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Old 05-22-2017, 07:03 PM   #1
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Current top picks for tow vehicle for 21'

Curious as to what vehicle to start looking at to pull an Escape 21'? Pros/Cons?
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Old 05-22-2017, 07:15 PM   #2
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Curious as to what vehicle to start looking at to pull an Escape 21'? Pros/Cons?
Thanks!

Bobby VanWinkle
Can you narrow it down at all?

Pickup truck? (lots to pick from)

Full sized SUV? (lots to pick from)

Mid-sized SUV that has a big towing capacity? Such as Dodge Durango (with the big engine) , or an Audi Q7 3.0 ...?

I'd look at torque #'s, not just horsepower.

You'll get lots of opinions here, but if you narrow down what you think you'd like, plus budget, plus new or used, then that'll help a lot.

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Old 05-22-2017, 07:30 PM   #3
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FWIW, we're loving our 2016 Ford F-150 XLT Supercrew Fx4 5.0L V8 - tow package, integrated brake controller, #7000 payload option! Rock solid towing performance without a WDH, pleasure to drive.
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Old 05-22-2017, 07:34 PM   #4
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That is one nice rig.

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Old 05-22-2017, 07:40 PM   #5
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Looks like the perfect combination to me . A great truck towing a great trailer.
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Old 05-22-2017, 09:35 PM   #6
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I also think you should look at how you plan to camp first. Campsites with services vs boon docking; long distance travel vs shorter ranging trips where you park it for a week; minimal room for extra gear vs lots of room.

I have a Tundra with canopy, boat rack and often boat on top. We love towing our Escape 21, but if we didn't boon dock and fish maybe an SUV would be a better choice. If your tow vehicle has to serve as a second vehicle in an urban setting, then the ease of parking, gas mileage, etc. would be important. Our small 2005 Tundra fits in our garage, but if we had a larger truck it would have to be parked outside and be subject to break ins (2 trucks broken into on our street this winter). If you don't get an SUV and opt for a truck, consider getting the canopy to give you lots of space to keep your STUFF dry.

When it comes to brand (Ford, Chef, Toyota, Dodge, etc.) we all have our reasons to proclaim ours the best and as you can see my loyalty is to Toyota. If you do plan on carrying a significant amount of camping gear be aware that the 1/2 ton pickups payload capacity can be very low, despite the truck looking beefy. The variation in payload capacity between configurations can vary by over 600 lbs for the same brand of truck. There is a lot of good information on this and other vehicle features on the forum, so be sure to search the threads. Good hunting!

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Old 05-22-2017, 09:50 PM   #7
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Old 05-22-2017, 10:15 PM   #8
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When I ordered our new tow vehicle, we were planning to get a Casita trailer and I was saying that I wanted a tow that would only use a third of its towing capacity. Several months later we discovered the Escape trailers and ended up getting the 21. Since I had ordered so much overkill and towing options on the GMC, it was no problem to hook on to the 21 even though a little more of my capacity is being used.

I load the truck and trailer and don't pay any attention to weights or worry about anything. The truck more or less plays with the trailer and that trailer tows like it is part of the truck. Just get a little extra size and weight on your tow and you won't regret it. I have to admit though that this vehicle is mainly a tow and trip vehicle and not a daily driver. It is a hog around town. Loren
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Old 05-22-2017, 11:55 PM   #9
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Ours is a 2013 F-150 "Egoboost" Supercrew, with matching ARE cap. One reason we like it is the back seat floor of the cab is completely flat and our dog's kennel rides there with minimal bumping and discomfort for our Mavis.
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Old 05-23-2017, 03:21 AM   #10
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Yes I like that too the back seats fold up and I put a dog bed on the floor keeps the seats clean for humans
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