RV Tip: How Much Can I Tow?

Most RVer prefer camping destinations with a wide array of sight to see in the surrounding areas. However, if you’re driving a motorhome, that means you have to pack up and haul your entire rig every time you want to take a day-trip, or you need to tow a second vehicle to the campground. So how much can you safely tow? Check out these RV tips on towing capacity for the class B and class C motorhomes for sale at Longview RV Superstores.

This Fleetwood IROK class B motorhome is for sale today from Longview RV Superstores.

Understanding Towing Capacity 

There are a lot of different types of weight to take into account when understanding towing capacity.  Here is a brief overview of some of the most common terms for weight and towing capacity in the RV world:

  • Dry Weight – The weight of the RV without passengers, cargo, liquids, or additional accessories or dealer installed options.
  • Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) – The dry weight plus passengers, cargo, and liquids.
  • Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) – The maximum allowed weight of a vehicle/RV, including passengers, cargo, fluids, etc.
  • Cargo Weight – The total weight of all passengers, food, clothing, liquids, accessories, etc. in the RV.
  • Tongue/Hitch Weight – The weight/pressure applied from the trailer tongue on the hitch on your vehicle.
  • Pin Weight – The weight/pressure applied from the fifth wheel kingpin to the hitch in the bed of your truck.
  • Payload Capacity – The amount of weight a truck can safely carry in its bed. A fifth wheel’s hitch or pin weight, the weight of hitch, and anything else in the bed of the truck must not exceed the payload capacity. See manufacturer for payload capacity details.
  • Max Towing Capacity – The maximum weight that can safely be towed by your vehicle. Calculate your current weight by adding the RV’s GVW with the cargo weight. 

Fleetwood IROK Class B Motorhome 

Now that you understand towing capacity let’s look at a motorhome that can easily tow a second vehicle: the Fleetwood IROK class B motorhome from Longview Superstores. The convertible bed gives you space during the day and a cozy queen bed at night.  The overhead cabinets and wardrobe offer ample storage space, and the 280HP 3.6L V6 engine with a Dodge Promaster Chassis will make towing your additional vehicle easy.

IROK Interior
A perfect place to relax after a long day.

Forest River Sunseeker Class C Motorhome 

Maximize your interior space with the dual-wall slides available on this Forest River Sunseeker class C motorhome.  The fiberglass front cap increases the aerodynamics of this motorhome and makes towing your secondary vehicle a breeze.  Additionally, this motorhome is great for large families because it sleeps up to seven campers and features an outdoor kitchen!

Sunseeker Main
Take home this Forest River Sunseeker today.

Contact us if you have any questions about your towing capacity. If you’re looking for a new motorhome to take you on all your camping adventures, check out the class B and class C motorhomes available at Longview RV Superstores today!

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