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Old 04-09-2016, 08:31 PM   #1
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Towing with a Sprinter C Class

I would like to request some information from any of you that have towed, either 4 down or dolly with a Class C Diesel Sprinter. What has your experience been? Troubles in hill climbs? Tips or Suggestions? Use of Tire Sensors? Weight of Toad/Trailer? Changes in gas mileage with without toad?

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Old 04-09-2016, 08:43 PM   #2
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I used to tow an Acura TSX (3400lbs) with a dolly (400lbs) behind my 2015 Era. It towed just fine, I didn't have any general issues with the weight. Had enough power to maintain 65mph up 3-4% inclines if I pushed it. Struggled a bit more at about 6% and I would be able to do about 45mph. This was a bit better than what I am able to do now with my Southwind gasser. I got about 15MPG with or without the tow, didn't seem to make much of a difference.

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Old 04-10-2016, 10:11 AM   #3
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Don't want ti hijack this thread, but I'm shopping for a small Class C and concerned about towing. We want to downsize from a 35' Class A but would like to continue towing a 2005 GMC Canyon at about 4400 lbs. I know the MB is rated at 5000 lb tow capacity but I'm worried about power, especially mountains.

Any experience out there on towing in this weight range please? Thanks.
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Old 04-10-2016, 07:38 PM   #4
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To the OP; we have towed a Hyundai Accent for 25,000 miles and get 15 mpg and do experience dramatic slowing down on steep mountain passes. On some, I would consider dropping and driving the toad separately if taking them again. Some issues, but no complaints.

To FloraBama; I wouldn't tow a 4400 lbs toad with the Mercedes Benz Sprinter RV.
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Old 04-10-2016, 07:57 PM   #5
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To FloraBama; I wouldn't tow a 4400 lbs toad with the Mercedes Benz Sprinter RV.
My Bad: I rechecked the curb weight of my GMC Canyon and it is 3684. Still think I'll get it weighed to make sure I'm in a towable ballpark before making any decisions.
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Old 04-11-2016, 09:01 PM   #6
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I have seen Sprinter Motorhome's with a 3500# or a 5000# hitch. The Sprinter chassis Gross weight Rating (GVWR) is 11030# The Gross Combined (GCWR) is 15250# which only leaves 4220# for the tow vehicle if you are at max weight. Expect the Sprinter to have about 1000-1200# of cargo capacity that you can adjust to give more leeway for the toad.

My Siesta Sprinter has a 5000# hitch, my Suzuki toad weighs 3450# and tows easily. However, I seldom tow as it has not been necessary on most trips. On the highway the Suzuki does not seem to affect performance, but I have not towed in the mountains, or often enough to notice a change in mpg.
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Old 04-12-2016, 05:20 AM   #7
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I tow a Honda fit (4 down, roughly 2600#) with my 2013 view profile and have had no problems so far. Some steep grades slow you down but, that's where the "tip shift" technology comes in handy. With 75% loaded storage throughout the coach, 2/3 fresh water capacity, and full LP tank, I average around 13.5 mpg @ 60 mph on a flat surface. Without the toad about 15.5 mpg. I read some others getting as much as 17mpg. without a toad but, probably completely empty (no added extra weight).
I currently don't have tire sensors (TPMS) installed, or that I know of.
Make sure to get the correct drop hitch and tongue weight for proper towing.
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Old 04-12-2016, 07:06 PM   #8
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We tow a 2013 Honda Fit, 4 down with an Itasca Reyo, tows just fine. Drove to Utah 2 years ago crossing the continental divide we passed some, were passed by others. I was pleasantly pleased with it's performance. Best fuel mileage around 55. We'll usually drive on the highway between 60-65. Mileage drops by between 1 and 2 MPG.
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Does anyone know of a certain amount of engine break in before towing with the MB class c?
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Old 07-14-2016, 05:05 PM   #10
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Tow a 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid 4 down with our 2013 Itasca Navion IQ 24G. Weighs approx. 3800#. Roadmaster Tow Bar and Invisibrake. Drove from Seattle to Tallahassee Fl in February and returned in May. The Fusion makes a great toad. Tows very well and had zero problems in the mountains. 14.5 mpg towing and 16 when not towing
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I just bought a Fiat 500 Sport 5 speed manual transmission as a toad. We tow it 4-down. It's still too early to judge the mileage but looks like it dropped about 2 miles per gallon.
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Old 08-21-2016, 10:09 AM   #12
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have a 2013 sprinter and tow a 2002 jeep wrangler. have been having problems with tha asr,abs wheel speed lights coming on only when towing the jeep i've had all wheel speed sensors changed by the dealer and am about to try it out. hope it works . it faults out whether or not i use my patriot brake assist. ive researched and asked the dealer about the brake switch light but he says that tit checked out good im going out but if it faults out again it may set at the dealer for good
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Old 08-21-2016, 11:19 PM   #13
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2015 Sprinter-based Prism with 3500# rated hitch towing 3300# Suby Forester using ReadyBrute Elite system. Just back from 5k mile trip to CO, including thru the Rockies. MPG varied from 13 to 15.5, so averaging around 14. Only did a few trips without toad, so can't really compare. Didn't do too bad on hills - kept tach running 2500-3000, sometimes speed dropped to 45-ish, but still passing semi's crawling up those grades. Did VERY well using engine as brake on downgrades - better than I had imagined! Trick is to start slow and stay that way, not try to slow down once you reached speed... I do use a TPMS on both coach and toad. Can't say enough good about TST - Truck System Technologies. Had their system about 10 years now. Did just get each wheel position weighed by RVSEF at FMCA rally - coach was about 100# overweight, but each axle/wheel position was well under the maximum, and we were fully loaded from a month-long trip. That's only about 10 gallons of water, which I likely had in the holding tanks, and fresh water/fuel/propane were full. So anxiety about toad/coach weight eliminated! Hope this helps. ST

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