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Old 01-13-2013, 08:50 PM   #1
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Towing question

I am exploring towing a vehicle behind my RV. My towing capability is 5000lbs. If a vehicle weighs 3,684lbs how much weight do I allow for the tow brackets, etc. Of course my current vehicles can not be flat towed and there is no place to store a tow dolly at the storage place.
I am looking at the Nissan frontier so I will have a truck at home and possibly put my bikes or scooter(would like one) in the bed which adds extra weight.
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 01-13-2013, 09:15 PM   #2
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It would appear that the Frontier even with gear in the bed will be well withing the towing spec of the Berkshire. The GVWR for the Fronteir is 4690 lbs...that's it's max fully loaded weight if it's an extended cab.

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Old 01-14-2013, 01:50 AM   #3
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I agree with Dave on the weight. The bracketry may add another 60 pounds. One caveat is that only manual transmisson Nissans can be towed four down. I looked and found only one small truck with automatic trans that is towable(there may be others), the Chevy Colorado.
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Old 01-14-2013, 04:59 PM   #4
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39' RV plus 17' for the truck and the brackets I think that might be too much for me to handle. Going to look for something smaller. Today went to the local used car lots and could not believe they had a 1987 jeep wrangler with 107,000 miles for $2,500.00 and a 1998 jeep wrangler with 200,000 miles for $3,800.00. Will keep exploring. Thanks for the info on the weight.
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Old 01-19-2013, 01:59 PM   #5
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First question ... when you say tow capacity of 5000lbs ... are you referring to the capacity of your RV or the capacity of your hitch?

None of these number can be exceeded not even by 1 lb.

The only way to determine this for sure is to drive across a scale with the RV and tow vehicle loaded. It is very important not to make a determination based on factory weight specs. Weight distribution across each of the RV axils is important as is the loaded weight of the toad.

I can say from experience that a broken tow bar is a terrifying and potentially disasterous experience. One of the very first questions that any insurance will ask is the weight of the toad. If you are so much as an once over the limit, the insurance is deamed void
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None of these number can be exceeded not even by 1 lb.
Numbers are just suggestions.... Like speed limits...
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But bad things can or will happen when your over!

Hope you have some luck on your quest dbt803!
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Close to being a owner of a 2008 Saturn Vue that weighs 4300. I hope to weigh my mh this spring to get accurate numbers..
Thanks for the feedback
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These are more than suggestions. These numbers are based on a engineers design specs. I would agree that every design spec includes a safety margin ... and yes ... you could most likely get by with overloading by 10-15%. However, the fact remains... if you are overweight and something goes wrong resulting in and injury or damage to personal property .... The insurance company will tell you that you are on your own.
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These are more than suggestions. These numbers are based on a engineers design specs. I would agree that every design spec includes a safety margin ... and yes ... you could most likely get by with overloading by 10-15%. However, the fact remains... if you are overweight and something goes wrong resulting in and injury or damage to personal property .... The insurance company will tell you that you are on your own.
I was being a bit sarcastic when the guy said that it must not be exceeded by even 1lb. But, if you tell the same person that the speed limit must not be exceeded by even 1mph..... You get my picture.
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