What do you tow with?

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  1. CrystalCoastCamper

    CrystalCoastCamper Stay strong and Camp on!!

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    Our TV is a 2014 F150 XLT with the 3.5L V6. Plenty of towing ability plus room for DAYS with the crew cab. One thing to think about is does this trailer have brakes? Our truck already was set up for towing with the factory brake controller and transmission oil cooler and it pulls our 3000# a-frame like it's not evn back there. I don't believe a lot, if any, midsize SUV's are already rigged up for trailers with brakes but you can find aftermarket controllers pretty easy though.
     
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    My Explorer has the similar 3.5L V6 engine that tows my 3500# like its nothing back there.
     
  3. Fless

    Fless Active Member

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    I tow with a truck-based SUV, a Tahoe with a 5.3L gas engine. Pulls my Cheyenne (~3K lb. gross) with ease, even up high mountain passes.
     
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    I tow with my 07 Toyota Tacoma,Double Cab, Max Towing 6,500lbs. I have a 2011 Jayco X20 E, 3700 Dry weight Hybrid "Towing with 165K on my Tacoma"

    Mike
     
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    Daisy on my toe Active Member

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    We have a 1/4 ton Chevy Silverado it has a factory tow package isn't necessary towing our little pup but does make me more comfortable.
     
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    bikendan Active Member

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    i thought the Silverado was a 1/2 ton[;)]
     
  7. f5moab

    f5moab Retired from the Federal Government

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    Never heard of a Silverado being rated for 1/4 ton. Those old tonnage ratings of 1/2 ton (1500), 3/4 ton (2500), 1 ton (3500) are carryovers from the 50s. Today a 1500 can carry more than Actually, a Silverado can be a 1/2, 3/4 or 1 ton; however, it sure is not a 1/4 ton. (However, those old tonnage ratings are left over from the 50s and a 1500/150 series can easily carry more than a 1000 pounds and the others have a greater payload than the old rating.)
     
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    Daisy on my toe Active Member

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    Yes, 1/2 ton you are correct. My mistake. It is my husband's vehicles I don't know all the specs. [:I]
     
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    Currently pulling 2015 Shamrock 23SS with a 2002 Suburban 5.3....215K miles on the odometer! Just went out this weekend and it pulled like a champ. Mind you, we stay fairly close 1-2 hours from Atlanta, southward. Not sure how I would feel trying to pull over the mountains with this rig. I can hold 55-60 most any flat road...occasionally downshifting but not going over 3500 RPM. Big hills are a different story. Worst yet was a long, steady climb and I dropped to 50 MPH, pedal down, running 4K RPM. Get a good WD hitch + sway control. We added Air Lift air bags (under $100) to help out with any droop in the back. Makes things nice and stable. If I were pulling over mountains or long hauls, I would want a 2500 series Suburban or truck.
     
  10. Halford

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    You may not need to get 2500 Suburban. I believe the 1500 is enough to tow 6400 lbs max weight. The max tow weight for the Sub is 8000 lbs. Unless the Sub is acting its age, then get the new 1500 Sub if you wish. the 2500 would be better but see the new technology today may allow the 1500 do a good job towing.
     
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  11. Scott Kahlhoefer

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    We recently purchased a 2015 Yukon Xl 4x4 5.3, tow package, 3.42 gears. The Yukon XL is night and day better than our 99 K1500 Suburban, which was actually worse than our 2003 Acura MDX. We used all three over the years to tow a 2005 Fleetwood Valor (Sun Valley), 3500# gross weight. The Yukon pulls it down the interstate at 65+ easy, averaging 15 MPG plus. The MDX ran the same route at around 12 MPG while the Suburban with the Vortec 350 and 3.73 gears would only get 10 MPG. All three were nice and stable at speed.

    We are currently looking at a 20' hybrid in the 5K# range. The Yukon can tow up to 8000# but you need to take into account the load in the truck too. GCWR is 14K# and the truck is already over 6K#. The weight in the truck takes away from the weight you can pull.
     
  12. crackerJack

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    Just because you can pull it on paper, doesn’t mean you will enjoy it.
    I did the van thing for awhile. I really appreciate the improvement with my suburban.
     
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    That is only if it has the 4.10 gears, if it’s the 3.73 then max is either 7200 or 7300 depending on factory tow package.
     
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    I'm using a 2000 Ford Ranger /w 4.0 L V6, 5-speed automatic, to pull our Cape Cod, the trailer has a GVWR of 1995 lbs, TV is rated for 5000 lbs. pulls the pup like it isn't even back there, even with the back end of the TV full of miscellaneous camping gear. TV has 203,000 miles on it, I would trust it to go coast to coast.

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    I tow a Forest River Rockwood Premier 2516G (2015 model) with a 2015 Ford Explorer Sport. The Explorer has plenty of power, and just enough tongue capacity to pull this trailer with dual propane and dual batteries in front. It tows like a dream most of the time. I am still considering adding sway control or a weight distribution hitch, or both. But without either I've never felt unsafe or in poor control.

    My brake controller is a Tekonsha Primus IQ.
     
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  16. jnc

    jnc Welcome from New Hampshire

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    I do most of our pulling with the F350. I do use the Explorer for short trips or when I am not bringing the 4 wheeler. The 05 Explorer has the 4.6 v8. With the cab loaded & firewood added to the storage box I trust the Explorer as much as the F350 to get the job done. My only problem towing with the Explorer is keeping the speeds down as she likes to cruise around 75-80 so I end up using the cruise control more often. The F350 towing the pup with a 4 wheeler ing the bed doen't even change my MPG I get 14 with or without.
     
  17. Ladiesman

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    Not a Ford man even though the wife has an Expedition and i
    drive a 2012 Silverado but I have ro agree with you. The excursions are bad ass tow vehicle. Puzzled why Ford doesnt bring them back. Used ones go for good money if you can even find one for sale.
     
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    Halford Well-Known Member

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    Doesn't your Explorer come with trailer sway control? I believe that all 5th Generation Explorers come with it. I just do the correct weight distribution in the popup and would never have trailer sway.
     
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    Some campers were born to sway....
    Ex. My 02 Mesa
     
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    Halford Well-Known Member

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    awwww some campers were made to sway heheheheh
     

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