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Thought I would share my experience towing my small camper with this thing. What an awesome car, really handled it well for the most part.

i used the curt hitch which fits great, and the curt trailer wiring adapter. The camper is 7 wire and the adapter is a 4 wire with a small control box. I did not run the 12v wire as I didn't need it and was out of time. Come to find out evidently the control box needs 12v to operate as I had no lights, so that needs to be done.

so my camper is a 15' [email protected] which is about 1475# empty.





First 70 miles of my trip I was in some pretty decent hills with a 30mph headwind, and the car would do about 65mph wide open in 4th gear uphill. I set the cruise at 64 and averaged 16.7mpg. It was also 95* though and it was just killing the power. As the wind died down it went up considerably.

i filled up and wind was 10mph or so, temp dropped to 80-85 and the car could easily pull 75mph and after trying every speed the magic number is 67 in 5th gear. For the remainder of the interstate trip it averaged 18.7mpg with the ac blowing cold.




i had another 50 miles to go on 2 lane 60mph stuff and tried everything from 52-67 and oddly the car gets the same mileage from 62-67, but with the ac off and running 57-58mph it would pull 22-24 and you could barely tell the camper was back there




couple other points, even at 95* 30mph wind and the ac on the temp gauge never moved. As far as the car it was rock solid and could be driven with one finger the whole time even in the wind. It was also funny passing 1 ton pickups with 5th wheel campers like it was nothing lmao!. Anyway if you have any questions LMK.
 

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Very interesting....the owner's manual doesn't mention towing with a CTD and may even recommend against it. I wondered why? We installed a hitch on my daughter's CTD shortly after she bought it and it had about 3,500 miles on the car. She was moving and I have a little 15 foot enclosed trailer she used to carry her things on a 400 mile one way trip. She was very pleased and commented similarly to what you've said. Her most often repeated comment was, she didn't even know it was back there. She was used to getting fuel mileage in the 50s and when it went under 30 she didn't like it..lol (some people would be happy to get 28).

I started a thread on it somewhere on this forum.

Thanks for your comments.
 

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I posed up a thread regarding that curt wiring adapter and got no response. I figured I was the only fool to try and hook up a trailer to my CTD.

Please post up pics and describe how you ran that wire. The curt adapter instructions says to run it all the way from the battery in the front of the car all the way to the rear. I think I would much rather get a small sealed lead acid battery and hook it up in the trunk for as often as I was towing with it. the battery would last even longer if I outfitted the trailer with LED lights. (I already put LEDs in the CTD)

also how much did you have to tear apart in the trunk area to get to the wiring connectors for the lights and where did you mount your ground wire?

Thanks in advance.
 

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The harness is just a few push pins and the def tank cover. Double sided tape below drivers taillight for the box. Ground there is a good spot below the taillight as well.
havent ran the 12v yet that's on my list of things to do. Probably just run it under the car.
 

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I posed up a thread regarding that curt wiring adapter and got no response. I figured I was the only fool to try and hook up a trailer to my CTD.

Please post up pics and describe how you ran that wire. The curt adapter instructions says to run it all the way from the battery in the front of the car all the way to the rear. I think I would much rather get a small sealed lead acid battery and hook it up in the trunk for as often as I was towing with it. the battery would last even longer if I outfitted the trailer with LED lights. (I already put LEDs in the CTD)

also how much did you have to tear apart in the trunk area to get to the wiring connectors for the lights and where did you mount your ground wire?

Thanks in advance.
Sorry I missed your question. I installed the Curt harness on my CTD. I mounted it near the inflator pump, behind the trunk liner. Ran the wire down the left side of the car, under the threshold moldings and terminated it at the fuse box under the headlight switch.


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Wow, that is some dismal mpg! I think I would cry! :(
 

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Wow, that is some dismal mpg! I think I would cry! :(

Seriously? Short of a good diesel pickup that's as good of mileage as you can get pulling a trailer. My tbss only did 14 and my suburban got 12.8 pulling it this weekend. Welcome to the real world where people use their vehicles for more than an easy chair I guess.....
 

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Yes really, just zip tie it to the frame like the rest of the cars on the road. I'm not going to disassemble the interior to run 1 wire
 

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Seriously? Short of a good diesel pickup that's as good of mileage as you can get pulling a trailer. My tbss only did 14 and my suburban got 12.8 pulling it this weekend. Welcome to the real world where people use their vehicles for more than an easy chair I guess.....
Didn't mean to hurt your feelings. Just an observation. Glad I have nothing to tow. :D
 

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Sorry I missed your question. I installed the Curt harness on my CTD. I mounted it near the inflator pump, behind the trunk liner. Ran the wire down the left side of the car, under the threshold moldings and terminated it at the fuse box under the headlight switch.


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so what power feed did you use, It says you need 10 amps.
 

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so what power feed did you use, It says you need 10 amps.
I just put an inline 10 amp fuse on the feed wire and found a "hot in accessory" empty power feed in the fuse box. It looks like there are several power feeds in the box that don't have a "load" hooked to them. I just picked one of those.
The wire stays "inside" the car for the whole run. It follows the existing run that goes from the left trunk wall, behind and outboard of the rear seat back, along the left rear and driver threshold, then up the driver kick panel and into the fuse box.


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did you remove the door floor plates or did you just tuck. I will have to go take a look. I notice when I got my CTD that there were a few empty fuse holders. I used a fuse tap and just plugged a fuse in an empty slot for my gps. It worked great. (a fuse tap slides underneath the fuse "load side" and has a blade connector that comes off of it.) I guess I could do the same for this.
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sounds like a piece of cake, once the wire is run That is the hard part for me don't want to damage the interior.
 

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did you remove the door floor plates or did you just tuck. I will have to go take a look. I notice when I got my CTD that there were a few empty fuse holders. I used a fuse tap and just plugged a fuse in an empty slot for my gps. It worked great. (a fuse tap slides underneath the fuse "load side" and has a blade connector that comes off of it.) I guess I could do the same for this.
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sounds like a piece of cake, once the wire is run That is the hard part for me don't want to damage the interior.
I am having a hard time uploading pics. I've got some sweet pictures of the routing in the trunk but I can't upload them. The trunk wiring is pretty spectacular, if I do say so myself. The wiring then just got "tucked" under the moldings in the cabin. I was afraid of cracking them as well. I made a similar "add-a-circuit" and just found an empty spot.


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easiest way to have pics show up in your post is to crate an account with an image hosting site, I use photobucket. once you upload your pics to photobucket. copy the img link address of the photo and paste it into your message and it will magically show up after you post.

The way you did it above is uploading it to the forum web site and I am sure they have image size and capacity restrictions.

I like they way you did it in the trunk. Just curious how you did the wire run But I am sure I will figure it out. Just got to go look at it..
 

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The harness is just a few push pins and the def tank cover. Double sided tape below drivers taillight for the box. Ground there is a good spot below the taillight as well.
havent ran the 12v yet that's on my list of things to do. Probably just run it under the car.
Installed it today and run the 12v cable from drivers side plastic covers. I just pushed in to hide it. All connected and installed il about 30 min myself. Easy if you can do some basic stuff. Oh and passed the cable from the cabin to the engine baby threw the main harness entrance under tge steering wheel..
 

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Wow. I just went out to look at it and I thought man, that may just be that easy. So I grabbed the wire and before I knew it I had the wire ran from the kick panel all the way to the back quarter panel. I used a fishtape to pull the wire under the back seat into the rear trunk area.

Now all I have to do is install the wiring adapter and T connectors and connect the other end of the wire to the 10 amp fuse at the fuse block.

I Just did not want to run it under the car or punch interior to exterior. This way it is all non-permanent and I can remove it with no evidence it was ever there. I wont be splicing into any wire because I will just use a fuse tap with the existing blank fuse slot.

BTW it took me about 10 mins to run the wire. should only be another 30-40 mins to do the rest of it.


Just one question

since I have not pulled out the trunk liner yet. Is there an existing hole to pull the wiring connector through to the hitch area?
 

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since I have not pulled out the trunk liner yet. Is there an existing hole to pull the wiring connector through to the hitch area?
Yes. Right in the middle, below the trunk striker, there is an existing pass-through. I ran it through that grommet with the existing run.


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You can also keep it in the spare tire area and just pull it out from the trunk whenever you need it. Just to avoid rust and something hanging in the back. I run the 12v wire straight to the battery. Easy pass..
 
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