Originally Posted by DobeFanatic
Fred W 2014 Rockwood A122
2008 Hyundai Entourage (minivan)
How does your mini van tow on steep hills? I am going thru Virginia next month and very anxious about the mountains there>
I live in Colorado, so mountains are a part of life.
We've been over 10,000 ft passes without issues. The Entourage has a 3.5L V-6 rated at 250 HP with a 5 speed tranny. Of course, we don't get near that much power at altitude. But there is sufficient reserve to keep the speed limits (60-65 MPH) where the curves permit - usually in 4th gear, occasionally in 3rd when at higher altitudes.
On downgrades, I do downshift to 3rd to control speed, and will go down to 2nd where speeds need to be under 40 MPH.
The Hyundai comes standard with a large transmission cooler. And I change the fluid every 30K miles since getting the camper (manufacturer recommendation when towing).
We also installed an Equalizer E2 600/6000 WDH and anti-sway hitch, which makes a world of difference in handling while towing. The WDH restores the minivan ride to very close to stock while towing. The rig is rock solid in 30 MPH + cross-winds on the Interstate at 75 MPH (tested). I normally tow on interstate at 65-70 MPH. Tire pressures are checked before every trip, and I have considerable reserve with stock tires at actual towing weight.
2014 Rockwood A122
2008 Hyundai Entourage
Colorado Springs, CO (home elevation is 6,800 ft)