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Towing Vehicles (was Introduce Yourself)
« on: May 29, 2009, 09:57:37 am »
Decisions, decisions decisions.  >8) Delivery date slipped a little.  (WH)  Changing reservations for the trip.  Do we tow our Honda Van or get something smaller ? Which brake system is best ?   Etc., Etc.  We will figure it out.  (8)

Anyone towing a van (4000 lb vehicle) behind their Cruiser ? How well do they tow ?   :help


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Towing Vehicles (was Introduce Yourself)
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2009, 03:52:50 pm »
I have a 2009 2551 and tow a 2003 Ford Explorer (5800). Use Brake Buddy.  Have only taken it on a few short trips so far, but it seems to purr right along behind me.  I'm sure a lighter vehicle would improve gas mileage (I drop about 1 MPG when towing).  This is my main vehicle and I have always had SUV's or Vans.

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Re: Towing Vehicles (was Introduce Yourself)
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2009, 11:50:20 am »
I have a 2008 2350 (E350 w/V-10) with which I transport a motorcycle on a Versahaul rack having a 600 LB capacity, and behind that I tow 4 wheels down a 2008 Suzuki SX4 2X/AWD/4X with 5 speed manual transmission using a Roadmaster Sterling all-terrain non-binding tow gear.  This set-up tows extremely well.  Since the "toad" vehicle is just under 3000 LB., in many states it doesn't require an auxiliary brake unit.  Without auxilliary brake in the toad the "to-Haul" feature of the RV holds the composit rig to the speed set on the cruise control on as much as 6-7% downgrades, but steeper grades need minor assistance about every 2 miles from the rig's brakes. Fuel mileage goes down approximately 1 MPG while towing.  See ya at the Plymouth gathering if you're going.  Cheers.   

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Re: Towing Vehicles (was Introduce Yourself)
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2009, 02:52:01 pm »
We tow this Toyota MR2 Spyder
http://www.flickr.com/photos/37432012@N08/sets/72157621555953021/
with our 2007-2350 with no secondary breaking.  A 4000 pound van is twice that weight.  The 5000 pound hitch with secondary braking should be just fine as long as the weight of the motor home and van combined does not exceed the Grose Combined Weight Rating, GCWR.  Be sure not to treat the van like a box trailer either or you will over-load it.http://
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