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    Towing with your CX-9

    Anyone tow with their CX-9?

    I had to move some playground equipment and decided to hook the tandem axle car hauler up.

    Hooking up to a trailer and maneuvering a trailer is an absolute JOY with the rearview camera and parking sensors.
    Granted I wasn't hauling much weight in cargo, the trailer weighs about half a ton on its own. I definitely felt it back there but it wasn't too bad.

    Last edited by Pele2048; 10-15-2018 at 12:05 PM.

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    I have a Curt hitch ordered for my 2019 but it will just be used for my 1UP USA bike rack. I doubt that I'll ever install the wiring let alone tow. Although you just never know. My previous vehicle was a '11 Acura TSX Sport Wagon and I towed a small landscape trailer behind it quite a bit. Before that I towed it with my Lexus RX330. But now I live in the desert and just have rocks in the yard so have little need for that sort of thing. I like caring for rocks much better than grass though.
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    I tow a 2500 lbs pop up camper. No problems until now.

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    2915 lbs (dry) plus cargo... I also forgot to bring the weight distributing hitch and trailer brake controller. Knowing this, I drove fairly conservatively leaving long braking distances and whatnot.
    Towed rather nicely in the Blue Ridge mountains at highway speeds though.

    Dropped mileage from 19.5 MPG to mid 17s. I also filled up with 93 Octane instead of her regular diet of 87.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Midnight Rider View Post
    I tow a 2500 lbs pop up camper. No problems until now.
    What problems are you experiencing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by anderson930 View Post
    What problems are you experiencing?
    None.

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    U-Haul's trailers are stout... But man, they tow like pigs. Lost several MPG with this one and it was noticeably heavier and more rigid than with my car hauler or the camper.


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    I feel your pain.
    This is from some time ago.
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    U-Haul trailers are built stout to be sturdy.

    Keep in mind that their brakes are surge brakes. When the towing vehicle slows, the floating hitch coupler activates a hydraulic master cylinder on the trailer tongue. This applies the trailer's hydraulic brakes. If the towing vehicle doesn't slow, the trailer doesn't brake. Brake failure, or tire loss of traction, or overloaded weights, anything amiss with the brakes, and you don't stop.
    https://traxpowerdolly.com/articles-...urge-brakes-mb

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    yeah this is the very powerful vehicle and we can tow from this easily, i have tried a lot of time even i tried it for emergency roadside assistance service NY, it never disappoints me very satisfied with its performance.

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    Tows boat easily


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    How does the CX9 handle with the boat. Somewhat looking at somewhat the same setup. 2019 CX9, towing a 18foot Searay, single axle, surge brakes.
    Do you find the power of the 2.5 litre turbo adequate? how are pulling and braking characteristics? don't really plan long trips, mostly local lakes in Fraser Valley.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DOUGBT View Post
    How does the CX9 handle with the boat. Somewhat looking at somewhat the same setup. 2019 CX9, towing a 18foot Searay, single axle, surge brakes.
    Do you find the power of the 2.5 litre turbo adequate? how are pulling and braking characteristics? don't really plan long trips, mostly local lakes in Fraser Valley.
    See PM.

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    Do you think the CX-9 can handle something like this at 2800 lbs (dry)? https://www.kz-rv.com/products/escap...rs/M181KS.html

    The reason I ask is I'm reading that for 3500 lb towing capacity vehicles like the CX-9 it is best to have something under 2000 lbs. Here's an example from here: https://camperreport.com/how-much-ca...o-safe-towing/

    Max towing 3500 lbs

    Trailer popup or tent camper like the forest river Rockwood Freedom 1940ltd. The trailer weighs 1600 lbs dry and 2350 gross vehicle weight and a tongue weight of only 195 pounds. Loaded up it is safely with in the limits of the Equinox and other SUVs the same size. Has plenty of sleeping room for the family.

    Because it is a Popup or Tent Camper it will have less wind resistance when being towed. There may also be some travel trailers that have light enough dry weights to tow with this size SUV but their gross weights max out or exceed the towing capacity.

    The one above at 2800 lbs might be pushing it after all the cargo, fuel, and passengers are loaded up. That's why I was surprised that in Pele2048's post above he seemed to be able to tow 2900 lb (dry) camper with little or no issues.

    What do you think the limits of towing should be with the CX-9?

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    A specification I have not yet seen is the CX-9 GCWR, the gross combined weight rating. This is the maximum allowable weight of the loaded vehicle plus loaded trailer. If that's not in the owner's manual, you might try telephoning Mazda North American Operations, 800-222-5500, for the answer. I've seen other vehicles' GCWR that is quite a bit less than the vehicle's GVWR plus the trailer's GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating). How much weight in people, dogs, boats, and other stuff will the car be loaded with? A load on a top rack increases wind resistance and increases the load on the machinery. Towing in Sport mode runs the engine at higher rpm, thus lower load, than otherwise, so it can work well for towing. (The power calculation is torque x rpm = power. If the power is constant (say it takes 100 hp to hold speed up a certain mountain), then higher rpm needs lower torque which is easier on rotating parts.)

    You don't list your location. Will you make long tows or short? Up & down steep mountains or into high winds? Full freeway speeds or moderate country road speeds?

    Do get a good proportional electric trailer brake controller. Do downshift on long downgrades to keep the brakes as cool as possible (but our little engine doesn't give a lot of engine braking). Do get a superior sway-resisting hitch, not just the friction bar type. Consider the weight of the hitch in the car's tongue weight limit.
    Last edited by PTguy; 07-31-2019 at 02:20 PM.

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