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Old 02-15-2014, 04:19 PM   #15
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I have a 2003 Chevy S10, extended cab, V6, Automatic with cruse and air conditioning, new tires, and around 54,000 miles.

I towed a Scamp 5r with no problem.

It also has a class III hitch and is wired for an electronic brake.

$7,500 firm

Mineral, Virginia
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Old 02-15-2014, 04:29 PM   #16
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LHH... Did you end up finding an Astro/minivan, or an SUV?
The OP last posted here on April 2012 indicating they had purchased a 2007 17.5 Bigfoot - but no mention of what they are towing it with.
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Old 02-15-2014, 06:40 PM   #17
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I have a 2003 Chevy S10, extended cab, V6, Automatic with cruse and air conditioning, new tires, and around 54,000 miles.

I towed a Scamp 5r with no problem.

It also has a class III hitch and is wired for an electronic brake.

$7,500 firm

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Sounds good. Glad it worked out. My buddy has an S10 of the same vintage and it has served him well.
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Old 11-26-2014, 07:34 PM   #18
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The new Ram with the 3.0 liter ecodiesel did pretty well in many categoreies in this comparison between the 2015 Ford, Chevy, and Ram.
Comparison: 2015 Ford F-150 vs. Ram 1500 vs. Chevrolet Silverado
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Old 11-26-2014, 09:29 PM   #19
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Hello

It occured to me that I will need to get a tow vehicle before a FG camper...daah....(can you tell I was blond before I turned gray?)

I would like something with more cargo room than seats. Good on gas (hopefully) and something that is reliable. A late year used would be better on the wallet. From what I can tell, I will be towing about 2000 (dry). The main priority is safety. I will be doing some mountain driving in Western North Carolina and here in New England.

I was thinking about a van (need to carry some stuff that won't go in the camper) and looked at the Ford Transit Connect. Liked at a lot. Unfortunately, Ford does not recommend towing....too bad.

So...what are you towing with? Would you recommend it? Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

THANK YOU, You Lovely people.
The 2015 Transit connect is all new and designed and rated to tow. If I were to buy new today it would be on top of my list to replace my 2008 Escape. The Escape has years to go yet though. The Transit is rated to comfortably tow my loaded Scamp13D front bath.
If you were considering the old Transit, take another look before you buy.

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Old 11-26-2014, 09:31 PM   #20
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If you looked at the Transit Connect then money must not be that important, so if that's the case maybe a Dodge/Freightliner Sprinter, That would have lot's of room and plenty of power and there are more of them in the used market. Personally I would prefer a Chevy Astro cargo van with the v-6, but you may want more room and they don't build them anymore so it would have to be a used one.
The Transit Connect not the Transit.
The Connect starts at $22,000 and is a compact van
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Old 11-26-2014, 10:18 PM   #21
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Nice vehicle but only 2000 pound tow rating..

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Old 11-27-2014, 02:25 PM   #22
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I just noticed reading my sons Outback manual that you have to reduce the towing rating by half if you tow up a 5% grade for over 5 minutes.
This is a deal killer for the Outback for me.
I tow my 16' Scamp with my 2009 VW Jetta TDI Sportwagen with DSG transmission. In the UK this car is rated to tow 3500 lbs with 5% grade.
Of course the VW US has seen it proper to have no tow rating for any but the Tiguan.
If you install the Westfalia wiring kit it will automatically detect the trailer and turn on the T-ESP stabilization and optomize the car for towing.
The VWs have been rated number 1 in towing many times in the UK for the Golfs and Jetta TDIs mine has done a great job for me.
I also get right at 25 MPG towing at 65 mph on the interstates. No overheating prolems towing in Texas at 104 F last summer.
You should pick a vehicle that has a short distance from the axle to the ball for greatest stability and extenden vans and truck may have a tendency to amplify swaying. My JSW has never had a problem even towing at 65 and ven 70 for short periods. 62 -65 seems to be the sweet spot on the highway and you can hardly tell it is back there most of the time.
There are other issues that may make the TDI less desirable in maintenance cost, but it tows well (at least for a 13 - 16' Scamp).
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Old 11-27-2014, 03:10 PM   #23
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There are other issues that may make the TDI less desirable in maintenance cost, but it tows well (at least for a 13 - 16' Scamp).
JD,

Maintenance was the reason we did not consider a TDI for too long a period. We are use to not having maintenance expenses and keep our vehicles for 10 years. Repair and maintenance costs can quickly eat mileage savings. We begged Honda to sell us a diesel without success.

We hope our new Odyssey will be as reliable as our CRV and previous Hondas.
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Old 11-27-2014, 03:30 PM   #24
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We just bought a 17' Casita so needed a bigger tow vehicle than our old Honda CRV. Not much out there in low mileage vehicles so ended up with a 2012 quad cab Dodge Ram 1500 with the Hemi engine and tow mode feature in the trans. It pulls the Casita real good, also pulls into gas stations good too LOL. I'm happy with it though.
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Old 11-27-2014, 05:39 PM   #25
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Which MPG you're getting towing the Casita with Ram 1500 (and at what speed)? Which engine Ram has?
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Old 11-27-2014, 06:20 PM   #26
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Our Ram has the 5.7 Hemi engine, but there are other options. Pulling the trailer in "tow / haul" mode, which changes shift points and cancels the cylinder cutout function will drop the MPG down to around 12 or 13. That's running at about 65 to 70. Cutting the speed back some increases the MPG slightly. Not towing MPG will be 17 to 18. No doubt this is more engine than I need, but with little time to search for a truck before heading south it was the best I could find. And it does pull the camper real nice !! Both truck and camper were bought less than a month ago.
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Old 11-27-2014, 07:43 PM   #27
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I tow my 16' Scamp with my 2009 VW Jetta TDI Sportwagen with DSG transmission. In the UK this car is rated to tow 3500 lbs with 5% grade.
Of course the VW US has seen it proper to have no tow rating for any but the Tiguan.
On other forums folks are having great success with the VW TDI's as TV's.

At one time it was recommended, and suggested by a towing specialist we could tow our 23 with the Jetta TDI. I think it would be a nice stable platform and the fuel economy would be amazing (25MPG+) towing.

But like Norm said we get very spoiled owning high mileage imports that are very, very reliable. Generally speaking the VW's are not at the same level yet but I do appreciate the rock solid, on the road feel of this vehicles.

TDI...

PS... The Chevy HHR is not that small of a vehicle. Wonder what it's towing potential is??
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[QUOTE=redbarron55;493989
I tow my 16' Scamp with my 2009 VW Jetta TDI Sportwagen with DSG transmission. In the UK this car is rated to tow 3500 lbs with 5% grade.
Of course the VW US has seen it proper to have no tow rating for any but the Tiguan.
[/QUOTE]

Keep in mind that the current models of the Jetta's are made in Mexico these days and are not the same as the ones made in Germany any more!
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