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Old 10-29-2014, 01:38 PM   #1
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Towing w/2003 Bounder 35R Gas

We are new MH owners and made our first trip in Aug/Sep of this year....had a ball but have many...many questions.

We did not tow for our first trip but we are now looking for information about towing with our coach. It has 31K miles and is the Ford V10

We live in the foothills west of Denver and the short trip up the 6% grade to our home is no faster than 40mph...to keep it under 4000 rpm's. Wshat is a safe limit for rpm's?

What weight vehicle is prudent and what type of towing. Dolly or tow bar. We have heard lots of pros and cons and have been told by several that they do not tow...they rent a car when needed.

I would love any and all information...

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Your engine computer will prevent you from over-reving the engine. 4,000 RPM isn't even in the peak power band of your engine, according to the year of the engine, it's closer to 4,750 RPM for peak torque/HP. The V-10 engine is made for high revs, it's got smaller pistons but more of them to give higher RPMs safely. Running it below 4,000 RPM climbing a grade is actually harder on it than letting it rev higher.

Check the information sticker next to the driver's position. It will give you the GCWR(Gross Combination Weight Rating) which is the maximum weight of your RV and toad. The maximum weight of your RV alone is called the GVWR(Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) The difference between the GCWR - GVWR is the maximum weight of any towed trailer or auto. If you actually take your RV to a truck scale loaded for a trip, then you could subtract that # from the GCWR and see what's left for the toad.

There's many options and opinions on towing, 4 down or with a dolly. 4 down is convenient, but costs a lot to set up unless you keep an eye on Craig's List for used equipment. Using a dolly allows you to trade cars more easily but then you have storage and strap down issues.
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Thanks very much for your answer. Does the 6% to 7% grade that is inevitable for us, make any difference in your answer. Guess the loud engine noise when we are climbing takes me back a hundred years or so to my days in a sports car...ie...screaming engine = excessive rpm's...

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The important thing to watch on climbing or working the engine hard is the temperature. Since the engine is beside you, it will sound terribly loud, but part of that is the radiator fan. I drove Triumphs and MGs many years ago, before ECUs controlled your RPMs, you did have to be cautious of over-reving the engine. With your V-10, downshift and allow the engine to wind up, you'll see temperatures drop as the water pump and fan cool things down. Keeping the RPMs down below your peak torque and HP will 'lug' the engine and cause more harm than letting it work where it's comfortable.
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