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Old 05-17-2010, 08:45 PM   #441
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I just checked the UK specs and its the same as the Aussie. I also see the diesel engine gets almost 40 mpg. You can thank the EPA for not letting us get 40 mpg. They pulled the same thing with the Dodge Sprinter! Mercedes has a 5 cylinder 2.6 that was OUTLAWED because of the emissions. The last year for the engine was 2006. That motor got 30mpg on a 5300lb truck. They replaced it with a 3.0 v6 that gets half that.
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Old 06-25-2010, 09:06 AM   #442
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I was looking for some tips/tricks for long haul towing.

I own a 2006 Honda Element 4-speed automatic. We're considering hauling a UHaul Trailer (5'x8') with an empty weight of 900lbs. Per the specs, max towing capacity for a trailer is 1500lbs.
Thanks to this thread, I successfully towed a fully loaded U-Haul 5 x 8 trailer yesterday on a 10 1/2 hour drive. Dad is moving from his house to a condo/apartment and I loaded up with furniture, tools, a snow blower, etc... and the trailer was packed all the way to the ceiling with items he will no longer be needing in his new residence. No idea of the weight I was towing. I had a fully loaded Yakima Rocket Box on top as well. The E itself had a bike and two lab retrievers inside (200 pounds between the dogs and bike).

Regardless, everything worked perfectly from my standpoint. I already had installed the U-Haul hitch back in 2005 when I bought the E new. I did not have the wiring done at the time because I use it for a bike rack. U-Haul installed the wiring for me in about 30 minutes, sold me the receiver for $29.95, got me hooked up and off I went to load the trailer at my Dad's house.

Related info: I drive a 2005 AWD. Suggested speed limit on the U-Haul trailer is 55 mph. I asked the U-Haul rep at the Rapid City, SD dealer about this and he winked and said whatever you feel comfortable with until it starts to wobble (or something like that which seemed odd to me). Anyway, speed limit is 75 mph on the interstates in SD - so that's what I drove, then dropped to 71 mph in Iowa and only used the AC the last 2 hours as it was cool enough all day to run with fresh air only.

As you can imagine, running that high of a speed my gas mileage was about what one could expect (11 - 14 mpg). Braking distance is increased, but not too bad.

I just wanted to thank the thread and other's experiences pulling a 5 x 8 U-Haul behind the E. It works fine and dandy. I'd be interested to hear other's reports of speed and mileage. It felt like the sweet spot for handling is around 65 mph for interstate driving, but it did fine at 70 - 75 mph thanks to there being very little crosswind out on the prairie (those who have driven across the great plains know what I'm talking about).

The U-Haul site says the 5 x 10 and 6 x 12 can be towed behind the E as well provided you have the right kind of hitch installed. I probably could have used the 5 x 10 for all the stuff I wanted to haul in this trip, but the 5 x 8 did fine with careful packing.
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Old 06-25-2010, 09:36 AM   #443
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glad to hear your experience. Mileage for when I tow my boat is around 15 mpg and I keep it around 65-70 mph.

Someday I may have to do the big brake upgrade on the E for added safety.
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Old 06-25-2010, 10:42 AM   #444
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Brakes on the trailer might be easier to install than changing the Element's brakes.
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Old 06-25-2010, 03:41 PM   #445
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true to that but then where is the fun when you aren't towing
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Old 06-26-2010, 06:38 PM   #446
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Thanks to this thread, I successfully towed a fully loaded U-Haul 5 x 8 trailer yesterday on a 10 1/2 hour drive. [deleted lines] No idea of the weight I was towing. I had a fully loaded Yakima Rocket Box on top as well. The E itself had a bike and two lab retrievers inside (200 pounds between the dogs and bike).

Regardless, everything worked perfectly from my standpoint. [deleted lines]
Related info: I drive a 2005 AWD. Suggested speed limit on the U-Haul trailer is 55 mph. I asked the U-Haul rep at the Rapid City, SD dealer about this and he winked and said whatever you feel comfortable with until it starts to wobble (or something like that which seemed odd to me). Anyway, speed limit is 75 mph on the interstates in SD - so that's what I drove, then dropped to 71 mph in Iowa and only used the AC the last 2 hours as it was cool enough all day to run with fresh air only.

As you can imagine, running that high of a speed my gas mileage was about what one could expect (11 - 14 mpg). Braking distance is increased, but not too bad.

I just wanted to thank the thread and other's experiences pulling a 5 x 8 U-Haul behind the E. It works fine and dandy. I'd be interested to hear other's reports of speed and mileage. It felt like the sweet spot for handling is around 65 mph for interstate driving, but it did fine at 70 - 75 mph thanks to there being very little crosswind out on the prairie (those who have driven across the great plains know what I'm talking about).
If it were my Element, I'd make sure to put in some fresh transmission fluid now and keep an eye on it for a bit to be on the safe side.
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Old 07-15-2010, 07:03 PM   #447
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10x6x6 trailer...



with ~900lbs worth of sportbike in the back..plus all my camera equipment, computers, and 2 employees in the E with me... total of about 900 more lbs in people/equipment...




and it tows just fine. :D i don't even know how much the trailer weighs.
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Old 07-22-2011, 02:10 PM   #448
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I used to to flat tow my old 67 Beetle with a 95 Escort Wagon. You could really feel the weight on the back when accelerating. Remember that you cannot back up with a VW tow bar unless it is in a straight line, or you will bend the tow bar.

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hey guys I have a Baja bug that I would like to tow with the e it would be on all 4 tires and just have a tow bar attatched the tounge weight is very minimal. do you think it will be ok? the bug weighs around a 1000 pounds
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Old 07-22-2011, 04:47 PM   #449
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I used to to flat tow my old 67 Beetle with a 95 Escort Wagon. You could really feel the weight on the back when accelerating. Remember that you cannot back up with a VW tow bar unless it is in a straight line, or you will bend the tow bar.
Wow, you just responded to a post made almost eight years ago.
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Wow, you just responded to a post made almost eight years ago.
Not a problem. Almost all of us are older than that.
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