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Old 12-18-2015, 07:36 AM   #1
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3500 vs 5000 lb dinghy on a gasser

If you have a GAS mh and have towed something around 3000-3500 lbs and also have towed close to 5000 lbs: How much more sluggish is it towing the 5000 lb dinghy?

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Old 12-18-2015, 08:46 AM   #2
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Hi Snowman9000, I can't really answer your question in an objective way. It might be worth running the numbers to see what the percentage of weight the two toads would be. For example, on my last rig (older Pace Arrow) my Jeep was something around 25%. With my current rig, it is roughly 10%. In my experience, that corresponds to a pretty noticeable difference.

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Old 12-18-2015, 09:33 AM   #3
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We towed one of each back when we owned a gas coach, and did not notice any difference.
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Old 12-18-2015, 05:55 PM   #4
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We towed a motorcycle on a trailer - about 1500lbs combined and didn't notice the weight behind us. I pretty much went as fast as I wanted and passed other vehicles easily. Then we started towing our Captiva - about 3700lbs and realized right away that passing was no longer going to be easy. We still go as fast as we want, it just takes longer to get up to speed. We rarely are able to pass other vehicles now unless we are on a divided highway. We're very happy with the Captiva, but also very happy we didn't get a heavier toad!
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Old 12-18-2015, 08:56 PM   #5
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Not enough to worry about, I would be more concerned with the toads weight vs what the RV is rated for

I only pulled a wrangler unlimited behind the bounder or nothing. Highly doubt pulling 1,500-2,000 lbs less weight back there would do much... I would think it would be noticeable to some but not everyone.

Still going to be slow

the nature of the beast!
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Old 12-19-2015, 08:43 AM   #6
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I towed my wife 2011 jetta sport wagon TDI on a tow dolly this summer about 3500 miles and could tell it was there. I have a ford V-10 with the 5 star tune on the 20500 lbs chassis and got 6-6.3 mpg. On flat land it was easy I only really felt it on the mountains or long climbs. Anyone that says you won't feel it wrong, think about it if you have a 20-25K chassis and you add 20-25% more weight to it with no more power and torque you will feel it. Now the MH does fine towing, and you will not win any races, but you will know the toad is there compared to driving without a toad.
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Old 12-20-2015, 03:58 AM   #7
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I towed a 2500 pound Honda Accord behind my old 29 foot class C. While I still had that coach my family grew and I rigged up our 4700 pound Honda pilot to tow. I could definitely tell the difference. In fact I did not enjoy towing the Pilot with my old rig. We replaced the class C with a 2014 36 foot class A with the V-10. It tows the 4700 pound Pilot with ease. We just go slower up extreme grades.
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Old 12-20-2015, 08:25 AM   #8
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That's very good data for comparison, Jeff. Thanks. Although not what I wanted to hear, lol.
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Old 12-20-2015, 09:14 AM   #9
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If your total weight is anywhere near 10 HP per 1000 lbs, you will be fine, as long as you love your new toad.
I would not hesitate.
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Old 12-20-2015, 07:09 PM   #10
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I have more like 20 hp per 1000 pounds. Including toad. Chevy 6.0 in 25 foot C.
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Old 12-20-2015, 07:23 PM   #11
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Yeah, your not going to have an issue with pulling a towed up hills, but your going to feel it back there simply because of the light weight of your coach!
I'm at 40,000lb, and tow a 3100lb towed. Without the rear camera, I would'nt know it's back there.
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Old 12-21-2015, 09:27 PM   #12
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When towing my boat and scooter (2600 lbs total) without the camera I'd never know it was back there. When towing my Colorado (4600 lbs) you can feel it, but it's not at all a problem.
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Old 12-21-2015, 10:03 PM   #13
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I've pulled a 2,200 lb Miata and a 4,020 Lexus RX300. I liked towing the Miata as it wasn't noticeable back there.

However I'm still happy with the heavier toad.
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We towed our 1997 Buick LeSabre on a dolly behind our 2001 Winnebago Adventurer (310 hp - 4 speed trans) for about 25,000 miles. The combination weighed a little less than 4,300 lbs. Later we switched to a 2004 Jeep Wrangler 4 down. The Wrangler weighs a little over 3,700 lbs. There was no difference in performance or mileage.

We currently tow the Jeep behind our 2013 Adventurer with the 362 hp engine and 5 speed trans. The newer one has a little better acceleration, but the mileage is the same.

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