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Old 10-20-2015, 09:59 AM   #11
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If you are going to use a ball hitch, then the rule of thumb is that your "tongue weight" is 10-15% of what your "loaded" trailer, or in this case, a vehicle is. If your gross vehicle weight on the Wrangler is 3900 lbs, then your tongue weight is going to be around 390 lbs. You also have to take into consideration that unlike a trailer, where the arm between your ball and the axle of the towed vehicle is much longer, and as all 4 wheels are on the ground, your actual tongue weight is going to be somewhat less due to the distribution of weight on the vehicle suspension. If you opt to go for a Blue Ox or Roadmaster, towing system, then they are also "weight distributing". I think there is a misconception that ALL of the vehicle weight is going to be focused on your hitch and then distributed forward. No. Now if you decide that you're going to pull the jeep with the transmission in Park and the emergency brake on, OR pull 20% grades, then ok, your fears may be valid. I have seen class C gassers pulling 3/4 ton pickups flat. But my intuition is that they still are not close to the "rated tongue weight" for the hitch. If you use a tow dolly,with the front wheels on the dolly, then that figure becomes more important for obvious reasons! On 5th wheels, the gooseneck is rated at 15-30% of the loaded weight!
On 4 down flat towing, the tongue weight is about half the weight of the towbar...or 20-25 lbs only.
You really only really have push/pull (and some lateral load when turning or emergencies) loads.
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Old 10-20-2015, 10:00 AM   #12
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Check out this old Solera thread. Per Brian Clemens of Forest River, all the Soleras have 5000 lb hitches. Forest River put a 3500 lb label on the hitch - later changed to a 4200 lb label. Label at 4200 lbs was based on GCWR les GVWR, as I remember - not based on hitch, which is 5000 lb rated.
Not sure if this applies to Ford chassis, but likely.

Solera towing capacity vs. Winnebago
I bet they put the wrong decal on the hitch.
I have never heard of a 3500 tow rating on a E350- RV or not.
I would love to look at it- post some photos if you can.
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Old 10-20-2015, 08:15 PM   #13
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I think it is a third party after market hitch for the previous owners boat or something. I'll have a 5000 lb receiver put on at the dealership. I tried to post a picture but am not sure how. Happy Trails!
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Old 10-21-2015, 03:43 PM   #14
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Well I guess I'll bark up this tree. I have a chevy 2300 and toad a jk with a blue ox. First of all there is no tongue weight present less a third of the tow bar when parallel to the ground. Pulling is not the issue, rather stopping is the trick relevant to weight. I do use a patriot brake for short stops or slow downs like from four lane highways to the next to nothing ramp at Alabama rest stops.

We live on I65 or so it seems heading to the beach and we are always passing cars in tow with toads often as large as the tow'er. They seem to be headed to a much warmer climate.

I fully understand the anxiety but it will pass. Like shifting the tranny to park in the jk then tearing down the road at 65. just ain't natural......
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Old 11-01-2015, 05:13 PM   #15
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So I had a hitch installed and along with the Blue Ox that is on my jeep we towed to Texas from Missouri with no problems. Braking system and all worked fine, like nothing was behind me except for a couple of faster than normal stops, where the braking system worked great. Thanks for all the input and helpful comments.
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