Class C RV Towing Capacity: How Much Can You Tow?

Class C Motorhomes are made by many different manufacturers and constructed in all sorts of ways. This wide variety also means there is a great range capability, with lengths between 21 to 41 feet available for those who want more room or power when they tow their own trailer! You’ll find lots on class c’s versatility too.

You can get them loaded down with whatever your heart desires: from families looking forward to going camping at some point soon; couples out exploring new terrain together while taking care only about themselves – these rigs will do everything you need.

Class C motorhomes can tow between 3,500 lbs and as much as 40,000 lbs. The actual towing capacity will vary depending on the amenities they have and their chassis (which include Ford E350/E450 or Chevy Express). A typical vehicle weighs around 8,000 lbs for a benchmark.

We’ve spent hours finding the answers to crucial questions like: how can you tell if your vehicle is too heavy for your motorhome, and what are some important tips when driving with an RV? We’ll also discuss whether class C’s can tow horse trailers or boats.

How to determine towing capacity for your Class C RV

The difference between the various terms for towing capacity can be overwhelming. Maximum tow weight, gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR), and curb weight are all different measurements that contribute toward figuring out how much stuff you should try and bring when making a trip with your car or truck in tow!

Here’s what you need to know before you tow:

  1. Gross vehicle weight
  2. Gross trailer weight
  3. Gross combined weight

Usually, there is a sticker on the door or frame of the driver’s side which has information about the maximum combined trailer and vehicle weight.

The combined weight of your vehicle and trailer cannot exceed the gross vehicle weight listed on this sticker. If you’re towing a load that would be too heavy for either one, it could cause problems during driving or suspension—which means you might lose control over the car altogether!

Gross Combined Weight Rating or GWCR

The total weight of your RV, including passengers and drivers plus tow-dolly or towing vehicle should not exceed this limit.

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating or GVWR

The GVWR is the weight of your motorhome including all of its attached equipment, but it does not include any extra cargo you might be towing.

Occupant and cargo carrying capacity or OCCC

The OCCC is the weight you can fit on your RV. This includes anything including people and their cargo! The empty trailer isn’t factored into this number so don’t forget about taking some room for them when planning out trips with friends or family members in tow.

Where to Find these ratings

RV manufacturers often provide you with towing capacity numbers for your convenience. You can find these ratings in the motorhome or on stickers provided by them, so it is easy enough if there are any calculations needed because they have already done all of this work! 

If you need to calculate it yourself, here’s how:

The total weight of your RV plus car should not exceed the Gross Combination Weight Rating. If it does, you are overweight for this combination.

Cargo weights also include water tanks among other things so keep an eye on them as well!

So, you need to be careful when packing the RV. This is because it can easily hit your class C motorhome’s weight limit. Also, remember to drive safely whether you’re towing a vehicle or not!

Can You Tow A Car With A Class C Motorhome?

A class C motorhome will usually have a big enough engine to haul at least a 3,500-lb car. The make and model of vehicle you’re towing will influence how much you can tow.

If you wanted to pull a full-size pickup, then you’ll need at least 4000 to 5000 lbs of towing capacity.

Can A Class C Motorhome Tow A Horse Trailer?

Horse trailers can be made of steel, aluminum, or both. Because there are no standard horse trailers, you can find that they weigh anywhere from 1,200 lbs to over 9,000 lbs empty.

Then you’ll have to add the weight of the horses, the hay, equipment, and water, and you’ll see that the number adds up.

You can certainly pull a horse trailer with a class C RV, but you need to know the maximum towing capacity and make sure your fully loaded horse trailer is within that range.

It’s important to take into consideration the weight of all your animals, as well any equipment that will be towed. Make sure you have a class C motorhome with tow capabilities if necessary so you can ensure safe passage for both humans and horses alike!

Horse trailers come in two varieties, a gooseneck or a bumper pull/tow-behind. A horse trailer hitch is similar to an fifth wheel hitch because it has the same type of fixture on either side but there are some subtle differences between them; for example, how far back does one extend from their vehicle? The ball mount (or “gooseneck”) can be mounted into truck bedrails.

A tow-behind trailer’s hitch is below a truck’s back bumper. The receiver with ball gets placed into it and then lowered onto that, lowering the weight of your load off of you so that riding in this type of vehicle feels less burdensome than other types might be while driving on rough terrain or bumpy roads!

Can A Class C Motorhome Tow A Boat?

If you have a boat, it can be towed behind your Class C motorhome. As long as the trailer has an hitch and proper ball size for towing heavier vehicles like boats, then there shouldn’t be any issues pulling with this type of setup!

The empty trailer weight is in addition to the boat’s own weight. It can be hard on an engine and transmission if you have a lot of fishing equipment or other heavy items that will drag down your total load, but as long as it’s within max capacity there shouldn’t really be any problems with pulling this type of vehicle behind one–especially since most class C motorhomes are designed for tough use!

Tow Dolly Vs Car Carrier

It’s important to know the differences between a tow dolly and car carrier when you are in need for one. A trailer with two wheels, such as those found on most bumpers themselves or even some RVs can lift your vehicle’s front tires off of ground while keeping them still by using steel cable attached at either end (one goes under each wheel). On the other hand if we look at four-wheeled trailers they’re typically called “carriers” because these will hold all weights placed upon it.

Front and rear-wheel drive vehicles have different weight distributions. Front wheel drivers put all their engine’s weight on the front tires, so it’s important to make sure those carry less than 3500 lbs of your total vehicle load without shaking or rolling due an imbalance between power distribution from driveshafts as well as tire traction.

A rear-wheel drive vehicle requires the use of a dolly to support its weight. It can easily tow between 3,900 and 4,200 pounds because you no longer have to worry about the engine’s heavy load being an issue with this type of car!

A tow dolly is typically less expensive to rent or buy than a car carrier. They are great for shorter distances and smaller vehicles.

Car carriers can hold more weight than tow dollies. You can hold up to 5000 pounds with a car carrier, and there are even larger ones available that can carry more weight.

When it comes to car carriers and tow dollies, there are many considerations. A tow-dolly takes your vehicle off the ground partially but not entirely; with a carrier you can still put mileage on its overall condition by driving and braking with every turn in traffic while also putting wear and tear onto its undercarriage or bumpers from contact points like curbsides if using one for parking spaces without any curb cuts (this will inevitable result either way). The towed vehicles sometimes have clearance issues due their height which could lead to damage at times such as scraping against obstacles when turning corners too quickly.

For those looking for a more permanent solution, there is no better option than the car carrier. Your entire vehicle can be on this one platform without any additional wear and tear from being towed or hauling around with you! It’s also easier to back up- it won’t sway as much in either direction because all of its weight will have been taken off by just being lifted onto an elevated surface instead of having two different items attached underneath them at various points during transport like tow dollies often do.

On the other hand, car carriers are more expensive to rent or buy. The lighter tow dolly weighs 750 pounds while your class C motorhome has an empty weight of 2200 lbs with its engine in operation (and may not be able).

On the other hand, car carriers are more expensive to rent or buy. The lighter tow dolly weighs 750 pounds while your class C motorhome has an empty weight of 2200 lbs.

Can you go RVing without a car?

One of the biggest disadvantages of RVing in a large motorhome is that you’re limited to where you can go. There are some places where only a smaller car can reach.

Here are some reasons to tow your car with your RV:

  • Easily explore hard-to-reach places
  • Easily reach places in a hurry(like running for groceries or to the drugstore)
  • Easy parking in cities

Here are some reasons you may not want to tow your car:

  • Turning and backing up your RV becomes challenging
  • Added stress of two vehicles
  • More weight = more gas
  • Hooking up and unhooking the vehicle takes time
  • Parking is much harder with both vehicles together