Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: East TN Sevier County is Near Knoxville
They don't give a number for pulling horizontally (just say not recommended for pulling a trailer).
Not that I would want to pull what a Class 3 hitch could handle (just seems to be more things available for use with a Class 3 hitch).
Most cars if they say anything, say 1500 lbs.
I had a 1995 Class A Motorhome (Class A is the big front - like a bus), that was Ford Powered (dang I forget -- 480 CI I think) and rated for 25,000 pounds.
Vehicle when we were set up to full time for 2 years (everything in it and water tank full, holding tanks empty) was like 15,000 pounds (weighed on a scale). It was rated to pull 8000 pounds, but only 1500 pounds unles you had a brake system on the towed vehicle or trailer.
I towed an Escort Wagon (no brake system), but would be liable if a wreck and a smart lawyer realized I did not have a brake on the towed vehicle for a year or so.
I did finally install a surge type brake system. (cable type thing that pulled the car brake pedal on when the motor home slowed and the car pushed on the device).
Anyway, towing gets to be a touchy situation -- you may think you can do it, but you may also be legally liable for not being rated properly.
All I know is the NIRO says 'not recommended" and when I called NIRO (not the dealer, but customer service) about the warranty, I was told not to exceed the 850 lb car rated load. Reckon that is a function of brakes, engine, transmission, and suspension, cooling, etc.
Horizontal or not --- engine and transmission has to pull it, brakes have to stop it, and there will be an effect on the suspension.
Certainly true that many folks overload a car (overweight, might as well say fat, folks in this country and the stuff they take along). Easy to have 4 people in there over 200 lbs each.
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