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Old 08-24-2015, 09:48 PM   #31
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Yeah, but as my wife used to say "can we not afford it"? MPG/SHMPB
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Old 08-24-2015, 10:48 PM   #32
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My 1989 1 ton big Ford 460 ci 4x4 got 9 mpg hauling a 2400 lb camper. Without it, downhill (and downwind) while flapping all four doors wildly it would go all the way up to 10!

My Taco does 13/20, happy camper here.
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Old 08-24-2015, 11:52 PM   #33
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I can tow 8100 lbs with a 2.7L V-6 - and do it well.
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The 6 cyl 2.7L Ford Ecoboost is more than capable of towing the biggest Escape loaded.
To be fair, the V6 EcoBoost engines kind of "cheat" the displacement... with a couple of turbochargers.
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Old 08-24-2015, 11:59 PM   #34
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Don't need a V-8. I can tow 8100 lbs with a 2.7L V-6 - and do it well.
I would worry more about stopping an 8100 lb trailer behind me in an emergency.
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Old 08-25-2015, 12:37 AM   #35
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I would worry more about stopping an 8100 lb trailer behind me in an emergency.
Not entirely relevant here, but our neighbors tow a 25' airstream with a Ford Ecoboost engine. From what they say, it goes up the hills just fine, but at the bottom of one long grade they exited the vehicle to the odor of burning brake material. Now they are very careful about long descents, and complain about the lack of braking horsepower.

On the other hand, we had no issues pulling the 17b over many passes with our Sienna van. Of course the Airstream weighs about 5000 lbs more than a 17b.
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Braking is more important to me than pulling power. I can always decide how fast to go, but I don't always have a choice on how fast to stop.
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Ford Ecoboost engine. From what they say, it goes up the hills just fine, but at the bottom of one long grade they exited the vehicle to the odor of burning brake material. Now they are very careful about long descents, and complain about the lack of braking horsepower.
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I am genuinely curious if they (or other owners) have tips and tricks to share for those long/steep descents found out West. All I have read is "hot brakes" posts, no tips for small turbo TVs.
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Old 08-25-2015, 10:26 AM   #38
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Jon, which wd hitch did you get for your Rav4? Anderson or the other one?
I have "the other one" supplied by Escape. I believe it is a Chinese knock off of the Equalizer...
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Old 08-25-2015, 10:32 AM   #39
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It's so nice to hear all the civil discussion in here, as opposed to another forum where people can go a bit bonkers over towing discussions.

I'll thrown in my vote for the Nissan Frontier. My wife and I wanted to get a Nissan Armada, but we sat in one, and it was ENORMOUSLY HUGE. So we decided a smaller vehicle would work, and after sitting in the Frontier, we realized a crew cab would be perfect for us, our dog, and our minimal stuff. With a powerful 4.0L V6 (coming from a 99hp VW TDI) and 6500lbs of towing capacity, we're sure this will tow very nicely when we pick up our trailer next month.

I also went for the stick shift, because I've read of issues with the automatic Frontiers (coolant mixing with ATF fluid for a strawberry milkshake of death (SMOD)), and we now don't have to worry about a transmission cooler either. And going down hills, we can manually engine brake, rather than riding the truck/trailer brakes. I did, however, just order a set of Power Stop drilled/slotted brakes for the Frontier, so it will have all of the braking power it needs, plus the Tekonsha P3.
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I know this has been discussed before, but regarding adequate braking power, one needs to set the brake controller as per manufacturers instructions. Many people back it off from there, as they are not comfortable with the feeling of it tugging back on the tow when brakes are applied. Just so long as the brakes on the trailer are not locking up prematurely, having that extra stopping power applied to the trailer is a good thing, ESPECIALLY in an emergency situation.
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