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Old 07-02-2006, 09:23 AM   #1
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We are preparing our 05 Durango to tow and it weighs around 5000 lbs. We noticed in the Journey's owners manual that the towing capacity is 5000 lbs but we seem to remember that this model had towing capacity of 10,000 lbs. I checked the hitch and the data plate was painted over. Our DP was manufactured 11/2001. Anyone got this same unit and can advise?
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We are preparing our 05 Durango to tow and it weighs around 5000 lbs. We noticed in the Journey's owners manual that the towing capacity is 5000 lbs but we seem to remember that this model had towing capacity of 10,000 lbs. I checked the hitch and the data plate was painted over. Our DP was manufactured 11/2001. Anyone got this same unit and can advise?
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Old 07-02-2006, 10:51 AM   #3
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2002 brochure page

Mentioned on the above page is an explanation to what you are asking.....Looks like to me the QD has the 10k rating, but it's a little hard to read what they're saying.

Your gross combined weight rating is 36850 and your gross vehicle weight ratio is 26850....sure looks like 10K to me.
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Old 07-02-2006, 11:29 AM   #4
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I went to my reference materials which I have kept over the years from the RV Consumers Group.
This is what I was able to glean: Freightliner chassis' changed from 5000 lb. towing capacity in 2001 to 10,000 in 2002. As your chassis was manufactured near the end of 2001, it may be a toss up. You may wish to contact Freightliner with the serial number to determine the correct capacity. Incidently, the 39Q in 2002 is listed as an oddity with a towing capacity of 8940lbs instead of the rest of the Journey units of shorter length with a 10,000lb capacity.
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Old 07-02-2006, 11:39 AM   #5
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by cwg:
Freightliner chassis' changed from 5000 lb. towing capacity in 2001 to 10,000 in 2002.

You may wish to contact Freightliner with the serial number to determine the correct capacity.. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

The best advice yet....GOOD ONE!!

When I called Freightliner and gave them my serial number they told me EVERYTHING you could imagine about my chassis....
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Old 07-03-2006, 10:41 AM   #6
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You are limited by the GCWR of the chassis and also by the hitch. Your chassis might be able to tow more than the installed hitch can handle, so its importabt to know both.

Max tow = GCWR minus actual coach weight, subject to the limit of the hitch capacity.

Since its quite likely that a 39 footer will be heavy, the "GCWR minus the acual coach weight" may well be less than the equivalent number for shorter Journeys. Freightliner won't know the actual weight of the Journey body, so you will have to get it weighed yourself. It's something you shoud do anyway, to properly inflate your tires and to assure yourself you are not overlaoded on any axle.
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Old 07-08-2006, 04:27 PM   #7
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Since you have the Journey Dl, it is 10,000/500 lbs.

The Winnebago Brochure (link above) clearly states that the Journey is 5000/500 and the Journey DL is 10,000/500

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