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Old 06-08-2015, 05:36 PM   #29
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We just got back from a 2,500 mile trip successfully towing our Bambi Sport 16 with a Honda Pilot -- which is sort of an SUV (more like a cross-over).
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Old 06-08-2015, 05:41 PM   #30
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We just got back from a 2,500 mile trip successfully towing our Bambi Sport 16 with a Honda Pilot -- which is sort of an SUV (more like a cross-over).

Is this a full time set up? or just for vacation trips?
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Old 06-08-2015, 05:45 PM   #31
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The new diesel engines deliver superb mileage, whether you're towing or not. Up here in Canada they are getting really popular these days.

By "new diesel engines" do you mean 2016? or like the last 5 years?
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Old 06-08-2015, 05:45 PM   #32
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No problems? uphill? enough power?

what is your exact yr/model/trim etc on those Jeeps!

The Jeep pulling the Globetrotter is a 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Larado with a Mercedes based 3 L Diesel. It gets 17 mpg towing and about 28 not towing. There are no service issues in Canada but it is difficult to obtain service in the US. The Jeep pulling the 30' Signature is a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland with a VM Motori 3 L Diesel with 440 lbs ft of torque. I have been getting 14.7 mpg towing and about 28 not towing. I have had 1 cat related performance issue in 80,000k and it was handled under warranty. The new Jeep is a noticeable generational improvement over the 2008 Jeep. I have experienced no negative towing issues with either Jeep. Jim


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Old 06-08-2015, 05:55 PM   #33
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We have a 1996 Chevrolet Suburban 1500. It gets approximately 17.5 mpg (hwy) while not towing and 11.5 with the AS. We are happy with that arrangement so far.
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Old 06-08-2015, 05:57 PM   #34
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Is this a full time set up? or just for vacation trips?
It is for long weekends and a couple of long trips a year to see our Son in Florida. For the two of us it would be difficult to full-time with a '16 -- planning on a 25 FC in a couple of years when I retire.
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We towed our 23d for about 27k with a Toyota Tundra, no problems, did everything well. Got tire of pickups after 40 years, and bought. A diesel Toureg. It does everything better. I get 18 towing and 30 around town and drives and parks like a car
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We towed our 23d for about 27k with a Toyota Tundra, no problems, did everything well. Got tire of pickups after 40 years, and bought. A diesel Toureg. It does everything better. I get 18 towing and 30 around town and drives and parks like a car
Thanks for the input! I am not even familiar with the Toureg at all, so I will definitely look into that now that I see it is an SUV! What year is yours? and did you have to do any modifications?
Also, do you have a picture of your setup?
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By "new diesel engines" do you mean 2016? or like the last 5 years?
Diesel engines have always been fuel efficient. Not much fun to drive, historically, but that has changed in the last ten years.
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Old 06-10-2015, 08:11 AM   #38
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I'm happily towing with a V6 gasser SUV (Traverse). My only caution is that if you're planning to tow anywhere close to your max towing capacity you really should get expert advice, which unfortunately is hard to find.

Here's my story...
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f238...rse-91344.html
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Old 06-10-2015, 11:27 AM   #39
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Hi JenandJes,

My search for a tow vehicle led me to a Nisan Armada. Perfect for me on the weekends when not towing and powerful enough to tow my 25' Signature International. I average 13.5 mpg when not towing & 9.5 mpg when I am. The 9.5 mpg is with steep grades. =)
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Old 06-10-2015, 01:53 PM   #40
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Jenandjes,
We have been satisfied with the Infiniti QX80 towing our 25 and now 27 foot EB unit. Gas mileage is not the best (averaging about 12 in tow) but it otherwise meets our needs and is a very comfortable daily driver. Best, Joe

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Old 07-25-2015, 02:28 PM   #41
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Dodge Durango works

We tow our new International 28 with a 2014 Dodge Durango RT with V8 Hemi (360 HP) and 8-speed automatic tranny and Blue Ox WD hitch. This is the same drivetrain as in Jeep Grand Cherokee, but the Durango has a 5” longer wheelbase. We have 4K miles on this combo with our most recent trip through these states: OR, WA, ID, MT, UT, AZ, CA, and NV and it has performed marvelously. We carefully weighed everything ahead to make sure we were within vehicle limits. The WD hitch is essential.

We typically set the adaptive cruise control at 64 mph and feel comfortable and in control. My wife has 800 miles in the driver seat, most of which with her driving alone (while my daughter and I were on support motorcycles. ;-)) The engine is very strong and we can maintain 60+ mph up the 6% grades. The tranny is awesome as there are so many gears to choose from.

Mileage ranged between 11.5 and 15 mpg (peaked once with a tail wind) – usually around 12 mpg. On the longer downgrades we’d use engine speed (with paddle shifters) and touch the Prodigy trailer brake controller every once in a while to keep speed in the 55-60 mph range or less depending on conditions, curves and length of the hill.

Once we did have high side winds in Battle Mtn, Nevada that slowed us down to 50-55 mph for about 10 miles. We googled the local airfield which reported occasional sustained wind to 30 with gusts to 40. Well, duh, other cars and trucks were feeling it too.

The Durango replaced a Kia Sportage (never used for towing) and is an everyday driver for my wife, who didn’t want to be driving something as large as a truck or Suburban all the time (we have a suburban too and she considers it too big for her daily driver). She claims the Durango feels more like her old Sportage, than the Suburban, and it spends 80% of its miles around town not towing anything.

While towing our 28, the Durango was smooth and comfy, and maneuverability in campgrounds, parking lots and gas stations is unbeatable. Sure, a big F350 longbed would be more stable, but my wife would hate it 100% of the time in town and we would not like it in the tight spots while trailering, nor while local exploring unhitched.

So this is all about trade-offs. This combo works for us. Get what works for you. Gary
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I love seeing all these SUVs. Nice to show it can be done and has real upsides!
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