Is the Falcon 2 Tow Bar RM-520 Rated to Tow a 2002 Chevy Tahoe 5.3L Vortec 4WD

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Is the Falcon rated to tow a Chevy Tahoe? What additional parts are needed?

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I did some research on your vehicle, and it looks like the curb weight of your 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe model should be around 5050lbs. This would be under the 6000lb capacity for the Falcon 2 tow bar # RM-520, but you will also need to make sure that the tow vehicle and trailer hitch are both rated to handle this much weight.

I would also recommend that you double check the actual weight of the vehicle, including whatever gear you choose to carry in it, to make sure that it will definitely be below the 6000lb limit. You could do this at a local truck stop scale. If needed, we do offer the Blackhawk 2 tow bar # RM-422 which has a 10000lb capacity.

In a towing system, you are limited by the lowest capacity in the setup, whether this is on the tow bar, the trailer hitch, or the tow vehicle itself. If any part of your setup has a rating less than the weight of the Tahoe, you will not be able to tow this vehicle without switching out a component, if possible.

To wire the Tahoe to be towed, I recommend using wiring kit # 38955. According to my research, your vehicle should have separate amber turn signal and red tail lights, so the # 38955 kit would utilize your main red light for brake, turn signal, and tail light functions. If you want the amber turn signal lights to function, you would also need tail light converter # 118158 and two additional diodes, part # RM-792.

A magnetic light kit # C-ATL20A would be an easy alternative if your motor home is already wired with a 4-Way flat plug.

I would recommend getting the RoadMaster release tool # RM-066, as it makes hooking up and disconnecting with the Falcon 2 much easier.

I am providing some links to additional information, including installation instructions and demonstration videos for the items I referenced that should be helpful for you.

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