Originally Posted by sonoronos
Can you please share your experience in towing that trailer with your race car on it?
I'm curious given all the advice that was given to you. You are alive, that is a good sign that towing with the 90 is possible
I almost didn't go down this route at all - from everything I read, I expected a scene out of a Sylvester Stallone movie where the runaway train losses its brakes. But I did the research and eventually developed confidence that the 90 could handle it. So was I right? Depends.
I've taken about six different trips this year to various tracks, without issue. So in an absolute sense, it certainly can be done - and done safely, I believe. Towing to both Watkins Glen and Monticello Motor Club involve a few long, steep grades once you hit the Catskills where the truck's power deficit is painfully apparent. Nothing a downshift to 3rd gear doesn't help, but I do find myself wishing for more motor.
On flat terrain, its easy to run along at 65mph if you choose. But I tend to keep the speed closer to 58/60mph on the highway for a number of reasons ...
I don't find the short wheelbase to be too much of an issue; the rear end can be a bit lively under hard braking, but I haven't quite perfected the weight distribution so I expect that will help. (It also doesn't help that my car is currently pulling to the left under hard braking WITHOUT the trailer). There are times when the short wheelbase actually helps - backing up with the trailer, trying to negotiate tight areas.
My biggest concern - and I think this likely applies to towing with any vehicle - is how quickly I could slow the rig under emergency braking. My trailer has electronic brakes (controlled by a very trick Tekonsha Prodigy RF brake controller), so that certainly helps. I also keep the boost level quite high, knowing that means that it sometimes pushes the Defender a bit. But I find myself being much more cautious at speed with merging traffic. Stop and go traffic hasn't been an issue at all.
I ended up with a trailer that's much heavier than I was looking for - it has a very cool tilting feature that makes it very easy to use and I found that alluring. But between the weight and the length (the ramps are essentially built into the bed), I'm likely going to sell it and replace it with a 16' aluminum trailer in the off-season. That should save me between 600 and 800 pounds. And I think that will make the towing experience much more enjoyable.