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Old 06-22-2015, 03:11 PM   #11
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Whether in the truck or in the trailer, that weight still needs to be considered. See this thread for guidance Understanding RV weight terms
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Old 06-22-2015, 03:55 PM   #12
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Whether in the truck or in the trailer, that weight still needs to be considered. See this thread for guidance Understanding RV weight terms
Thanks! I had not come across that thread, so appreciate the link. Will read it later after my brain has become unboggled from what all I was reading before. I'm not sure how much boggling it can take in one day.
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Old 06-22-2015, 04:14 PM   #13
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How to Pick the Right Tow Vehicle
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Old 06-22-2015, 05:53 PM   #14
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i went with the Highlander for the 17b so i would not have to worry about the weight limit. It has no problem towing my 17. I like it because i use it for my main vehicle and it drives like a car- very comfortable. I think a lot of vehicles will work but it really depends on what you like.
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Highlander works great for a 17; my $.02 for those using crossovers would be to have All Wheel Drive. Front wheel only will work but can be marginal in certain situations like going uphill on a gravel road. Interesting to note that Honda Pilot with 5,000 lbs. tow rating is AWD. FWD model is 3500 lbs.
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Old 06-22-2015, 11:24 PM   #16
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... how do I, someone new to the world of towing and trailers, confirm that the vehicle will actually tow my trailer...
Do I rely on the car dealership or Escape manufacturing?
No and no.
Dealerships are notorious for dispensing incorrect information.
Escape's business is trailers, not tow vehicles.

The tow vehicle's owner's manual is often a great source of information. It looks like you're still shopping, but manuals can be downloaded from the manufacturer's website for many brands.
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Old 06-22-2015, 11:33 PM   #17
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Steve R., Brian gave you good information. You don't want to under buy nor over buy if it's a daily driver. Just remember, you're sharing the road with the rest of us. Be safe.
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Old 06-23-2015, 04:04 PM   #18
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but then costs more initially and later on for fuel.
Not necessarily so, a vehicle operating at or near it's capacity will use more fuel to maintain it's speed versus one operating at a lower capacity. Compare a vehicle operating without towing and the same one towing, you can see the difference in fuel. It is finding the vehicle that gives you good mileage empty and good towing, that is the Holy Grail of towing.
Do charts exist that show mpg for vehicles when actually towing a trailer? I find some older V6 RAV 4's, which have a tow capacity of 3,500 pounds (adequate for the 17b), appealing because of the mpg rating of the vehicle. But this mpg will drop more in this vehicle, then a more powerful vehicle if both were towing the same weight. So how does one determine the mpg of a vehicle when that vehicle is towing a trailer? Thanks.
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I'm keeping this thread...great information, thanks to all of you who posted a response to my initial question.
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Do charts exist that show mpg for vehicles when actually towing a trailer?
Some do, yes.

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I find some older V6 RAV 4's, which have a tow capacity of 3,500 pounds (adequate for the 17b), appealing because of the mpg rating of the vehicle. But this mpg will drop more in this vehicle, then a more powerful vehicle if both were towing the same weight.
True in some cases, because the smaller engine and lighter vehicle have to work harder to tow the same weight. The benefit is that the non-towing mileage is nice.

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So how does one determine the mpg of a vehicle when that vehicle is towing a trailer? Thanks.
Over on FGRV they started a spreadsheet that consists of owner's real-world reports on mileage both towing and not towing. It might be useful if you tow a like trailer and are considering a like tow, but remember there are just too many variables for a standard list. The experience of several owners with a similar setup is probably the best source of information.

I can tell you we didn't have much to go on, because our truck was a new model, it's engine was a new one, and had never been analyzed for mpg towing an Escape 91 or a trailer of similar weight. We hoped that the towing mileage was good based partly on the towing mileage of previous (although dissimilar) models towing a like trailer. Turned out we got about the mileage we expected.
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