chassis. So as long as the motorhome fully loaded weighs in under 22,000 lbs it can tow 8,000 lbs and so long as it weighs under 23,500 you can tow your 6,500 lbs truck/golfcart combo. This is within reason.

Bottom line though you need to get the coaches weighed fully loaded, fuel, water, and people to know for sure. If you can find someone who has posted their weights on same or similar model you can get idea.

I noticed Thor started doing 8,000 lbs hitches this year on the class a gassers, they where 5,000 lbs before which is more conservative but left some extra towing capacity on the table depending on model, with these new hitches you can easily exceed the GCWR while still being in the hitch limits so watch out.
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I tow my FJ Cruiser (4500 lb) behind my Outlaw. It's like towing anything big - you need to realize you won't go flying up or down hills and it will take longer to stop. I use a Patriot brake system which seems to work fine.

A lot of it is what you will put up with. The engine will rev higher when climbing because it's a gasser that develops power at higher RPMs. This means more noise. You also will need to learn how to brake when going down hills since the engine braking isn't always enough.

6500 lbs is a lot behind this beast, but it probably won't feel much different from my 4500.
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