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Old 02-23-2019, 08:10 PM   #1
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Towing with a View 24V

We have a 2018 View and are currently considering two vehicles to be a toad.
One is a Jeep Rubicon, 4 door, V-6, Automatic with hardtop. The other is a Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk, 4 door, V-6, Automatic. Both can be towed 4 down but both weigh over 4,000 lbs.
Do any of the View owners tow either of these vehicles? What are the pros and cons.
Sure appreciate any available help.
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Old 02-24-2019, 10:12 AM   #2
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Your tow limit on the Sprinter chassis is about 4200 lbs and that is only if you stay at or below your GVWR. People do tow these things but I wouldn't recommend it. If you absolutely need 4WD, get an older, 2-door Wrangler and do your best to stay below 4000 lbs.

You mostly see View/Navion owners towing smaller, lightweight cars for a reason - you need to watch your weight limits.

BTW, I tow a Honda Fit.
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Old 02-25-2019, 01:01 PM   #3
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I tow with a 2017 View. The hitch is rated for 5,000 pounds. The GVWR value comes into play if pulling a trailer because the tongue weight is added to the total vehicle weight. (example: 10% of the trailer weight is on the ball, 5,000 pond trailer is 500 pounds) Most View's have trouble with 500 extra weight on the tail. A flat tow has all most no weight in practical terms so the GVWR is not effected. What is effected is the GCVW. This is the vehicle weight plus anything towed. In your case, just stay below 5,000 pounds (or close to that). Never seen an RV put on scales. Just drive safe. With that said most states will require brakes on anything towed with a weight over 3,500 pounds. Check the states you plan on traveling through. There are many braking systems available for flat towed vehicles. Hope this helps.
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This is a great question,. I started a thread elsewhere( iRV2) asking what everyone is towing and how much it weighs, IF you have actually put the toad on a scale. I have seen some good feedback but most are older jeeps or passenger type cars. I would like to see more jeep model actual "as towed" weights as I am still working on that monumental decision, which Toad will work based on my needs. I want off road capability but I do not intend to do any rock climbing.
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Old 02-26-2019, 10:41 AM   #5
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Just to add an option for a toad. I pull two different vehicles. The first is a Prius on a dolly. Pretty straight forward. The second is a 2017 Polaris General UTV. The General is up graded to be street legal. (DOT glass windshield, wipers, tires, turn signals, mirrors and horn) It weighs 1,500 pound and I pull it on an aluminum trailer @ 500 pounds. The View pulls 2,000 pounds without any issues plus there are no backing up issues. Check out the Polaris Northstar with complete cab with AC and heater.
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Your hitch is rated for 5000 lbs but your Sprinter chassis isn't. Hence the warning label on the hitch, complements of Winnebago, that states your tow limits are less than the hitch rating.

Flat towing a vehicle and towing a trailer are two different animals. Flat towing add very little weight (vertical load) to the hitch; trailer and dolly towing can add quite a bit of weight (which is needed for stability).

And it either case, you need brakes especially when towing with a lighter vehicle.
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