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Old 08-24-2014, 11:57 AM   #1
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Towing vehicle forLite Hawk 24FB

WE have a 1999 Lite Hawk 24Fb which we tow with a Dodge ram which seems to be an over kill.
As it weighs 3460 LB base plus extras so say 3800 - 4000 ib , I was wondering what would be a smaller vehicle that would tow this.
I was looking at a 2007 Cadillac SRX or a ML350 Mercedes but have seen such things as Dodge Caravans advertised towing these in Jaycos own ads.
What is the view of you more experienced campers please.
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Old 08-24-2014, 12:01 PM   #2
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obviously over a caravans ability as they only have a 3500 lb rating but the others should tow it fine. All the mid size SUV's would work(explorer,cherokee,durango,traverse for example)
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I'm a firm believer in that you can never have to much tow vehicle.
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Old 08-24-2014, 02:49 PM   #4
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snip...... but have seen such things as Dodge Caravans advertised towing these in Jaycos own ads.......
Paul,

Welcome to JOF!

Not everybody has the same loading habits, tow expectations, and/or towing environment (flats, hills, mountains, etc.)......, so be mindful of this when looking at that advertisement.

Also, the passenger weight and cargo that you take in your existing Dodge Ram isn't going to change and will be subtracted from a smaller payload capacity (Dodge Caravan, etc.)........, plus subtracting the 24 FB's loaded tongue weight (based on your loading style).

The smaller the vehicle you go from the Dodge Ram, the higher the tendency of approaching (or exceeding) that particular vehicle's limitations.

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Old 08-24-2014, 03:23 PM   #5
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The Cadillac only has a 3500 limit as well so that one is out
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Ok thanks, looks like the Mercedes ML may be a good bet then other than keeping the Ram and keeping the gas companies rich
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I hope the change of vehicles has more to do with personal preference rather than fuel economy. The money lost in trading usually buys a lot of gas
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I'm a firm believer in that you can never have to much tow vehicle.
Reserve capacity is nice.
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Hi Boss Wagon

What is the consumption of the V10 ? Is it better than a V8 or more ?
This was our other thought to get a smaller vehicle and a drive RV.

Would ideally like a diesel but not to many around in the C class.
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I'm a firm believer in that you can never have to much tow vehicle.
But you can have too much daily driver. Sometimes it's better to compromise if you spend vastly more time commuting to work then camping.
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