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Question Does Anyone Tow with their Borrego?

If you tow, what do you tow? Size/Weight? What is your experience? V6 or V8?
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Towed a 23ft with slid out to Yellowstone & back, EX V8, five people. Got 6 to 10 mpg not very good. From AR, to IA. to Yellowstone & back.
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I tow a 22' boat (6K lbs) with an EX V8. short distances but in and out of boat ramps. No problems with the V8.
I just replaced the trailer brakes with discs and need to ID and connect to the back-up light wiring for the reverse solenoid. I've found the wiring in the rear electrical panel but am struggling to find the + to the back-up light. Any ideas?
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I solved the probelm with my Borrego wiring connection to the back-up lights for the electric solenoid on the surge activiated disc brakes. The center wire on the 7 pin connector is for the back-up lights so I tapped into this wire (orange) so there was no need to access wiring in the tailgate.
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Default Borrego towing review from Trailer Life

I haven't towed with the Borrego yet, but plan to in the future so I researched this a bit before buying. There was very little info out there, but I did find the following review. It is high-level but I thought others might want to take a look.

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Default Towing a 3000 lb. Camping Trailer with a V-6

So far so good. Picked it up across town and had to drive home on the highway. Brake assist took a bit to figure out. The car still skips when braking at slow speeds. I've adjusted the brake assist many times. Brakes great at higher speeds. It's just at speeds below 20km/h that this happens. Otherwise I've been happy so far. Taking it into the mountains next week. Let you know how it goes.
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I pull a 24' pontoon boat with a dual axle pontoon trailer with 10" wheels. About 5k lbs total loaded. It is about 20 miles each way from the boat ramp to the house. 2WD EX V8 Limited.

Backup camera is AWESOME. I can now hook up the boat by myself in less than 5 minutes. Gas mileage is worse, but not enough distance to know just how bad it actually is.

Borrego pulls the boat out of the water without any strain. The Borrego actually pulls better than the 1990 Suburban automatic w/4x4 I was pulling with before. The Sub had a v8 (rebuilt), but just had a lot of trouble with the boat on going up hills. The Borrego 6 speed trans has been great pulling the weight. I have let it auto shift on its on, and I have manually shifted it, just to compare how well it does without me touching it. I was a little more happy when I manually shifted it, but it still did well in auto. Nice to know that it can do it all on its own if needed though. The Sub did not do well on its own, and had to be manually shifted all the time and was a pain in the butt.

I also converted my boat trailer over to disc brakes. It helped a lot! The disc brake kits for the 10" pontoon boat wheels work great! Only took a weekend to install them.

Where I go to launch, they keep the boat ramps very well maintained, so a 2wd is fine for pulling out of the water. I've had the two back wheels wet (axle not submerged), and have had no issues with slippage when pulling out. I never had to use the 4x4 with the Sub in 5 years of going to that boat ramp.

I also have an electric brake controller for some other trailers. I have the Hayes G2. It is hands down the best controller I have EVER used. Check it out if you are looking for an electric brake controller.

Hope this helps...
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Default Tow with V-6

Tow a camping trailer also, about 2700 lbs. Took it from Cincinnati to Orlando last month. Did a great job!! No problems through the TN mountains. Just had the TSB on the shifting done. Towed again this weekend and I think I like the 'old' shifting better. It holds 4th gear pretty long.
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I am towing a 27 foot 5500 lb travel trailer with Cargo Box on roof of Borrego LTD this week. Will let you all know the MPG when I get back. Hoping for 10mpg. The cargo box on top seems to kill MPG, not sure with travel trailer behind.
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I tow a 31' Outback 268RL trailer. It comes in at 5949 pounds dry and a tongue weight of 695. My wife and I had it out for our first trip earlier this month an can confirm the terrible gas mileage, but no issues hauling. The next test will be next week when we head out with 5 of us and gear.
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