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Old 05-11-2017, 03:37 PM   #1
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Towing capacity

I just bought a new Prism 24m. It came with a 3500# tow hitch. I have seem many other MFG's using the 11,030 chassis on 24 foot coaches. Those came with 5000# hitches. Is it that Forest River is just more conservative than other MFG's. My dealer told me they would install a 5000# hitch on mine. I want to tow a Jeep Grand Cherokee . It weighs 4500#. What do you guys think. I can get a much lighter XJ or YJ. But they are not so comfy. Would it even be legal to upgrade to the bigger hitch. I can weigh the coach and get my weight to see if I have the weight left over for the bigger load.
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Old 05-11-2017, 05:03 PM   #2
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I just bought a new Prism 24m. It came with a 3500# tow hitch. I have seem many other MFG's using the 11,030 chassis on 24 foot coaches. Those came with 5000# hitches. Is it that Forest River is just more conservative than other MFG's. My dealer told me they would install a 5000# hitch on mine. I want to tow a Jeep Grand Cherokee . It weighs 4500#. What do you guys think. I can get a much lighter XJ or YJ. But they are not so comfy. Would it even be legal to upgrade to the bigger hitch. I can weigh the coach and get my weight to see if I have the weight left over for the bigger load.
I believe the towing capacity is 4200#. Not sure about legality, but it may void your manufacturers warranty to change the hitch class.
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Old 05-11-2017, 05:10 PM   #3
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Also you want to stay below the "Gross Combined Weight Rating" (GCWR) of your Prism....
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We have a 2013 solera and was told 4200. We tow a wrangler rubicon 2 door. Weighs 4000
No problem at all. Towed it over mountain passes too.
Ours is a 2013 wrangler rubicon
Very comfy for my wife and 2 labs
And goes anywhere
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Old 05-11-2017, 10:31 PM   #5
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Yup I checked the specs. You have 4200 available for your GCWR. And so do I. Your's came with a 5k and mine with a 3.5k. I think I will stick with a 3k rig to err on the safe side.
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Yup I checked the specs. You have 4200 available for your GCWR. And so do I. Your's came with a 5k and mine with a 3.5k. I think I will stick with a 3k rig to err on the safe side.
FR hitches are 5k hitches even though they are limited to 4200 lbs. The 4200 is a towing limit, not a hitch limit. At one time the MBS hitches were labeled 3500 lbs. Yours may be the same issue.
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Old 05-12-2017, 05:34 PM   #7
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Yup mine says 3500 on it. I can deal with that.
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Just had my first oil change at MB of Rocklin, CA. Very satisfied with their service.
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Asked the service advisor if there any issues with the MBS that I should be aware of. Told me there was none. He did tell me to be wary about towing too heavy a vehicle because the transmission might not take this kind of strain.

For that reason, I would go with the lighter vehicle if I decided to drag a toad around.
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