2004 Sunseeker 2900 towing capacity
I'm about to pull the trigger on purchasing a 2004 Forest River Sunseeker 2900 on a Ford E450. My first RV of any kind. It will primarily be used for going camping with the local horse club, which brings me to my question...
What was the tow rating of this unit as manufactured? My horse trailer with two horses is just shy of 5000 lbs fully loaded.
The RV currently has a 500/5000 lb receiver hitch on the back, which looks to be aftermarket. The chassis should be more than capable based on GVWR and GCWR, but I have not found a definitive answer anywhere indicating that the motorhome itself - specifically the frame extensions - are rated for towing 5000 lbs.
The user manual is non-specific. Basically it says not to exceed the rated towing capacity (3500 or 5000), but doesn't specify which applies to specific models.
I called two current Forest River dealers, one had no idea, and the other said he knew all units 2007 and newer were ok, and suspected 2004 would be as well, but couldn't say for certain. I called Forest River customer service, and after getting passed around to a couple different departments ended up leaving a voice mail for someone who hasn't called back yet.
Anyone know what the original specs were on this unit or where I could find this information? Or is GVWR - GCWR and hitch rating the only consideration? In that case could I put a higher rated hitch on and pull heavier than 5000lbs?