Originally Posted by fastzorro222
I have a 2001 38' Mountain High "Resedency" with a tag axle & 2 slide's. The motor has only 13K miles and was well taken care of (got the MH 6 months ago). This is a big boy and I want to tow a 2011 jeep Patriot (3100lbs) on a dolly (2 wheels down).
My question is since this is a big & heavy MH, is it ok to tow an the extra weight? I'm concerned in taxing the engin too much. Going over the big hill coming from Oxnard Ca. I keep it below 3000 RPM (I go only 35 MPH but I figure it's worth it to keep it from getting worn out too fast). You see, my baby has to last me for the next 6 years and I really want to conserve as much as I can. So, do you think the Triton has what it takes to hold up to 6 and 12 % grades while towing the car?
I probably have the same coach as you except it's a 2000 model 3790. Our coach loaded for travel with 2 bodies weighs in at 21,230lbs. We tow a 2003 Suzuki XL7 4-down weighing approx 3,600lbs.
It's now 12 years old with 74k miles and we've traveled a lot in mountainous terrain out west. I can assure you the engine is definitely up to the task.
As far as rpm's the SOHC v10 can handle the higher rev's. On some steep grades I've had it in 1st gear with engine spooling up to 4,000+ rpms no problem whatsoever.
I would recommend using Mobil 1 full synthetic oil which is a great lubricant for heavy duty use.
Personally, I would avoid any 12%grades as we navigated a 10% grade several years ago when we were towing our 90 Aerostar van and I'll admit it was touch and go up that one, but we made it over the crest.
Won't do it again though
We bought our Residency new and it's been very dependable and virtually trouble free with a great floor plan.
Best of luck and travel safe