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post #11 of 24 (permalink) Old 11-11-2007, 07:56 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Towing information to share

We are using an equalizer hitch which I feel is advisable for a travel trailer of the size we're hauling. Also use a Tekonsha Prodigy trailer brake control which is a proportional control and a pleasure to use.


Side note: In case anyone needs more information, I will be offline from today (Sunday evening) until Wednesday or Thursday as we drive our Outlook to Florida. I apologize for any delay in answering your posts.
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post #12 of 24 (permalink) Old 11-19-2007, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
 
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CamperCat just received the December 2007 issue of Trailer Life magazine. Page 65 has a nice article on towing a 4240 pound "Blast" model "150 MPH" trailer with an Outlook XR. A very positive review.
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post #13 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-10-2008, 01:36 AM
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Re: Towing information to share

Great info, thx a lot !

What is the width of your TT ? I am struggling with a choice between 8 foot or less. My wife loves the spce a 8 ' can give us but I don't want to overload the Outlook.

Also, how did your tow package work from the wiring harness perspective ? Is it like plug and play or you needed to do some mods ?

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post #14 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-10-2008, 10:29 PM Thread Starter
 
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Sorry for the delay in answering - been a busy day.

My TT is 8 ft wide. The extra space compared to narrow units is worth it. Compared to a 7 ft 6 in wide, the frontal area is only about 5 or 6 % more. only that much increase in wind resistance. Weight and speed are much more significant. The Trailer Life rig is approaching the towing limit specified for the Outlook. Not much cushoin for payload. My TT is quite a bit less. I wpuld hesitate toing a rig that heavy, even tho it is within specs.

With Towing package the hook up for trailer brake control and wiring was straight-forward, even though I hesitated to mess around under the dash - not knowing what I was looking for.

Did I answer yoyr question? Best regards.
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post #15 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-11-2008, 08:58 PM
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Yes, you did. Thx a lot !

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post #16 of 24 (permalink) Old 06-16-2008, 04:53 PM
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Towing information to share

It looks like this thread hasn't been posted to in a while, but I wanted to share my first towing experience with our new 2008 Saturn XR - FWD.

We used it to tow our 21 foot Regal boat about 20 miles to the lake and back. The boat weighs approximately 3000 pounds dry weight and the double axle trailer probably adds about another 1000 pounds. Throw in the gear, gas and the passengers and I have to believe we were probably exceeding 4500 pounds. The boat towed smoothly and easily. It felt much better to tow with than the 5.2L Jeep Grand Cherokee we had been using.

My biggest concern was on the boat ramp being that I have the FWD model. The Outlook easily pulled the boat from the water with no tire slippage. The launch we used was concrete and fairly clean (but wet). I'd be hesitant to try to launch on anything muddy or too steep with a FWD.
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post #17 of 24 (permalink) Old 05-13-2009, 03:45 PM
 
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CamperCat,

Do you still tow your boat with your Outlook? If so, I'd like to chat with you about it.

Please drop me a note at: [email protected]

Don't worry, I'm not pitching or selling anything. Just had a few questions.

Thanks!
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post #18 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-27-2009, 04:48 PM
 
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Just saw your post. Very helpful. Thinking of buying a TrailerManor 2720 that has dry weight of 3150# in Midland, MI. Have 2007 AWD Outlook. Owner's manual says 4500# towing capacity with 9700#GVWR. Need how much Outlook weighs to subtract from GVWR and then subtract passenger, gear, etc. to come up with max weight for trailer.

Do you know how much outlook weighs?

Can you share your thoughts on towing a 3150# trailer with another 1500# of people and stuff?

Outlook not currently configured to tow. Would you recommend dealer vs. after market to configure for towing? If aftermarket, any place in MI you can suggest?

Thanks.
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post #19 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-27-2009, 07:50 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hi Michigator - I'm confused - I confuse easily. I just received two differing versions of your inquiry that each say about the same thing. I thought I answered the first one a short while ago, but now I'm not sure you would have received it. I'll try again.

The only figure I have for Outlook weight is curb weight of 4883 pounds for the 2008 model.

Your 3150 Lb trailer plus 1500 Lb gear plus 4883 curb adds up to 9533 Lb which is pushing close to the 9700 Lb Gvwr.

I would recommend that you talk to both your Saturn dealer and your RV dealer in regard to retrofitting the Saturn for trailer hauling. I think I would have the work done by the RV dealer simply because he should be more experienced in that kind of thing where the Saturn dealer is only familiar with the factory equipped version. He may, however, be aware of any pitfalls you may encounter that might be due to an RV mechanic not being aware of the Saturn's structural modifications needed. Seems to me that I saw the non-trailering equipped Outlook being rated at only 2500 pounds.

Hope this response gets to you this time -- Regards, CamperCat
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post #20 of 24 (permalink) Old 06-20-2014, 06:30 PM
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I have a 2009 Saturn Outlook AWD, and I have been towing a 18 1/2 foot SeaSwirl boat. The Saturn tows as well as my GMC truck did, and gets better economy. It tows up hill just fine. I don't have to stomp on the gas to keep it at 65mph. I averaged 14.9 MPG overall on 50 mile trip. I'm very happy with how well this thing tows.
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