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Old 10-18-2014, 01:06 PM   #1
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Tow with an SUV?

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I have a 2011 Forest River mini lite 2304. No sliders or extra weight.
Opinions/advice about whether it could be towed with an SUV? If so, which one do you recommend?
Presently have a 2007 Ford F150 long bed. Need to replace it.
Thanks
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Old 10-18-2014, 01:20 PM   #2
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According to specs, I'm roughly the same weight as you and pull with a 4.2L (285 hp 6 cyl) Trailblazer with no problems. Doesn't really like steep inclines and speeds over 60 with a headwind, but does fine for the most part. Anything like a V8 Tahoe or Explorer should be more than enough. Make sure it's properly equipped with trans cooler and the right hitch / sway control. I'd also suggest putting a little heavier duty tire on the rear. I still run passenger tires, but switched to XL rated and put about 45 psi while towing. Feels more solid.
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Old 10-18-2014, 01:28 PM   #3
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I previously pulled a 25ft TT weighing about 4500lbs loaded with a V8 buick rainier (trailblazer). If your F150 has the 5.4 V8 I think you'll be disappointed in the v6. The buick had the power but the sway was out of control with a strong sidewind. Upgraded to a suburban. Same motor but the extra length of the suburban is what made it superior to the buick. Looks like the mini lite is similar in length to our old TT but with a less aerodynamic front. So this will increase your drag and I think a midsized SUV will be a little light on performance and stability.
What kind of SUV did you have in mind?
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Old 10-18-2014, 02:17 PM   #4
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I don't have a certain suv in mind, it is that I can't drive the the truck.
I am unable to overcome maneuvering it, parking it, and generally dealing with it.
Wondering if an SUV would be capable of towing as my husband has to do all the driving now.
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I have a VW Touareg it has a six cyl diesel and tows very well.
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Hi,

I have a 2011 Forest River mini lite 2304. No sliders or extra weight.
Opinions/advice about whether it could be towed with an SUV? If so, which one do you recommend?
Presently have a 2007 Ford F150 long bed. Need to replace it.
Thanks
Can you tell us the weight of the unit?
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Old 10-18-2014, 02:42 PM   #7
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Weight is 3000 lbs.
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Not trying to change your mind about considering an SUV but I am wondering if the size of the truck is part of the problem of not be comfortable. I have size issues which means I need more space between me & other stuff than more people do.
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We pull our Roo 23IKSS with a 2004 Ford Expedition. It had taken us on two long trips. (from San Antonio, TX to Pigeon Forge, TN and also from San Antonio, TX to Orlando, FL.) Plus all our local South Texas camping trips.

If you don't mind the bigger SUV, I would recommend the Expedition.
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Weight is 3000 lbs.
Not even close. Probably closer to 4500 loaded. I know it's not a 2015, but the specs on the FR website list it as a little over 3700 dry. That's about 100 lbs. lighter than mine is listed as and my yellow sticker shows almost 3900 lbs.
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