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Old 11-25-2015, 06:23 PM   #11
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Perfectly fits that rack as if they made it for it.
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Old 11-25-2015, 06:48 PM   #12
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In that pic, it was attached to the rack with u-bolts, with the nuts on the inside of the box.
Then I discovered that I couldn't turn my lug wrenches to get the spare off, unless I removed the box. That would require emptying the box and undoing eight nuts. So now, it's held on with a ratchet strap and steel cable.
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Old 11-25-2015, 07:07 PM   #13
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In that pic, it was attached to the rack with u-bolts, with the nuts on the inside of the box.
Then I discovered that I couldn't turn my lug wrenches to get the spare off, unless I removed the box. That would require emptying the box and undoing eight nuts. So now, it's held on with a ratchet strap and steel cable.
Very nice ! Pat
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Old 11-26-2015, 09:54 AM   #14
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A common criteria in selecting Tow Vehicles is MPG. One of the things I notice is when people are quoting their non-towing MPG they are quoting Highway MPG. Wouldn't Combined be a more accurate spec? In any event found this site which could be useful to those pondering which tow vehicle to purchase.
The mpg for my 2013 4WD Tacoma is pretty consistently 20 mpg. City, highway, truck bed cover on or off, nothing really seems to make a difference. I guess it's power/weight ratio is high. When towing it varies more, from 13-15 mpg.
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Old 11-26-2015, 11:41 AM   #15
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A common criteria in selecting Tow Vehicles is MPG. One of the things I notice is when people are quoting their non-towing MPG they are quoting Highway MPG. Wouldn't Combined be a more accurate spec? In any event found this site which could be useful to those pondering which tow vehicle to purchase.

Fuel Economy one can use to do side-by-side comparisons. As an example I plugged in the following 4 vehicles: 2012 Highlander AWD, 2012 RAV4 AWD, 2013 GMC Yukon 2WD(5.3 V-8), and 2015 F-150 2WD FFV 3.5 V-6). The combined mileage was 19, 22, 17, 20 respectively. What was interesting to note for the GMC & Ford is that when using E85 it goes to 13 & 15.
Good info Rossue, thank you. I lean towards the 2012 RAV4 V6, but darned if the dealers (at least here in Washington State) want almost as much for these ($22,000 to $26,000) as the MSRP for a brand new RAV4 (and I realize the newer RAV4's don't have the needed tow capacity), but still, there is a principle here.
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Old 11-26-2015, 11:41 AM   #16
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While I know(and it states it on that Dep't. of Energy site) that there are many variables that determines actual mileage, nevertheless am surprised at how close some in the Full-Size segment are to many Mid-Size vehicles. A Silverado/Yukon 2 WD model is identical to a Ridgeline, and not much different from a Tacoma 2WD or AWD Acura MDX.
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Good info Rossue, thank you. I lean towards the 2012 RAV4 V6, but darned if the dealers (at least here in Washington State) want almost as much for these ($22,000 to $26,000) as the MSRP for a brand new RAV4 (and I realize the newer RAV4's don't have the needed tow capacity), but still, there is a principle here.
Experienced exactly the same thing two years ago when searching for a Highlander SE for our 17B. The used ones with 35K miles were as much as a new one was. I ended up using Cars.com and expanded my search radius to find one with Class III hitch at a dealer in Bay area. If I were looking now knowing that demand is higher I would put a want ad in Cars.com and Carsforsale.com.
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