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kutsyy

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Posted: 06/27/21 11:50am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am starting to look for an RV that could tow a race stacker (total weight will be under 15K loaded). The shortest stacker is 24' with full length 29', so using 65' max length I am left with 36'.

I am struggling to find any Class A RV that can work for this, any pointers? (preferably 5-10 years old).

I know something like Class C Dynamax DX3 would work, and I've seen a number of people towing with 42' Class A (to the total length of 73'), but are there really no under 40' class A that can tow?

Thank,

Vadim

PS: I am aware that "technically" there are 22' and even 20' stackers.

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Posted: 06/27/21 12:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Most DPs without a tag axle are rated for 10K max. Many (not all) with the tag are rated for 15K or 20K with the 600HP engine. There might be an older Country Coach or Foretravel that might have a 15K rating.


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You need something like a Super C on a heavy truck chassis for that much weight.

Also be aware that the DOT considers this commercial use, so you might need a CDL.


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Posted: 06/27/21 07:22pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

i think you will need a toterhome or super c

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I towed one with both a 36 and 40ft DP Monacoes--the 40 had a 450HP Cummins and the 36 had a 8.3 Cummins rated at 330hp from the factory. Had it turned up don't know what HP it is now but it towed that big ol trailer just fine. I have now down sized to a open Featherlite. Leaving for Bristol Wend morning.

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ferndaleflyer wrote:

I towed one with both a 36 and 40ft DP Monacoes--the 40 had a 450HP Cummins and the 36 had a 8.3 Cummins rated at 330hp from the factory. Had it turned up don't know what HP it is now but it towed that big ol trailer just fine. I have now down sized to a open Featherlite. Leaving for Bristol Wend morning.


Do you remember what year was that 36 Monaco? I've seen a few 40ft but have not seen 36 yet.

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I might be wrong, but 1 issue I see is a hitch stout enough for that kind of load could make it hard for major service on a rear engine.

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The 36ft is a 1998 Monaco Windsor. It is still like new as original owner kept it inside as do I. At one tome I had a Monaco Dynasty 45ft with a 450hp Cummins. Never towed the stacker but towed a 32ft enclosed all over. Thats around 77ft long and I did take it to Pamona once. I am 80 now and just have a foot brake bracket car. I think I have had everything at one time or another.

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Doubt you’ll find a 36’ capable of 15K plus as many rigs as I see way over 65’ I would not have a problem going 67’, even in CA. You could get a over length permit for CA as the CHP doesn’t seem to have a sense of humor…wouldn’t worry about other states. A 2003-07 Monaco Dynasty Bishop 38’ tag axle (shortest rig with a tag axle) and it has a hitch capable of what you want to do. Yes, it’s only rated 10K but in 2008 it was rated 15K provided you didn’t raise the tag… no structural changes to the hitch. I’m putting 1800 lbs on my hitch and have for over 100+K miles…the hitch is a H (2 crossmembers), not a T with only one.
The Monaco’s, Holiday Rambler’s of that era are some of the best ever made with great handling and 8,000+ lbs of CCC. The Cummins ISL 400-450 has 1200-1250 torque and its a good engine. Some 06 engines have a wrist pin machining problem and I would stay away from those serial #s… 46543077 TO 46603939.
I would look at this one in LA…price is a little high unless it has new tires and batteries:
Welcome to the forums and I’d say you’ve gotten your money’s worth.
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* This post was edited 06/28/21 08:15am by Ivylog *


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Posted: 06/28/21 12:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

@ferndaleflyer and @vylog.

Thank you for the information. I was looking at Dynasty already and Bishop seems to be the shortest option available. I'll probably will wait till fall to see if prices will comedown/more option will be available.

Thank you,

Vadim

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