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Old 04-13-2015, 09:45 AM   #1
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We are new to this forum. TW and I have recently decided to forego the idea of purchasing a new DP, sell our existing Class A, and go for the MB Grand Tour. I realize it's a big change in size, but we're both tired of driving a house on wheels, and the constant repairs needed after every adventure. We'll do the hotel/motel stops when needed. My question is what are some of the toads used by members here that have the MB Interstate and/or Grand Tour? We have an enclosed trailer with a Harley Trike we pull on occasion, and a Jeep Wrangler Sport at other times? Any issues experienced while towing with the Interstate? Thanks in advance for the feedback.
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Old 04-13-2015, 09:55 AM   #2
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Don't know anything about it, and I've never done it, but I did talk with an Airstream salesman a couple of weeks ago who told me the towing limit on the larger Interstate was 3,000lbs.

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Old 04-13-2015, 10:22 AM   #3
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We had a 38' Class A and towed a Jeep 2 Door Wrangler, close to 4,000 pounds. The coach knew it was there. We did 7,000 miles last summer and early fall, sold the whole set up and went back to a 30' AS and F350 Diesel, MUCH more fun. I don't think an AS Interstate is appropriate to tow a Jeep. A HD Trike weighs in at just about 1,100 pounds (we had two in the past) and an enclosed trailer about 1,500# so you are probably at about 2,600# or so, close to where SteveH has reported the 3,000# limit is, which makes sense. I have seen Jeeps towed as well as cars like a honda CRV and a Saturn both of which are lighter.

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The original poster asked about a tow vehicle with a Grand Tour. The towing capacity of all extended Sprinters is 5000 lbs, but really that depends on other factors such as how you're loading the van. Our resident expert, Protag, tows his Honda Fit behind his Interstate, 4 wheels down, and I would say that is about the ideal limit, especially since he also uses it as a cargo trailer. Probably about 3500 lbs.
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The original poster asked about a tow vehicle with a Grand Tour. The towing capacity of all extended Sprinters is 5000 lbs, but really that depends on other factors such as how you're loading the van. Our resident expert, Protag, tows his Honda Fit behind his Interstate, 4 wheels down, and I would say that is about the ideal limit, especially since he also uses it as a cargo trailer. Probably about 3500 lbs.
Exactly so. Curb weight 2700 pounds, gross weight 3500 pounds. The last Honda Fit model that was considered towable by Motorhome Magazine's annual "Dinghy Towing Guide" was the 2013 model. By the way, the Dinghy Towing Guide is a decent resource, but you have to get the guide for the model year of the toad; for an older toad you should be able to find PDF versions of past years' guides for download.

The drop in fuel economy for towing my Honda is about 1mpg versus not towing. Since the car is entirely inside the wind-shadow of the van, it doesn't add any wind resistance at all, so the only effect on fuel economy is the added weight.

As for towing trailers rather than toads, at the Canopener 2015 rally, Foley RV brought an Airstream trailer over to the rally towed by an Interstate— an Airstream towing an Airstream! But you will want to stick to trailers that are small enough to not require weight-distributing hitches. Departure angle on an Interstate is lower than a pickup, and you don't want a WD hitch to drag the ground every time you come to any sort of incline.

A box trailer, unless it's 6½ feet wide or less, will be wider than the van and will add wind resistance— as well as requiring mirror extensions.

If you want to tow your toad and a box trailer at different times without requiring you to swap out a towbar for a trailer hitch and vice versa, go with a Roadmaster Stowmaster towbar; the entire towbar is on the front of the car, and it folds up to ride in front of the car's front bumper.(Roadmaster Inc. - Tow Bars, Braking Systems & RV Accessories)
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We've decided to tow our smart car aboard a 6810H Aluma utility trailer equipped with rock guard, electric brakes (w/primus controller), 6 2,000 lb recessed tie downs, spare tire mount w/spare, rear supports and bi-fold ramp. 600lb trailer and 1808lb Smart. Able to back it up, easy onload (tie down with tire straps), plus it fits in our current storage space with the AI. Plan to put a type I hitch on the Smart so after arrival we can tow the trailer with our 9.6 Zodiac (inflated), electric outboard motor, battery, oars, etc. All this begins next month after the trailer arrives from the factory. Smart is tapping its tires in anticipation!
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Since you mentioned spare tire, don't forget a lug nut wrench and jack for the trailer.
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