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Old 04-21-2014, 08:47 PM   #11
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As others have said, I won't tow anything taller than a PUP with a minivan. It's not just weight, it's the drag from the large wall going down the highway behind you.

I tow a 1007 PUP with our Chrysler T&C (3.8L engine) and am still nervous about that combination. Everyone tells me I'm fine, but I won't go beyond the flat area and rolling hills of NE OH and western PA. I'm planning to get a new TV next year and will probably also add trailer brakes to the PUP for peace of mind.

Anything bigger than a PUP without slides for a minivan? Not for me.
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Old 05-28-2014, 09:41 AM   #12
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towing with mini van

I own 154bh and tow it with Toyota Sienna which has a factory installed tow package. My milage suffers a bit, but having the conivnience of a nice trailer at a camp site overrides it.
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Old 06-10-2014, 03:03 PM   #13
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My TV is a Kia Sedona and has no problems towing the 184BH. It does put load on the engine when going up a hill. But most of the time it's not bad at all. I do recommend a sway bar though. Wouldn't tow with a minivan without one.
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Old 06-10-2014, 04:20 PM   #14
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It says right on page 5 of the Jayco brochure that several mini vans and crossovers can tow the SLX.

http://www.jayco.com/tools/brochures/
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It says right on page 5 of the Jayco brochure that several mini vans and crossovers can tow the SLX.

http://www.jayco.com/tools/brochures/
They'd tell you that you could tow it with a motorcycle if they thought it might sell trailers.

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Old 06-10-2014, 04:33 PM   #16
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It says right on page 5 of the Jayco brochure that several mini vans and crossovers can tow the SLX.

http://www.jayco.com/tools/brochures/
That is technically true. An empty trailer that's sitting at its shipped weight and with one person (driver), a minivan is within its capacity. Its when you add stuff and people that pushes things up to and often beyond the rated capacities.
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Old 06-10-2014, 05:30 PM   #17
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Idk, maybe I'm ignorant/naive but they literally wrote the quest can tow it in their brochure. I say go for it if you feel it's the right camper for you. You can always upgrade your TV if you don't like the performance.

(Note I have towed a pop up with my 05 quest for 4 yrs)
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I've posted this in other threads. Our son has towed a 17XZ with a Honda Odyssey for the last 3 years and it does fine. It is 2 adults, 3 kids the dog the trailer and clothes and some food for a long weekend when he goes out.
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Idk, maybe I'm ignorant/naive but they literally wrote the quest can tow it in their brochure. I say go for it if you feel it's the right camper for you. You can always upgrade your TV if you don't like the performance.

(Note I have towed a pop up with my 05 quest for 4 yrs)
Towing a travel trailer is a far different experience than towing a pop up. A pop up has almost no wind resistance so its far easier to tow one. Mini-van and pop up seem to be made for each other.

As I said above, they aren't lying about a mini-van's ability to tow a small TT. But there's more involved than just "this van can tow up to 3500#". The reality is that you have to consider the vehicle's payload, tongue weight rating, GCWR, axle capacity, and in the case of smaller TVs, the frontal area limitation. This is all the same stuff that has to be considered for any TV/trailer combo.

I'm not saying it can't or shouldn't be done. I towed a 3500# GVWR hybrid with a mini-van. I'm saying it has to be approached with some knowledge about what you're getting into and what the limitations are.

Here's a great weight calculator:
http://changingears.com/rv-sec-calc-...eight-tt.shtml
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