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Old 05-01-2015, 06:42 PM   #21
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No, that was after the accessories.

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Old 05-01-2015, 07:01 PM   #22
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Sorry I'm just now getting back on this, been out oftown.
Here's what we have: Fastway e2 hitch w/Primus IQ brake control.
Tongue weight is 510...we could go 900, 720 with margin.
As for sway, it's not bad with normal driving and even with the wind, but it is noticeable with big rigs sometimes, makes me stay alert, for sure. Ultimately, a pickup is the way we want to go, but for now, we're doing OK.

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Old 05-01-2015, 07:02 PM   #23
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I think we get hung up on the numbers. I know I did the same when I bought my 26bh last year. Having towed dump trailers, boats, and now a TT for a season, I can tell you all weight is not the same. A 30' long TT tows differently than a smaller length trailer with a similar load. Bottom Line is a short wheel base SUVs can tow it, but a bigger/heavier truck will be a better towing experience. Only you can decide your comfort level. Good luck and happy camping.
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Old 06-01-2015, 10:11 AM   #24
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Update: we picked up our 264BHW on May 14 and I had no problems hauling it home. We took it out for the first time this past weekend and it towed very well.

- Going was a little slow going up a very steep hill (average grade of 5.2% over 4.25 miles, but it varies and is sometimes steeper) and had to drop down to 2nd gear only a couple of times.

- I traveled most of the time with O/D off, but was able to put it on when on flat areas of the interstate.

- Experienced no noticeable sway with trucks passing on interstate.

- GCVW was 11520 (fully loaded and all passengers) at the CAT scale (vehicle limit is 12000).

Equipment that made the tow go well:

- Equalizer 4-point WD hitch.
- Tekonsha P3 brake controller
- McKesh towing mirrors
- Had transmission flushed and filled with synthetic.
- Inflated TV tires to 36psi (would prob go 38 next time)

All said and done, I'll probably look into a larger vehicle when we're ready for a new one, but I'm fairly satisfied with how things turned out -- I just hate to let the Mountaineer go. This hill has probably the steepest sustained grades of anywhere we go camping, so I don't feel like I'm going to run into something the Mounty can't handle -- I'll just have to make sure I know the terrain of my route.

Some future mods to help:

- Monitor transmission temperature with OBD-II monitor and Torque app (couldn't find my Bluetooth OBD-II before the trip).
- Install rear camera and hook it up to the LCD rear view mirror already installed.


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