eaglesdare wrote:welcome wolftamer! i am loving that another hhr person is on board now.
the only problem i have had so far is with the hhr going up the mountains. even without towing my car drops down to about 40mph going over the inclines, and up thru the winding roads of mountains. i haven't attempted to pull on those roads yet, and not too sure i will. although one of my favorite spots to camp in in those mountains, so we'll see.
My biggest issue with the HHR* as the TV is the brakes. I always wish I had more when it comes time to stop. I find myself asking a higher power
for help every time I need brakes going downhill or when I've forgotten I'm towing and didn't pre-plan my stop.
I don't worry about the gas mileage when towing so I just put my foot in it in prep for going uphill. When the big slow down comes, it ain't that bad. When towing to AR, I had it on cruise a lot and I noticed the cruise does the same thing. Keep the rpms aroung 3.5 to 4k going into the hill and it'll pull just fine. Going down hill and stopping, that's something else entirely. I'm going to get better brakes--both rotors and pads--before Pedro (my HHR) has to pull a camper trailer. The twisty bits weren't that bad as long as you were ready to stop. I found the trailer kind of pushes you down hill a bit so using the low gear helps to keep the speed from getting too fast so you have more time to stop.
*Note: I have the LS version with the 2.2L flex engine. If you can get E85, you'll have more power but worse gas mileage. I also changed my stock air filter for the K&N one and notice about the same feel for power no matter what gas I'm using. I haven't put e85 in it since I got the K&N so I don't know if it'll feel even more powerful with the new filter.
eaglesdare wrote:i sure do wished we had some awards to give the newer members when they finish reading this thread!
The reward is discovering all the good info that's buried in the thread.
Eagle , being an old timer and living at sea level ... we used to have to adjust the carburetor on the old truck when we went up in the mountains (the air is much thinner) ... I don’t know if modern computer controlled injection allows for this ... something to check ...
WT , Welcome !!! ... and Congratulations for finishing the “Big read” ..
How much weight can a cycle tow ? Should be Easy to come up with a streamline featherweight...
FI does it automatically. On this car, it's not the going that's the problem it's the stopping with the OEM brakes. I was
more than once during that long trip but it always stopped no matter how much pulsing and feeling like it wasn't it did.
Most motorcycles do not list a towing capacity but a weight capacity. I figure as long as I can keep the trailer below 500 lbs loaded, I'll be okay with my minimum of 140 hp (bike's been jetted but not dynoed so I don't know real numbers). Most commercial campers for bikes weigh in the 200-250 lb range with max capacity of 500. For the motocamper, I don't plan to have anything fancy on/in it: my twin air mattress and sleeping bag and room to store my clothes in the trailer. I'm working on the 2d drawings now in LibreCad (I use Linux so no sketchup for me) and am looking for a 3d program that is not Blender (too complicated to learn) to make a render. I might have to load wine to use sketchup but I'm holding out for now.