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Old 07-16-2016, 04:32 AM
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Question [AUS] Towing with my SRT...or a diesel?

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We've just bought a caravan to tour around this amazing country, but have a 2015 SRT.

What are the pros/cons to touring long distance with the SRT vs diesel GC? We'll be sticking to the black top for the most part but want to understand its limits. I fully expect the Birdsville trail, etc, to be out of reach.

I figure the laws of physics will be the great equaliser wrt fuel economy, and the SRT doesn't lack grunt, and I see the monster brakes as an advantage. On the subject of fuel, anyone have any tips for supplementing the fuel tank with 98 unleaded? I expect it's not impossible to get caught short on the longer runs in QLD/NT/SA/WA.

The diesel Overland/Summit have the air suspension which might make the ride a little more comfortable and self levelling of course, but any disadvantage to towing a good size rig (within the legal specs) with the SRT suspension?

I haven't ruled out sticking my beloved SRT in storage in the meantime and buying a used GC diesel for the trip and selling afterwards, not keen in replacing the SRT with the diesel though

All thoughts/suggestions appreciated

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Re: [AUS] Towing with my SRT...or a diesel?

Ordered our SRT as the wife's daily driver and weeked tow rig, it will be pulling this car trailer and camaro intermittently, totalling 6200lbs roughly talked/read about srt towing and people say it works great but you may need a weight distribution hitch set up.
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Re: [AUS] Towing with my SRT...or a diesel?

Great rig

Australian certification only permits towing up to 2950kg/~6500lbs, whereas the diesel is certified up to 3500kg...beyond that, a truck is the next rung up the ladder
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Re: [AUS] Towing with my SRT...or a diesel?

I reckon fuel and some of our crappy roads would be the two biggies.

For what it's worth, we (family of 5) towed a loaded up a campervan for a week out west and found the SRT to be great for towing for the most part. No lack of power when needed and handled well overall.

However fuel usage was ordinary compared to normal as you'd expect. And as a lot of our roads outside of metro areas are just plain garbage, you sometimes feel like you need a kidney belt with the tight suspension.

In saying that, for the odd trip away it's been good. If you're thinking of heading away for longer trips, it would be hard to ignore the diesel and added comfort/towing benefits that comes with the Jeep GC. All IMO only.
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Re: [AUS] Towing with my SRT...or a diesel?

Yeah that pretty much reflects my current thinking. We're looking at some longer trips over the next couple of years, so maybe it's a good investment

Also opens up the possibility of learning to do some more serious off roading, I mean, driving on something less than an unsealed road
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Re: [AUS] Towing with my SRT...or a diesel?

I found my '14 SRT, when weighed down by my 7,200LB travel trailer, performed almost as well as a 5.7 Hemi-powered WK2 does without a trailer. With my 3,000LB snowmobile trailer, there again, I had no idea it was even hooked up!

Granted, with the travel trailer I was averaging between 10-11MPGs at 65MPH, but I would say that's pretty reasonable. For what you'd pay for diesel per gallon, the SRT is also more economical, not to mention a hell of a lot more fun to drive.

As for the SRT suspension, I had a load-distributing hitch due to my ~750LB tongue weight on the travel trailer, and in light of that the SRT never let me down!

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Re: [AUS] Towing with my SRT...or a diesel?

Nice rig mate

Following pressure from the other half on the subject of ride quality, we've now bought a diesel GC. The legal towing limit here in Aus is higher and diesel is usually a fair bit cheaper than 98 unleaded.

I'd really like to know how the SRT would handle its companion, but I probably won't be in a position to make a proper comparison since it is a requirement here to fit electronic braking control to the car for a caravan of this weight (at extra cost).
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