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Old 09-10-2018, 11:31 AM   #1
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Picking the right tow vehicle

Hi,
I could not find a topic for this (specifically), so if there is one please let me know before getting a new one going.
We just purchased a new Escape 19 (yea!). We were purchasing an F150 2.7L V6 w/tow pkg but walked away from a crooked Ford dealer before taking delivery. Now we are opening up our search for a tow vehicle. My question is this: Is it reasonable to consider the small/mid-sizes trucks like a Nissan Frontier or Chevy Colorado for this trailer?
From what I researched the Escape 19 is about 4,000 pounds loaded, and between my wife, our dog, and the rest of our gear in the truck bed we are probably another 1,000 pounds.
Again if this is covered elsewhere, please let me know, otherwise advice is appreciated!
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Old 09-10-2018, 11:33 AM   #2
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Find another Ford dealer.
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Old 09-10-2018, 11:56 AM   #3
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I bought a 2019 Honda Ridgeline as a tow vehicle for my soon-to-be Escape 19. The AWD version has a 5000# towing capacity. I love the truck and it is getting 26 mpg around town. Not a huge bed, but in my opinion, will be a very well built, reliable and long lasting vehicle. I have always had great luck with Honda and Toyota, and Consumer Report and other review sites gives the truck high marks. I will also be towing with an Andersen LD hitch. My brother has a Ford F150 with the 3.5 turbo and likes it - he tows an Airstream.
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Old 09-10-2018, 12:42 PM   #4
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GMC Canyon tow vehicle

We have a mid-sized GMC Canyon DuraMax diesel, rated to tow 7800 lbs. as I recall. We have been towing another 21' trailer with it and it does really well. Comes equipped with in-dash brake controller and exhaust brake for speed control downhill. Gets good mileage and we plan to use it to tow our E 21'. Might check out the Chev Colorado or GMC Canyon (same vehicle mostly) with DuraMax diesel as a tow vehicle. Only knock on it is that the side mirrors really suck for towing and we are planning to replace them with some aftermarket product.
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Old 09-10-2018, 01:00 PM   #5
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I fought getting a full size pickup for many years...resistance is futile.

We love our F-150 ( 6 years and 102k miles ) . I'd just find a dealer you can work with, which I know is quite difficult . ( I absolutely detest the retail car business.)
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Old 09-10-2018, 01:30 PM   #6
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Amen !!!! Donít walk away from probably the best truck and tow vehicle on the market because of one dealer
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Old 09-10-2018, 04:42 PM   #7
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Think that F150 would be a great fit. I may be a bit biased as my F150 is a great tug for my 5.0TA. Walking away from a bad deal is the smart thing to do, but there must be other dealerships within a reasonable distance. That being said Iím sure any of the truck manufacturers has a vehicle you could be happy with as long as itís specked out properly.
🤔 where did you get the 4000lb weight? ETI lists the 19 at 5000lbs GVW. When I went looking for a truck I based my needs on the GVW. No one tows an empty trailer. Pay attention to the payload also, in theory your tongue weight could go to 500 lbs.
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Old 09-10-2018, 06:02 PM   #8
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... where did you get the 4000lb weight? ETI lists the 19 at 5000lbs GVW. When I went looking for a truck I based my needs on the GVW. No one tows an empty trailer.
While no one tows an empty trailer (which could weigh as little as 2,950 pounds dry and with no options), it doesn't need to be loaded to the allowed maximum (GVWR) of 5,000 pounds, either. 4,000 pounds is midway between, and allows half a ton for options, water, propane, and cargo.

As discussed many times, such as in Real world weights of the 19' new generation, 4,000 pounds seems like a reasonable planning value, although having tow vehicle capacity for 5,000 pounds couldn't hurt.
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Old 09-10-2018, 06:23 PM   #9
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🤨 No one will be towing empty for sure, but Iíve read on this forum and others about over weight trailers more than a bit. ETI gives the 5k gvw and if I was looking for a new vehicle thatís what I would be looking for, even if I probably never would load it to the max.If I had already had a tow vehicle rated for 4k Iíd use it and not loose much sleep but if I went to buy new I wouldnít be looking at a marginal tow. Why skimp?😎
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Old 09-10-2018, 10:00 PM   #10
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Its all about payload. You WILL run out of payload capacity on a pickup truck long before you run out of towing capacity. My F150 is rated to tow up to 9,800 pounds, but I run out of payload capacity with about a 5,000 pound trailer. Still fine for my Escape 19.

Ford payload ratings are all over the map, open the driver's door and read the sticker on the door jam. Some are very low, like 1,100 pounds or so. Mine is 1450 pounds. Subtract all the gear in the bed, passengers, camper top if you use one, any options added after the factory, etc.

Best way to buy a new vehicle IMHO is to buy through Costco. You will likely get the very best deal, and NO GAMES!
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