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Old 10-24-2014, 02:10 PM   #1
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Flat towing

I am strongly concidering a new class A Georgetown XL 378 with O/H Bunk and I will need to flat tow...... something. First question is, is the O/H bunk a good thing? And second they, the sales tech, states my 2008 Tundra is too heavy. I should flat tow about 3500lbs. So, what do you flat tow? The RV is a 37 footer V-10 @ 350hp.
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Old 10-24-2014, 02:25 PM   #2
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We are going to tow a Honda CRV which weighs about 3400 pounds. We previously towed a Honda Fit which weighed about 2500 pounds. The Fit towed easily and the CRV is supposed to.
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Old 10-24-2014, 03:21 PM   #3
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I towed a Buick Enclave at 5500 with my Berkshire and it was great but I bit heavy for the Berk(it a 340hp) so I sold it and bought a two door Wrangler Sport. It weighs 3500 and is so easy to hook up. No fuses to pull and I can lock it with no hassle because there is no column lock. I put the transfer case in neutral plug in the lights and we are off. It tracks great and is a fun car to have with you. The draw back is lack of room. It's just the two of us Click image for larger version

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I need to get our Equinox set up for towing. There are a lot of cars that previously could be flat towed but now have changed and cannot be flat towed. Be sure to double check owners manual. You can search the manufacturers website to read prior to getting too deep in purchase process. Good Luck!
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Old 10-25-2014, 10:42 AM   #5
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we tow a 2012 ford explorer, previously towed a 2010 and 2011 jeep wrangler all 3 cars come in around 4200 lbs. after reading my post I think I am ready for a new 14 or 15 toad
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Old 10-25-2014, 10:31 PM   #6
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We tow a Smart car with my Sunseeker.
Quick hook up and off we go.
Hardly know it is back there.

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Old 10-26-2014, 02:38 PM   #7
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Chris,
Do you need a brake buddy with the smart Car and what is the weight?
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Old 10-26-2014, 08:23 PM   #8
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B D Howie - My 2008 Smart Passion Cabriolet (convertible) weighs 1800lbs. Virginia does not require additional braking for that weight. A hard top Smart weighs about 1500-1600lbs. The extra weight in the convertible is the additional frame stiffening to make up for the rag top. There are a couple of steps to prep for tow inside the car like putting it in neutral, releasing parking brake, turning key to accessory position, opening the battery disconnect I installed, and putting bungee cords from the passenger door and brake pedal on the steering wheel. Those keep the front wheels from getting off track in a tight turn and wearing them out quickly. There are a number of threads on this if you use the google.

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The salesman was wrong. You can tow more than 3500 pounds. There are two limiting factors: The hitch rating and the GCWR (gross combined weight rating). As long as you don't exceed the hitch rating (it's at least 5000 pounds - may be more on your model) and the combined weight of your loaded RV and the towed vehicle, you are okay.

You will need a braking system unless you are towing a very small car. Even though many states don't require a braking system for small cars, the Ford manual states that the chassis is rated to tow up to the GCWR, but any combined weight above the GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating - the motorhome only) requires separate brakes. In other words, it is designed to tow up to the GCWR, but the brakes are only designed for the GVWR.
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VaSnipe, yes it does help. Thanks
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