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Old 10-23-2010, 02:31 AM   #1
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My wife and I are still looking to purchase our first MH. WE have looked at several different ones including Pace Arrow . We are currently looking at a 08 Bounder 36H. Nice coach a few more miles than I would like 24K. It has a Ford chassis which I have been trying to purchase workhorse chassis but there seems to be a lot more Fords than Chev.

Question is would the Ford in a 36H be able to tow a 08 Acadia that weighs 4700lbs (close to 5,000 limit).

Any comments would be welcome about this question or any other comments in general about the Bounder 36H

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Old 10-23-2010, 03:22 AM   #2
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Sorry It is a Bounder 35H but it is 36ft.

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Old 10-23-2010, 12:48 PM   #3
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It would be best to take your Acadia to scales & actually weigh it, unless you know for sure that 4700 lbs is not the mfr's listing of base curb weight (minus options & fuel).

I prefer at least a 10% cushion when using the hitch rating numbers, just to be safe. Jeep has our Liberty at a BCW of 4000 lbs, but with our options, stuff in it & at least a half to 3/4 tank (what we usually tow with) of gas, we're over 4200 lbs.

The V10 pulls the Jeep well, it's just not going to be a demon goin up steep hills. We travel the turnpike in PA often & the engine can get up in the 4000 rpm range & we're topping grades at 45-50 mph. If we get caught in traffic & end up stuck in our lane behind a logging truck or some other slow semi & we lose momentum (once lost, ya can't get it back), we've been crawling up those grades at 25 mph.

At best, towing, we've gotten 7.5 mpg - worst about 6 mpg. We've found we get our best/consistent mpg if we stay in the 58-62 mph range.

All that said, we love our Bounder. I haven't found another coach I'd trade it for. Best bang for the buck, IMO, & we've had no major issues with it.

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Lori gave good advice. We tow an 2007 Acadia and it's right at 4900 lbs normally.
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Hey Rick,

I have a 2008 Bounder 35E/Ford, akin to 35H/Ford.
It's a great floor plan and the most popular next to the 35E.
I had a Dodge Durango toad weighing in at 5600#
and no problems with 35E powering up hill or passing in tow mode.
In CA, towing speed limit is 55mph so I go 60 and get an average of 6.5 mpg. Ford gives you more power, more torque, no brake recalls or other recalls so far, comparable mpg and the 8.1 is no longer in production.
If you don't like the Ford then don't buy it!
Wait until 2012 when Workhorse Navistar diesel comes out, if you can afford it new.

Love my 2008 35E/Triton 30 valve V-10 and you will also,

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If this is your first MH, I would suggest test driving a gas and diesel MH. You will find a lot of differences in engine performance , driving and braking. You should consider a lighter dingy if you are going to tow with a v-10 Ford. I would not make this suggestion if I had not experienced the differences.
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