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Old 02-08-2013, 12:32 PM   #1
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Best tow vehicles for 19'

My husband Terry and I are pretty sure that we're going to buy a 19' and we're starting to research tow vehicles. I've read various threads and have been taking notes, but I'd appreciate it if people would let us know what they like (or dislike) about their tow vehicles. We are pretty positive that we don't want to tow with a pickup -- comfort is important and so is the ability to go up mountain passes in the Rockies.

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Old 02-08-2013, 12:53 PM   #2
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Well Ruthe I am sure you will get enough different answers to this quetsion to make your head spin. We tow our 19 ft with a 2003 Gmc Yukon Xl. There was a variety of deciding factors for us, The ability to control the trailer and enough power to easily tavel in mountain passes was a big consideration. The Suv vs Pick up debate in my mind is simply a matter of personal choice and what you like to take with you when you travel, there are pros and cons to both. There are many who tow with a variety of smaller capaicty vehicles in and around the 5,000 lb tow capacity and they seem to be fine, but one observation is that these vehicles don't in my mind have enough increase in fuel mileage to compensate for the other trade offs. Also keep in mind the trailer is likely to far outlast the vehicle.
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Old 02-08-2013, 01:18 PM   #3
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I have a Ford Ranger 4 x 4.
It has a 5000 pound towing capacity And it fits in my garage.
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Old 02-08-2013, 01:29 PM   #4
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Ruth, I already had a pickup, and like you did not want to use one for towing. I ended up buying a Honda Pilot. Pretty much any bigger 6 cylinder engine in an SUV will give you adequate towing capacity.

We have traveled through many a mountain pass with our Pilot, and have only had to slow down to 80 kph on a couple of the steepest passes, with the trailer fully loaded.

What I like about the Pilot is that it comes with towing capacity built into it, and in the case of the Touring model, all I had to do was install a brake controller. When hooking up, the tongue weight does not drop the rear end very much at all, and I don't have a need for a WDH with the loads I carry right now. It also has a lot of room to put stuff in. We are still well under the allowed weight capacity when towing, though we do pack more minimally than most.

If I was looking right now, the Jeep Cherokee with its new diesel engine would be at the top of my list to check out.
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Old 02-08-2013, 02:55 PM   #5
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It probably has alot to do with what sort of needs you have for passengers too, we for example have two adlults and one child but we will often have a extra child so that means more weight and stuff. The rear cargo area of the Yukon is spacious and every one has a comfortable seat. It has a large fuel tank so distance between stops is good as well.
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Old 02-08-2013, 03:00 PM   #6
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I tow my 19' with a pick up or a Toyota FJ Cruiser.
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Old 02-08-2013, 03:36 PM   #7
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Jim, we're wondering how comfortable the ride is with the Pilot and also what would draw you to the Jeep Cherokee, especially because the Pilot sounds so good. We're not particularly worried about cargo space, and while we have lots of grown kids and grandkids we don't expect them to be travelling with us more than one or two at a time.
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Ruth, the ride of the Pilot is a little firmer than many other SUV's of the same size I have ridden in. I am good with that, but others may like a softer car like ride. The rear seat in the Pilot has a ton of room. A 6'6" friend had lots of leg and foot room. I actually scoffed at the 3rd row seats, but have taken advantage of them a bunch of times when with friends or family we carpool to functions a fair bit.

My brother has last years Jeep Cherokee, and really likes it. He did have some electrical problems they took care of, but otherwise a real nice vehicle. What draws me the most though, is the diesel offering. More torque and tow capacity, and better mileage, though you do have to pay a premium for it.

Both Nissan and Toyota's offerings are worthy of a look too.
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Old 02-08-2013, 08:35 PM   #9
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We tow with a Ford Flex with the tow package and just love this as a car, let alone a tow vehicle. It is rated at 4500 pound towing capacity. You could check what we've written about it on our blog, including our satisfaction with how easily it towed the Escape 19 across the Eisenhower Pass. It is a terrifically comfortable vehicle, with 3 rows of seating. The incredible leg room in the third row gives us good flexibility for family use with our grown up kids. Plus I think it is quirky-cute and stands out from the crowd. --Liz
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Old 02-09-2013, 09:40 AM   #10
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Ruth, you can read what I have to say about our Jeep Grand Cherokee towing our 19' under that subject. For mountain towing the Dodge Hemi is tough to beat as I will not hold up traffic on the highest passes in the country and the shorter wheel base allows ease of parking especially with the two wheel drive unit. We do not go where it snows now so 4 wheel is out. We spent too many years in Colorado, Utah and N. Dakota.
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