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Old 07-30-2015, 12:49 AM   #1
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MBS Towing Performance?

the 2401x MBS has a towing capacity of 4200 pounds. What has your experience been towing? Not so much asking about MPG, but general performance (ability to comfortably travel down the road...up hill, down hill and generally at highway travel speeds (55-65 mph) and 'handling'.

I have much experience from towing my race car all over Baja and the West....just wondering what my 'real world' experience expectations should be?
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Old 07-30-2015, 03:04 AM   #2
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I tow a rubicon jeep at 4000lb. Tows great, no problem doing California speed limits on flat or mild hills. On steep grades , slows to 45-50. Towed jeep from San Diego to Oregon and back, over grapevine, and mountains between Oregon and Cali. Tow it regularly to mountains east of San Diego since diesel 1.40 a gallon less than regular. Mercedes does great. We run with holding tanks empty , a little fresh water and 2 yellow labs. Originally plan was to have wife drive jeep over passes, but Mercedes does ok on the grades.


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I tow a 3100 lb Malibu at 65 MPH without any problems. Pulled it through Yellowstone and Rushmore area with some steep grades. Would slow to 50 on the climb, but down shifting allowed the speed to recover most of the time. If I need to increase speed for passing ( or sustained higher speed) no problem. The little diesel really does a good job. Towing has had no negative affects on handling.
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Old 07-30-2015, 08:48 AM   #4
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This is good to know. I have a Prism MBS and the rating is 3500/500. May want to pull a utility trailer with the 2 rides and some storage. Or may put a hitch rack on and put 1 bike on it. the DH's scooter weighs about 450lbs

I agree this is a good little chassis.. I am averaging 20-21mpg with a full FW tank and nearly empty holding tanks. I have a feeling the little bit extra weight of a trailer should not affect the mileage and performance
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We are thinking about a 3200#ish Jeep (either Cherokee or Wrangler)...so I am feeling much better about this.

MarsMan....your mpg is the largest I have read or heard of on the MBS....you are not traveling downhill both ways are you?
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The lightest new wrangler I could find was a 2 door sport soft top at around 3700.


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I tow a rubicon jeep at 4000lb...We run with holding tanks empty , a little fresh water and 2 yellow labs.

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We are thinking about a 3200#ish Jeep (either Cherokee or Wrangler)...so I am feeling much better about this.

MarsMan....your mpg is the largest I have read or heard of on the MBS....you are not traveling downhill both ways are you?
LoL at BeachBums. always downhill

that mpg is imperial I think in US Gallons it is approx 17-18MPG
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I am towing my Smart Car, which is 2315 lbs. on a "Open Road Trailer" (single axle) that is 1,500 lbs. I do 65 mph on the highway and usually get about 15-17 mpg on flat terrain no wind (empty tanks). If it is hilly with some head winds then I might see 13 mpg. Since I have installed the Hellwig Sway Bar the handling has improved "Greatly!" As the engine breaks in I hope to get 20 mpg or over. You should have no problems with your towing! "Happy Travels"
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Old 07-30-2015, 06:43 PM   #10
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For those of you flat towing with your MBS: What break assist system are you using? Best price/service recommendation?

Currently leaning towards an older jeep product as universally no one I have conversed with has suggested any problems.
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