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Old 06-01-2014, 03:07 PM   #1
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What's a good towing vehicle?

I have a 2005 Rockwood Roo 17 footer. It is about 3500lbs. Currently I am towing with a 2004 Mazda in mpv van but she really struggles. It is a v6 3.6 liter. I was thinking of changing the vehicle. I was wondering what engine specs to look for to tow this size of vehicle. Do I need a v8? Or would a bigger v6 be OK?
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Old 06-01-2014, 03:39 PM   #2
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I towed my Roo 19 (max GVWR about 4500lbs, although I was <4000lbs) with a 2011 3.6L Chevy Traverse for one season. Was not happy. Ran at 3000 rpm in 4th gear at 60 mph on flat and level. Some other Traverse owners (see Traverseforum.com), but not all, don't seem to mind running in 4th, but I was not. Went to the Silverado shown below (7500lb tow capacity).

I think the only other V6 you might find worthwhile would be the Ford F-150 Ecoboost.
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the 2004 mpv came with a 3.0l v6, it's max tow rating, according to edmunds was 3000 lbs. That engine would have a very hard time pulling a full height trailer. Some of the mid to large size suv's could pull that trailer but the engines will rev higher. A v8 will pull it the easiest but may not be needed for such a small trailer. More information is needed to give a good answer. what is the weight of the trailer, how many people in the TV, do you pull in the mountains?
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I tow my 21SS with an '03 Dodge Durango. The Durango has a V8 and full towing package including oversized battery, oversized alternator, and tranny cooler. The 21SS is probably right at the upper end of what the Durango can handle but it does a good job. If I trade vehicles, I'd probably go with some kind of PU for the towing capacity. (The towing capacity is why I chose the Durango. My Jeep Cherokee with V6 was not happy towing my pop-up. The Jeep didn't have the towing package - just an dealer installed Mopar hitch.)
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Old 06-01-2014, 04:22 PM   #5
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the 2004 mpv came with a 3.0l v6, it's max tow rating, according to edmunds was 3000 lbs. That engine would have a very hard time pulling a full height trailer. Some of the mid to large size suv's could pull that trailer but the engines will rev higher. A v8 will pull it the easiest but may not be needed for such a small trailer. More information is needed to give a good answer. what is the weight of the trailer, how many people in the TV, do you pull in the mountains?
You are correct. It is a 3.0ltr V6.
I do travel up a couple steep hills when going to the camp site. The van struggles with high rpms.

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We had a 2013 Ford Explorer with tow pkg and we were looking at a Roo 19 for the longest time. I just didn't feel comfortable pulling a trailer with the SUV and took a lot of convincing the wife we needed to upgrade the vehicle before we looked at any more trailers. She finally gave in and we got the F150 in my sig and the Roo 233s. I literally got the trailer less than a week ago, and only pulled it from the dealer to home (15-20 miles) but I feel much more better with this combo than I would have with the Explorer. We go up some pretty steep climbs to camp, 4th of July will be the true test for our TV but I don't think it'll be a problem.
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I tow my Roo 21BH with a Jeep Liberty 2.8l Diesel. The JGC Diesel will tow that without a sweat!
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I was looking at a 04 Toyota 4runner. V8. 4.7ltr. What you think?

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