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Old 05-20-2013, 09:43 AM
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^ I agree with Dragon.
..you can get a spare tire and carrier bracket from Harbor Freight for under $100.
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Old 05-20-2013, 12:53 PM
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Check brake fluid reservoir. Check tire inflation pressure for the load you are carrying (50 PSI seems low, I'm running 80 PSI in my load range E tires, and the same size boat). Check your hub seals on the inside of the wheel, if necessary, regrease bearings (or use bearing buddies). Use an IR thermometer to monitor the temperature of the hubs at rest stops. If one is abnormally high, you have a problem. The one thing I didn't see on your trailer is a spare tire. You might want to buy a spare tire and carrier.
Excellent suggestions ... this is what I like about this forum.

BTW, I do have a spare tire, not yet mounted.
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Old 05-22-2013, 12:46 PM
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does the receiver have to be added or does it come on the X5?
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Old 05-22-2013, 03:27 PM
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does the receiver have to be added or does it come on the X5?
X5 does not come with a factory installed hitch. Lots of discussion here on different hitch options if you do a search on "hitch".
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Old 05-22-2013, 07:18 PM
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does the receiver have to be added or does it come on the X5?
Did you even bother to try to search this topic?

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Old 05-23-2013, 11:29 AM
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Old 05-23-2013, 11:44 AM
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Old 05-23-2013, 08:05 PM
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About 3900 dry so not too bad. 400 pounds tongue weight. 8.9 avg mpg over 360 miles on this trip though!
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Old 05-25-2013, 09:04 PM
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About 3900 dry so not too bad. 400 pounds tongue weight. 8.9 avg mpg over 360 miles on this trip though!


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Holy $%^&*. 9MPG is pathetic. I tow about 6k lbs with my old '03 high-revving Honda motor (Acura MDX) and getting 8MPG. It seems that technology has not advanced at all in the last decade when it comes to towing. Gasoline engines suck (ie suck and consume gas) as bad as they used to.

We need a true comparison here with the 35d. Blue Dragon goes first! Real MPG please at 100 kmh (62mph) towing 5-6k load.

8-9 MPG is a crime against humanity
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Holy $%^&*. 9MPG is pathetic. I tow about 6k lbs with my old '03 high-revving Honda motor (Acura MDX) and getting 8MPG. It seems that technology has not advanced at all in the last decade when it comes to towing. Gasoline engines suck (ie suck and consume gas) as bad as they used to.

We need a true comparison here with the 35d. Blue Dragon goes first! Real MPG please at 100 kmh (62mph) towing 5-6k load.

8-9 MPG is a crime against humanity
It's not so much the inefficiency of the (gas or diesel) engines (to wit, without anything in tow, our cars MPG improves 100%+), as it is the ability to overcome the wind resistance of the contraption you're trying to tow. Towing a camper like that is like pulling a barn door straight up through the wind ... beautiful camper BTW!
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How much could you pull with the 3.0 engine? We bought a 22.5ft Cobalt bowrider and I doubt my X5 could handle it but I need advice on this! Dry weight of the boat is 3,850lbs and the fuel tank holds 40 gallons of fuel. I don't want the maintenance of the V8 however I'm guessing the diesel would have plenty of power? We have plenty of vehicles capable of pulling the boat in my immediate family and I personally have a black Z71 Avalanche and the X5. Seeing as how the Avalanche is more practical I might sell the X5 and just keep one vehicle yet the X5 would be perfect if it could handle it. Any advice would be appreciated!
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How much could you pull with the 3.0 engine? We bought a 22.5ft Cobalt bowrider and I doubt my X5 could handle it but I need advice on this! Dry weight of the boat is 3,850lbs and the fuel tank holds 40 gallons of fuel. I don't want the maintenance of the V8 however I'm guessing the diesel would have plenty of power? We have plenty of vehicles capable of pulling the boat in my immediate family and I personally have a black Z71 Avalanche and the X5. Seeing as how the Avalanche is more practical I might sell the X5 and just keep one vehicle yet the X5 would be perfect if it could handle it. Any advice would be appreciated!
Your X 3.0 can handle it! Tow rating is same as mine ('08 4.8i), 6,000lbs tow capacity. It won't be very quick from a dead start, but the 3.0 can do it.

I tow a Cobalt 252 (with a 454ci, 7.4liter DP Volvo Penta motor) dry weight 4,250 lbs plus the weight of the dual axle trailer at 1,050 lbs, for a total weight of 5,300 lbs dry. With gas it is in excess of 5,500 lbs.
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Old 05-26-2013, 08:21 AM
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How much could you pull with the 3.0 engine? We bought a 22.5ft Cobalt bowrider and I doubt my X5 could handle it but I need advice on this! Dry weight of the boat is 3,850lbs and the fuel tank holds 40 gallons of fuel. I don't want the maintenance of the V8 however I'm guessing the diesel would have plenty of power? We have plenty of vehicles capable of pulling the boat in my immediate family and I personally have a black Z71 Avalanche and the X5. Seeing as how the Avalanche is more practical I might sell the X5 and just keep one vehicle yet the X5 would be perfect if it could handle it. Any advice would be appreciated!
My guess is that it all depends on where you are towing. For me the lake is 300 miles away and there are several grades accross the desert. I choose to tow my boat (4k lbs boat and trailer) with my 2500HD to the lake and leave it for the summer. I will use the
X5 35d to drive back and forth and launch and retrieve. Either setup would likely handle it, I just prefer towing long distances with more vehicle rather than less.
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Old 05-26-2013, 06:27 PM
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With my '12 X5 35d I averaged about 17-18mpg at 60 towing my 22foot Four Winns.


I got about 16.5mpg towing a 16 foot enclosed trailer at 75-80. (weighed a decent bit less than the boat)
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Thats nice. I'm not going to ask what mileage you get towing that, but I'm guessing it will be something like 3 gallons per mile!!
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I got about 16.5mpg towing a 16 foot enclosed trailer at 75-80. (weighed a decent bit less than the boat)
I think it has to do with the wind resistance of the enclosed trailer. I just did a 100 mile trip with the trailer in my signature below, and averaged 15 to 20 mpg. Trailer was not fully loaded. I'm happy with that.
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Thats nice. I'm not going to ask what mileage you get towing that, but I'm guessing it will be something like 3 gallons per mile!!
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No drama at all. This was a newer uhaul trailer weighing 2150 pounds, plus the cars weight of 3049. For a grand total of about 5200 pounds. You could tell you were towing something heavy, but the diesel never faltered. Kept up fine with traffic.
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Your X 3.0 can handle it! Tow rating is same as mine ('08 4.8i), 6,000lbs tow capacity. It won't be very quick from a dead start, but the 3.0 can do it.

I tow a Cobalt 252 (with a 454ci, 7.4liter DP Volvo Penta motor) dry weight 4,250 lbs plus the weight of the dual axle trailer at 1,050 lbs, for a total weight of 5,300 lbs dry. With gas it is in excess of 5,500 lbs.
The lake is a hilly 122mi drive for me. The boat ramps are pretty steep on this lake as well. Which hitch would be the best to put on the X5 for this?
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The lake is a hilly 122mi drive for me. The boat ramps are pretty steep on this lake as well. Which hitch would be the best to put on the X5 for this?
Plenty of discussion on hitches if you do a search. My personal recommendation is Invisihitch, best hitch IMO.
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