Going RV - towing TT with minivan

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  1. raising4daughters

    raising4daughters Active Member

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    The wife and I have become fans of the Travel Channel's Going RV program. I've read about dealers selling trailers that new owners had no business towing, but got to see one right in my living room.

    The couple owns and stated their intention to tow with a Dodge Grand Caravan which has ~3,500 lb. tow capacity. They bought a smallish, but full-height TT with a dry weight of 3,300 lb. Throw in the gear and some propane and they've got to be over. I can't imagine how much over the payload they'll be when they load up their kids and dog.

    We recently upgraded from a 10' PUP to a 14' HW PUP with about double the weight. Haven't weighed it out actually, but GVWR is 3,800 lb. In response, we traded in our TrailBlazer with 5,200 lb. tow capacity for a Colorado with 7,200 capacity and 400 lb. more payload.

    I don't know how people sleep at night.
     
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    Snow Well-Known Member

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    Ignorance is bliss.. that is how they sleep at night.
     
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    I see this every time I am in the campground. I just shake my head.
     
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    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

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    Went to a private campground that had slight hills. The nose of the car trying to haul the travel trailer was pointed in the air. The hitch made grooves in the gravel roads so bad the maintenance men had to get their tractor out to repair all the roads before the rainstorm made it worse. The family even got stuck trying to get over a crest of the hill. They had a nerve to gripe about the condition of the roads saying it’s it’s the gravel that made them get stuck. No, that would be your car was so overloaded trying to haul a camper it has no business hauling. I felt bad for the maintenance people that day dealing with that family and the damage they did. Then still try and have a smile on their face trying to get the family unstuck. Maintenance may have had to keep a straight face, but it didn’t hold back the other guests who happened to be camped right on the road they were stuck on. I just sat beside the playground watching the show.
     
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    neighbormike Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Sounds like good watchin’!! Gotta love it [Guitar] [:D]
     
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    Fish N Farm Well-Known Member

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    As scary as that is this is horse country in my area. I see high school age girls driving crew cab diesel dual's towing a 4 horse slant load trailer 2=3 axles with A/C gen set, tac room, dressing room maybe a bunk or two and 3 or 4 bales of hay on the roof rack. We are talking a 10,000 lb. empty trailer plus 3 2,000 lb. animals probably a 100 gal onboard water tank. Running down these narrow county roads talking on their cell pones. And they wreck them all the time. I see a lot of horse barns that have a big circle drive and those trucks hooked to those trailers all the time so I know they don't even know how to hook to the trailer. If I am on a 4 lane road and see one of those youngsters driving one I get way behind them.
     
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    cyclop5 Active Member Silver Supporting Member

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    when we moved to the grey side, we had a Grand Caravan, and the hybrid we bought claimed it was about 2600lbs. We go to the dealer to sign the papers, and they politely stated that our minivan just wasn't going to work. A week later, we came back with a Trailblazer (5200lbs specs). Still wasn't comfortable towing it - especially our trip to Boston, when it damn near stopped moving forward while we were trying to get into Watkins Glen for the night. It did *not* do well on hills.

    Fast forward to this year, and we have a Silverado that *finally* makes me comfortable towing our little 16 ft hybrid.
     
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    firepit Well-Known Member

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    My fav is the ford escort (or Etc)...With the canoe on the roof that sticks out 3 ft in front and behind the car.
    The 25ft TT being pulled with the mini pickup is a good look as well.
     
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    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

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    That’s my cousin’s setup She has more than enough power to handle the weight and the skill to manage it. Although I will never get in Or near her vehicle. She’s no teenager but she is always in such a rush to get to The next horse show NOTHING better get in her way. She will plow it down and ask questions later. She doesn’t play on her phone, but she will talk on the phone saying she needs the stimulation to keep her awake. She will drive all night long taking cat naps every so often as long as she can get to her horse show as early as possible. When asking her for how long it takes to get somewhere, her response so matter of fact...“if you drive 90ish you can get to said place In x amount of time”. How the heck she doesn’t have a ton of tickets is beyond me. She has blown through a ton of tires both on the trailer and her vehicle. She can change a tire as quick as the pit crew on NASCAR. I admire her and her daughters skills when towing and changing tires, but don’t get in their way. Her daughter is only 15 so doesn’t do the driving, but she is expected to move the trailer etc when they get to the destination. We’ll see if she picks up her family’s driving habits, my guess yes.
     
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    A beemer and a dodge...can it be any worse?
     
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    There are some good smart kids out there and the girls are normally better drivers but, they have no idea how much weight they are trying to control plus the distraction of the cell phone. At one time my buds and I would leave Houston Thursday after work and drag the race car to Pomona for a week end race. Leave driving back Sunday after the race and go to work Tuesday morning. It took around 24 hours each way. The best trip was 22 hours. At 1700 miles that is averaging 77.28 MPH towing a car on a trailer. Yes we were stupid kids. Still dangerous.
     
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    Just for fairness sake, there are some girls on this site that probably tow and back up better then me. Bad drivers come in all genders.
     
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    I don't even need to turn around to know they're there. I can smell their transmission.
     
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    silvermickey2002 Morris County, NJ

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    Totally agree!! We have seen those girls out west driving some pretty big horse trailers. They have no issue driving them and back them up like it was nothing!!!!!
     
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    I can promise you as a previous owner of a Dodge Caravan, they won't be towing anything for very long. LOL They will be on the side of the road waiting on the tow vehicle.
     
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    Agree. It requires something between your ears, not between yous legs.
     
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