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Old 12-25-2006, 05:45 AM   #15
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I tow my 1973 Compact Jr. with a 2002 Toyota Sienna. Trailer weighs 1400 lbs. Toyota has 3.0 liter, 210 hp, 220 ft/lb torque engine specs and tow rating of 3500 lbs. Used to tow with 1996 Nissan Maxima (2000 lbs rating), but we found that the minivan's interior space is a big help with a 13' trailer. Tom Trostel

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Old 12-25-2006, 12:00 PM   #16
Trailer: 87 Scamp
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87 Scamp 13' 98 Dodge Dakota 2.5L 4 cyl. 5 speed 2000 lb. tow rate.

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Old 12-25-2006, 03:12 PM   #17
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Trailer: Boler (B1700RGH) 1979
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Trailer: 1979 Boler B1700RGH
  • 17' widebody with full bath
  • with electric brakes
  • basically stock except added shock absorbers
  • about 2400 lb empty, 1350 kg (3000 lb) loaded for travel
Tow Vehicle: 2004 Toyota Sienna (, with , , ) with a
  • minivan
  • 3.3L V6 and 5-speed automatic
  • factory tow package
  • basically stock except added air bags in rear suspension
  • Cequent Prodigy brake controller
  • rated towing capacity of about 1600 kg (3500 lb)
  • this model is not available outside of North America so a European tow rating is not available
and since some are supplying other configuration details...
  • Class 2 receiver-type hitch
  • 2" ball
  • weight-carrying configuration (no weight distribution); no sway control devices
My lawn tractor can't handle my trailer
1979 Boler B1700RGH, pulled by 2004 Toyota Sienna LE 2WD
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Old 12-25-2006, 05:52 PM   #18
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Trailer: 2000 Burro 17 ft Widebody towed by Touareg TDI
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Trailer: 2000 Burro 17' (widebody).

Full bath
Electric Brakes
Approx. 3100 lbs ready to go, full freshwater tank
(2900 lbs if I ripped out some of the excess wiring )

Tow Vehicle: 199 Honda Odyssey minivan.

3.5L V6, 4-speed automatic
Two added transm. oil coolers ( )
Oil temp gauge
Factory hitch
Air bags in rear
Prodigy controller
Tow rating 3500 lbs w/two people
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Old 12-25-2006, 05:59 PM   #19
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Trailer: 2002 19 ft Scamp 19 ft 5th Wheel
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I tow our Scamp 5th Wheel which weights 3000 to 3500lbs ready to camp with a Chevy S10 that is the same as your Sonoma. Our S10 is an extended cab with automatic and a 6 cyl 4.3 liter motor.

No problems as it remains under the 3/4 towing unofficial rule.

Look in your owners manual for the towing capabilities of the truck, it spells it out completely.
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Old 12-25-2006, 09:27 PM   #20
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We have a hybrid, Silverado, pickup crew cab with a 5800 pound tow cap and we have 2200 inventory in the truck with our Casita that will weight in at 3200 totally loaded. We added extras such as air shocks, ten ply tires and easy lifts to help, since we are so close to being right on the money.
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Old 12-25-2006, 10:02 PM   #21
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Trailer: Lance 1985~'Casita de Campo' ~23' 4"~Dinette Slide Previously: Scamp 16 ft Side Dinette, Front Bath
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We tow our '05 Scamp Side Dinnette with shower, etc in front, fairly loaded with too much stuff with a '03 Ford Ranger V6 Auto Extended Cab, it had transmission cooler on it, we added 2 sets of over load springs my son had and not using. No problems in towing up hills or mts. or long distances and in over 100 degree weather.
I am not sure of ratings or weights. But it gets the job done, I can go as fast as I would want, have towed at 70 to 75 mph but normal stick to about 60 mph now days to save some mpgs. This summer we had several 16 mpgs a few 18 mpgs and some lower mpg depending on the wind direction and steepness of the hills.
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Old 12-26-2006, 09:23 PM   #22
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I low my 1000lb Love Bug (actual weight on a certified scale) with a Chevy Astro. Astro has 5800 tow capacity. Definitely overkill. My mileage without trailer at 75 mph is 19 mpg. Mileage with Love Bug, 60 mph is 17 mpg.
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Old 12-26-2006, 10:13 PM   #23
Trailer: 13 ft U-Haul
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Our Honda Element has a 1,500 lb towing capacity by USA standards. The Honda CRV, with the same frame, engine and body weight as the Element is also rated at 1,500 lbs in the USA. But that *exact* same CRV is rated at a 3,300 lb towing capacity in Australia.

Needless to say, Honda hasn't really figured out what they true towing capacity is for an Element. Oh... and I'm pulling a 1984 U-Haul 13' camper trailer with an empty weight of 1,250 lbs. For a trailer that's supposed to be near my weight limit, you can't even tell it's back there most of the time.
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Old 12-27-2006, 08:58 AM   #24
Trailer: 1985 Scamp 16 ft
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FWIW, there's the numbers:
-- My Subaru Forester (2004 XS model, manual transmission) has a 2,400 lb tow rating (US)
-- My 1985 Scamp 16 (with brakes) weighs 1800-1850 lbs loaded for the road, with an additional 200 lbs on the tongue
-- That makes a 2,000 lb trailer, right?
-- My one-ton trailer is 80% of my tow rating.

As I've written previously, the rig tows beautifully, with adequate power. After the first 4,000-mile sumer, I had the synthetic engine oil analyzed and no indications of abnormal wear were found.

I wouldn't want to tow anyone else's 16-footer with anyone else's Forester, but my combination works fine!
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Old 12-27-2006, 04:13 PM   #25
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Trailer: 1979 13 ft Boler, 1987 & 1988 Bigfoot 5th Wheel
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1979 Boler 1300 with frig, heater, and lots of junk with a 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.2 rated to tow 6500 lbs.
1979 Boler B1300 | 1987 Bigfoot 5th Wheel | 1988 Bigfoot 5th Wheel | We officially have a collection!
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Old 12-27-2006, 06:22 PM   #26
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Trailer: Escape 17 ft 2006 / 2005 Honda Pilot
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Escape - probably around 2400 lbs with my gear
Tow - Honda Pilot rated at 4500 lbs

Mileage: highway (w/out egg) 22 mpg; w/egg: 17mpg; over the Rockies w/egg: 13.5mpg
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Old 12-27-2006, 09:26 PM   #27
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Tow vehicle is a GMC Sierra ext cab with a little 4.8 V8 ....about 280 hp, and torque about 290 lbs. ft...tow capacity 5000 lbs. as-is......tows either my 17' or 13' Boler...truck works a bit on flat land into any headwind and won`t tow in OD with the 17' ......tows the 13' on small hills with no problem, but really can`t hold speeds in the mountains unless I gear down and run high RPM.....somewhere around 4500-5000......needs more motor in the Rockies......would have to really work hard with the 17'......average mileage on long trips with the 13' is about 20 mpg Imp. or about 16mpg US....empty about 27 mpg Imp or 21 or so US....weight of the 13' is about 1450 lbs....a cap/topper on the truck would probably make a difference for the better.....Benny
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Old 12-27-2006, 11:53 PM   #28
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We sold our crown victoria, which was a pretty good tow vehicle, although not geared well for a trailer, for a Nissan Pathfinder.

We're towing a 13' 1972 Boler, which weighs in aout 1750 pounds loaded. The Nissan has a 3500 lb rating.

Oddly. the Nissan, being a bigger vehicle, one would expect mileage not too good. Our last trip to Utah and its rather high alitude, we were averaging about 20mpg -- 3 or 4 more mpg than we got with the crown vic. The transmission in the Nissan makes towing easy, as there's no quick shifts like the vic had.

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