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Old 05-10-2015, 10:40 PM   #11
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Can I have some opinions on Tow Vehicles.. I have a 2015 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab, with a tow package. It's a 6 cylinder and has a tow capacity of 6500 lbs. Do you guys think I can safely tow a 21' Escape, or even a 19' Escape in the mountains. Would you do it, or should I step up to a Tundra.. Thank you...
Let me offer my thoughts on your tow vehicle. Our 4Runner is somewhat similar to your Toyota, and having towed through mountains of New Mexico and Colorado the last few days I have concluded the vehicle can do it, but you have to manage your expectations. On some of the steepest grades I have had to gear down to first gear a few times, both up and down hill. I also tend to hold speeds to 55. If you want something to blast up and down every hill you get to, a six cylinder gas engine isn't enough. I plan to try everything I get to, but with caution and patience---retired, you know.
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Old 05-10-2015, 10:48 PM   #12
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If you want something to blast up and down every hill you get to, a six cylinder gas engine isn't enough.

That depends on which 6 cylinder gas engine we're talking about. It's more a matter of horsepower, and the amount of torque at various rpms.

Our 2.7L Ecoboost V6 can indeed "blast up and down every hill we get to." Nowadays, it isn't all about displacement. Technological advances in turbocharging and engine design are breaking the old rules.
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Old 05-10-2015, 11:22 PM   #13
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Our 2.7L Ecoboost V6 can indeed "blast up and down every hill we get to." Nowadays, it isn't all about displacement. Technological advances in turbocharging and engine design are breaking the old rules.
I agree, except that this isn't really a change. Supercharging (including turbocharging) has always been effectively a multiplier of displacement... it's just a lot more practical now than it has been.
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Old 05-10-2015, 11:24 PM   #14
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That depends on which 6 cylinder gas engine we're talking about. It's more a matter of horsepower, and the amount of torque at various rpms.

Our 2.7L Ecoboost V6 can indeed "blast up and down every hill we get to." Nowadays, it isn't all about displacement. Technological advances in turbocharging and engine design are breaking the old rules.
I have a 4.OL V6 automatic 5 speed.. With the V6 Tow pkg.. Everything I have read says it will do just fine, but while driving in the mountains I will need to take it slow and easy, especially when going down a steep grade. This is something I will need to learn to do, but how does one practice when you live on flat land.. :-(
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Old 05-10-2015, 11:43 PM   #15
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I have a 4.OL V6 automatic 5 speed.. With the V6 Tow pkg.. Everything I have read says it will do just fine, but while driving in the mountains I will need to take it slow and easy, especially when going down a steep grade. This is something I will need to learn to do, but how does one practice when you live on flat land.. :-(

Well, there's no substitute for experience. You get better at it the more you do it. Don't sweat it. I think your plan to take it easy until you have more experience with it is a good one. I really enjoyed the 'take it easy' approach on our first trip. No stress, watching others pass us, and knowing we were in no hurry and saving gas to boot. It was a different mindset than I've ever had while driving. Interestingly, it kind of rubbed off on my driving after the trip was over and I wasn't towing.
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Old 05-11-2015, 02:21 AM   #16
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Our Ford Flex non turbo V6 is rated at 270HP at 5600RPM. We can maintain 55MPH on the long grades we have here in the western mountains. This is done in third gear at 4000RPM. (6 speed transmission)
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Old 05-11-2015, 07:09 AM   #17
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I have a 4.OL V6 automatic 5 speed.. With the V6 Tow pkg.. Everything I have read says it will do just fine, but while driving in the mountains I will need to take it slow and easy, especially when going down a steep grade. This is something I will need to learn to do, but how does one practice when you live on flat land.. :-(
Hi: clindley... Sorry I only have a few pic's of towing in the mountains. Our Nissan Frontier is a 4ltr. V6 5spd Auto and I'm glad we didn't step up to a bigger truck for towing!!!
Slow and easy is good, once the feeling like your going backwards goes away. So what if the rest of the world is in such a hurry they want past. Take time to enjoy the scenery!!! Alf
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Old 05-11-2015, 07:43 AM   #18
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As others have mentioned your Tacoma will work so why not try it and then decide later. The nice thing about fiberglass trailers is that you may go through several tow vehicles as the trailers last so long. The 19 vs 21 choice, another issue. I had a 19 Escape and upgraded to the 21' model. Find there is less humidity in the 21' since the bed is only on 2 exterior walls vs 3. with the mesh and having the mattress cut smaller that allows air around the 2 exterior walls, condensation is non-existent. Perhaps the 19 with a 6" smaller mattress may give you the same result? I also suggest you tour a 19 and a 21 model and then decide. Contact ETI for contacts of units near you.
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Old 05-11-2015, 08:36 AM   #19
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That depends on which 6 cylinder gas engine we're talking about. It's more a matter of horsepower, and the amount of torque at various rpms.

Our 2.7L Ecoboost V6 can indeed "blast up and down every hill we get to." Nowadays, it isn't all about displacement. Technological advances in turbocharging and engine design are breaking the old rules.
I guess I was limiting my thoughts to the current naturally aspirated Toyota offerings that the poster had asked about. I am looking forward to hearing everything about the Ford 2.7 and 3.5 Ecoboost results, as well as the Ram EcoDiesel, all of which must be a joy to tow with. I almost bought a Ram Eco last November but decided to try my current Toyota until I could confer with other Escpape owners, especially those who have pulled 21s in the mountains on some of the steeper grades.
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Old 05-11-2015, 10:15 AM   #20
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I have a 4.OL V6 automatic 5 speed.. With the V6 Tow pkg..
I have an extended cab Tacoma with the same drivetrain and tow package as yours. It pulls my Escape 21 very well. I have to say on one steep mountain road I had to slow down quite a bit, but the speed limit there was 25 MPH anyway. Overall I think you will be happy using the Tacoma as your tow vehicle.
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