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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-23-2007, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
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Towing information to share

If anyone is interested in my personal experience (positive) towing a 20 foot travel trailer with my 2007 Outlook XE, I will be happy to put in my 2 cents worth of opimion and a few facts.
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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-24-2007, 07:05 AM
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Don't tease us - of course we are interested

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post #3 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-24-2007, 08:46 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for your interest. We have a 20 foot Sunline Solaris travel trailer and began towing at about 1000 odometer. Followed the manual on speeds, etc. Have accumulated about 2000 miles of towing at odometer 5000 miles. We are very pleased with the pair. The Outlook replaced an extended Chevrolet TrailBlazer. The Outlook is smoother, quieter,and seems to be getting about 1 MPG better than the Chevy. We have towed the Solaris around western Michigan and to the Lake of the Ozarks area in Missouri. Economy for the car going solo is 19.86 MPG over 3000 miles, while towing it has averaged 9.97 MPG for the 2000 miles. My wife tells me I am a compulsive record keeper and I guess she is right. There are so many variables affecting fuel economy that I am comfortable in quoting only long-term averages.

The combination seems very sensitive to terrain and wind conditions (no surprise there) and has varied from 8.4 MPG to as high as 12.1. I sometimes think (perhaps wrongly) that I am smarter than the transmission and tend to "play" the Tow Haul button as we drive. That's because I can see the road ahead and the tranny can't. It seems reluctant to up-shift when I can see that a high gear would be appropriate, so I disengage the Tow Haul and let the engine run at a lower speed.

The trailer weighs 3978 pounds with propane, but no water. We travel light and I doubt that we have more than 200 to 250 pounds of food, clothes, toys, etc. This being well within the 4500 Lb towing limit.

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Thanks for the info. I, for one, will read just about anything on this forum (which lags behind the Acadia and Enclave one), so I'm glad for the update.
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post #5 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-24-2007, 11:22 AM Thread Starter
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This is my second attempt to post a photo of our rig taken in a town park in Missouri on US54. That's Camper Cat in the doorway.
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Thanks for the towing review. We ordered our Outlook with the towing package so we could keep our options open. We have talked about a small camper or sailboat. Good to know the Outlook would be up to the task.

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post #7 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-24-2007, 11:00 PM
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Very good post. Thank you!

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post #8 of 23 (permalink) Old 11-11-2007, 09:06 AM
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Thanks for the info. Do you have FWD or AWD? We usually rent a pop-up camper once a year in September, so it's nice to see that we won't have any problem with that, or something a little bigger if possible. I'm also switching from a Trailblazer EXT to the Outlook (this Tuesday 11/13), so it's nice to hear from someone who has a similar experience.

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post #9 of 23 (permalink) Old 11-11-2007, 10:28 AM Thread Starter
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Our 2007 XE is AWD. I don't feel that AWD is necessary for my type of use -- There are very few snow covered hills in southern Florida where I will be heading tomorrow morning without my travel trailer and while "up north" (Michigan) we are a long way from mountainous towing. We have it because it came from the factory that way. I believe there is a small economy loss with the extra machinery to spin, but, as I mentioned, we are getting better economy than we did with the 2 wheel drive TrailBlazer. Congratulations on choosing an Outlook.
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On the hitch is it a straight hookup or do you have a equalizer hitch?
Thanks in advance for the info.
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