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Postby DrewsBrews » Fri Aug 05, 2016 6:57 am

Pixie Susan wrote:I just recently started towing with a 1st gen xB. Have you installed a transmission cooler? Toying with the idea before I make a 2k mi trip in July.


Oops I'm a little late..

Manual transmission. No cooler needed. Gives an extra gear, less parasitic loss and it's final drive is much lower than the auto for some reason... engine rpms are about 500rpm higher in top gear at highway speeds with the manual vs auto (even after TC lock).

IMO I would only tow very light loads with that 1.5l automatic. The drivetrain is already a little small for the size/shape of the vehicle. Definitely install a cooler.
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what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby Pixie Susan » Fri Aug 05, 2016 8:22 am

DrewsBrews wrote:
Pixie Susan wrote:I just recently started towing with a 1st gen xB. Have you installed a transmission cooler? Toying with the idea before I make a 2k mi trip in July.


Oops I'm a little late..

Manual transmission. No cooler needed. Gives an extra gear, less parasitic loss and it's final drive is much lower than the auto for some reason... engine rpms are about 500rpm higher in top gear at highway speeds with the manual vs auto (even after TC lock).

IMO I would only tow very light loads with that 1.5l automatic. The drivetrain is already a little small for the size/shape of the vehicle. Definitely install a cooler.


I still appreciate you responding. I installed a Derale plate and fin tranny cooler a few months back. Just returned from a two week trip with my tiny TD. It pulls like nothing is there until I hit big hills/mountains. I just get in the right lane with the creeping semi's and meander my way up. The engine didn't love the extreme southern heat with our mountains, so I turned the a/c off for the big and long ones.

All in all it did pretty good. Any bigger of a camper and I'd get a bigger tow vehicle (which I'm considering a Casita and 3rd gen or newer 4Runner.


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Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby Camp4Life » Wed Aug 17, 2016 2:52 pm

2015 F-150 SuperCrew Sport.

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Have yet to build my trailer to tow it :(

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Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

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Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby Navyflyboy » Sun Aug 21, 2016 4:52 pm

I just got back from 2 weeks in the mountains of West Virginia. My AWD Mazda CX-5 didn't complain a bit about my 800# loaded trailer.
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Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

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Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby 2leadfeet » Wed Sep 07, 2016 10:10 pm

I'll be using my '75 Ford F250 to pull mine. This thing has pulled everything I've asked it to and it does so without issue. Seems a bit overkill for a teardrop but I love this ol' truck.ImageImage

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Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby Daingmaing » Wed Sep 07, 2016 11:44 pm

I've been using my 98 Grand Cherokee to pull around my 6x10. The Yeti is her name and she loves the mountains.

I have a rebuilt 42re Trans with a 16,000 GVW Trans Oil Cooler installed. There have been a few mountain passes where I've been in 4wd High and in second gear with the trans temp near 225* F, but all has worked out really well. Im glad I did the rebuild with the trans oil temp sensors in the pan, out from torque converter, and back in from the inter cooler.

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Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby capnTelescope » Fri Sep 09, 2016 11:05 pm

I went to the IRG Grand Finale this year, and there was a Toyota Tacoma gathering hidden in there somehow. It seemed like about a quarter of the TVs were Tacomas. Including mine.
I'll burn that bridge when I come to it.

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Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby hartk1213 » Sun Sep 11, 2016 7:31 pm

I tow my TD with my 2007 Chevy Silverado..just put new tires on her and polished the wheels too and she looks great imo
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Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby Kayaker1971 » Fri Sep 23, 2016 7:49 pm

I tow with a 2006 Miata. Just got back from a 2850+ mile trip, averaged 21MPG. There are two types of hitches, one attaches between the bumper and unibody, and the Curt attaches deep onto the frame rails, I have the Curt its very heavy duty. Teardrop weights 850empty including spare tire and a big battery. If I had made an alum trailer frame, it would be 100lbs lighter.
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Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby SmokeyBear12 » Tue Sep 27, 2016 9:55 am

Kayaker1971 wrote:I tow with a 2006 Miata. Just got back from a 2850+ mile trip, averaged 21MPG. There are two types of hitches, one attaches between the bumper and unibody, and the Curt attaches deep onto the frame rails, I have the Curt its very heavy duty. Teardrop weights 850empty including spare tire and a big battery. If I had made an alum trailer frame, it would be 100lbs lighter.
I too tow with a 2006 Miata. By actual count, according to Google maps, I've towed a Little Guy Joey 28K+ miles over the last 6 years. I too use the Curt hitch; no doubt it is the best. Occasionally the hitch question come up on the Miata forum and I always say if you plan on using it for anything besides carrying bicycles, get a Curt. I average 22-24 mpg. Do you also find the irony in using a huge machine (ie: large SUV or pickup) to tow what is by definition a tiny travel trailer?
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Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby Pixie Susan » Tue Oct 04, 2016 7:27 am

SmokeyBear12 wrote:
Kayaker1971 wrote:I tow with a 2006 Miata. Just got back from a 2850+ mile trip, averaged 21MPG. There are two types of hitches, one attaches between the bumper and unibody, and the Curt attaches deep onto the frame rails, I have the Curt its very heavy duty. Teardrop weights 850empty including spare tire and a big battery. If I had made an alum trailer frame, it would be 100lbs lighter.
I too tow with a 2006 Miata. By actual count, according to Google maps, I've towed a Little Guy Joey 28K+ miles over the last 6 years. I too use the Curt hitch; no doubt it is the best. Occasionally the hitch question come up on the Miata forum and I always say if you plan on using it for anything besides carrying bicycles, get a Curt. I average 22-24 mpg. Do you also find the irony in using a huge machine (ie: large SUV or pickup) to tow what is by definition a tiny travel trailer?


1st gen xB. Tiny and tinier.


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Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby DMPinBC » Wed Oct 12, 2016 2:43 pm

Right now... Toyota Prius gen 3. Towing a Prolite Suite. Just my wife and I in the car (and the Coleman cooler plugged into the 12V socket). Bought the Suite in July, Went down to San Francisco and back for a vacation.

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Fuel consumption dropped from an average of 50mpg down to between 35 to 40mpg. Car didn't feel the weight of the trailer, but it certainly felt the wind drag at any speed over 50mph. Worst consumption was on the I5 on the last day - we wanted to get home, so I was driving at 69 to 65mph instead of my usual 55 or less.

Car had plenty of power at highway speeds or less.
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Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby SmokeyBear12 » Sat Oct 15, 2016 11:16 am

Pixie Susan wrote:1st gen xB. Tiny and tinier.
I don't know what that is. Pictures please.
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