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Old 06-16-2015, 05:12 PM   #21
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I can say I really like how well my 2014 Ford FLEX Ecoboost tows our 2014 Vcross Vibe 6504. The empty weight is about 3200 lbs and with our usual load of stuff for the adults and kids we are about 4000 lbs or so. The FLEX is limited to 450 lbs tongue weight and 4500 lbs towing on paper but I feel that is a bit under rated. I have also upgraded my FLEX too with rear suspension kit from Timbren, and more goodies under the hood, making about 350 whp now.
If you tend to go boondocking, off the beaten path than that Suburban or Explorer would probably be better as tow vehicle for ground clearance. But if your towing only on roads and decently maintained camp grounds, something lower that drives more like a car than a truck might be in order.
Did you up grade the brakes?Transaxle?
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Old 06-16-2015, 10:45 PM   #22
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Old 06-16-2015, 11:50 PM   #23
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Old 06-18-2015, 10:07 AM   #24
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Before we bought the motor home I was towing a 20 foot TrailManor TT that weight about 4,100 pounds loaded and wet. I started out towing it with a 2002 Chevy 1500HD. This is a crew cab truck with a 6.5 foot bed. I had no problems towing.

Then I got a 2008 GMC 2500HD long bed. It was so much nicer to use as a tow vehicle. I did not tow with a WD hitch for either truck. Under some road conditions I was getting a little bit of bouncing bronco effect. This went away when I switched to the longer wheelbase. The built in brake controller worked so much better than a Prodigy.

If I was going to tow again this is how I would select a tow vehicle.

1. make sure the load carrying capacities are at least adequate.

2. I would require a built in brake controller.

3. I would get the longest wheelbase I could find.

I was towing 180 miles each way, sometimes in heavy commute traffic. Then maximum speed limit while towing is 55 mph. We camped about once a month during Spring, Summer, and Fall. If I was only towing shorter distances then I might relax some of my requirements.

If your wheelbase is too short relative to the length of the TT then you will encounter the "tail wagging the dog" effect. I did not notice this with the shorter wheelbase 1500HD. In my experience the wheelbase of the 1500HD is more than adequate. I have no experience towing with anything that has a shorter wheelbase than that. I doubt that I would want to.

I prefer gas over diesel unless at least one of the following criteria are met:

1. frequently towing above 8,000 feet.

2. towing at least 15,000 miles per year, year after year.

3. towing heavy, but I have no definition of heavy, other than 4,100 pounds is not heavy.

Somewhere I have read about a rule of thumb for wheelbase. I THINK it is that the TV wheelbase should be at least 1/3 of the wheelbase of the trailer you are towing. Perhaps someone else has access to that rule of thumb.
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I tow with the Jeep Diesel and it pulls great. Up hills in Branson Mo no problem. 20 mpg in town and 24 highway. 11 to 14 towing 65 on the highway. It needs a six speed or a overdrive. So if you do a lot of highway driving unloaded. Might not be the right SUV. Trucks and wind to a point no problem. I don't like to pull in winds over 35.
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Old 06-19-2015, 09:08 PM   #26
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I have no problem towing our 30ft surveyor with our VW Touareg TDI, and we probably get one of the best MPG towing too, we also use a Hensley hitch.
Doubt the MPG towing. Guess it depends on terrain though. But together it's a nice setup
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Also.There are so many comparison's about vehicles TOWING. Ya gotta stop/slow down that bad boy as well without having to replace rotors/pads/bearings ect every year. Not to mention drive train wear.
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A lot of posts on hitch up grade to a Hensley or a Provide. I think it'a a must with the short wheel base SUV's. I'm sure a lot people don't but i think it needs the hitch. .
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We had a 2010 X5 35d and it had plenty of power and brakes. It is $1000 to put on the factory hitch and wiring and we had to use the RF wireless brake controller. It worked great and was easy to set up. We pulled a 14ft 2 horse trailer with a max weight of 6000 if we had 2 horses in it. We also got about 14-15 mpg towing.

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We had a 2010 X5 35d and it had plenty of power and brakes. It is $1000 to put on the factory hitch and wiring and we had to use the RF wireless brake controller. It worked great and was easy to set up. We pulled a 14ft 2 horse trailer with a max weight of 6000 if we had 2 horses in it. We also got about 14-15 mpg towing.

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