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MitchF150

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Posted: 01/19/20 05:50pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Also, you have a now 22 year old rig... I think you are going to be lucky to be getting down the road by itself of the RV's of that vintage..

In the end, only YOU can determine what your rig can handle.. Sure, add a #10k hitch to it.. Does that make it possible to tow a heavier vehicle?? Dunno?? Sure, you'll get down the road, but can your trans handle it? Doubt it... You probably won't "kill your family or someone else's family" like was said, but you'll likely 'kill' your trans and be stuck out somewhere where you don't wanna be..

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Your chassis as delivered by Ford is full capable of towing 5K. But Fleetwood added really chincy frame extension and their welds leave a lot to be desired. Look underneath, it's scary. I have friends that have beefed up the frame extensions and added a 5K lb. receiver with no problems. Don't worry about your transmission. Your 98 coach could have a 97 E4OD transmission or a 99 4R100 transmission. Ford didn't build a 98 model year chassis. Both transmissions are tough. If you know of a really trustworthy weld shop go for it.
Just don't tell the legal beagles, as they will sick the lawyers on you. GRIN.............

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My current 98 year has a 10,000lb hitch and nearly 100k on the clock. I tow a bunch and if that thing of yours has been taken care of it will pull just fine. BUT--reinforce that factory hitch as it is probably designed for a Bass boat.

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With the weights you state you have 6250lbs left over for stuff inside the MH and a toad. take away 4200lbs for the toad that leaves you with 2k lbs left for whatever you pack. have a larger hitch installed on the MH and if necessary beef up any add on frame extensions the MH builder installed. the 460 is powerful enough to do what you are asking of it.


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Larrysr1957 wrote:

I have a 1998 Fleetwood Bounder 34V it says gross towing weight is 3500 pounds I have a 4000 pound Jeep I want to tow how can i
Increase my towing capacity. My GCWR is 23500 pounds, motor home dry weight (UVW) including fuel is 17250, carrying capacity is 2750 pounds towing capacity is 3500 pounds totaling 23500 pounds. Are there any suggestions on how to increase my towing capacity.


Towing four down adds only the weight of the hitch and none of the Jeep weight to the weigh bearing factor of the receiver. If the motorhome frame extensions are properly fabricated to the factory frame and the receiver is rated for 5,000 lbs. towing weight, what would be the problem? The chassis should not be a problem if it is well maintained. Take your titles and registration to your local DMV licensee division and ask them if you can legally tow the Jeep behind the motor home.

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PastorCharlie wrote:

Larrysr1957 wrote:

I have a 1998 Fleetwood Bounder 34V it says gross towing weight is 3500 pounds I have a 4000 pound Jeep I want to tow how can i
Increase my towing capacity. My GCWR is 23500 pounds, motor home dry weight (UVW) including fuel is 17250, carrying capacity is 2750 pounds towing capacity is 3500 pounds totaling 23500 pounds. Are there any suggestions on how to increase my towing capacity.


Towing four down adds only the weight of the hitch and none of the Jeep weight to the weigh bearing factor of the receiver. If the motorhome frame extensions are properly fabricated to the factory frame and the receiver is rated for 5,000 lbs. towing weight, what would be the problem? The chassis should not be a problem if it is well maintained. Take your titles and registration to your local DMV licensee division and ask them if you can legally tow the Jeep behind the motor home.


Um, no, that's not exactly true. When pulling from a dead stop the receiver and frame will see the full weight of what is attached to it. In addition, the transmission is also rated for the design weights, so increasing over those design weights will add additional stress to the transmission. Sure, many may get away with it, but I sure would not be one to chance it.

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Larrysr1957 wrote:

I have a 1998 Fleetwood Bounder 34V it says gross towing weight is 3500 pounds I have a 4000 pound Jeep I want to tow how can i
Increase my towing capacity. My GCWR is 23500 pounds, motor home dry weight (UVW) including fuel is 17250, carrying capacity is 2750 pounds towing capacity is 3500 pounds totaling 23500 pounds. Are there any suggestions on how to increase my towing capacity.


You need to have the frame extension in back beefed up and a new 5000 pound hitch installed than your good to go.

Your 4000 pound Jeep wont be a issue if you do what I posted above.

Mine has been redone and I went from 5000 to 7500 pound rating..

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Don't need to add back beefed. It will bring nothing. Use towing services like (ritewaytowingnyc.com) instead to get rid of towing problem. I too had a fleetwood bounder 1997 version, tried every thing to increase towing capacity. None worked!

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Well tell this guy it can't be done! Somewhere in Nebraska.

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