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Old 09-14-2018, 02:28 PM   #1
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2017 Toyota Tacoma - Towing Capabilities

Hi Everyone,



I am looking to join the Escape family but are going back and forth between the 19' and 21' size. Part of my battle is coming down to the towing capacity of my Tacoma. The published towing capacity of the 2017 Tacoma is 3,400 lbs-6,800 lbs. I know there are several factors that go into that number. I wanted to reach out to see if anyone has any real world experience towing either a 19' or 21' Escape with a Tacoma? I live in Colorado so we will be traveling on mountainous roads.



Any help or insight would be great.
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Old 09-14-2018, 03:24 PM   #2
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One recent E21 owner traded in their new Tacoma for another vehicle, explaining while adequate, it felt under powered. I too looked at the new Tacoma, but without the integrated brake controller I felt it was not as suitable as compared to my present Ram1500. An Escape 19 maybe better suited for the Tacoma.
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Old 09-14-2018, 04:06 PM   #3
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I pulled my Escape 21 from Dallas to Reno to Santa Cruz with my 2008 Tacoma TRD Off Road 4.0 V6 6-speed stick shift 4x4, and it towed just fine, adequate power, etc. I had load range E tires (BFG All Terrain KO2), and airbags on the Taco so it handled the load quite nicely.

however, payload was a concern, we go to festivals and star parties where I'm carrying a truckload of gear, and when I did the numbers, the tacoma's 1200 lb payload was just too small, so I ended up with an F250 diesel which is redonk overkill

also the Tacomas gas tank was too small for long distance travel... on that trip from Texas, I got between 10 and 13 MPG, and with a 20 gallon tank, that meant I was looking for gas every 150 miles. the F250 7.3 turbodiesel gets 13+ and has a 28 gallon tank so I can go like 500+ miles per tank with plenty of reserve.
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Old 09-14-2018, 05:08 PM   #5
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I tow my 2017 19 foot with my 2016 TRD Sport Tacoma. I have the tow package and brake controller. The only time I question the power is going up very steep mountain passes, it wants to gear down a little more than I like. I do average around 14 to 16 miles per gallon with a fully loaded trailer, that I like.
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Fourteen MPG is about all I get under normal towing conditions with the 21, and this spring a head wind pulled me down below 12. Loren
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Old 09-14-2018, 06:46 PM   #7
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I would make choosing the camper you really want the 1st priority, then figure out how to tow it. These fiberglass campers can last a long, long time if well cared for. I wouldn't want to find out I made a bad choice based upon some external factor.
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Old 09-14-2018, 08:15 PM   #8
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.... the F250 7.3 turbodiesel gets 13+ and has a 28 gallon tank so I can go like 500+ miles per tank with plenty of reserve.
Ummm..... 500+ miles, a bit of hyperbole perhaps? 13 mpg x 28 gallons = 364 miles.
Although I'll be the first to admit, you truly can drive all day with that truck and never use a drop of gas!
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I pulled my Escape 21 from Dallas to Reno to Santa Cruz with my 2008 Tacoma TRD Off Road 4.0 V6 6-speed stick shift 4x4, and it towed just fine, adequate power, etc. I had load range E tires (BFG All Terrain KO2), and airbags on the Taco so it handled the load quite nicely.

however, payload was a concern, we go to festivals and star parties where I'm carrying a truckload of gear, and when I did the numbers, the tacoma's 1200 lb payload was just too small, so I ended up with an F250 diesel which is redonk overkill

also the Tacomas gas tank was too small for long distance travel... on that trip from Texas, I got between 10 and 13 MPG, and with a 20 gallon tank, that meant I was looking for gas every 150 miles. the F250 7.3 turbodiesel gets 13+ and has a 28 gallon tank so I can go like 500+ miles per tank with plenty of reserve.
2X on John's reasons for replacing a Tacoma when towing with a 21. I was over weight )payload) by at least 150 pounds. I loved the truck, but now tow my 21 with a 2018 Ford F 150, 3.5 EcoBoost Supercab off road. Better mileage, lower RPMs, a 36 gallon fuel tank and still have 700 pounds of payload left with all my stuff.
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Like Thiggins said, it's usually best to choose the trailer, then the TV. If you haven't seen the 2 trailers go look a them then decide.
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