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Old 07-08-2018, 09:07 PM   #1
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Towing a full size Pickup

Hey everyone,

I currently tow a Jeep Grand Cherokee behind the motorhome (3010 DS) with no problems. It weighs 5000 lbs.

Has anyone ever towed a full size pickup behind your Sunseeker/Forester?

I own a 2016 Dodge 1500 Ecodiesel. It weighs about 5800 lbs. My Sunseeker is rated to tow 7500 lbs and I have the 7500 lb hitch.

So just looking for thoughts and any experiences.

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Old 07-08-2018, 09:30 PM   #2
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How close are you to your GCWR?
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Old 07-09-2018, 02:34 AM   #3
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I would be around 19500 lbs. 13500 lbs for the coach and 6000 for the truck. 22000 lbs is the GCVWR. 14500 is the GVWR.
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Old 07-09-2018, 08:49 AM   #4
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With those numbers you should be fine. The only thing you might need to keep an eye on is your brakes when you go down steep grades.
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Old 07-09-2018, 09:06 AM   #5
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Can you flat tow a Dodge?
Is it 4wd?


I was considering a newer Ford regular cab 4x4 with the 2.7 turbo.
It only weighs 4400 in that configuration thanks to the aluminum body and can be flat towed.
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We have towed our F150 FX4 all across the country with absolutely no problem. We did however have a Holiday Rambler diesel 32 ft. We used a brake buddy for braking. The most important part is to have a proper tow system. We used a Blue Ox.
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Yes it is 4x4 and can go into neutral like most Jeeps and be flat towed. I have the rvibrake 2 and a roadmaster nigjthawk tow bar which I just got after using the roadmaster Blackhawk 2 for the last 6 years. I bought it used so I decided to get a new tow bar.

I think I will give it a whirl after I get the blue ox baseplates installed and all the other associated stuff. It would just be an expensive mistake if I doesn’t work out.
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The only reason it would not work as specified is if you do not have enough power to pull your T-Ruck. In that case, a 5 Star tune can help.
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Have you weighed your 3010 loaded?
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Old 07-10-2018, 05:22 PM   #10
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Yes 13500 loaded with about 1/2 tank of water and full fuel.
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If I put on Bigfoot leveling and some suspension mods, I could be up over 14000 pretty quick.
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Hey Duckogram. Have you used the 5 star tune?
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Old 07-11-2018, 08:49 AM   #13
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Oh yes. This is my 2nd RV that I have installed it on. 2014 F-53 5 speed - It tamed the transmission shifting by increasing the shift pressures. Held gears longer and allowed the 362hp 30 valve triton to do its stuff. Huge impact on the noise level as well because the v10 can really scream at high rpm. A very slight change to fuel economy (increase) but not significant. The strategy used by 5 star for this tune was the 87 octane standard MH tune.
2018 (2017 chassis) E-450 6 speed - Better manners for shifting very noticable although not as dramatic as the 5 speed. The 20 valve 305 hp in this chassis was adequate but after the tune the power increase was unbelievable. So was the economy. Im a conservative driver (old n gray) so its 60-62 mph in the right lane for me. My initial mpg was just under 8.5. Now with 4000 mi on the clock Im getting a consistant 9.5. Thats with a dinghy tow.
The tune I have now is a custom 87 octane version the folks at 5 star made for me.
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Cool! I will call them.
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I have pulled a f150 lariat crew cab (5100 lbs) using Blueox equipment and RVIBrake, no problem pulling but would strongly suggest suggest a heavy duty sway bar in rear of MH to stop sway on curves. Now pull a 4dr wrangler with no problems.
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I have pulled a f150 lariat crew cab (5100 lbs) using Blueox equipment and RVIBrake, no problem pulling but would strongly suggest suggest a heavy duty sway bar in rear of MH to stop sway on curves. Now pull a 4dr wrangler with no problems.
Very nice! however I may get a used Wrangler or trade my EcoDiesel in on a new Wrangler.

We have no problems with our Jeep Grand Cherokee.
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