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Old 07-21-2011, 10:56 AM   #15
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Theres nothing confusing about the PT Cruisers Tow Capacity its 1000#, 100# on the tongue.

How stuff works made a boo boo.

RV life style was one mans opinion, also a boo boo.

GT Towing got it right.

When all else fails check to owners manual.

That said, I was forced to haul my car trailer that my PT was riding on behind our Tahoe when the Tahoe's fuel pump failed and it had to be towed by AAA.

I unloaded the PT from the trailer while waiting for the tow truck to arrive. Then when they hooked up the Tahoe, I hooked up the PT to the now empty flatbed 1800# car trailer and headed home 130 miles including a 4 mile long 6 percent down grade without trailer brakes.
The PT towed it without a problem, downshifted to 3rd using the engine braking to maintain speed down the grade and the occasional dab of the 4 wheel disc brakes used to keep things in check.

I do NOT recommend towing over the factory tow rating !

Also when checking tow ratings note if there are any footnotes about tongue weight, engines, transmissions, tow packages, cooling systems, gear ratios & frontal area of the trailer.
Be safe and use trailer brakes when towing over 1500#, some states require that, others at 2000#.
Yep, Alberta requires trailer brakes over 2000 lbs.
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Old 07-21-2011, 11:00 AM   #16
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Hi, we are the HHR/Burro combo. The HHR pulls the trailer with ease. Cruised at highway speeds and blue highways. Went from Iowa to Ohio, up to Madison, WI, over to the Black Hills then down to Colorado, without a problem. Our gas mileage went from 29 to 26 mpg! Since then we've just done weekend hops around Colorado and up in the mountains with mileage dropping to 24 going uphill. I'm sorry you's was so bad, but the Burro is more aerodynamic. BTW, right now we are right at the weight cap but are planning to install brakes and hopefully stay frugal with our stuff...hahaha. We can trade off with my Element but the HHR/Burro combo looks too cool.
Yes the HHR towed a Uhaul cargo trailer ( mid sized) no prob. I think it was the aerodynamics of the Ventura we just did an 250 miler this past week end with the Ventura and my pick up and got 18-20 mpg.
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Old 07-21-2011, 11:06 AM   #17
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Hi, we are the HHR/Burro combo. The HHR pulls the trailer with ease. Cruised at highway speeds and blue highways. Went from Iowa to Ohio, up to Madison, WI, over to the Black Hills then down to Colorado, without a problem. Our gas mileage went from 29 to 26 mpg! Since then we've just done weekend hops around Colorado and up in the mountains with mileage dropping to 24 going uphill. I'm sorry you's was so bad, but the Burro is more aerodynamic. BTW, right now we are right at the weight cap but are planning to install brakes and hopefully stay frugal with our stuff...hahaha. We can trade off with my Element but the HHR/Burro combo looks too cool.
Just got back from the Oregon Gathering with my 2001 PT Cruiser pulling my 1985 U-haul. I drove from Bellingham WA to the gathering and then on to northern California. I never had any problems, I stayed at 55 MPH or lower and never pushed it up hill watching the RPMs never going over 3.
I got 20 MPG, I thought that was good. I do have a standard transmission and not afraid to down shift when going down hill so never had over heated breaks. The only thing I did macanicaley was an over hall on the cooling system back in January, cost allot but sure glad I did it.
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Old 07-21-2011, 02:39 PM   #18
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Hi, we are the HHR/Burro combo. The HHR pulls the trailer with ease. Cruised at highway speeds and blue highways. Went from Iowa to Ohio, up to Madison, WI, over to the Black Hills then down to Colorado, without a problem. Our gas mileage went from 29 to 26 mpg! Since then we've just done weekend hops around Colorado and up in the mountains with mileage dropping to 24 going uphill. I'm sorry you's was so bad, but the Burro is more aerodynamic. BTW, right now we are right at the weight cap but are planning to install brakes and hopefully stay frugal with our stuff...hahaha. We can trade off with my Element but the HHR/Burro combo looks too cool.
the hhr with the bigger engine gets better gas mileage than the smaller engine one anyway doesnt it? So it would be working less to move the car etc...maybe thats why theres 2 radically different mileage ratings while towing.....so which of you has the smaller engine?
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Old 07-21-2011, 11:12 PM   #19
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Yes towing a Futura is a tough one. It has a very square front end(about as streamlined as a brick). I found that 95km/h is about right for my Subaru Legacy. Make sure the brakes work as well(if not then City Spring in Edmonton sell the whole brake assemblies, without drums, for $38 a side). I don't go far with it but ya it hurts the mileage bad. Also if you want my old brake assemblies for parts, give me a shout. FREE
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Old 07-22-2011, 03:30 AM   #20
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Hi, we are the HHR/Burro combo. The HHR pulls the trailer with ease. Cruised at highway speeds and blue highways. Went from Iowa to Ohio, up to Madison, WI, over to the Black Hills then down to Colorado, without a problem. Our gas mileage went from 29 to 26 mpg! Since then we've just done weekend hops around Colorado and up in the mountains with mileage dropping to 24 going uphill. I'm sorry you's was so bad, but the Burro is more aerodynamic. BTW, right now we are right at the weight cap but are planning to install brakes and hopefully stay frugal with our stuff...hahaha. We can trade off with my Element but the HHR/Burro combo looks too cool.
Hey, Susi, if it looks so cool, why are there no pictures? Hmm?

And you Ventura owners, I looked at the Ventura link and guess what? No pictures.

Let's get with it people.
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Old 07-22-2011, 07:57 PM   #21
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Aerodynamics have a huge effect. My Scion xD gets about 36 MPG on average without towing. With a bicycle on the roof, that drops to about 31 MPG. I got 32 MPG towing a 4x8 Uhaul trailer that weighed about 1,500 pounds. Believe me, my bicycle weighs a lot less than that!

I got 24 MPG towing the Scamp up to the Poconos rally last weekend.... That was with two bikes on the roof.

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Old 07-23-2011, 06:23 PM   #22
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AndyGee!! We have friends up in Mackenzie that tow a 17' Boler with their mild custom 53 Chev (Chevy Eh) who are looking to sell the trailer and downsize to a 15ft Escaspe which would then be better suited to be towed with their new (to them) HHR.....
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