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Old 07-31-2015, 11:48 PM   #1
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Tow a 17B with 3500 lb tow capacity ??

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
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Old 08-01-2015, 12:26 AM   #2
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I've been towing a 17B that weights 3010 lbs loaded with a 2010 RAV4 (3500/350 lbs) for 4 1/2 years & 67,000 miles. The biggest problem I've had is the small gas tank - there are places out west where a combination of a headwind & the distance between stations can get a bit hairy. The RAV4 has the horsepower necessary, and is a stable tow vehicle.
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Old 08-01-2015, 12:29 AM   #3
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I've been towing a 17B that weights 3010 lbs loaded with a 2010 RAV4 (3500/350 lbs) for 4 1/2 years & 67,000 miles. The biggest problem I've had is the small gas tank - there are places out west where a combination of a headwind & the distance between stations can get a bit hairy. The RAV4 has the horsepower necessary, and is a stable tow vehicle.

Can you share one of those hairy experiences?
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we have a V6 Ford escape--3,500 pounds towing capacity---have been all over BC, to Yosemite and Yellowstone--no issues with towing.
I am at work so don't remember the GCWR but a year ago before the rally we stopped for an hour at a weigh scale and loaded for a two week holiday we were total legit...

Our next vehicle will have a higher tow rating but for the past five years we have been very pleased with the combination.
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Old 08-01-2015, 10:16 AM   #5
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Thanks Jon, yes I follow your wonderful Blog & feel reassured after seeing your RAV V6 doing a great job.

Thanks Anna-Marie for your reply & sharing about your Ford Escape as the TV.

Best regards

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Can you share one of those hairy experiences?
Sure. By hairy, I mean running out of gas, not driving or control.

Twice in Wyoming I found myself towing at 8MPG or less driving into a 40 mile per hour headwind (at times in 2nd gear). Pulled into the closest gas station the first time & put 14.9 gallons in a 15 gallon tank. The second time was a bit better, but still close.

On my current trip to Alaska, I heard enough stories that I carried a 2 1/2 gallon gas can. I never needed it, although I did get down to one gallon left on a section of the Cassier Highway.
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Old 08-13-2015, 07:56 PM   #7
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Great question. I pick up my 17b in Feb too, and need to buy a tow vehicle between now and then.
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We towed a 17b with a Toyota Sienna -- 3500 lb towing capacity. it worked great, and I thought the minivan made a wonderful tow vehicle. Plenty of room for bikes and people.
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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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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 .
Don't need a V-8. I can tow 8100 lbs with a 2.7L V-6 - and do it well.
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