Here's a shot of my Element SC pulling my pop-tent. I had to cut a hole in the back bumper to be able to fit the tow package, but it works great. The trailer weighs about 1,500lbs and the E pulls it no problemo.
I've had my 2008 SC since August of 2009.
This past week we just acquired a 2001 Coleman Taos from a church friend.
We had borrowed it from time to time to use as a "Guest House" both at home and at Virginia Beach.
I've towed it a few times with the Element, but, never very far to date.
Looking forward to getting some weekends away next year.
We already have reservations in Mount Pleasant, SC for April next year.
I hope it pulls OK and doesn't beat up my fuel mileage too much.
So we did our jaunt to the South Carolina "Low Country" back in April as previously stated.
The Element did just fine. I barely knew that the camper was back there, except on the longish uphill grades. There was more than a bit of downshifting of the automatic trans.
But, that was to be expected. On the way "down" to South Carolina we took US-52 and sort of meandered, taking our time. Managed to keep mileage around 19-20 MPG - not to bad!. The trip back, we felt a bit more rushed and took I-26, I-77 and the such. Higher speeds, and more up-hill grades. Mileage for the return trip was in the 16-17 MPG range. But, still, I was OK with that based on the path I selected.
A good trip.... Oh, for the record we stayed at the KOA in Mt. Pleasant, SC. We were down there for me to do the Cooper River Bridge Run (www.bridgerun.com).
This past weekend we pulled our Coleman Taos Pop-up from central Virginia to eastern Kentucky for a short family reunion. The route was, basically, I-64 through West Virginia.
For those unfamiliar, I-64 through West Virginia has some significant grades - for the east coast at least. I was a bit concerned prior to starting the trip. Resigned myself to the far right lane, with the flashers on, trying to not tax the transmission too much on the long uphill grades.
All in all, it went well. The Element didn't seem bothered by the pull. I was surprised that I still averaged right around 20 MPG for the trip there and back. I am due for a "scheduled" transmission fluid change, so the timing is good. I don't pull it that often. But, I'll be shopping transmission coolers if we begin to use it more!