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Old 07-30-2013, 06:42 PM   #85
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It has an open diff and I can squeal one tire if I drop the clutch and chirp shifting from 1st to 2nd.
Byron, sounds like my AMC Pacer that I once owned, and had fun with. Even though it had the 31spline Ford nodular 9" it wasn't posi. One wheel spin was all it would do...LOL

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Old 10-17-2013, 02:35 PM   #86
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We survived the season! Not sure the number of miles we put in. Pretty much stayed in New England and did short weekend trips. Mixed driving with and without the camper I was getting 13-14 mpg. Without the camper I've seen as high as 17 mpg. The worst I saw was 11.7 mpg and that was through the Berkshires with a full load (including the water tank) and lots of climbing.

Two issues we have that probably mean we won't be towing with this truck all the time. First, there is no A/C and getting stuck in traffic on a hot summer afternoon is brutal. I might be able to custom fit an aftermarket system but that'll sap power and clutter the engine bay. Second, it is kind of loud and smells. I don't mind it but the Mrs isn't pleased. After about 2 hours of driving the drone gets old. So in the next few months I'll be looking to trade in my daily driver for something that won't have any issues towing the camper. If we venture outside New England I think it would be wise to have a newer and safer vehicle. I'll still use the truck for camping close to home though since I like having the bed to put stuff in.





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Great pics Chris!!! Looks like you found some great camping spots. The little truck looks great with the trailer but I am not surprised you have decided to find an alternative tug now that you have given it the real world test! ;-) Just dont expect as many heads to turn with the new tug as I am sure you had with the old one.
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Two issues we have that probably mean we won't be towing with this truck all the time. First, there is no A/C and getting stuck in traffic on a hot summer afternoon is brutal. I might be able to custom fit an aftermarket system but that'll sap power and clutter the engine bay. Second, it is kind of loud and smells. I don't mind it but the Mrs isn't pleased. After about 2 hours of driving the drone gets old. So in the next few months I'll be looking to trade in my daily driver for something that won't have any issues towing the camper. If we venture outside New England I think it would be wise to have a newer and safer vehicle. I'll still use the truck for camping close to home though since I like having the bed to put stuff in.
Those are great pics. Makes me want to hook up the trailer and get out and go camping.

Know all about the drone and lack of AIR. In the old days when Thrush mufflers were a must that sound was just awful.

One of the reason we chose an Infiniti as a TV was the fact it was so quiet and had the comforts when on the road. At 60MPH with trailer in tow there is no engine or drive train noise. Just a little wind and tire noise. It works. BH is happy. What is your current daily driver?
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My daily driver is a Mazdaspeed6. It has the power to tow but I don't think the suspension can handle the tongue weight. It has the same motor as the CX-7 but that was only rated at 1,500 lbs. I'd be a little worried about towing under boost for long periods. The turbo placement and cooling isn't optimal for that sort of thing. I'm kind of holding my breath for a CX-5 twin turbo diesel.
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My daily driver is a Mazdaspeed6.
It has the power to tow but I don't think the suspension can handle the tongue weight.
That is a really nice car especially the "speed" model. That option is rare in Canada. There are a few Mazdaspeed3's around here though. I had an 89 626/5 speed manual.... luved that car.

Generally speaking cars have stout components and most do well as TV's.



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If you decide to go bigger, I'd recommend about a 2005 or 2006 Silverado K2500 with a Duramax diesel. They have plenty of power and get pretty good fuel economy and sell for reasonable amounts used. I was just looking at a few for a possible plow truck. But not this year as I just put a new roof on my house and taxes are due soon. Most are Alison automatics, while I saw one 2x4 with a manual that I bet got great fuel economy. Lots of people claim 24 unloaded and I've heard higher numbers.
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Thanks MC1. Mazda USA doesn't give the same tow ratiings as UK. Not sure if this is the thread to argue about that but I think in general Euro spec cars have stiffer suspensions and can likely handle the weight a little better....but that's just speculation. One fact is that the Mazdaspeed6 owners manual for both UK and USA states towing is not recommended. Kind of odd since the CX-7 shares a lot of the same parts including the 2.3L turbo motor. Mazda USA states the CX-7 can handle 2,000 lbs so unless its a suspension sag issue, I don't see why the MS6 can't do it. I'm out of warranty at this point so it might be worth a try...but I could risk trade in value if something goes wrong and the transmission or drivetrain explodes on me.
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chuyler, some good points that have been discussed to no end on various forums for many years.

Like your findings with the Mazda's our Infiniti has the same drive train as the Infiniti FX35 which has a much higher tow rating.

Suspension sag on the rear is best handled with a WDH. Note with our 23' connected and ready for travel we have not exceeded our axle load specs.

If you are interested in setting up your 6 check out this site. Can-Am RV Centre | Your Towing Experts
They have been setting up cars for towing for over 40 years.
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Another season is here. I'm still using the REPU for a few trips. People love seeing the truck!






However we plan on taking some longer trips this summer and with the dogs coming along I wanted something larger...oh and the Mrs requested A/C for any trips south. I considered the new CX5 but towing capacity was just under what I'd need for our camper. So I got a CX9 instead. It feels big for just two adults, almost too big, but it hauls OK (3,500lb limit) and I have plenty of room for just about anything. I'm getting 22 mpg hwy without the camper and around 12-14 mpg with it...which is the same as the REPU oddly enough.

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Really nice! A comfy way to travel for sure.
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