Free 7 Day Trial RV GPS App RV Trip Planner Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Free 7 Day Trial ×
RV Trip Planning Discussions

Go Back   iRV2 Forums > THE CHASSIS CLUB FORUMS > Sprinter Chassis Forum
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 06-29-2021, 12:54 PM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 37
Towing with Sprinter

We are taking delivery of our first Sprinter tomorrow. We have always had large diesel coaches and would like an idea of what to tow with the Sprinter.

Thanks
RikR is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 06-29-2021, 02:07 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Winterbagoal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Sarnialabad, Peoples Republik of Canuckistan
Posts: 1,967
You can tow whatever you want as long as the weight of the vehicle is less than your hitch/drawbar capacity (usually 5,000 lbs), and the combined weight of the Spinter and towed don't exceed the GCWR (which is usually 15,250 lbs).
You can "steal" some weight from the Sprinter if your towed is heavier, just lighten the Sprinter's weight to accomodate a heavier towed vehicle, stay under the 15,250 lbs max, and don't go over the hitch capacity.
p.s. Wranglers are great 4 down toweds.
__________________
2018 (2017 Sprinter Cab Chassis) Navion24V + 2016 Wrangler JKU (sold @ ????) - 2016 Sunstar 26HE (sold @ 4600 miles) - 2002 Roadtrek C190P (sold @ 315,000kms)
Winterbagoal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2021, 03:31 PM   #3
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Posts: 11
Miata as a Toad

we towed a 2006 Miata (std. tranny) behind our 2016 Sprinter. Sold our Sprinter(LTV) but still have the Miata
OSUdsdp4304 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2021, 05:00 PM   #4
Member
 
Jay in TX's Avatar
 
Fleetwood Owners Club
Join Date: Jul 2020
Location: Montgomery, TX
Posts: 40
Sprinter towing a Wrangler

I am looking for a Jeep Wrangler to pull 4 wheels down behind my sprinter chassis.
For those that have towed a Wrangler behind their Sprinter...
Does it feel like it struggles with the extra weight?
Did you pull it through the mountains or just on level ground?
How much worse was the mileage?
What other negatives did you experience?
__________________
2019 Fleetwood Pulse 24A
Jay in TX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2021, 06:35 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Mr.Mark's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: CA and TN
Posts: 2,755
I just took delivery of my Sprinter about 7 weeks ago. I towed the Lincoln that I use to tow with my Class A. It's right at the max of the tow rating for the Sprinter. I really don't want to tow a heavy car.

So, I'm going to order a Mini Cooper (6 speed manual) as soon as a baseplate is approved for the 2022. I will be ordering the lightest Mini possible.... two door, 3 cylinder engine, etc. It should come in at 2,800 lbs.

I could really feel the 4,200 lb. Lincoln behind me. I need to get a 'rattle clamp' for my hitch as that will make it quieter no matter what I tow. Never heard it behind my 45 ft. diesel pusher! LOL!

Safe travels,
Mark
__________________
2021.5 Pleasure Way Plateau FL Class-B Sprinter
2018 Mini Cooper Hardtop Coupe, 2 dr. 6-speed manual
(Sold)2015 Prevost Liberty Coach,(Sold)2008 Monaco Dynasty
Mr.Mark is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-2021, 05:27 AM   #6
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2020
Location: Iva, SC
Posts: 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jay in TX View Post
I am looking for a Jeep Wrangler to pull 4 wheels down behind my sprinter chassis.
For those that have towed a Wrangler behind their Sprinter...
Does it feel like it struggles with the extra weight?
Did you pull it through the mountains or just on level ground?
How much worse was the mileage?
What other negatives did you experience?
We found a Wrangler recently and our Roadmaster tow bar set up is arriving today. We used Carvana and they were great, as used Wranglers are very hard to find and are going for top dollar. I plan to install the base plates and wiring this weekend then we are heading north via the Blue Ridge Parkway next weekend. So Iíll let you know how it handles the mountains.

We were at 11,380 lbs. with a full tank of fuel last trip so adding the 3,700 of the Wrangler is going to put us close to the 15,250 limit. All a little stressful as a new Sprinter owner but from everything Iíve read out here a Wrangler is a great choice and the Sprinter handles it very well.
MooseRiver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-2021, 05:51 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
Mr.Mark's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: CA and TN
Posts: 2,755
I know that some of you have the class-C Sprinters. Currently I have only 925 miles on my odometer, I did check my mileage (pencil to paper) on my Pleasure Way towing and not towing.

Cat scale weight (fuel full, full water, empty holding tanks) 9,200 lbs.

Not towing: First tank, 281.0 miles mostly interstate, 20.84 mpg

Towing: Same stretch of interstate, 229.8 miles, 16.04 mpg

For those that don't have your unit in your signature, it would be nice to know which Sprinter you have.

Safe travels,
Mark
__________________
2021.5 Pleasure Way Plateau FL Class-B Sprinter
2018 Mini Cooper Hardtop Coupe, 2 dr. 6-speed manual
(Sold)2015 Prevost Liberty Coach,(Sold)2008 Monaco Dynasty
Mr.Mark is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-2021, 06:30 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
Winterbagoal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Sarnialabad, Peoples Republik of Canuckistan
Posts: 1,967
Quote:
Originally Posted by MooseRiver View Post
We were at 11,380 lbs. with a full tank of fuel last trip so adding the 3,700 of the Wrangler is going to put us close to the 15,250 limit.
Just curious, but is that loaded for travel weight a typo? 11,380 lbs? If not, you're already 350 lbs over the Sprinter's GVWR of 11,030 lbs. If not, maybe get it weighted again, and confirm that number. If the tow vehicle is over weight to start, adding a towed will further stress the Sprinter chassis mechanicals.
My Navion runs around 10,600 lbs loaded for travel. That's why I ask.
__________________
2018 (2017 Sprinter Cab Chassis) Navion24V + 2016 Wrangler JKU (sold @ ????) - 2016 Sunstar 26HE (sold @ 4600 miles) - 2002 Roadtrek C190P (sold @ 315,000kms)
Winterbagoal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-2021, 06:43 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
Winterbagoal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Sarnialabad, Peoples Republik of Canuckistan
Posts: 1,967
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jay in TX View Post
I am looking for a Jeep Wrangler to pull 4 wheels down behind my sprinter chassis.
For those that have towed a Wrangler behind their Sprinter...
Does it feel like it struggles with the extra weight?
Did you pull it through the mountains or just on level ground?
How much worse was the mileage?
What other negatives did you experience?
It doesn't struggle. I'm about 150 lbs under the GCWR of 15,250, pulling a 4500 lb Wrangler JKU, 4 down, loaded for travel.
Eastern Appalachians. I-75, I-40, I-26. Some challenging hills along there.
Average 15 mpg solo, 13 mpg towing at 60-65 mph. Speed, terrain, and weather will affect those numbers.
I use a Blue Ox tow system.
__________________
2018 (2017 Sprinter Cab Chassis) Navion24V + 2016 Wrangler JKU (sold @ ????) - 2016 Sunstar 26HE (sold @ 4600 miles) - 2002 Roadtrek C190P (sold @ 315,000kms)
Winterbagoal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2021, 05:00 AM   #10
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2020
Location: Iva, SC
Posts: 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by Winterbagoal View Post
Just curious, but is that loaded for travel weight a typo? 11,380 lbs? If not, you're already 350 lbs over the Sprinter's GVWR of 11,030 lbs. If not, maybe get it weighted again, and confirm that number. If the tow vehicle is over weight to start, adding a towed will further stress the Sprinter chassis mechanicals.
My Navion runs around 10,600 lbs loaded for travel. That's why I ask.
Yes, loaded for travel with full tank of fuel, 500 lbs of people & dogs, food, less than 1/4 tank of water. It surprised me for sure. I am well stocked, but not carrying anything extravagant. My plan was to offload some weight to the towed, which is listed at 3700. And I need to go through everything packed and eliminate anything non-essential.

Btw, itís a Forester MBS 2401B if itís not listed on these replies. The full slide and Equalizer system donít help when it comes to weight.

I will weigh again when Iím out for a test drive with the Wrangler in tow.
MooseRiver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2021, 06:08 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
Winterbagoal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Sarnialabad, Peoples Republik of Canuckistan
Posts: 1,967
Quote:
Originally Posted by MooseRiver View Post
Yes, loaded for travel with full tank of fuel, 500 lbs of people & dogs, food, less than 1/4 tank of water. It surprised me for sure. I am well stocked, but not carrying anything extravagant. My plan was to offload some weight to the towed, which is listed at 3700. And I need to go through everything packed and eliminate anything non-essential.

Btw, itís a Forester MBS 2401B if itís not listed on these replies. The full slide and Equalizer system donít help when it comes to weight.

I will weigh again when Iím out for a test drive with the Wrangler in tow.
I checked your profile, and knew which make/model you have. You're right about the slide and levelers. They don't help.
It's the Achilles heel of the Sprinter chassis. Weight and OCCC.
Offloading excess TV weight to the Wrangler will definitely help get you below (closer to) the 11,030 GVWR. I did the same thing, which is why my JKU runs heavy, besides being a 4 door. I think I've got a fairly good balance between them.
Good luck figuring it out.
__________________
2018 (2017 Sprinter Cab Chassis) Navion24V + 2016 Wrangler JKU (sold @ ????) - 2016 Sunstar 26HE (sold @ 4600 miles) - 2002 Roadtrek C190P (sold @ 315,000kms)
Winterbagoal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2021, 07:13 AM   #12
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Northeast Alabama
Posts: 156
I guess you need to define struggle. My 2021 certainly slows down when towing our 3400 lb Equinox. It will slow down to 45+/- mph on relatively steep inclines. So if you run 60-65 mph and slow to 45 pulling hills/mountains it may not struggle but you definitely know the toad is back there. My experience is with a toad that is 1000lbs lighter than yours and I do not max out my GVWR.

Tom


Quote:
Originally Posted by Winterbagoal View Post
It doesn't struggle. I'm about 150 lbs under the GCWR of 15,250, pulling a 4500 lb Wrangler JKU, 4 down, loaded for travel.
Eastern Appalachians. I-75, I-40, I-26. Some challenging hills along there.
Average 15 mpg solo, 13 mpg towing at 60-65 mph. Speed, terrain, and weather will affect those numbers.
I use a Blue Ox tow system.
__________________
2021 Tiffin Wayfarer 25RW
wayfarer2021 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2021, 07:17 AM   #13
Senior Member
 
KanzKran's Avatar


 
Join Date: Sep 2018
Posts: 1,812
Quote:
Originally Posted by Winterbagoal View Post
Offloading excess TV weight to the Wrangler will definitely help get you below (closer to) the 11,030 GVWR.
Interestingly, the GAWR's of the two axles adds up to 12,130 lb, or 1100 lb more than the GVWR of 11,030. That gives a bit of freedom on how to distribute OCCC loads to stay within, or at least get close to, the GVWR.
__________________
Tom & Jeri
2018 Coachmen Galleria 24T Li3
KanzKran is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2021, 09:01 AM   #14
Senior Member
 
Winterbagoal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Sarnialabad, Peoples Republik of Canuckistan
Posts: 1,967
Quote:
Originally Posted by KanzKran View Post
Interestingly, the GAWR's of the two axles adds up to 12,130 lb, or 1100 lb more than the GVWR of 11,030. That gives a bit of freedom on how to distribute OCCC loads to stay within, or at least get close to, the GVWR.
I guess there are other hidden engineering considerations that caused the MB folks to leave the GVWR at 11,030. Probably frame/suspension related capacity/stress factors between the axles, and probably a bit of a cushion, jic. Whatever the reason, I'll offload to stay under the 11,030, and 15,250 manufacturer's numbers. For safety, legal, and insurance purposes, if for nothing else.
__________________
2018 (2017 Sprinter Cab Chassis) Navion24V + 2016 Wrangler JKU (sold @ ????) - 2016 Sunstar 26HE (sold @ 4600 miles) - 2002 Roadtrek C190P (sold @ 315,000kms)
Winterbagoal is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
sprinter, tow, towing



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Pre-2008 Sprinter v new Sprinter HHindquarter Sprinter Chassis Forum 2 05-03-2018 12:38 AM
Citation Sprinter :: 2015 Thor Motorcoach Citation Sprinter 24sa jimdland iRV2 Owners Registry 0 03-28-2018 11:23 PM
Citation SPRINTER / Siesta SPRINTER edgray Thor Industries Owner's Forum 5 12-27-2013 05:28 PM

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:23 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.