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Old 08-02-2016, 11:29 AM   #11
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Betsy,
I'd recommend driving lots of potential vehicles mentioned on this list and see what you prefer to drive. I'll throw in a thumbs up for our 2016 Highlander XLE. We love the way it drives with and without our 17B in tow. We plan to tow our upcoming 21 with it also.

Sally,
I'm glad you noticed your speed soon enough. At that speed one of those 65mph rated trailer tires could have torn itself apart.
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Old 08-02-2016, 11:37 AM   #12
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I think that a lot depends on where you will tow. I purchased a Gmc Acadia to tow our 19. On the east coast it is more than enough with low to mid 20's highway and 13 -15 towing. Looks like most car makers have a six cylinder Suv that will handle 5000 lbs or so. For towing in the West, I would want more oomph. The challenge I see is that car makers compute more power with more luxurious. If any one knows where to get more power without leather heated seats and every other expensive option, I'd like to know which model it is, other than a truck.
I agree. When looking for a tow vehicle for our "on order" Escape 19, we wanted an SUV with 2 rows of seats and excellent towing ability to handle mountain driving. The only options were luxury models. I looked for a slightly used Jeep Grand Cherokee with the factory tow package. I finally found one which was a year old with 27,000 km, and a purchase price of $42,000 CDN. This was $27,000 CDN less than the original invoice to the previous owner (I bought from the same dealer and they showed me the paperwork). It has the luxury features (heated and vented leather seats, etc) that we did not really need.

We have been very pleased with the Grand Cherokee as a tow vehicle and have spent over 130 days in the trailer in the 14 months that we have owned it. It handles the "ups and downs" of mountainous areas very well. And we have discovered that vented seats are great in the summer heat!

So getting back to the initial post - when considering a tow vehicle, consider a slightly used vehicle to get the tow features you want at an affordable price.
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Old 08-02-2016, 11:48 AM   #13
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We have over 30,000 miles towing with the Highlander. Has worked well. Day in day out, mountains, plains sea level to 10,000 feet 14 mpg Ave towing, 23 mpg without trailer. I never knock another man's choice of equipment, lots of vehicles will do the job. Your alternative uses of the vehicle when not towing figure into the decision too. Get plenty of towing capacity and tongue weight capacity, weight distributing hitch, and vehicle cargo capacity and you'll be good. My opinion.
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Old 08-02-2016, 12:21 PM   #14
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So getting back to the initial post - when considering a tow vehicle, consider a slightly used vehicle to get the tow features you want at an affordable price.
I second that. We picked up a 4 year old 4Runner at a significant discount to new. It came with leather, nav, etc that we didn't really want but the price was right. It had higher mileage than I initially started looking for but these vehicles are known for their reliability and longevity so I felt comfortable with that.
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Old 08-02-2016, 12:26 PM   #15
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Is a v6 with 3500 towing capacity pushing the limit with a 17B? Or is it wiser to go with a 5000.

^^^does that question even make sense? This "towing stuff" is so confusing! Dry weigh curb weight, torque engine ratio.....
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Old 08-02-2016, 12:32 PM   #16
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I'm happy with my RAV4 V6 and 17B.
I'd be happier with an even larger margin with the Highlander, but I'm not buying one.
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Old 08-02-2016, 03:02 PM   #17
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Your alternative uses of the vehicle when not towing figure into the decision too. Get plenty of towing capacity and tongue weight capacity, weight distributing hitch, and vehicle cargo capacity and you'll be good. My opinion.
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I think the above sums it up well. Many people have tow vehicles that they are very happy with for various reasons, and many of those reasons come down to their personal preferences and requirements, and how the vehicle is used when not towing a trailer.

My situation is as follows; I tow a 19' with a 2007 Toyota 4Runner with 4.7L V8. My factors were:
-I like Toyota reliability
-It fit my budget
-It has power/towing capacity to spare
-It is a moderately sized SUV that still fits in my garage
-Accomodates my 2 kids, dog, and gear in relative comfort
-It has the optional 3rd row to fit additional passengers uncomfortably
-4WD for winter, mild offroading
-Easily modified, because that's the kinda guy I am

Some folks might buy a 19' and have zero of the above listed items as a factor in their tow vehicle selection. I'd like to have a pickup truck with a 5.0TA, but it doesn't jive with a few of the bullet points above (some of which were wife acceptance factors to be fair).

Also, for me fuel economy isn't a major concern - 90% of my mileage is on long trips, and most anything towing a 19' gets around 10-15mpg (generalization here). In short, towing fuel economy is abysmal, deal with it. I am bothered by my vehicle's effective range. I need to fill up every 200 miles (on average). In some situations, that could be problematic (Alaskan or Canadian trips, or across sparsely populated parts of the US, or backcountry exploring). I'm looking to remedy that though.
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I think the above sums it up well. Many people have tow vehicles that they are very happy with for various reasons, and many of those reasons come down to their personal preferences and requirements, and how the vehicle is used when not towing a trailer.

I am bothered by my vehicle's effective range. I need to fill up every 200 miles (on average). In some situations, that could be problematic (Alaskan or Canadian trips, or across sparsely populated parts of the US, or backcountry exploring). I'm looking to remedy that though.
Wait till you're 68 years old, your cruising range will not be how much your gas tank can hold.
See you in September, take care of those kids.
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Old 08-02-2016, 04:02 PM   #19
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Wait till you're 68 years old, your cruising range will not be how much your gas tank can hold.
See you in September, take care of those kids.
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Taking a break to rest, eat, or take care of other issues are easily accommodated. Finding a gas station.. not so much.
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Old 08-02-2016, 04:10 PM   #20
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I am bothered by my vehicle's effective range. I need to fill up every 200 miles (on average). In some situations, that could be problematic (Alaskan or Canadian trips, or across sparsely populated parts of the US, or backcountry exploring). I'm looking to remedy that though.
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Wait till you're 68 years old, your cruising range will not be how much your gas tank can hold.
Even though there are other factors affecting uninterrupted driving time, fuel range is still an issue. You can stop for a washroom break in many places - including just using the trailer since you're dragging it along - but that doesn't mean that fuel is available there... especially at a reasonable price.

200 mile (300 km) range would drive me crazy. Our van can pull our trailer about 500 kilometres (including mountain terrain) on a fill, and that's short enough to be annoying - I'm used to 800 km in the van when not towing, and 700 km in my car. The motorhome's range is unknown - I don't want to test it - but it's at least 800 km.

On almost any highway in Canada gas stations are much less than 300 km apart, but there are those stretches which are longer, and even if gas stations are reasonably frequent it's annoying evaluating range versus distance to the next station every time a station goes by. Imagine running out a few kilometres short of the next station, having passed one less than an hour ago...
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