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Old 02-24-2016, 02:10 PM   #1
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What are your thought on towing a Mini Countryman 2900# on a 14 foot double axle trailer 1600# behind a 378xl V10
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Old 02-24-2016, 02:47 PM   #2
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I towed my full size GMC Z71 on a 20' car trailer for 8 years while working for Burning Man in the Black rock desert and my winnie has a 460. Keep in mind there is no need to turn 4K rpm going up hills just let her slow down.
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Old 02-24-2016, 04:04 PM   #3
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Just keep an eye on your tongue weight. As long as it dosen't exceed 500 pounds and no other limits are exceeded should be ok.
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Old 02-25-2016, 02:20 PM   #4
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Plus with that kind of set up you are not limited to going forward only! Sometimes the ability to back up is a blessing.
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Old 02-25-2016, 03:30 PM   #5
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Plus with that kind of set up you are not limited to going forward only! Sometimes the ability to back up is a blessing.

exactly, I opted not to go the dolly route, and that was one of the reasons. Also with a trailer, I can tow my wifes car if we dont need my 4 seater where we are going
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Old 02-25-2016, 05:37 PM   #6
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500# Tongue weight and 5000# tow weight are usually the limits. I see lots of folks exceeding that out on the roads.


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Old 02-29-2016, 12:05 PM   #7
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A good idea is to hook it all up and run it across a scale at a truck stop. It will give each axle as well as the total weight of the RV and the loaded trailer. Compare the scale weights to the weights listed in your owners manual. You should be fine, but it is always nice knowing for sure. I would also be sure the tongue weight does not exceed 500# or you might have to upgrade your hitch. You don't want to look in your rear camera and see that the bolts have failed that hold your hitch to the frame.
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Old 03-06-2016, 07:57 AM   #8
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Morning, we pull our 08 Mini on a single axle trailer behind our 2015 GT 351DS. If my memory serves me correct the Mini weighs in at 2,800lbs & the trailer at 1,100lbs. We have certified scales at work and I weighed it when we first purchase the GT. Click image for larger version

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Old 03-06-2016, 10:13 AM   #9
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Tow down or up.

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What year is your Mini?
Does it have automatic transmission or stick?

It may seem easier with the trailer but if you can tow all four wheel down is easier. I have to say you also have to count on the trailer storage when in a campground as they usually don't have spaces that long. Also your ability to lift, push, and secure your car each time you use it on the trailer. Like I said I like easy and less work all the time as I'm retired. lol


I have decided to go simple and easy with my 2012 Fiat Pop stick shift as all I have to do is put it in neutral after hooking up. The Ford V10 is strong and pulls a max weight of 5,000 lbs.

Good luck on your final decision.
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Thanks Iggy, I have two different Minis, a 2015 Countryman with auto trans and a 2013 Coupe with 6 speed
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