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Old 10-06-2017, 03:09 PM   #1
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1998 Beaver Patriot towing capacity

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I'm looking at a 1998 Beaver Patriot and can't find the GVWR and the GCWR for one anywhere. Anyone know if it has the capacity to tow 10,000 lbs?
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Found an old 2003 PDF. Not sure what changes there may have been since 98. Also you might try doing a search on the entire irv2 forum for "1998 Beaver", and contact the individuals that have them by PM (I saw several threads listed when I did the search).
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Well according to that even the 37 footer in 2003 could haul 10,000 lbs. now if I can corroborate that for a 1998 model I'll be happy....*smile
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I found this on the Beaver Ambassador forum. This info is from the 1998 Magnum chassis owners manual and covers the Magnum S series, M series, and B series.

Towing a Trailer or Vehicle
Towing puts extra strain on your vehicle's engine, drive train, brakes, tires, and suspension. With this and the safety of yourself and others in mind, be sure to match the towed load to the vehicle as follows:
The Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) and the actual loaded weight ofthe coach determine the towing capacity. Subtract the actual weight ofthe vehicle from the GCWR to determine the acceptable weight this vehicle can tow. If the GCWR is exceeded, serious damage to the drive train may result, and safety may be compromised. Do not exceed the rated hitch capacities of 5000 pounds towing weight and 500 pounds hitch weight when determining your towing capacity.
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Found an old 2003 PDF. Not sure what changes there may have been since 98. Also you might try doing a search on the entire irv2 forum for "1998 Beaver", and contact the individuals that have them by PM (I saw several threads listed when I did the search).
The 2003 Beaver was a Monaco product and has no relationship to the 1998 which was built on a Safari chassis. I own a 2000 Beaver Patriot Thunder with a much larger engine and it has a 5,000 pound tow rating.
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Well hmmm. I'm curious docj if your gvwr and gcwr have enough room to haul 10,000 lbs and the hitch is just rated for 5,000? I was thinking of switching gears and looking for a Beaver with the Thunder package thinking it would haul more weight. Now I may have to rethink that.
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Well hmmm. I'm curious docj if your gvwr and gcwr have enough room to haul 10,000 lbs and the hitch is just rated for 5,000? I was thinking of switching gears and looking for a Beaver with the Thunder package thinking it would haul more weight. Now I may have to rethink that.
On my Thunder the GCWR provides the same 5,000 lb tow capacity as stated for the Patriot. The vehicle can probably safely tow 10,000 lbs with an uprated hitch but there's nothing you can do that will change the manufacturer's posted rating.

Although the rear tires have plenty of excess load capacity, the rear axle is pretty much at max load. So if you were towing a 10,000 lb car trailer I would be concerned about the extra ~1,000 hitch load on the rear axle. I suspect that the regular Patriot actually might have more rear axle load capacity since it's not carrying the weight of the C-12 engine.
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Well I'm not sure how to continue on the search. I didn't think it would be so hard to find an RV that will haul 10,000 lbs. I see lots of them on the road and I can't fathom that they are all hauling overweight loads so there is hope that I will find something that works. Any good leads are greatly appreciated.
Thank you guys for your info.
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I think what you want will be easier to find if you limit yourself to tag-axle DP MH's. The use of a tag significantly increases the load capacity of most (but not all) MH's.
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Thanks docj. I'll add that to my search.
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