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Old 09-21-2022, 08:55 AM   #1
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Towing a trailer instead of a toad

For those of you with a 26 foot or shorter Class C that are towing a trailer, what length/weight trailer are you towing?
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I’ve towed with a open Featherlite trailer with a 17’6” bed. Only weighs 1500 pounds, always liked having the ability to back it into places and the car is up above debris being thrown about. Think the Alumna brand is more prevalent now.
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For those of you with a 26 foot or shorter Class C that are towing a trailer, what length/weight trailer are you towing?
I towed a 16 foot trailer with a 22 foot Class C with a Chev 350 V8 motor.

The trailer was 16' with a 13' car. The bare trailer weighed 1,500#. I added the enclosure which was about 250#. The car weighed just over 2,000#.

I towed it from Texas to both coasts. Never an issue or problem.

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Toads normally don't have tongue weight, so they don't add additional weight to the rear axle. A trailer will add 10-15% of its gross weight as tongue weight. This tongue weight is amplified by the distance from the hitch ball to the rear axle. You should weigh the Class C, fully loaded for travel, to see how much reserve capacity the rear axle has. Is the Class C built on the E350 or E450 chassis?

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Thanks,

The posts have been a big help and I think I have it figured out.

It's a Mercedes 3500XD sprinter chassis and is really cargo carrying capacity challenged thus, tongue weight is critical.

Got my cargo weighed and know the trailer and motorcycle I am hauling will be fine.

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I presume that you mean THIS one? If so, Thanks.



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We have an Aluma 18' tilt, with an overall deck length of 19'. It is rated for 10,000 lbs and has a dry weight of 1,500 lbs.

I put of 2020 Jeep Cherokee on it behind our 24' class C, MVP Tahoe on a E-350 chassis.

Coach drives no different then when we flat tow our Wrangler.
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Thanks,

The posts have been a big help and I think I have it figured out.

It's a Mercedes 3500XD sprinter chassis and is really cargo carrying capacity challenged thus, tongue weight is critical.

Got my cargo weighed and know the trailer and motorcycle I am hauling will be fine.

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An '18 or up DCT Trike!!!!!!!! Yahooooooo! I applaud you for that Sir. I like your intended setup too. The problem (as we see it), is that, the bike (or in your case, a trike) is your only mode of transportation once you're all set up. Then, if the weather turns south, you either deal with it and ride or, in our case, we take the truck which hauls the Wing. But, it's all a matter how you want to do things and, whether or not weather plays a part in your choice of mobility. Nice looking trike! We have an '18 Tour DCT Airbag.
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Gave that a lot of thought.
We have been hauling the trike in an F250 as our Toad but age has caught up with us. Even with a great ramp system and winch getting the ramp setup and loading 1100# of trike was a 1 hr chore and the 45 foot RV kept us out of a lot of State and National Parks so downsizing to a 25 foot RV with a small, light, easy to load trailer for at least part of our touring year seemed like a good idea.

We can work around weather for shopping/sightseeing but if a real need arises the RV is only 3 feet longer than our truck with the gate down. So if we had to we can just drive the RV to a Walmart or Vet if we have a pet emergency.

Our biggest challenge has been balancing trailer plus load weight to prevent trailer wagging and not exceeding GVWR of the RV with excess tongue weight but with the help of some scales and input from forum members we got the loading down and it all tows nicely. These Mercedes based RVs are really Cargo carrying capacity challenged

There is always a trade off in any setup.
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Gave that a lot of thought.
We have been hauling the trike in an F250 as our Toad but age has caught up with us. Even with a great ramp system and winch getting the ramp setup and loading 1100# of trike was a 1 hr chore and the 45 foot RV kept us out of a lot of State and National Parks so downsizing to a 25 foot RV with a small, light, easy to load trailer for at least part of our touring year seemed like a good idea.

We can work around weather for shopping/sightseeing but if a real need arises the RV is only 3 feet longer than our truck with the gate down. So if we had to we can just drive the RV to a Walmart or Vet if we have a pet emergency.

Our biggest challenge has been balancing trailer plus load weight to prevent trailer wagging and not exceeding GVWR of the RV with excess tongue weight but with the help of some scales and input from forum members we got the loading down and it all tows nicely. These Mercedes based RVs are really Cargo carrying capacity challenged

There is always a trade off in any setup.
Love the res and black DCT

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Well Airboss68,
Sounds as if you've done all your homework. Ya know, in this RV world, there's always trade-offs. Ultra large RV, you have tons of room, really pleasant and roomy, not cramped at all, good towing capacity and more but, quite often, tough to get into smaller spots and spaces. Tough to drive in tighter campgrounds, city and county roads etc.

Small RV, feels a bit more cramped, can't carry nearly as much *convenient* stuff, lacks power for towing and hauling and more. But, get's typically way better gas mileage and is more maneuverable in all scenarios. It's a matter of trade-offs and just what one is willing to sacrifice if they're stepping down from the large conveniences of life in a large RV, to a smaller one that's simply more efficient in many ways.

I hope you get all the bugs worked out and can really enjoy that trike in all your destinations. We just did a Utah trip (around Hatch and Pangquitch) and rode a mere 650 miles in all the roads around that section of the state. Man, was that a ton of fun and talk about scenery, that area is top rated.
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