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Old 03-10-2015, 10:33 PM   #11
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I have a 2010 nissan xterra pulling a 21dk. Yeah its not ideal, but it's safe and works well. I have a WDH and good brake controller. I know that I have to push the engine hard 4k for hours on end through WV many times each year, but it all works out for us. The trailer pulls and rides well, we can drive 55 - 70 mph with no Ill effects.

Sure you can feel a pressure differential passing a slower car or a faster one passing you, but with a good WDH setup it will be minimal. Gotta stay within the law limits and your own personal limits. Your engine will be strained, but if you can live with that ... then you should be ok. The towing capacity of the frame can handle the trailer but the engine might be a bit strained. (Oh and I would never travel with a full load of water with out reinforcing the tank brackets)
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Old 03-11-2015, 12:00 PM   #12
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I believe you posted on another forum. I would look for a smaller and without slides. The 183 is a good option.
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Old 03-11-2015, 07:48 PM   #13
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mogli64- what model Roo did your sister try to tow with the explorer. We are going to try to tow a183 with an Explorer.


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Old 03-13-2015, 09:39 AM   #14
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Appreciate all feedback given. I have posted similar questions to a few other sites. We really wanted a somewhat larger trailer than what it appears the Jeep can safely tow. So it seems the best solution is to look into getting another tow vehicle. Found a 2000 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 4X4 with 122K miles for just over $4K. I'd just use that for towing and wouldn't be putting many more miles on it. Tow rating is 8,700 lbs.

Always wanted a truck and this seems the best solution. I assume the GMC should be able to tow a Roo very easily. If I'm off base please let me know.

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Appreciate all feedback given. I have posted similar questions to a few other sites. We really wanted a somewhat larger trailer than what it appears the Jeep can safely tow. So it seems the best solution is to look into getting another tow vehicle. Found a 2000 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 4X4 with 122K miles for just over $4K. I'd just use that for towing and wouldn't be putting many more miles on it. Tow rating is 8,700 lbs.

Always wanted a truck and this seems the best solution. I assume the GMC should be able to tow a Roo very easily. If I'm off base please let me know.

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Finding this information before you purchase... you're already way ahead of more than a few of us that purchased the camper after hearing "You can tow that no problem." Excellent choice upgrading your TV. I started out towing with a Trailbazer and a 3000# camper. That lasted all but a couple months. I've upgraded the camper and tow vehicle twice each since then.
My opinion... with an 8700lb tow on the Sierra, i think you'll be good to go. Just make sure you start with a good weight distribution hitch with sway control (i recommend the Equalizer 4-point) and a reliable brake control (i recommend the Prodigy P2 or P3).
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Old 03-13-2015, 03:15 PM   #16
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Personally, we towed our Roo 21RS (4062 dry) with a 2005 V8 Grand Cherokee. While we were under on weight, the V8 Jeep struggled in the Rocky mountain passes here in Alberta. But for me, power wasn't the biggest issue, it was the short wheel base of the Jeep. After a few white-knuckle drives with crosswinds, we pulled the plug and bought a GMC Sierra 1500. Much safer for the family, easier on both the truck and my nerves. Tows the Roo with ease and I no longer fear crosswinds.

Good luck with your decision and happy camping!
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Old 05-10-2015, 10:37 PM   #17
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mogli64- what model Roo did your sister try to tow with the explorer. We are going to try to tow a183 with an Explorer.


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We just purchased a Roo 183 and pull it just fine with a 2014 Ford Explorer Sport (twin turbo-charged model). Towing mileage sucks (8-10 mpg), but power is not an issue.
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Old 05-10-2015, 11:15 PM   #18
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Thanks so much for the late post. I also have a 2014, but my dealership dropped the ball when I asked for towing pkg. items. I have to pick up the camper 8 hrs away, so I will allow plenty of time to travel slow if I have to. I've been thinking about stopping in at the GMC dealership across the street from my Ford dealership and complain about the lease deal to see if they can help me get into something else. But I will try to tow with it first. Plan on dumping all my tanks at the campground, to lighten the load.


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Mine has the complete towing package from the factory and I'm also using a weight distribution hitch.
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