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Rebecca Price
MKB wrote:
What mpg are you getting when pulling with the Tundra? Ok on large hills, like the Rockies? Saw the 199 at Hershey a few weeks ago-loved it!


Getting around 11 mph when going up a 6% grade or more.  Just took the 199 out to camp this last week, only 100 mile round trip but elevation change of 3000 ft each way and my average mpg was 15.3 for the trip.

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Peter Scrivener

Good Morning - 
I tried towing a 177 SE (Smaller than the 195) with a Toyota Tacoma...
It WILL tow it but you are on the gas the entire time and the truck will struggle with hills, etc. 


We ended up buying a Ram 1500 with a 5.7L engine.    Now it tows like a dream.  The nice thing about the truck is the 8 cyls shut down to 4 cyl on the highway when the full 8 isnt needed.  We averaged 15.5 MPG from CT to TN and back.    Good luck! 

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propane
Considering buying a 195, will not be towing across country,250 -400 miles max of NW Ohio so mid-northern Michigan, Northern Ky. etc, want to tow with a 2003 F-150 2wd S/C w/4.2 V6 factory tow package rated at 5500 lbs max trailer weight w/3.55 gear limited slip. Just my wife and I will be using this, going from a Class C to this. Anyone have/had  experience with this or similar combos?  Not interested in towing more than 60 mph.
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Alabama Jim
We tow our 195 with a F-150 eight cylinder and it tows great.   A six cylinder will tow it, but not recommended since it will be a big load on the engine.
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dnance
We didn't have a tow vehicle when we ordered our 199fks. After weeks of searching, and being a Ford family, we settled on a used Silverado with a 5.3L engine, 4x4, Z71, integrated brake controller and I think a 3.42 axle. Lol. Looking forward to camping. We live in Michigan, so not a lot of camping going on this time of year, lol.
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mikes
dnance wrote:
being a Ford family, we settled on a used Silverado
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Mike
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dnance
Lol. True story. Never bought a Chevy before.We looked at Chevy, Ford and Dodge. Chevy was best for the price. Mind you we bought used, not new. I couldn't afford new. Lol.
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frank_a
My rule of thumb for tow vehicles is twice the tow capacity of the max load of the trailer you're towing.  I plan on buying a 3/4 ton pickup (probably a gas powered F250) next year to tow a Retro 195 or a Vintage 23RSS.  Over my 4 decades of towing, I have seen too many folks too close to their limit.  Diesels are too expensive and costly to maintain for my tastes, but any diesel pickup will do the trick.
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retro195man
I am using a GMC Sierra 4x4 reg cab 8' bed to pull the 195. It pulls it with ease. I do use and recommend a weight distribution and sway bar for any large towing. It adds a degree of safety. it helps ride level too. 
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frank_a
I'm just the opposite - always have had chevy and GMC trucks (since 1975) until I bought an F150 (used) a few years ago.  I can't afford new either, and it's no laughing matter!

Frank
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