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 have the same MH that you do, and yes it is fairly heavy.
And I also have a Patriot toad on a dolly, guess we think alike.
Although the Jeep is brand new and haven't towed it yet, I have towed a
Hyundai Santa Fe several thousand miles between Tucson and Seattle,
and it weighs more than the Jeep.
Have never had problems towing uphill or down,
yes sometimes on long mountain climbs you will be slowing down, a lot.
Mine is the first year V-10, only 275HP, yours is more.
I try to keep the revs around 3800 and sometimes that will be in 2nd gear,
but you will make it to the top with no problems, just take your time.
And when you get to the top, push the button on the end of the shift lever
and take it out of overdrive.
Don't let your speed build up going down the other side and you won't have any problems.
And I agree with the others, only 3000 RPM on hills isn't doing your engine any favors.
Not sure where you found 12% grades, that sounds awfully steep.
If you don't already have a dolly, consider the ACME EZE-TOW, that's what I
have and it is great, and it only weighs 400 lbs, which will help if you are
worried about weight.
I have 54000 on mine and no sign of burned transmissin fluid.