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Old 11-06-2014, 05:15 PM   #1
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What type of tow vehicle drivetrain is the smartest choice for pulling an Escape 19' trailer?

Front-wheel drive costs less to acquire, maintain, and fuel and has slightly higher payload inside the TV. But AWD/4WD provides better overall traction and handling, and also puts a powered axle closer to the tongue carrying some of the weight.

Our family would be using the TV as a daily driver for about 10,000 miles per year, plus towing the trailer on many weekends as well as longer cross-country trips every 6 to 12 months. We'll mostly camp in improved and paved parks with hookups, but perhaps a fifth of the time, I expect we'll boondock, often on gravel roads. I also want to make sure we have something that does well in the snow.

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Old 11-06-2014, 05:57 PM   #2
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There are lots of good choices in a V6 that can handle a 19.
We now have a 2011 Ford Flex AWD (non turbo)
If choosing today, having now had the Flex experience, I would buy another Flex.
However if cost was no issue I would also consider the Grand Cherokee Diesel for the off road capability.
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Old 11-06-2014, 06:32 PM   #3
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Pretty much any V6 engine will pull the 19. I use my Honda Pilot, which has worked great for us for the last 6 years. But, so will the offerings from most of the major manufacturers. I would suggest that you find something your like, and just confirm it has a 4,500 to 5,000 (or more) tow rating, and you will be fine.
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Old 11-06-2014, 07:57 PM   #4
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Pretty much any V6 engine will pull the 19. I use my Honda Pilot, which has worked great for us for the last 6 years. But, so will the offerings from most of the major manufacturers. I would suggest that you find something your like, and just confirm it has a 4,500 to 5,000 (or more) tow rating, and you will be fine.
Great advice! Expecially the part about something you like... if you don't like it... what's the point?
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Old 11-06-2014, 08:25 PM   #5
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Thanks to those that have replied, but my question is more focused around whether front wheel drive or all wheel drive / four wheel drive is a wiser choice.
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Old 11-06-2014, 08:37 PM   #6
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I was advised that I needed a weight distribution hitch on my 2008 RAV4 V6 ( towing a 17B ), because although the RAV4 is four-wheel-drive, most of the time only the front wheels are drive wheels.
You spoke of gravel roads and the like. I had a Subaru and a tent-trailer. Had to engage 4X4 manually. Got stopped half way up a hill and had to back down to the bottom to take a run at it in front-wheel-drive. When that didn't work, I backed down again and engaged 4X4.
I'd go four-wheel-drive with an option to lock the 4X4.
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Old 11-06-2014, 08:42 PM   #7
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What type of tow vehicle drivetrain is the smartest choice for pulling an Escape 19' trailer?

Front-wheel drive costs less to acquire, maintain, and fuel and has slightly higher payload inside the TV. But AWD/4WD provides better overall traction and handling, and also puts a powered axle closer to the tongue carrying some of the weight.

Our family would be using the TV as a daily driver for about 10,000 miles per year, plus towing the trailer on many weekends as well as longer cross-country trips every 6 to 12 months. We'll mostly camp in improved and paved parks with hookups, but perhaps a fifth of the time, I expect we'll boondock, often on gravel roads. I also want to make sure we have something that does well in the snow.

Thoughts?
Suggestions?
What do you regret?
What do you wish you would have purchased?

Thanks in advance!
Toyota 4Runner. Rear-wheel and can put another 1800-1900 lbs. into it.
I would not be without 4x4 but people have their preferences. Great for off-road.
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Old 11-06-2014, 08:43 PM   #8
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Thanks to those that have replied, but my question is more focused around whether front wheel drive or all wheel drive / four wheel drive is a wiser choice.
Front wheel drive will usually mean some form of weight distribution when towing a 19, because you'll want to redistribute some of the weight on the back to the drive wheels in front. Other than that, I'd say get what you like, as long as the capacities are adequate.
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Old 11-06-2014, 10:01 PM   #9
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I suggest a Toyota Tundra TRD Ass/ Cab 4 X 4
It will be more than you'll ever need . Used or new off the lot .
Life expectancy 10 to 15 years if properly maintained .
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I suggest a Toyota Tundra TRD Ass/ Cab 4 X 4
It will be more than you'll ever need . Used or new off the lot .
Life expectancy 10 to 15 years if properly maintained .
I didn't think trucks were on the table based on the op's question, but I agree with you-- a pickup will do the best job towing.
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