Mantis Tow Vehicle

  • jonanscher
    Participant
    # 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    Curious what folks are considering for their Mantis tow vehicle.

    We are planning to go with the new Subaru Ascent, but a part of me is hesitating and considering going with a pickup that is more tow-oriented. I like some of the tow-specific features of some of the pickups out there.

  • jonanscher
    Participant
    # 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    I’ve also toyed with the idea of a hybrid SUV like the Highlander, but I’m worried about the low GCWR.

  • Go2chad
    Participant
    # 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    I am also considering a Highlander as a tow vehicle for the Mantis. I’m hoping that the 3,500 lbs capacity will be enough. I imagine the electronic breaking will help when slowing down but am concerned with putting a lot of stress on the v6 engine.

  • jonanscher
    Participant
    # 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    For what it’s worth a gal from Colorado just got her Mantis and towed it over a mountain pass in Colorado with her Highlander. She said it worked great (she stuck to speeds around 60–65), and that she got 20 mpg. That made me really tempted to consider a Highlander. We test drove one though, and it’s adaptive cruise control is so much more limited than that in the Subaru. We were pretty disappointed by that. Though we do really love our Prius, so it’s a hard call.

  • oregon
    Participant
    # 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    Another factor to consider is tongue weight. Anyone know what the tongue weight for the Mantis is?

  • oregon
    Participant
    # 1 month, 1 week ago

    In the Trailer Life (7/18) review of the Mantis, they list the hitch weight as 420 lbs, and the axle weight as 2570 lbs. That is apparently with full freshwater and gas and no cargo.

  • jonanscher
    Participant
    # 1 month, 1 week ago

    I have not weighed my Mantis yet, but I don’t think that’s right. GVWR on the Mantis is 3500, dry weight according to TAXA is 2800.

  • pkmiller
    Participant
    # 1 month ago

    I am pulling mine with my Toyota Tundra (5.7L V8). I think a half ton pick-up is just right for this trailer. I live in Colorado and when pulling over the mountains I am at times in 3rd gear (out of 6) and doing 50 – 60 MPH even with nearly 400 hp. I am sure a lot of midsize SUV’s would handle it just fine – but you will certainly feel it up and down the hills.

    The trailer is also about the same size as the truck – so the vehicle isn’t dwarfed by it. And the tongue weight is not a problem. Plenty of room for the kid (and another on the way) and dog. This was already my daily driver though…

    I have some pics – but not sure how to paste them in here.

    p

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