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Old 08-01-2016, 10:47 PM   #1
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Best Towing Vehicles for a 17B or 19' Escape

HI,

I'm interested in knowing what would be the most efficient towing vehicle for towing an Escape 17B hauling a couple of bikes. Interested in travelling the mountains out west and may be loaded for full time RVing?

What kind of gas mileage can I expect with the vehicles you suggest?

How much larger of a vehicle would I need for a 19' Escape? and what might the gas mileage average?

Thanks much,
Betsy
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Old 08-01-2016, 10:57 PM   #2
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Hi Betsy.

The subject of tow vehicles and which is "best" or "most efficient" comes up periodically on all the trailer forums. You will find many different opinions.

Rather than recommend a specific vehicle, I'll just give you a couple of basics. First, your vehicle has a towing capacity, a maximum tongue weight (usually 10% of the rated towing capacity), a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating or GVWR, and along with the trailer, a Gross Combined Weight Rating or GCWR. There are other numbers specific to the trailer. It has a GVWR as well, along with a Gross Axle Weight Rating or GAWR.

What do all these numbers mean? The Web is a vast resource on each of these, and you can get educated in short order if you do a search. But, the bottom line is that a tow vehicle is suitable if the numbers are not exceeded.

As far as which is most efficient to tow a 17 or 19, a good starting point for calculating mileage would be to take the MPG rating of the proposed vehicle and reduce it by about a third when towing. This can vary greatly depending on the terrain, the wind, and your driving style.
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Old 08-01-2016, 11:30 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum.
First off, not sure I would recommend a 17' for fulltiming. Then again, you don't sound as if you have made up your mind on that. There are people out there who use that size and I guess it is what you are used to and expect.

Second, on the tow vehicle, there are plenty of choices depending upon how you want your numbers. When you become familiar with the numbers, then you will be able to narrow the choices down to what you think is right for you.

If you can possibly go to a rally to see some trailers and tow combinations, that would help quite a bit. Pretty soon, you will know what you want.
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A small, or not, suv might work well. Personally I'd want something that maximizes space over mpg if I were thinking of full timing in one of our very small trailers.
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HI,

I'm interested in knowing what would be the most efficient towing vehicle for towing an Escape 17B hauling a couple of bikes. Interested in travelling the mountains out west and may be loaded for full time RVing?

What kind of gas mileage can I expect with the vehicles you suggest?

How much larger of a vehicle would I need for a 19' Escape? and what might the gas mileage average?

Thanks much,
Betsy
Hi: Betsy Rose... Well at least you didn't include mileage and towing in the same sentence!!! An efficient vehicle... not towing, is usually not efficient towing and some times vice versa!!!
Full timing might indicate a lot of towing so I would err on that side.
Torque is needed to tow. The higher the torque number the better at towing the vehicle will be. Our tug is a 4 ltr. V6 Nissan Crew Cab Pickup. 265 Hp and 281 Lb. Ft. of torque. Not the best for mileage but it can tow up to 6100 Lbs. Suits us just fine. Alf
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Old 08-02-2016, 07:13 AM   #6
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Towing and good gas mileage or efficiency is like the military saying "Army Intelligence", it does not exist. You make trade offs in order to haul your house around, getting 12-14 mpg is real good while towing, 10-12 is average. So you may want 20 mpg unhitched, but when you add that house weight and your bikes/toys it drops. Get the trailer you want and an adequate tow vehicle and enjoy the experience, not worry about efficiency, if you do worry you will end up sitting somewhere and staying put. It is better to have too much capacity for safety margin than to not have enough.
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Old 08-02-2016, 08:08 AM   #7
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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.
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You can get 16-17 mpg with a 19' depending upon what vehicle and how you travel. If you avoid interstates and drive more slowly, you will get much better mileage. Your mpgs have much to do with whether you mostly travel at 45 or at 65.
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Old 08-02-2016, 09:26 AM   #9
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tow car

We towed a Lil snoozy around with a Toyota Sequoia (6500 lb)overkill yes but we need to tow 5000 lb for a boat we still own and service .We got 12-14 mpg towing .It gets 18-19 mpg hwy non towing .
If we didn't have the boat I would look at probably in that order also
1-Honda pilot
2-Nissan pathfinder/frontier
3-Toyota highlander/tacoma
4-GMC Acadia/chevy transverse
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Old 08-02-2016, 09:36 AM   #10
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Have to say I'm really happy towing my 17 with a AWD Highlander. I got that with a lot of the new fangled bells and whistles just for safety's sake and really like them. (Lane assist, blind spot monitor, etc.) But I have to share a caution. Last month I was towing down a long slightly descending straightaway and suddenly the car and the trailer were rocking a bit. I was alone on the road at that time and wondered if there was an earthquake or what was wrong. Then I glanced down at the speedometer and I was doing over 90MPH! Don't think I have done much over the speed limit since I was a teenager and don't recommend it.
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