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Old 10-20-2014, 07:14 PM   #1
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Minnie Winnie Towing Capacity

I apologize if there is a more appropriate way to post this question as I'm a newbie (posting advice gladly accepted).

I'm considering buying a well maintained 1985 Minnie Winnie 24RC (Chevy 350 engine). Does anyone know the towing capacity of this vehicle? I'm looking to tow a Honda Insight so certainly less than 2500 pounds.

Answers and advice greatly appreciated.
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Old 10-21-2014, 08:13 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum.

No problem with where you posted the question; and I'm sorry I can't provide you with an exact answer.
I would ask though , have you found the vehicle weight data sticker, in the RV. Can be in the back of a cupboard or closet , Vehicle serial number and axle weights , towing numbers will be on it.
Looks like this.

If the sticker lists GVWR & GCWR, tow capacity is the difference between the two.
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Old 10-21-2014, 09:55 AM   #3
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it does not give the answer to your question ... but here is the brochure for 1985 Winnebagos

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Old 10-21-2014, 11:45 AM   #4
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Is the Insight towable 4 wheels down or are you going to put it on a dolly? Don't forget to add that weight in with the car if you do.

Sorry, I can't find an answer to your towing capacity question other than what Skip 426 offered. I'm not even sure those stickers were required in 1985.

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I would guess that a 24' 1985 24' RV with a 350 engine would have a max towing capacity of maybe 3,000#. As Rocky68D mentioned, your Insight might only be towable with a tow dolly.
Try looking up your car at News : Remco
if you go into tow my vehicle.
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Old 10-22-2014, 06:13 PM   #6
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The 1988 owners manual states that the tow capacity label is outside near to the hitch so it may have faded or fallen off by now however it also states that regardless of what the hitch capacity is you have to go with the lesser value of subtracting the actual weight when the vehicle loaded for travel with driver and passengers is put on a truck scale subtracted from the Gross Combined Vehicle Weight Rating which may be on the door or pillar of the van cab or on a Winnebago Build Sheet hung on a cabinet or closet door. You may just have to refer to the Chevy Stripped Van Chassis builders sheet for 1985 to get this data if Winnebago can't provide it over the phone when you provide them the VIN Number.

http://www.winnebagoind.com/resource...ago-Itasca.pdf
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Thanks for all the great advise. I'm just now buying this unit so I'll look for the tags when I get down to it again.

Regarding towing the Insight. Yes, Remco says "tow dolly" but Blue Ox does make a baseplate for adding a tow bar to the Insight and while they only list 2001 and about they just replied that it works for the 2000 as well. I'll check with some real users before spending money but 4 wheels down would sure be better than dealing with a dolly.

I just had the car weighed today and it came in at 1709 pounds with a full gas tank. Since it is still getting 51 mpg after 220K miles it is just a great tow vehicle. (yea, I put new hybrid batteries in it about 3000 miles ago). Grin
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