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Old 12-23-2010, 10:23 PM   #15
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We are buying a 17' Casita-2500 lbs. We want to pull it with a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo with towing capacity of 4500 lbs. We are getting a class 3 trailer hitch with brake wiring installed.The engine is a 3.2L V6 with a 4 speed overdrive transmission with an engine rated at 205 hp. It also has winter start and power transmission mode. Will we be able to tow this trailer comfortably, especially up mountains?
Going up the steepest grades, you may want to shift to 2nd gear and keep the speed down to 30 or 40 mph. But yes, it should get you over the hills.

I would recommend asking an Isuzu dealer whether an auxiliary transmission cooler is recommended. this is cheap insurance against a ruined tranny.

One other thing to keep in mind: once you get the trailer loaded about the way you would want it, check the tongue weight. The 17' Casita Deluxe can be pretty front heavy. With propane and all, I think I've seen numbers around 500 lbs or more, which may make a weight distributing hitch desirable (perhaps necessary).
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Old 12-23-2010, 11:41 PM   #16
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One other thing to keep in mind: once you get the trailer loaded about the way you would want it, check the tongue weight. The 17' Casita Deluxe can be pretty front heavy. With propane and all, I think I've seen numbers around 500 lbs or more, which may make a weight distributing hitch desirable (perhaps necessary).
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I agree with Michael. The lightest 17' Casita Tongue weight I ever measured in the linked spreadsheet was 300 pounds and the heaviest Tongue weight was 660 pounds, with the average falling at approximately 440 pounds. However, I believe you'll be OK with a towing capacity of 4500 pounds which indicates to me a tongue capacity of 450 pounds.
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Tongue weight depends on proper packing of trailer for weight distribution tongue should rang 10% to 15% of total trailer and load weight. 2500 trailer + 500 cargo 3000 so 300 to 450 lbs range for best ride.
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Thanks, Frederick. I find it quite reassuring to have the real-world numbers available from a reliable source.
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Old 12-25-2010, 06:11 AM   #19
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That's really a good choice. I am doing that everytime I have car to tow.
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Old 02-07-2011, 08:48 PM   #20
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It seems many folk are concerned about towing in the mountains, We tow a 17' Casita with an 05 Odyssey which has a 3500 weight limit. Our annual trip in Apr - June took us from Fl. to about the most southern route there is to Joshua Tree and then to the mountains of Northern Az. Utah, SW Co. NM through the Ozarks then home and I'm talking the scenic routes not Interstates. What we found was that there are so many tourists on the road on both bikes and auto's that are also going through the mountains that your speed get cut from the normal speed limit to 15-25 mph so its really a moot point. If your using interstates than it may be a different story, even then we travel at a max speed of 62 mph. The 3.5 V-6 had all the power needed. If the objective is to get there as fast as possible you not only miss the scenery but your gas mileage suffers terribly. Our eastern trips which we do to make the rounds of our kids take us through the mountains of NC, Va, Pa, NY and New England. we are enjoying the journey
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Old 02-19-2011, 12:20 AM   #21
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Is anyone towing with any of these vehicles.....we are looking to replace our voyager this year and maybe get something that pulls a bit easier so any comments are welcome......so....happy with your choice or no?
Ford Flex
Ford freestyle
Kia sorento
Kia sedona

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I know this thread is a few months old, but if you're still trying to decide on a tow vehicle:
I've towed my Trillium 4500 all up and down the West coast behind my 4-cylinder 1997 Kia Sportage, and have no complaints whatsoever.It may be just me and the Bigrigs in the slow lane over the mountains,but that little rig has never failed to get me there.
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Electric trailer brakes are an absolute necessity with these smaller vehicles-
none of them will safely,repeatedly stop anything over 500 pounds.
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Do not know Trillium weight but our 1700 boler is fine behind the 2010 4 Cyl Corolla. We live in Owen Sound on the top of the Niagara escarpment. Our car has tow package though from dealer with full tow package ordered at time of new car purchase.

-progressive transaxle cooler "recommended"
-hitch
-Proportional braking system and 7 pin wiring harness from dealer "required was told for our trailer." (agree: Francesca Kowles electric trailer brakes a must)

extras include:
-B&M 10226 Stage 1 RV heavy duty Shift improver Kit
Just a little extra
-Custom made Class III receiver with weight distribution hitch
CanAmRv too upgrade hitch from dealer for weight distribution unit.
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-boler manual recommends a weight distribution hitch
WD systems require 2" receiver for that so upgraded to Class III. The boler is about 2500 lbs. Empty tongue is just over 200 lbs and class 1 limit is 200 lbs. Hitch upgrade gives us lots of room.
-Tansaxle cooler was told needed by all (dealer, rv lots, and all in the know) Was told "it is about the air we push not weight when trailer is under 4000 lbs."

In the end we all have to drive safe.
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Trillium 4500 curb weight is given by Mfr. as 1400 lbs.By the time we leave town with grandkids, my husband estimates total weight at "around eleventy-bazillion lbs.", which I admit slightly exceeds Kia's recommended 2000 lb tow limit!
Our most important consideration has been tongue weight, which we keep at around 150 lbs. Any lighter increases "tail wagging", which can already be a problem given the short wheelbase of the tow vehicle.
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4500 Wow 15' and 1400 lbs is impressive.
We used the draw bar below with sway bar with our old setup it helped?
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