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camperdave

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Posted: 02/16/19 08:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just basing it on brochures I looked at when I was buying. I was looking at the 04-09 range and many of the GM's had 350# tongue weight limits back then. OP didn't say which make/model so who knows. But it's something to check which is why I mentioned it.


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It is a 2009 Four Wind Dutchman 28'
We bought it today. Not sure where to find the towing information and the hitch doesn't seem to have specs.
Where might I find the info?

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2010camaro wrote:

It is a 2009 Four Wind Dutchman 28'
We bought it today. Not sure where to find the towing information and the hitch doesn't seem to have specs.
Where might I find the info?


One way to figure it is to check the door jam for the truck specs. There should be a GVWR and axle weight limits on the sticker.

Best would be to actually weigh the motorhome as it sits, then you'll have an accurate rear axle weight and will know how much you can add to the hitch and stay under the limit.

There should also be a large sticker somewhere inside the motorhome (mine is in a rear closet) that lists the Cargo Carrying Capacity. This sticker should show the unloaded vehicle weight as it left the assembly line, as well as GVWR and GCWR. Mine lists the hitch rating and tongue weight limit too (5000/500), not sure if they all do.

See if you can find that sticker inside the motorhome, it may hold your answers.

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Posted: 02/19/19 07:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Not enough info to answer properly. We had a 9,000 lb (on the scales) 5er with our 6.0 2003 Chev truck. The number that mattered for just towing was the 16,000 lb combined limit with the 4 speed transmission. We had the 4.10 gearing . Later they came out with 3.63 (whatever, by memory) which cost you 2,000 lbs to make it 14,000 combined. So what is the gearing on the C?

Also tire size mattered. 16" tires for the 16,000 combined, but taller tires cost you another 2,000 lbs pulling power same as if you had 3.63 gearing. So what tires are on the C?

Our truck is about 7,000 so that left 9,000 for the trailer.

A MH weighs more than the truck, so you need to know what it weighs, what tranny it has, what tires it has, and then do the math for what it can tow for pulling power.

The next issue was carrying any weight in the truck, never mind pulling power. A Class C cannot carry much and then it goes over its RGAWR. So that could be a killer before you even start with the tongue weight.

The 2003 truck has a "bumper pull" receiver OEM for a 12,000 lb pulling limit (raised to 13,000 in mid 2007). You need the specs for whatever receiver the C has.

You have a 2009, but around 2011, Chev boosted its truck ratings above what the 2003-2007s would do, by quite a bit. So don't confuse newer truck ratings with what your 2009 C can do.


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