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Old 12-28-2006, 06:35 AM   #29
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Hi Chester,

Our Casita 17 has not been weighed--we travel light without awning, microwave or large TV, maybe 3000#

Previously towed with a Jeep GC 4.0 L straight 6, 190 hp, 235 torque, AT, Equal-i-zer WDH, Voyager brake controller, factory tow package, 5000# tow rating. The power was adequate.

In 2006 switched to a 2005 Jeep GC with 4.7 L V-8, 235 hp, 290 torque, AT, Equal-i-zer WDH, Prodigy brake controller, factory tow package, 6500# tow rating. Power is very adequate.

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Old 12-28-2006, 10:47 AM   #30
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Our 16ft Scamp is towed by an 83 GMC Jimmy (full size) with a 6.2 liter diesel engine that is turbocharged. Gearing on the Jimmy is 3.73:1 with a 0.7 reduction in overdrive.

Needless to say, this is overkill, and I have considered a newer TV more than once, but this delivers 19 MPG at 60 MPH rarely shifts out of overdrive except on the steepest passes and gets us into remote camping areas where the locals have never seen a trailer before.

We also have a 26ft Avion, but since the kids left home and I retired, the poor Avion sets in the drive and the Scamp gets all the fun.


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Old 12-28-2006, 01:50 PM   #31
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Tow - Honda Pilot rated at 4500 lbs...
From Honda's Pilot Factsheet:
Towing requires installation of power-steering- and transmission-fluid coolers, both available exclusively from your Honda dealer. Maximum towing capacity for 4WD models is 4,500 lbs. for boat trailers and 3,500 lbs. for all other trailers; premium unleaded fuel is recommended when towing above 3,500 lbs. Maximum towing capacity for 2WD models is 3,500 lbs. Refer to the ownerís manual for additional towing information.
So it's 3500 lb, not 4500 lb, but still lots for the Escape! The boat trailer rating is frequently misused by Honda sales staff; I believe the logic is that boats are pointy things with less drag than a travel trailer, so they are not as much strain to tow at sustained highway speeds. The Odyssey (2WD only) was previously reported as having the same 3500/4500 dual rating, but the 2007 sheet for it now says only 3500 lb.

Not a criticism, just a clarification...
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Old 12-28-2006, 02:12 PM   #32
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Wow! I guess it's a good thing that I was conservative in picking my trailer!! Some of the trailers that I was looking at were right around 3500.
(guess I'd better get serious about the trannie cooler too)

Thanks for the info!
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Old 12-28-2006, 02:24 PM   #33
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16' 2003 Casita SD, weighed at 2950 lb, but with some stuff left behind at the site (weighed at a rally) so I assume 3100 lb over the road.

2006 F150 4x4, 5.4L V8, 3.73 rear end, 145" wb tow rating 9,500 lb.

I can easily pack the Honda ATV in the bed (600 lb) and tow the trailer.
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Old 12-28-2006, 06:22 PM   #34
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my minivan:

1995 Chevrolet Lumina APV/Minivan: A 165-horsepower, 3.8-liter V6 connected to a 4-speed overdrive automatic transmission. With that powertrain, towing capacity rose to 3000 pounds.

with the factory tow package.i.e... Tranny cooler...engine oil cooler.... rear air suspension
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Old 12-29-2006, 04:00 PM   #35
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Towing a 2004 16 ft., side dinette, Scamp with toilet and shower, a/c, some food and clothes, very little water. Using a 2006, v6, Pilot, with tow package. Have to hold it back in the flats and never suffered going up some good new england grades. The old post roads (postal service) go straight up and over, never around or side to side. Total altitude is not much, but the grade is as steep as I have seen anywhere on the continent. No problems.

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