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Jesshopes

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Posted: 10/25/17 07:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We currently tow a 37 ft TT behind our 15 passenger van. We've started toying with the idea of getting a motorhome. We have 11 kids so a smaller vehicle isn't an option. All of the GVWR numbers make my head spin a bit. Does anyone tow a large/heavy vehicle like mine behind their MH? We've found a couple of gas MH's that have 5000lb hitches on them. Is there a gas MH out there that would have the power to tow more than that? Are we crazy? (We are on a pretty tight budget and are looking for used MHs)

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I see full size pickups behind prevosts, they don't seem to have a problem

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Jesshopes wrote:

We currently tow a 37 ft TT behind our 15 passenger van. We've started toying with the idea of getting a motorhome. We have 11 kids so a smaller vehicle isn't an option. All of the GVWR numbers make my head spin a bit. Does anyone tow a large/heavy vehicle like mine behind their MH? We've found a couple of gas MH's that have 5000lb hitches on them. Is there a gas MH out there that would have the power to tow more than that? Are we crazy? (We are on a pretty tight budget and are looking for used MHs)

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you will need a MH with a 10K tow capacity hitch and theres not a gasser alive that will have a HD hitch and the power or the GVCC
that will do the job:: Also theres no MH,s out there that will work for 11 kids

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Mfan wrote:

I see full size pickups behind prevosts, they don't seem to have a problem

yes but where do u put 11 kids? and he says there on a tight budget
My opinion a decent older used prevost is still 150K or more

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Posted: 10/25/17 08:05pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

gutfelt wrote:

Jesshopes wrote:

We currently tow a 37 ft TT behind our 15 passenger van. We've started toying with the idea of getting a motorhome. We have 11 kids so a smaller vehicle isn't an option. All of the GVWR numbers make my head spin a bit. Does anyone tow a large/heavy vehicle like mine behind their MH? We've found a couple of gas MH's that have 5000lb hitches on them. Is there a gas MH out there that would have the power to tow more than that? Are we crazy? (We are on a pretty tight budget and are looking for used MHs)

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you will need a MH with a 10K tow capacity hitch and theres not a gasser alive that will have a HD hitch and the power or the GVCC
that will do the job:: Also theres no MH,s out there that will work for 11 kids


Do you mean sleeping or buckling? Trust me we have had to learn to altar things to fit our large family. I'm confident that we can find a MH large enough to customize.

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gutfelt wrote:

Mfan wrote:

I see full size pickups behind prevosts, they don't seem to have a problem

yes but where do u put 11 kids? and he says there on a tight budget
My opinion a decent older used prevost is still 150K or more


And FWIW...I'm a she...

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Finding a reasonably priced used Diesel capable of pulling a heavy vehicle is quite easy they are a dime a dozen. Question, is the 15 passenger van capable of being towed four down?


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Mfan wrote:

I see full size pickups behind prevosts, they don't seem to have a problem


Yeah, a Prevost probably isn't in our price range! [emoticon] We've seen some MHs towing some pretty remarkable things. Of course "can" and "should" are different. We've been doing a lot of research but the numbers get overwhelming sometimes. Thought this would be a good resource to get advice from people who have first-hand experience. [emoticon]

* This post was edited 10/25/17 08:18pm by Jesshopes *

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Two Jayhawks wrote:

Finding a reasonably priced used Diesel capable of pulling a heavy vehicle is quite easy they are a dime a dozen. Question, is the 15 passenger van capable of being towed four down?


Can you explain what the means? Sorry...this is all new to me...

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Mfan wrote:

I see full size pickups behind prevosts, they don't seem to have a problem


Prevosts have a 20k hitch. A far cry from what the OP is talking about. Just sayin.

OP... most vans are not capable of being towed 4 down. You would have to put it on a tow dolly, which would max out any Class A gas coach, since 99 percent of them have a 5k hitch. It’s not about power, it’s what amount the hitch can tow, and if it puts you over your max capacity.

If you don’t know what the CCC, GCVW, and other weights mean, see the RVing FAQ above. You will find most of the info needed there.


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