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Old 07-13-2009, 05:28 PM   #1
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Anyone pulling a heavy Toad?

As I have mentioned previously we normally tow a 2,500 pound Scion xB behind our 1984 310 Limited. We use a Blue-Ox tow bar and the Unified tow brake from US gear.

I recently had the hitch on the MH upgraded to 10,000 pound rating. I would sometimes like to tow our 5,600 pound Yukon XL. It would be equipped with a Unified tow brake.

Does anyone have experience with a toad or trailer in this weight range?
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Old 07-14-2009, 05:01 AM   #2
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Guy,

We typically pull a 14' flatbed trailer with a truck style toolbox loaded with race gear and misc parts on the front of the trailer and Susan's race car right behind it. I figure our load is somewhere in the 3500 lb range. Only LONG grades slow us down. I'll be interested in hearing the results of this thread to find out if anyone is towing something in the range you're asking about.

Oh yeah, I installed a brake controller to allow the trailer brakes to offset the trailer weight.

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Old 07-14-2009, 09:35 AM   #3
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Guy,

We typically pull a 14' flatbed trailer with a truck style toolbox loaded with race gear and misc parts on the front of the trailer and Susan's race car right behind it. I figure our load is somewhere in the 3500 lb range. Only LONG grades slow us down. I'll be interested in hearing the results of this thread to find out if anyone is towing something in the range you're asking about.

Oh yeah, I installed a brake controller to allow the trailer brakes to offset the trailer weight.

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Brad,

Thanks for the information. I'm pretty sure stopping won't be a problem with the tow brake. I'm concerned about overheating on long grades (we live in the mountains and will need to climb regardless of which direction we head).

I also wonder whether the Yukon will tend to push the rear of the motorhome around on curves, etc.

I could put a base plate and brake system on the Yukon and try it out. But that'd be a pretty expensive experiment if it didn't work out.

Thus I'm hoping someone here has experience with a similar load and can shed some light on the topic.

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Old 07-14-2009, 12:13 PM   #4
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Old 07-14-2009, 02:39 PM   #5
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Remember you driving a very large truck.

Oh wow! I don't think I would EVER be brave enough to back our 310 down to the waters edge like that!

Thanks for sharing!

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Old 07-14-2009, 02:40 PM   #6
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Klattu,

Thanks for the photos. Approximately what does the convertible weight?

Have you done any climbing with these loads?
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Old 07-14-2009, 02:53 PM   #7
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hey, the rv in the lake worked for chevy chase!

i'll guess 4800 on the caddy.
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Old 07-14-2009, 04:37 PM   #8
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Wet or Dry ?

4800, 4801 what ever it takes.
Sounds close enough to me.
I think the Ford Explorer was heavier, not sure.

Took the Caddy to Cherokee, NC via the Occoee <sp
Of course this area is all flat and open terrain.

Either I became comfortable with the Caddy very quick, or it did not make alot of difference.
I know it must have, but I was OK with it back there.
No brakes on the dolly, but I would like some.

Each time I launch a boat, when I put it in park, my mind goes to the little pawl that engauges on the gear teeth and holds it in place, such a small part holding such a large mass.
I pull extra hard on the parking brake and wish fore one more brake before I get out.
One thing I imagine...
If its running, and my dog jumped ito the drivers seat, and bumped the shift lever...
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Old 07-15-2009, 12:49 AM   #9
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I looked up a 2000 Explorer - 4100 pounds.

I think your MH has a GVW of 16,500 pounds, mine is 14,500 (no tag axle)

I guess that I could view that as indicating that my engine/transmission have to pull 2,000 fewer pounds of motorhome so they have extra capacity ...

Maybe I could rent a tow dolly with brakes and try pulling the Yukon/XL up some hills...
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Old 07-16-2009, 11:23 AM   #10
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We pull a 95 Geo Tracker, and treat it like a storage unit when enroute to where ever...since we're 9 months a year, we are overloaded to begin with...the only concerns we have are frequent brake repairs, top speed of 20 mph when going up steep highways, and a tranny that jumps to 2nd gear at about 3300 rpm when going down steep grades...but, life is still gooder...m
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