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Old 09-20-2014, 04:09 PM   #11
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The mpg towing is 13-15....
Yup, there are trade-offs for any tow vehicle. 13-15 towing vs 18-19 towing with an Ecoboost V6 F150 or a Chevy Silverado doesn't sound like much, but for us it adds up very quickly.

Your best choice is what works for you, as long as it's within the vehicle's limits. There is no "best" tow vehicle. If we were towing the 21 we'd prefer the mileage and the extra strength of the full size truck, but others would be perfectly happy with the SUV.
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Old 09-20-2014, 05:25 PM   #12
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I know of 4 Escape owners that have the F150 with ecoboost and are happy with it. This including our queen of RVs, Donna D and Reace, who answered the question of how he likes the truck with "awesome!"
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Old 09-20-2014, 06:00 PM   #13
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... Toyota's 2014 CJ Cruiser ...
I think you meant "FJ Cruiser", but that's okay.
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Old 09-20-2014, 06:43 PM   #14
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I LOVE MY TRUCK! Yep it's my daily driver. With less than 5,000 miles I'm getting about 17mpg commuting in rush hour here in PDX. Since I got 16.4mpg towing Ten Forward, brand new, from ETI. I think I've SCORED. Besides, this truck has bling...

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Tomorrow, I'm heading to the yard debris recyclers with five 32gal garbage cans and 15-32 gal brown paper sacks full. Yea see why I need a truck? I not only tow, but I go to the dump... I'm a homeowner.
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Old 09-20-2014, 06:45 PM   #15
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The 4Runner is on a truck chassis.
Our 4Runner gets 17 mpg towing our 19'. We avoid interstates and drive more slowly than many. It also has an ECO feature to save gas.
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Old 09-20-2014, 07:14 PM   #16
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I agree the 4runner is a good choice. See post #4.
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Old 09-20-2014, 08:29 PM   #17
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... I'm getting about 17mpg commuting in rush hour here in PDX. Since I got 16.4mpg towing...
16.4 miles per US gallon is
14.3 litres per 100 kilometres,
for those in Canada.
I think that's excellent.

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Tomorrow, I'm heading to the yard debris recyclers with five 32gal garbage cans and 15-32 gal brown paper sacks full. Yea see why I need a truck? I not only tow, but I go to the dump... I'm a homeowner.
I have a rural property, and haven't owned a pickup for years. I use a utility trailer for that sort of stuff, which is easier to load and unload. The minivan that tows our travel trailer can tow a cargo trailer carrying more than the carrying capacity of an F-150.

If you like having a pickup truck that's fine, but it's rare for anyone to actually need one for any personal use.

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The 4Runner is on a truck chassis.
Well, sort of. It is similar to common pickup trucks, other than the rear suspension, but since 1995 it has been based on the chassis of the Land Cruiser Prado SUV (2002-2009 was reportedly based on the Prado 120, as is the FJ Cruiser). There are likely many front-end parts (even frame rails) in common with one of the Toyota trucks (likely the Tacoma) now, but there's nothing in common in back. It is, at least, "truck-like". The Sequoia is more directly related to the Tundra, but the rear part of the chassis is again completely different.
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Old 09-20-2014, 09:32 PM   #18
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If you like having a pickup truck that's fine, but it's rare for anyone to actually need one for any personal use..
That goes to show you.. different strokes for different folks.

I can't rent a trailer in my "neighborhood." Gotta drive about 30 miles.. one way.. to rent a trailer. The yard debris recycler is about 8 miles from me. WHY would I want to drive 60 miles round trip to rent a trailer, when I can dump 16 miles from my house?

Pay attention, OMG pay attention. We're a varied group here. No one has all the answers. READ.. and make sure everything works for you. Obviously you are going to get "suggestions" that do NOT. Still LOVIN' my truck...
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Old 09-20-2014, 10:43 PM   #19
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Still LOVIN' my truck...
I used to do the utility trailer thing. Now, I'd be lost without my truck. Yesterday, saved $50 throwing a new dryer in the back, no delivery charge; today a load to the dump. Any load, any time

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Old 09-20-2014, 10:47 PM   #20
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Well, I wanted a pickup truck and didn't get one. Old Bag had a different opinion on the value of a pickup and pointed out that we are getting toward the age where climbing up into a pickup would be difficult.
I could rationalize my position with trips to the dump, but those are few and far between. Parking the damn thing at Thrifty Foods happens at least five days a week.
So, nobody has all the answers and nobody has to get their knickers in a knot if somebody else has a different opinion. If we all had the same answer there wouldn't be any point in the forum.
But, I still want a pickup truck. So there.
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