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Old 01-15-2016, 11:21 AM   #1
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Forester & Sunskeers, what do you tow?

Hey all you Forester & Sunskeer owners.... do you tow a toad or a trailer?
If so, what does it weigh and what do you think the impact is to your GPA.
We are getting a Forester 3051S and plan to get a 8.5 x 14 enclosed trailer to haul our two Gold Wings. One is a trike the other is a two wheeler.
All aluminum trailer weighs approximatley 2200 and the bikes weigh approximately 2000.
Well within the limits of the Forester, just curious what it will do to my MPG.

Thanks for your response and insight.
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Hey all you Forester & Sunskeer owners.... do you tow a toad or a trailer?
If so, what does it weigh and what do you think the impact is to your GPA.
We are getting a Forester 3051S and plan to get a 8.5 x 14 enclosed trailer to haul our two Gold Wings. One is a trike the other is a two wheeler.
All aluminum trailer weighs approximatley 2200 and the bikes weigh approximately 2000.
Well within the limits of the Forester, just curious what it will do to my MPG.

Thanks for your response and insight.
We tow a 2013 Ford Focus weighing 3990 lbs. and have towed our Jeep GC weighing 6800 lbs. with no problems whatsoever. Towed the Focus throughout the northwest. Highest, longest passes 54 mph over the top, full-throttle. Across the board mpg was lowered by 2 mpg tops. Expect 7.5 to 8.5 on the flat.
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We tow our Jeep Wrangler which is lifted and oversized tires behind out Sunseeker 3050s. Last year we traded our Sunseeker in on a Georgetown "A".


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JMS how did the Sunseeker handle with the Wrangler? Have a 3170 and plan on getting a Wrangler Unlimited to tow behind. What tow bar and supplemental brakes do you use?


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Forester & Sunskeers, what do you tow?

It towed and tracked really well. Other than the mountains in WV you'd never know it was back there. I set it up with the Demco tow bar & plate along with the RV2 brake system. I had diodes installed at the tail lights just in case there would be a surge in the electrical system. Extremely pleased.


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John & Janine,
Thanks for the reply. What sort of MPG were you getting with the 3050 when you were towing? How about when not towing?

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We tow a 2013 Ford Focus weighing 3990 lbs. and have towed our Jeep GC weighing 6800 lbs. with no problems whatsoever. Towed the Focus throughout the northwest. Highest, longest passes 54 mph over the top, full-throttle. Across the board mpg was lowered by 2 mpg tops. Expect 7.5 to 8.5 on the flat.

2 MPG doesn't sound too bad for pulling 3990. That will just about the same as what our trailer and bikes will weigh. We also have a Jeep GC but at this time don't anticipate pulling it.

It's really hard for us to see the bikes in a trailer as we have never trailered them is a combined 800,000 miles for the two of us riding our own bikes.

Just retired in June and hope to so more travel and riding in the winter months. Very hard to do that from Denver in the winter. Trade offs are a way of life when you love to ride your motorcycles.

Again, thanks for the good info......
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I tow a Toyota Corolla that weighs about 3000#. Mileage drops about 1 mpg. Also have two Goldwings, one a trike, and have a 7 x 18 enclosed trailer that I have not towed with the motor home yet. The trailer weighs about 3500# I beleive so I should attach a WDH if I carry both bikes as the hitch capacity is 5000# without one.

We had the trailer before we decided to trailer the bikes so it is a tight fit. The size you are looking at should be about right.

One suggestion is to get a Condor Pit Stop chock or similar and mount it in the trailer for the 2 wheeler. It will not budge.
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John & Janine,

Thanks for the reply. What sort of MPG were you getting with the 3050 when you were towing? How about when not towing?



Mike & Becky

Hi Mike & Becky,

If memory serves me well u believe I was getting 6.5 to 7 mpg. We took a trip to Myrtle Beach so the mountain of WV is factored into that mpg

Enjoy & have fun.
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I tow a 1700lb. 16' open deck car trailer/Falcon on board. Added a program to RV and usually average 7.5-9.5 mpg. All depending on road conditions and traffic. Wont run over 65, usually 5 under. 50000 miles so far this way! I like a trailer because I can back up anywhere.
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