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Old 09-06-2014, 08:23 PM   #11
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In response to a question I emailed Winnebago a while back I received this response. "Thank you for your inquiry and interest in Winnebago Industries. We are offering the four-cylinder Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Chassis on our View/Navion and Era products for 2015. We are putting a 5,000-lb. hitch on these chassis, just like the six-cylinder."

I guess we will all discover from the real world use of the smaller engine in these Winnebago/Itasca models whether the engines are sufficiently powerful. I'd still like to bring along a toad. I would imagine, using the 4-cylinder engine, climbing a steep incline in mountainous areas, I might have to unhook the toad and while I or my spouse might drive it, the other one of us will drive the RV.

BClemens, thanks for your insight.

BTW, who comes up with the tow ratings (e.g., 5000 pounds), the chassis manufacturer, the RV manufacturer, or some government agency? I find it weird that all other Sprinter chassis-based RV manufacturers use the 5000 weight while FR doesn't, as you stated above. If someone does exceed the rated towing weights, is there anyone out there looking to fine them? Police?

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Old 09-07-2014, 11:14 AM   #12
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Winnebago can put a 10,000lbs hitch on their Sprinter. Doesn't mean you can use it.

Winnie saying they have a 5,000lbs hitch is a complete crock. Guess what? We only buy (2) types of hitches. 7,500lbs for our Ford E450 and 5,000lbs for everything else. We simply sticker the hitch at a more practical weight. How is the hitch rating determined?

Simple. GCWR (Gross Combined Vehicle Weight Rating) minus GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating)

So, the attached picture was taken DIRECTLY from the Winnebago site.
GCWR (15,250) - GVWR (11,030) = 4220.

Winnie shows a 5,000 llb hitch with an asterisk. If you tow 5,000lbs...that means you need to take 780lbs from your GVWR (carrying capacity).

One website I looked at had their Payload capacity at 1300lbs.
1300lbs - 780lbs = 520lbs. That is how much you can carry if you want to tow 5,000lbs.
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Old 09-07-2014, 04:15 PM   #13
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Personally I tow a 4000 lb jeep
That's about all I want to tow weight wise. I think 5000 would be pushing it
We travel with all tanks empty

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