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Old 01-16-2018, 05:18 PM   #1
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Default Towing a toad

I have a 2016 Forester on a M/B 3500 chassis. Getting tired of renting cars when we stay for extended times. I'm thinking of attaching a rig and dragging a small toad ( not a Smart Car, but not much bigger). Wondering what it will do to overall mileage and if it's worth the wear and tear on the main chassis and components. It's just a 24' unit. Anyone have any thoughts and comments? Appreciate it. C'mon springtime......
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Old 01-16-2018, 11:28 PM   #2
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Chevy Sonic LT hatchback automatic trans - 2700 lbs - towed four down - prob 2 MPG - worth it to me.
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Old 01-24-2018, 05:03 PM   #3
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We tow a Jeep Wrangler (2 Dr) with our 2017 FR 2400R. Does great, no issues. really don't see a "wear and tear" issue on chassis and components at it is a direct attach to the frame via the hitch. If I did not see the rig behind the MH, in the camera, would not know it was back there! The Jeep is about 4500 pounds, loaded, and mileage drop is maybe 2 - 3 mpg. Initially we were not getting a toad, but after a few trips and breaking camp and resetting (even though it was easy) decided that a toad was a better option for us. No regrets.
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Old 01-24-2018, 07:25 PM   #4
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Although you’ll likely get several replies here, it will still behoove you to do a Forum search on this topic. It’s been addressed far more than multiple times, and you’ll get a much broader spectrum of opinions than from just this one thread that you can use to inform any decisions you make.

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Old 01-24-2018, 08:37 PM   #5
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We tow a Toyota RAV4 (modified for towing 4 down). The base vehicle weight is 3750#. With an LTV motorhome on the Sprinter 3500 Chassis the setup does good with about 2 MPG penalty (less at lower speeds, more on the Interstates at 70+). Up steep mountain grades, we do loose a little speed because of the limited top end RPM's, but it really isn't that bad. When the Mercedes diesel works like it should, it is amazingly efficient. Towing takes a while to get used to (like not being able to back up) and it is expensive to set up. Don't skimp on the safety items like a braking system. The 3500 is not like a big diesel pusher and you need the help of the toad brakes to help you stop in a reasonable distance. Tons of discussion elsewhere.
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