How the heck is towing with a vehicle rated for what you are towing, often with some capacity to spare, any less safe than towing with a vehicle that is way overrated for this use? If the tow vehicle is in good shape, and the brakes and brake controller are all set up properly, there is not safety issue.
Performance IS NOT safety!
Sure, there can be extreme cases, but those are very rare, and if we protected ourselves to the nth degree to live life as safe as possible, it would certainly get boring holed away in our bubbles.
Originally Posted by rbryan4
I don't think it's about big or small, but finding the happy medium between capability, towing capacity, and mileage.
All those things plus usability.
A lot depends on the overall usage of the vehicle. If you are exclusively towing with it, then I fully agree a larger vehicle is fine. The mileage when towing is often comparable between larger and smaller tow vehicles. But often, the vehicles intended purpose is more than just towing.
Often the vehicle is used if side trips while camping, and having the trailer set up for a long period of time. Having a smaller mid-sized SUV can be a way more practical run around vehicle than a large pickup. As well, many use the same vehicle at home a lot too, often more than the time spent travelling with a trailer. Again, the smaller vehicle wins hands down.
Originally Posted by float5
Everyone thinks his TV is best and he or she is probably right --- for that owner's situation.
This is a BIG factor in one's opinions on what tow vehicle is best. Folks make a decision based on what works best for their situation, both in cost, safety, comfort, and desire.
I will use my tow vehicle for way more than towing, and have outfitted it to work with, and as a general use vehicle too. I tried to get the smallest vehicle possible to do this with. It was the necessary payload capacity that was the key element in vehicle choice with the 5.0TA, not towing capacity, that I had to meet.
If I was still towing a 19, or even a 21, I would look for the most suitable mid-sized SUV. And I love pickups for what they can do, I have owned one pretty much my whole adult life.
As long as it works for you, and meets manufacturer specs, it is a good choice.
What is disrespectful to others, is to put down their choice in tow vehicles, just because it differs from your's.