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Old 03-28-2016, 11:09 AM   #15
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I have a 2001 Mirada 30ft with a Ford V10. No problems. I flat tow a Honda Civic or dolly tow Toyota Camry. I just bought an older (2003) Saturn Vue to flat tow and don't anticipate any problems. The Vue is probably about the same weight as the Camry.

The newer V10s have about 50 more HP than I have, so you shouldn't have any problems.

I drive the MH like a truck, I take my time going up the hills, On steep grades, I'll just downshift to force a lower gear and fall in line with the 18 wheelers, 4 way flashers turned on. I come down the other side the same way, downshifted and let the engine do the braking. Never go down a hill any faster than you went up. Towed up I-70 and through the Eisenhower tunnel (11,200 ft elevation) several a times,

As others mentioned, take a look at gross towing weight, and look carefully at the hitch, not just the ratings, but climb under there, look at bolts, welds, etc. On mine, I found both mount plates on both sides had cracks. I suspect the previous owner had overloaded the tongue weight and this cause d the cracks.

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It won't do MACH 2, but I can get a sandwich and take a pee.
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Old 03-28-2016, 11:30 AM   #16
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That jeep is gonna tow just fine. Personally, I'd go with the Chev 8.1 V-8 over the 6.8 Ford V-10. I'm thinking those 8 big jugs in the 8.1 are gonna develop a lot more low end torque than the 10 little jugs in the 6.8. Torque is what pulls.

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If I recall the newer V10 has 457lbs. of torque and the 8.1 Chevy had about 420-30 or so. Also, at the OP's price point and looking at 30 feet he'll be able to get a newer motor home that will only be available with the V10. The Workhorse Chevy platform hasn't been made now for 8 or 9 years at least.
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Old 03-31-2016, 03:11 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by Ludmilla View Post
You need to be careful about the GVWR. A 4 door wrangler is over 4000 pounds. You may have a 5000 pound hitch but once you take the weight of your loaded RV and add the weight of the Jeep, you may well be over the GVWR.
That's GCWR Gross Combined Weight Rating. That's the number you want to look at. The Loaded weight of the coach and the toad combined. You will need an aux brake system for the Jeep also.


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