Calculating combined towing capacity

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tinman176
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Calculating combined towing capacity

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Hello I would like to know if any B 190 owner knows how to calculate the combined towing capacity of our 1992 B190 Van.I would like to dinghy tow a 3400 lb vehicle behind my van.I previously towed a 2011 Chevy Cruze that was about 500 lbs lighter.No trouble towing the car once I got used to the way the 2 vehicles moved when towing.Thanks tinman176
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Re: Calculating combined towing capacity

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I've split this into a separate topic.

The best way would be to hook it all up and take it to a truck scale and have it weighed, then compare that to the GCVW of the B190 (I think it's 15,000 lbs, but check yours to be sure).

The next best way is to assume the B190 is about 9,000 lbs (based on what other members have reported) and the 3,400 of the car adds to about 12,400 lbs. Take the GCVW and subtract that 12,400 to get the max load for people, fuel, food, supplies, etc.

For what it's worth, I occasionally towed my '04 Chevy Impala (~3400 lbs) on a dolly (581 lbs) behind my '91 B190 without any problems. I usually towed my Cougar (~2900 lbs) instead, but there were a couple trips with the Impala.
1991 Airstream B190 - bought, 2005; sold, 2011; bought 2017
1995 Airstream Excella 30' trailer

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Re: Calculating combined towing capacity

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I'm towing about 4,000 pounds with my '89 351 cu. It was worthless until I enlarged the exhaust from the manifold back. Now, with most hills, I don't lose any speed, and we have plenty of hills!
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