We are heading to Door County Wi. Last of May, we have a 1999Dutch Star, I have never pulled a vehicle behind Rv before we always rented a car...Does anyone pull this big a vehicle? I am really nervous about this, I can see the truck in back up camara up to the top of windshield...We have a Blue ox Tow Bar. & Brake Buddy ..I think I should get someone to adjust the camara so I can see to the back of truck..I do all the driven Charlie navigates. I was run off the road 2 yrs ago by a semi, 4 friends just got off cruise ship in Mississippi we rolled 4 times in my Taohe, & walked away, well with a lot of broken bones but we are alive, I still can't ride with anyone, a friend was drivin my Tahoe then,,So I do love to drive the Rv
If your Dutch Star is a DP. then no problem. Look at our toad and you will see we tow one. I know folks that tow a 1T dually.
Bob & Betsy(FishNFanatic) - USN Aviation Ret'd '78 & LEO Ret'd '03 & "Oath Keeper Forever" '05 HR Endeavor 40PRQ, 400 Cummins-Pulling our '11 Silverado LT, Ex Cab 6.2L NHT 4x4, w/2010 Rzr or 01 V Star in back. Where the wheels are stopped today
We have a gas dutch star, talked to a guy friday said we would blow up rv engine pulling the truck on big hills & of course mts. Well our local rv dealer Roots in indiana, should have said something when we were ordering all the tow bars & base plate for my truck..but we are going to try & just take it easy..we are leaving in 2wks for Door County Wi
You are not going to "blow up" a gas RV engine pulling a load up hills. The engine will put out no more power than its computer has been programmed to put out, and it has been designed to put out full power for tens of thousands of hours. It is not as if increasing the load turns your engine into some kind of racing engine putting out 2 or 5 or 10 times its designed power and shorten the running life to minutes or seconds.
What is actually going to happen on those hills, with maybe 1/3 greater load, is that you will be climbing them more slowly.
If your cooling system is blocked, or you are in extreme temperatures, you might have issues with overheating, but you could have those issues not pulling the truck. Cooling system problems could also cause transmission cooling problems that lead to early transmission failure, so I you are concerned about the additional load, on a 14 year old drivetrain, you might have the cooling system flushed and refilled with fresh coolant, and the hoses and fan belts checked or replaced, as preventive maintenance.
You should check the Gross Combined Weight Rating of your motorhome, to make sure your truck is not going to put you over that, which is what the chassis and drivetrain are designed to handle.