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Old 03-19-2019, 10:15 AM   #1
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Anyone Pulling a 4300# Toad With a V10 Class C?

I just purchased a new RV and I want to tow 4 down my 2013 Lincoln MKX. It is within the weight and hitch capabilities. Before I spend close to $5K having my MKX converted I want to make sure I won't have regrets and then have to buy a lighter toad. I love my X. I'd like to hear from anyone towing an MKX, Edge or other 4300# SUV with the V10. How bad will my mileage be hit and will I struggle badly in the mountains?
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Old 03-19-2019, 11:13 AM   #2
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I'm towing my Jeep Grand Cherokee, which I think weighs around 4800 lbs., with my new Coach House on Ford E450 platform with the Triton V-10. I feel totally comfortable towing, though unlike with my previous diesel pushers, I can't pretend I "don't even know it's back there." The V-10 revs high to get up the hills, and I haven't had it at high altitude yet, so I'm sure that will be a slow and noisy adventure. But I expected that when we made the decision to downsize, and have no regrets.


Assuming you want to tow something, I doubt that your MKX will feel significantly different than a lighter vehicle. As far as mileage goes, we get around 8-8.5 in normal (not mountain) driving, and I have a lead foot.
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Old 03-19-2019, 11:21 AM   #3
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Anyone Pulling a 4300# Toad With a V10 Class C?

Iím pulling a 2013 Edge with no issues. I believe itís about the same weight. Iím pulling it with a 35ft class a with the v10. Mileage varies between 6.5-8 depending on right foot position.

I do suggest the 5 star tune makes a big difference. I also have headers, installed after I began towing the Edge. Not related to any towing issue. Have about 18.000 miles towing.
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Old 03-19-2019, 02:23 PM   #4
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I tow a Wrangler, which must be getting close to yours in weight, V10 28ft Class C.

I notice it's there when accelerating from a stop, but once rolling I forget about it.

I tried to see if there was any difference in MPG towing or not towing and couldn't really see any, I think wind/weather and roadspeed has more impact than having the Jeep on the back.

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We are flat towing a Ford Edge with our 31' Class C with the Ford E-450 V-10.
Haven't been out west to real mountains but had no problems this spring towing through West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee but probably only reached 4500 feet elevation.
Our C is a 2009 and has the 5 speed tranny and yea, it kicked down into 3rd gear a few times but we were still passing semis.
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OK, I'm going ahead with it. I pick up my new Esteem 29V tomorrow. I am getting excited.
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OK, I'm going ahead with it. I pick up my new Esteem 29V tomorrow. I am getting excited.

You are going to LOVE your Esteem. We bought an Esteem 30X right before Christmas and immediately took it on a roadtrip from Texas to Florida and back with no issues. Great Quality. Drives Great! We are in the process of setting up a manual transmission toyota corolla to pull behind ours.
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Again, while not a class C, we did tow a Wrangler Unlimited with an '07 class A powered by the V10. The jeep would have been about that weight (4500#). I had no complaints, it did a great job. It did get a bit loud pulling a grade at about 4500 RPM.
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I have towed my 2017 GMC Canyon about 4000 miles. i get around 9mpg with and 10mpg without towing. the truck itself with everything extra i have and gear in the bed its close to 6000lbs. my 2019 Thor Vegas RUV is rated for 8000 but has the e450 v10 triton. Without any upgrades on the MH, it was a pain to tow. The truck pushed my backend around turns, was hard to stay straight, etc. I installed rear sway bars, steering stabilizer, and sumo springs in the front. doesn't seem to be an issue anymore. Mostly towed it from portland to Southern cali/az. Havent hit colorado type mountains but like someone else said, its loud.. haha. Colorado is going to be interesting.
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