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Old 10-21-2014, 08:03 PM   #1
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Towing a Winnebago Minnie 2101ds

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I am new to rv world and have a few questions about towing a Winnebago Minnie 2101ds.

1. Is Lexus GX 460 (6500lb towing capacity) strong enough to pull this TT (dry weight 3800#)???

2. Will GX 460 be able to perform well when driving uphills???

I understand I have to consider extra #s for the passengers, water, etc but I just want to make sure I have the right tow vehicle for WM.

I haven't got this TT yet since I want to get this towing issue resolved before I make a purchase.

I would greatly appreciate anyone's experience/suggestions!!!

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Old 10-21-2014, 11:34 PM   #2
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Hi Paul

I can tell you that we have an 1805 Winnebago Minnie trailer, 3500lbs dry, and are towing it with a 4L Toyata Tacoma 6cyl (supposed to tow 6500lbs). I think this is a smaller trailer and smaller truck than you have. Our unit is fine on flat roads at 80kph, but it SUCKS gas like crazy! My gas consumption is twice what it is without the trailer. (25 L/100km vs about 12). I can pull up steep hills, but I have to go to 3000rpm and can't stay at 85kpm. People tell me that if I changed to a more powerful truck, I could pull faster without holding up traffic, but my gas consumption wouldn't be that much better. We like the Taco (quad cab, 4x4 full bed with canopy), so I am loathe to change it.
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Old 10-22-2014, 12:12 PM   #3
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First thing is to answer your question. I don't think you should have any problem pulling the 2101DS with the Lexus providing you have a good weight distribution hitch and sway control.

I pull our 2014 Minnie Winnie 2101DS with a 2014 RAM. It has the 3.6L V6 rated at 305 hp and 269# torque. The transmission is an 8 speed and the rear end is a 3.21. The trailer towing capacity is rated at 4800 pounds.

Now that we have despensed with all of the technical details here is the fun we had with it. In September we made a 2415 mile round trip to St. Augustine Florida. We were gone 10 days. The only problem we had on the whole trip was a leaky end on the white water hose supplying the trailer.

Most of the time we drove around 65 mph and some of the time 70. All of this in the tow/haul mode. On relatively flat hiway the engine ran 2400 to 3000 rpm depending on wind conditions. I found that I did not like using cruise control much because on hills the cruise was determined to keep the speed at set point no matter how fast it had to run the engine. On steep hills I would sometimes allow the speed to back down as far as 55 mph. We got to do a lot of driving in the rain on the trip. No problem.

According to the EVIC (computer) the average pulling the trailer was aroung 13 mpg. I normally get 25 to 27 mpg when not towing.

I really can't say enough good about the Minnie and the RAM combo. We do love that trailer. I wish you the best of luck what ever you decide.

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Forgot to post a photo of the rig.
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Old 10-22-2014, 03:16 PM   #5
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Thank you both Gary and Ken so much for your very descriptive and insightful sharing!!! It helps me a lot!!!

I guess gas would be another big investment eventually. Lol.

About weight distribution hitch...
What brand (or kind) would you recommend???
I was told Husky was good.

A newbie just trying to get as many comments and suggestions about RVing as possible.

Thank you very much!
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Oh btw...

A beautiful combo you have, Ken!!!
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I do use a Husky WDH and Husky Sway Control that I bought from Camping World when it was on sale. It probably is a little over kill since it is rated at 801 - 1200 tongue weight and maximum trailer weight of 12,000 lbs. However, it works great in every way.

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As it turns out the Husky Sway Control is made in China and several other brands are made identical to this one, they just put a different brand on them. Now for the problem which is easily corrected. Somewhere down the line the manufacturer slightly changed the design of the sway control but did not change the instructions for adjustment. In this thread you will see some misinformation but the important information is the last 3 posts on the second page. Click this link.

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Oh btw...

A beautiful combo you have, Ken!!!
Thanks Paula. We are proud of it.
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Old 10-22-2014, 07:41 PM   #10
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Ken!

I can't believe I am actually getting all of this awesome information right on the spot!!!

I truly appreciate your help!!!

I know I still have a lot to learn but it is the most exciting part!!!

This is an awesome forum for sure!!!
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Sorry Ken but one more question.

It looks like you got your WDH and sway control separately...

I found a Husky WDH that comes with sway control...
What do you think about it?
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I bought the WDH and Sway Control as a combo. Do you have a link to the one you looked at? I assume you have a class 3 or better receiver on your Lexus.
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It should do ok, but one of the often overlooked issues is the wind resistance even small tt's create. The frontal area is the same as a much bigger rig. I say that because once you go above 45-50mph or into the hills, the load really goes on the transmission. If the Lexus has a 6, 7, or 8 speed, it will be constantly shifting and creating huge amounts of heat.
If you have more than 50k miles on it, I would have a tranny service done, even if they tell you it's "sealed for life" or some such thing. If you have a manual shift option, use it to lock it in a correct gear for that speed so it's not constantly shifting up and down again. It's much better to keep the engine rpm up in those cases. No issues with keeping it at 3000+rpm.
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Thank you so much for your helpful information and suggestions!!!!!!!

Awesome!!!
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