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Old 12-04-2015, 04:04 PM
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So, I thought I'd report on my first official tow with the diesel. It was a few months ago, sadly, but I am finally getting around to telling you all what you all already know. All-in-all, it was the most pleasant experience I've had towing.

Start with the Jeep in the San Gabriel Valley area of Southern California. Mid-September. 95 degree plus temperatures. Add a 6 X 12, 1,920 lb, empty weight, U-Haul trailer, and we're good to go. We're selling our mountain house, and needed to get everything out of the house. So, 2,000 lbs behind the Jeep felt like nothing. It easily handled the load without problems. I had been worried (given some past experiences and reading) with towing in the heat and up a fairly serious grade, at elevation. My worries were quickly alleviated. The Jeep towed the empty trailer easily to 6,500 feet elevation, from sea level. Felt like a walk in the park.

Loaded the trailer up with all the trailer could possibly hold - she was filled to the max, but I don't know the exact weight of everything (tools, bbq's, furniture, boxes of dishes, etc.). Never even blinked an eye. The diesel handled the tow with ease. Uphill, downhill, flats. Outside of looking at a silver and orange thing out my rearview, it would be hard to tell anything was ever behind me.

I can't wait to get some other goods hooked up behind the Jeep. Wife and I are looking at trailers now. It's time! :thumbs:

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Old 12-05-2015, 06:58 PM
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Re: First Tow TR

Great feedback.
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Old 12-06-2015, 01:35 AM
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Nice, I'm towing my VW Golf on a trailer for a few hours next weekend for the first time in my ecodiesel. I'd guess the trailer weight and vehicle (packed with stuff) is pushing 4800-5000 lbs. Looking forward to it.
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Old 12-08-2015, 06:03 PM
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Re: First Tow TR

Always wondered what happens since we down't have a Tow Mode like other rigs. So how does the vehicle just know that it is towing something, with auto-leveling, anti-sway, and other settings engaged?
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Old 12-08-2015, 08:44 PM
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Re: First Tow TR

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Always wondered what happens since we down't have a Tow Mode like other rigs. So how does the vehicle just know that it is towing something, with auto-leveling, anti-sway, and other settings engaged?
Tow mode on the EcoDiesel Dodge RAM 1500 pickup just changes up the transmission mapping, from what I understand. It stays in a lower gear longer. "Sport" mode would be similar on the Jeep. Other than that, all those other settings are always on (leveling, anti-sway).
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Re: First Tow TR

I tow frequently and just put it in sport mode or turn off ECO. I've run it in Eco mode with a full enclosed trailer (~ 6k lbs) and it handled it just fine. Versus a gas motor our diesels make full 420 ft lbs of tq at 2k RPM versus 4k+ where they have to rev like made to keep going. Sweet spot it seems is at 2.3k to 3.3k as it just hauls and no matter the weight or drag from the trailer just chugs along. I've been getting 19-20 mpg if I keep it at the speed limits (65-70 mph) and have lot's of mountains here so hate seeing 7-8 mpg towing up an incline. Could be worse as my gas pickups would be at 2-3 mpg doing the same speed / weight / drag.
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Old 12-11-2015, 08:17 AM
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Re: First Tow TR

I've towed our small car up into the local Santa Cruz Mountains (elev. 3,000'). The towed trailer weight was 4,500 lbs and the Diesel GC pulled it like there was nothing there. I was pleasantly amazed. Granted, there's low wind resistance towing a sports car, nothing like the U-Haul 6 X 12 barn, but still it was great. I was happy. Just to try it, when I was done with that car I put a heavier car (1,000 more lbs, 5,500 lbs towed weight) on the U-Haul car trailer and drove around. It was a piece of cake. Gotta love the Diesel GC!
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Just finished towing my car on a U-Haul auto transport about 200 miles. The engine/tranny/brakes were great, just didn't like the push/pull feeling I got at the back end. I'm sure a WDH would have helped significantly. Power wise though, no problems whatsoever.
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The push pull effect is usually due to the lag between the braking systems on the TV and TT. Most rental trailers use accelerometer/inertial based systems.

IMHO - The best aftermarket system is the Tuson DirecLink. It works by taking TV braking system data from the TV OBDII port and apportions the necessary voltage to the TT electric braking system.

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Re: First Tow TR

I'm renting a 6' x 12' cargo trailer from U-Haul today to help my daughter move. It's probably overkill for her small apartment, but better too large instead of too small. And, trailer rentals are cheap for one day local moves. This will be the first time towing this trailer, I've towed almost every other trailer in their inventory. https://www.uhaul.com/Trailers/

The drive will be about 150 miles, mostly highway, some city, at sea level and in a light rain. No ice or snow here. Should be a piece of cake.
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Nice to hear......I've only pulled a pop up camper with my Jeep and it was great!!! People who have never pulled with a diesel have no idea what they are missing!! I used to pull a gooseneck horse trailer with my Duramax, so nice and easy. And I'm a girl.
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Not bad for a girl.

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Today while towing that 6' x 12' on mostly freeways and some city driving the overall average was 21 MPG. And the JGC barely could tell that the trailer was back there.
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