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Old 10-14-2019, 08:34 AM   #1
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Towing with Ford v-10 gas engine

thinking about buying a Thor Outlaw and wondering if the Ford v-10 is sufficient for pulling a tow vehicle (GMC CANYON)
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Old 10-14-2019, 08:55 AM   #2
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I had a 2000 Rexhall Aerbus with the V-10 and towed a Chevy Suburban 1500 4wd. No problems.
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Have pulled a fiat thousands of miles past few years cant tell much of a difference with it or without it when driving
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Old 10-14-2019, 09:35 AM   #4
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I towed a Jeep Renagade with my 2000 e450 class C, V10 and now tow with my 2017 Thor Axis with the V10.

Both towed great, the newer V10 and 6 speed transmission maintain speed better in the big hills.
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Old 10-14-2019, 09:36 AM   #5
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thinking about buying a Thor Outlaw and wondering if the Ford v-10 is sufficient for pulling a tow vehicle (GMC CANYON)
It is. Note the many people on the road pulling toads with the V-10. We pull a Ford Explorer that weighs 4970 pounds, loaded. I won't say "I don't notice it's there", as people are wont to say, but it works fine.
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Yea pull out wrangler with a v10 no issues.
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Old 10-14-2019, 10:43 AM   #7
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Agree

Agreed that the F53 chassis and the V10 Triton are up to the towing task. We towed our 2011 Honda CRV 4WD from Canada to Mexico and back through the USA mountains and passes. No problems whatsoever.

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The V10 isn't the issue, neither is the transmission. If you are looking at the class A on the F53 chassis it can pull 30,000lbs up any grade you want to climb. It won't be quiet but it can do that all day every day.

However, what is the rest of the coach going to weigh? You get 30,000lbs GCVWR at most on the F53 chassis and historically the max towing is 5,000 of that 30k. If your toad is 5k and the coach is 22,000 empty then you get 3,000 lbs for people, water, propane, etc. If you have enough people or stuff (if you are getting a toy hauler i assume you also have toys) then you may fill the full 26K GVWR the chassis is rated to hold. If you are at 26K on the chassis then you only get 4k for the toad.

If you are looking at the class C then many of those values are lower.

Bottom line we cannot answer the question without more details about which model and what else you plan to put into it.

I had 12K miles on our Toy Hauler Newmar Canyon Star 3921 and it did everything we ever asked it to do (limited to East Coast) before we sold it. We sold it because we were limited to the 4k toad and as the family and dogs and stuff grew we just didn't fit within the weight limit.

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I tow my Chevy Colorado 4X4 behind my V-10-powered BayStar. It weighs 4900# and I don't even know it's back there. 6.5 to 7.4 mpg going 65 mph. I do have to sacrifice carrying capacity to stay below the GVWR of 26,000#.
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The V10 isn't the issue, neither is the transmission. If you are looking at the class A on the F53 chassis it can pull 30,000lbs up any grade you want to climb. It won't be quiet but it can do that all day every day.



However, what is the rest of the coach going to weigh? You get 30,000lbs GCVWR at most on the F53 chassis and historically the max towing is 5,000 of that 30k. If your toad is 5k and the coach is 22,000 empty then you get 3,000 lbs for people, water, propane, etc. If you have enough people or stuff (if you are getting a toy hauler i assume you also have toys) then you may fill the full 26K GVWR the chassis is rated to hold. If you are at 26K on the chassis then you only get 4k for the toad.



If you are looking at the class C then many of those values are lower.



Bottom line we cannot answer the question without more details about which model and what else you plan to put into it.



I had 12K miles on our Toy Hauler Newmar Canyon Star 3921 and it did everything we ever asked it to do (limited to East Coast) before we sold it. We sold it because we were limited to the 4k toad and as the family and dogs and stuff grew we just didn't fit within the weight limit.



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This post is very important and the key to whether it will tow your Canyon. This is often misunderstood or many people donít realize how to examine the weight limitations. As stated, if you fall within the correct weight limitations, it will tow you truck. I am towing a Colorado with my Workhorse chassis Newmar.
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thinking about buying a Thor Outlaw and wondering if the Ford v-10 is sufficient for pulling a tow vehicle (GMC CANYON)
If your garage area is empty, yes. If not empty, maybe not. Youíll want some real data to be sure. Find the actual weight of the unit you are buying. The dealer should have that info. Then add the weights of every thing you plan to put in it, averages on some items may be the best you get. People, clothes, food/beer/etc, fresh water, tools, toys, and so on. If your total calculated weight plus the weight of the truck exceeds the GCVWR, you may have your answer.
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Just returned from TN, on rt 81, 2018 34PA towing a Jeep Cherokee, Had zero issues. Went up mountains 60-65 mph . Just watch you don't get stuck behind a slow vehicle half way up and lose your rpms.
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Towing v10

I highly recommend scale weight on all 4 corners, front, rear and total with fuel and water tanks full. This will give you an idea of payload and where to place weight. Most people don't weigh all 4 corners and have no idea how well the coach is balanced. After weighing and assuming you are not exceeding rated axle capacities, tire load ratings and gvwr, then and only then can should you consider the gcwr rating when selecting a toad.
Yes, the Triton V10 will tow fine. The weak link is the transmission, and the fact you will need to stop for fuel frequently. Towing, expect as low as 5mpg and at best, on a good day with a downhill tailwind maybe 7mpg. At least that's been my experience anyways. We now own a 36' diesel pusher Cummins 8.3 ISC and get close to 9.5mpg flat towing without listening to that Triton screaming at 4500 rpm pulling hills. (or even a headwind for that matter)
The good news is that F53 chassis is probably the best gas chassis on the market.
Do your homework and be happy towing safely, knowing you're not exceeding the limits of the chassis.
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