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Old 08-06-2015, 06:32 PM   #1
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Default What should I buy to tow a 16 ft with?

I just got a 16 ft fun finder and wan to travel for a year in it . Would like a van for more room , but not sire it can pull . Most are front wheel drive . Trailer I weight is. dry weight 2175 lbs., GVWR 3690 lbs, hitch weight 225 lbs. can anybody help ,tell me what would be best to pull that would get the best mph on gas , but still do the job ? I'm hoping to buy something 2008 or newer .
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Old 08-06-2015, 11:25 PM   #2
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IF you want a van, it should have a tow capacity around 4,400 lbs and that alone will cut your options.

I haven't looked at vans so no idea which one may fit the bill...if any.,
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Idk if it will help but I'll tell you my experience towing my 189. I had a jeep Cherokee rated to tow 5000lb. I had my camper weighted when I purchased it. Empty it weighted 2600lbs. If I stayed on fairly flat roads it was perfectly fine. Once I was trying to go up hills on the highway I was down to 25mph. After towing with that jeep I feel it would never been able to safely tow 5000lbs. IMO I'd say get a full size suv or pickup. Better to have overkill then just enough when towing. I purchased a 1500 silverado and it's the best desision that I made. Also from what I've heard, to have vans get better gas milage they increased the number of gear in the trans. More shifting means more heat from friction. So they dropped the tow rating to accommodate the transmission. Auto companes made the van into just people haulers now, not viable tow vehicles.
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Our 3.0L V-6 Eco Diesel Ram has gotten over 30 mpg and it weighs over 6,200 lbs. It produces more torque than the Hemi V-8 and makes its peak torque (420 lbs-ft) at 2,000 rpm. It routinely averages between 24 and 26 mpg (not towing). It's also rated to tow 7,800 lbs and can get about 14 mpg towing our 6,000 lb Fun Finder 214 WSD (fully loaded) if driven conservatively.

No .... wait a minute ..... we sold it today (the Fun Finder that is)
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Hakikuba sounds like a possible robot post -- very late to the game, just joined, a nonsense posting -- no offense if you are a real person!
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I have a Diesel GMC Canyon long wheel base. Just took a ff 214wsd on a trial tow and like the results 16mpg mostly level streets. Tows 7700. The WD Hitch is key.
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Guys, come on. We are talking about a single axle 16 foot trailer. The OP does not need a pickup truck to tow it. A FWD Grand Caravan with a tow package will tow it just fine since it has a 3600 tow capacity. I tow my 189 FBR just fine with a Toyota Highlander and Weigh Distribution hitch and it tows just fine on even moderately heavy hills and feels locked in even with cross winds. Sure my setup gets sucky mileage (11 mpg) but everyone gets that kind of mileage towing. Just keep the 16 footer light (under 2800 pounds) and a mini-van is big enough to actually break some of the wind resistance. If you want, you could actually go to a full size van with a big six or V8 if you want a little more power.
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I've seen a Grand Caravan towing pretty good, a smaller trailer though but it is very capable.
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I tow a small rig with a full size van. A lot of vans are powerful enough and large enough.
However, if the van is loaded to the gills with people (which is sometimes why people want a van) it can seriously affect it's towing capabilities.
The load inside the van has to be considered and drivers will not always think of the weight of passengers as cargo. Four adults can alone be as much as 800 pounds. With camping gear, clothes, etc. the total can top a half ton pretty quick.
Not that everyone with a van does that, just saying that having all that room doesn't mean you can fill it up and still tow the limit.
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Seriously, the question I would ask is how will you be using/towing your camper?

Weekend trips, one-way less than 200 miles? Mostly flat? Get just about anything mentioned with a tow capacity that will cover it.

Cross-country, 400 miles/day driving, through/over mountain ranges, grades of 4 percent up/down? Get something with power/torque. Those long drives and steep grades work the engine and test the brakes.

It's a valid question, but more information would be helpful.
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