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post #31 of 35 (permalink) Old 10-20-2019, 02:14 AM
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I'm not planning on using a weight distribution hitch or a brake controller. Not a lot of tongue weight on the sled trailer but the enclosure will be way above the terrain so I'm not expecting much as far as MPG goes.. I hope I have enough brakes but I'm not towing over mountains. My 1/2 ton truck towed this trailer with two sled inside very nicely but I had the 6.0 liter engine and 368 HP.. I only got about 11 mpg .. If I can get 14 mpg towing the same trailer with the terrain I'll be thrilled.. I wish the terrain had a larger gas tank. 15.6 gallons isn't much when towing a 2,200 lb. loaded trailer. I bought the dometic mirrors that trailerhauler recommended and they fit great and will not scratch my chrome mirror covers as the clip on to the bottom of the mirror housing.. I bought 17" wheels and bridgestone blizzak ws80 tires for winter as the 19" OEM wheels and hankook all season tires just won't cut it in the snow. Wish me luck.
Which wheels and tire size did you get...?

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post #32 of 35 (permalink) Old 10-20-2019, 08:38 PM
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They are american racing AR929 aluminum alloy wheels with 225/65/R17 blizzak ws80's . .Size 1
235
/
50
R
19
Size 2
225
/
65
R
17
Compare
Size 1Size 2
Diameter
28.3"
28.5"
+0.7%

Width
9.3"
8.9"
-4.3%

Sidewall
4.6"
5.8"
+26.1%

Circum.
88.7"
89.5"
+0.7%

Revs/Mile
714
708
-6

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post #33 of 35 (permalink) Old 10-21-2019, 08:34 PM
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THANKS I'm thinking the taller sidewall will provide a smoother ride, esp in the winter

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post #34 of 35 (permalink) Old 10-21-2019, 10:32 PM
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Yep, plus better traction.

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post #35 of 35 (permalink) Old 12-02-2019, 07:29 PM
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2012 Terrain, 2.4 and AWD.

Mainly tows a 4x8 Harbor Freight trailer, usually with 1 or 2 motorcycles or the kids' 2 quads. At max the trailer, dirt bike, dual sport, and misc crap comes in around 1000 lbs. Doesn't care it's back there. Might take a 1.5 mpg hit on the freeway. Actually seems to get better mileage on the freeway with the trailer + kids quads then it does with no trailer. Maybe because they are low and fill in the dead air space behind the vehicle. Dunno.


I also often tow 2 different 6x10 trailers. My dad has one, and we have one at work. The wind resistance is enormous. Empty they are 750-850 lbs, loaded I probably haven't exceeded 1300 lbs. But even empty they are taxing on the 4 banger. Definitely would not take on the freeway. Up to 45 mph, no problem. 55-60 mph, very noticable, but doable with no headwind. My trips with them are usually decently short (16-17 miles from work).

Our minivan (2015 town and country) has a ton of power, bht again, higher the speed, the more noticable the enclosed trailers are. Made a bomn run from up north with the one 6x10 once, running 80+ mph. Would expect 21-23 mph from the van doing that, got 10.5 mpg. It wanted to run 4th gear, ~4000 rpm, instead of 6th. Major drag. Same trailer/speeds drags the old 3/4 ton Scottsdale down from about 12 mpg to 11 mpg. The 1 ton camper van dwarfs the trailer profile, it goes from about 11 mpg to about 11 mpg. It's gutless, but doesn't even notice the trailer.

Point is? Weight matters for stopping, handling, acceleration, safety, etc. But profile can have a monumental effect on how well it goes down the road. A parachute is really light, but has huge drag.

My truck hates this trailer. Modern diesel trucks will yank it up mountain passes at speeds that can earn "performance awards".


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