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Old 08-15-2015, 07:09 PM   #21
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Hi folks,

I am a new comer here & need help deciding my tow vehicle.

I have reserved a 17B with a completion date in February 2016, I presently have a RX 350 AWD with a tow package for 3500 lbs.

I want to hear from other forum members who tow a 17B with their vehicles of 3500 lb towing capacity. How has their experience been towing their 17B trailers ??

Please chime in & give me your feed back.

Thanks
I towed my 17b for over 8 years a,nd almost 28,000 miles with my Honda pilot, rated at 3500 towing. Camped for .months at a time in the southwest so trailer and suv were loaded (and getting home to the one meant lots of mountains). Never had a problem. Mostly, could barely even tell the trailer was back there!
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Can you share one of those hairy experiences?
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Well, it's like this . A 4L -V-6 barely qualifies as a tow for a FULLY loaded 17-B . I know , I got both . Go for the V-8 that way if you "up" the trailer the tow stays ... And that's the tooth .
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Old 08-24-2015, 12:55 PM   #22
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Jon, which wd hitch did you get for your Rav4? Anderson or the other one?
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Old 08-24-2015, 01:24 PM   #23
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Well, it's like this . A 4L -V-6 barely qualifies as a tow for a FULLY loaded 17-B . I know , I got both . Go for the V-8 that way if you "up" the trailer the tow stays ... And that's the tooth .
I'm not sure where you get your info. This forum is loaded with 4L 6 cylinder vehicles pulling Escape 17b s.
A 4L 6 cylinder Ford Ranger has a tow rating of 5500 lbs.
A 4L 6 cylinder Toyota Tacoma has a tow rating of 6500 lbs
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Old 08-24-2015, 02:16 PM   #24
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I'm not sure where you get your info. This forum is loaded with 4L 6 cylinder vehicles pulling Escape 17b s.
A 4L 6 cylinder Ford Ranger has a tow rating of 5500 lbs.
A 4L 6 cylinder Toyota Tacoma has a tow rating of 6500 lbs
Ditto, my 4L Ranger, with canopy and kayak has towed my 19 everywhere from the high passes of the Sierra Nevada to Alaska.

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Old 08-24-2015, 02:27 PM   #25
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The 6 cyl 2.7L Ford Ecoboost is more than capable of towing the biggest Escape loaded.
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Old 08-24-2015, 02:28 PM   #26
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No complaints here, towing 17B with RAV4 V6 Sport ( tow package ) and WDH.
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Old 08-24-2015, 02:37 PM   #27
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Don't get me wrong, if it wasn't for high gas prices I'd love to have a tow vehicle with a 454 or 440 or 396 cubic inch engine.
Even a 350 or 289 would be a powerful smooth running machine.
But I've had plenty of days where gasoline was my greatest expense, well over $100.
So I've become happy with a more economical tow vehicle.
Not the 'Minimum' but, for me, the 'Right Size'.
Yes I do have to avoid or plan really far ahead for passing.
I do use all of the mountain truck/slow lanes.
I don't feel disadvantaged at all when I find myself passing a much larger 5th wheel with a huge truck with a diesel engine pulling it.
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Old 08-24-2015, 03:32 PM   #28
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I have the Rav4 limited edition with tow package, rating 3500/350 and am planning on the WDH from Escape.
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Old 08-24-2015, 06:21 PM   #29
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my Toyota Highlander has more the ennough power to haul my 17b
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2011 RAV4 Sport v6 with tow package and Anderson WD hitch. Totally satisfied although I wish the 15 mph at 65 was better.
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