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Posted: 01/24/11 05:39pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

When we started looking for an RV we wanted a Class C small enough to drive though towns and on secondary roads. We settled on a 25' Coachmen Freelander on a Freightliner chassis and Mercedes Benz V6 diesel engine. We so far have driven the vehicle everywhere when traveling except when we have been in an RV park in a large city for a few days and have rented a small car during those times. After our trip this summer to Alaska, I have been considering pulling a small car with the RV (3500# weight limit) or mounting a small motorscooter on the back. Has anyone pulled a car with the MB diesel engine and how does the RV perform while pulling (we live in Colorado and right now the RV really "scoots" up mountain passes without a problem) and what kind of gas mileage can be expected. The rear end is a 4.10 and I typically get 16 mpg going 60 mph. Any suggestions/help will be appreciated. Thanks ahead of time.

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I hope you get some response on this one. We have a Roadtrek Adventurous (B) and I've been wondering the same thing about a toad or motorscooter on a rack. We, too, rent a car and use the RT as base when not just weekending it.


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Go here, join the group and ask the same question. It's the same truck underneath and lots of folks are pulling toads with their "Skinnie Winnies". They are a helpful knowledgeable bunch.


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Posted: 01/24/11 07:39pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I tow a 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee with the MB V6 diesel engine. As with all Jeeps it makes a great towed vehicle. I think it is a bit too heavy for your purposes though. I know of no other vehicle that has the MB V6 diesel and is tow-able.


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I tow a ~2,600 lb. Honda Fit. In the low gears I don't notice any difference in performance. In 4th or 5th, I know the car is there, but it's not a problem. Going up really steep grades it's 45 mph near the redline in 3rd gear, but other than that, it's just normal driving. I go down the steep grades in 3rd, or 2nd if there are tight curves.


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Posted: 01/24/11 07:30pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You might consider going to a uhaul place and renting a trailer and a hitch, then load it up with enough stuff to get the weight similar to a toad. You could then drive it up and down some mountain passes and find out how your unit would perform with a toad.

That would give you real information about your rig (probably more accurate than someone else's subjective appraisal of their experience), and shouldn't cost very much.

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