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Old 06-10-2021, 03:25 PM   #1
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Towing with my 2016 View 24M

The manual says towing a toad up to 5000 lbs. I'd like to tow my F-150 Lariat which weighs in at just under 5000 lbs. Any advice, problems, solutions, will be appreciated. Thanks in advance for any replies.
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While your actual hitch was manufactured to tow up to 5,000 lbs., your View gross and combined weight realities aren’t up to that big of a load.

Here’s some figures that might help, quote from Lichtsinn RV website:

Towing Capabilities – The View and Navion both have a factory installed 5,000 lb. tow package. However, keep in mind if your RV is fully loaded, using all of your OCCC, up to a full GVWR of 11,030 lbs. that you are still limited to the GCWR of 15,250 lbs. So, your trailer or towed vehicle should not exceed 4,220 lbs. in this case (GCWR 15,250-GVWR 11,030.)
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The hitch is rated to pull 5000lbs, and that's a fact, based on Mercedes-Benz + Winnebago's + the hitch manufacturer's engineering calculations. As long as the combined weights of the towed and towing vehicles are under the GCWR number of 15,250lbs, you can balance the individual vehicle weights any way you like. My Wrangler weighs 4500lbs loaded for travel, and my Navion weighs 10,600lbs also loaded for travel, which is 430lbs under the 11,030lbs GVWR of the Navion. Add them together and the total combined weight (remember we're talking GCWR here) is 15,100lbs which is 150lbs under the GCWR of 15,250lbs. I have towed like this for over 30,000 miles, without a hiccup. I always weight my entire combo before every trip out to verify my numbers. Lichtsinn may be a great resource for many things RV, but I have to disagree with them on this one.
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The hitch is rated to pull 5000lbs, and that's a fact, based on Mercedes-Benz + Winnebago's + the hitch manufacturer's engineering calculations. As long as the combined weights of the towed and towing vehicles are under the GCWR number of 15,250lbs, you can balance the individual vehicle weights any way you like. My Wrangler weighs 4500lbs loaded for travel, and my Navion weighs 10,600lbs also loaded for travel, which is 430lbs under the 11,030lbs GVWR of the Navion. Add them together and the total combined weight (remember we're talking GCWR here) is 15,100lbs which is 150lbs under the GCWR of 15,250lbs. I have towed like this for over 30,000 miles, without a hiccup. I always weight my entire combo before every trip out to verify my numbers. Lichtsinn may be a great resource for many things RV, but I have to disagree with them on this one.

Even if figured your way, not likely the OP is going to get down to where a F-150 that weighs “just under 5,000 lbs.” would be a viable toad for a View. A 24M without any cargo or passenger(s) is just slightly under 10,000 lbs.

I agree, however, with your math and getting things actually weighed like you do is very important.
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Even if figured your way, not likely the OP is going to get down to where a F-150 that weighs “just under 5,000 lbs.” would be a viable toad for a View. A 24M without any cargo or passenger(s) is just slightly under 10,000 lbs.

I agree, however, with your math and getting things actually weighed like you do is very important.
I was more disagreeing with the extremely low "towed" weight that Lichtsinn was suggesting, than your post. I was suprised they'd even suggest that number. (I do see a lot of other forum posters that suggest the same thing, GCWR - GVWR = 4220lbs max towed weight, and that's simply wrong).
As you correctly point out, I doubt you could try to pull a 5000lb vehicle with a View/Navion. I am very close to going over my GCWR, but still within the mathematically safe range (I tow the Jeep with less than 1/4 tank of fuel to keep the weight down). An F-150 would do damage, plain and simple.
And, although I didn't stress it, the important point of towing, is getting the weights exactly right by measuring them on a scale, not just using the published numbers in the manuals and on the door plates.
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