Originally Posted by Dennis4809
No lack of ideas, just what works best for you? Many Fords are able to be flat towed? What does your owners manual say about yours. Cheapest is the vehicle you already have presuming it's towable.
Another concern is your tow vehicle. What are the limits of your motorhome. Most DP are rated up to 10K but many gassers are 5K or less.
We bought our first MH last summer. 2003 Bounder (gas) 35R (Ford). We live in the foothills West of Denver and have a 6% grade up I-70 to get home from points East. If we go West on I-70, we have several passes to go up and down before reaching relatively flat country.
I am not used to the sound (which sounds like the engine is struggling) when I climb. My old days with sports cars comes screeching back and my eyes go to the tach. We have not towed anything, as yet.
My question: When the engine kicks down...I have been told that the sound is a combination of things, including a transmission fan. Should I press through that sound until it levels off or as I have done, back off and of course I go down to 30 - 35 mph...if anyone has driven I-70 west of Denver, going 30 mph is not safe.
Question 2: Can we safely tow a vehicle (rated to tow 5k) with our Bounder and what is the best way to tow. Tow Bars or tow dolly? Any and all information is welcome.
We had our first 6 week trip Aug - Sept and had a ball but it would be nice to have a vehicle. Some have said it is easier to rent a car but there are lots of places that had no car rentals. We own a '94 Ford Ranger 4x4 that most specs say weighs between 3200 and 3600 pounds. It would be great to make use of this vehicle but if it is not the best choice, we would look for something small to tow.
Thanks, in advance