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Old 02-20-2013, 05:51 PM   #11
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The wife strictly ruled out towing a 19 with a 3500lb-rated vehicle. Can't say I blame her. I considered the idea, but it didn't appeal.

A Tacoma is one of the new vehicles still being considered. It can't handle a 4' wide sheet of whatever, but otherwise the pickup could be useful. But, to tow a 19 it takes the v6 4x4 option, which costs more than an F-150 and has poorer mileage. That just seems wrong... But maybe that's the right way to jump...

As for buying used, I'm not a car guy. I somewhat lack confidence to buy used. Not to mention that it opens up a huge number of options which makes the decision that much harder.

I haven't given any thought to the flex. I will have to do the research on that one.

Thanks for all the comments people. I hate being indecisive, but it's too much money to throw around if I'm not fairly certain. It helps to talk out the options.
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:00 PM   #12
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I know the honda pilot 2WD is 3500 but the AWD touring is 4300 towing I think. You can double check if interested. Just another idea for the no truck route. Jeep grand cherokee V8 would do it too. Good Luck.
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:08 PM   #13
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The nice thing about being a member of a forum such as the EscapeForum is all the helpful comments. Most generally, folks don't try to talk anyone into or out of something, but provide different points of view. Here's mine

I own a F-150, 2 wheel drive, Triton V8. It's my daily driver and I love it.. well maybe not the MPG during rush hour. But, it's solid, well-built, I sit above a lot of the traffic and it's comfortable. Recently I had a friend involved in a serious auto accident. She was driving a 2011 Mustang, the other driver was in a F-150. My friend was six inches from being decapitated when the hood sheared off the hinges and came straight through the windshield. She may lose her right eye when she hit it on the rearview mirror. She's got two fractured vertebres too. The driver of the F-150 walked away with a bruised knee... that's it. My next vehicle will more than likely be a new F-150 with Ecoboost. Safety first!! BTW, I sold a Porsche to buy the truck... talk about culture shock .

Good luck on your decision, I'm sure it will be the best one for you.
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Old 02-20-2013, 09:03 PM   #14
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We are the ones mentioned by "gocamp" who tow our 19 with a Ford Flex, towing capacity 4500 pounds. I think there is one other Escape owner I've seen on this forum who also has a Flex.
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Old 02-20-2013, 09:42 PM   #15
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Donna, this is a little of topic but your comment "I sold a Porsche to buy the truck" makes me ask. Which model did you own? And see you in April

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Old 02-20-2013, 10:30 PM   #16
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Rick, it was a 1995 928. Stupid headlights gave me grief, but the car was fun to drive!
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Old 02-20-2013, 11:48 PM   #17
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Rick should have mentioned that he and Laura tow their Escape 19 with a Toyota Highlander. (see photo) The V6 Highlander has 5000 lb. towing capacity.

I think this might be a good solution for Doug.

We tow our much smaller Escape 13 with a Highlander and love it.
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Old 02-21-2013, 12:11 AM   #18
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We stopped at a Toyota dealer tonight (a good night for a test drive -- we had a good snow blow going through) and looked at the tacoma, highlander and venza. I think my tastes run more to the tacoma than the highlander. I expect the highlander has a more comfortable ride, but it seems to be optimized for moving lots of people, while I'm more interested in moving lots of stuff. The venza can be equipped to pull 3500lbs, but just comes across as the poor cousin to the highlander.

Now I just have to get over the fact that a well equipped tacoma costs more and has poorer fuel economy than an F-150...
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Old 02-21-2013, 12:21 AM   #19
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Have you checked out the information available on FiberglassRV.com:

Trailer Weights in the Real World - Fiberglass RV

When matching tow vehicle and trailer you need to use real loaded weights of trailers.
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Old 02-21-2013, 12:35 AM   #20
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The big advantage of the Highlander over the Tacoma or Ford F-150 is that you're not as likely to be asked to help people move stuff, haul stuff to the dump, pick up large bulky objects, or to borrow it.
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