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Old 01-12-2015, 06:57 PM   #1
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Towing a vehicle

We recently purchased a 2008 Winnie 29' with the Ford E-450 chassis and the Triton V-10 motor.

We want to tow a vehicle this summer on some of our trips and I was wondering what to expect from the V-10 with a 3500 to 4000 pound vehicle in tow. We will likely just go with a tow dolly so we can take a couple different vehicles with us. As some point we may go with a 4 down setup, but not yet.

Can anyone that has a similar setup clue me in on how this will affect highway travel and climbing some of the hills on the blue Ridge or out west?
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Old 01-12-2015, 09:28 PM   #2
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I have a 32' and tow a Corolla on a dolly, not a big deal, about a half mile to a gallon less, goes up hills fine.
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E-450/V-10 also. Tow a Ford Focus with a dolly. Expect to loose 1/2 to 1 mile per gallon. Other than that don't notice it's back there.
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We tow a Kia Rio on A Frame in UK on our Thor Siesta/Ford E450 Triton , no problem select tow haul on uphill gradients , pulls fine
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3000-4000 pounds of towed, Depending on the make and model of tow you may loose as much as 1MPH, or you may not even notice.

I have a Workhorse, 8.1L Vortec, comparable to your V-10 Towing a 4,000 pound 1992 Chevy Lumina APV with axle lock (You "Break" an axle so you tow in park) I did not notice the car save in the rear view.

Towing a 2500 pound Dodge Neon with LP-1 lube Pump kit (You tow in neutral) I notice it.
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You will have to be sure of your combined towing weight with dolly and toad. Your towing capacity is probably 5000 lbs and you don't want to be over that. Otherwise you won't know it's back there, but your mileage will suffer some.
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Yup ! What they said.
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Great to hear. I will be picking out a dolly next, but I am not asking about that so as to not stir things up. LOL
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WE tow a Ford Flex about 4200#. V-10 handles it fine.
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Another question regarding the braking system. We have the Aspect 29TR, 2008 and the manual says to not pull something with surge brakes. I can't imagine they are referring to the hydraulic surge brakes but I am not certain. Can anyone shed any light on this?
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Must be in the Fine Print. Never saw that. Have used a BB with this Aspect from 2008 and several trips out west, north and east. With no problem.
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Another question regarding the braking system. We have the Aspect 29TR, 2008 and the manual says to not pull something with surge brakes. I can't imagine they are referring to the hydraulic surge brakes but I am not certain. Can anyone shed any light on this?
I've never heard of or seen anything like that! I wonder why?
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This is what it says:

Car or Trailer Towing

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If a towing "brake system" is required, we recommend that a "modulated" towed vehicle braking device be installed. This means that when the motor home brakes are applied, whether hard or soft, a mirror effect occurs on the braking of the towed vehicle. In other words, the more force applied to the motor home brakes, the more force will be applied to the rear vehicles braking system.

We do not recommend the usage of a "surge style" braking device. The usage of a surge brake (especially when coupled with a hitch ball located outside our recommended limits) places excessive stress on the hitch. This abuse of the ball mount and the hitch may cause permanent hitch assembly failure.

Further in the chapter they have an illustration that shows the max length from the pin to the center of the ball being 8" horizontally and 4" vertical drop.

At first I thought they were referring to the electric time base rate brake controllers. I had one of those installed by a dealer when I purchased my last pop up trailer and hate the thing. I replaced it in the firs week with a proportional type controller.
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OK, as it says, they're worried about the stress placed on the hitch by the forces placed on it to activate the brakes. I can see that (retired engineer here). I've never worried about it even when we had a 23' Type C MH. Towed a dolly and '95 Odyssey behind it with no trouble.
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