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Old 05-10-2015, 04:02 PM   #1
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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...
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Old 05-10-2015, 04:06 PM   #2
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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...
Short answer, Yes. You can safely tow a 19 or 21 in the mountains with a Tacoma w/factory tow package. The numbers either work or they don't, and yours do.

Would a Tundra provide a better towing experience? Probably, but the Tacoma is a capable tow. My only caveat would be to keep an eye on your GVWR. The more stuff you put in the tow vehicle, the less you can tow. Then there's GCWR, which is "the maximum allowable combined weight of the towing vehicle, passengers and cargo in the tow vehicle, plus the weight of the trailer and cargo in the trailer." Don't exceed the limits, and I think you're fine. Both GVWR and GCWR are provided by the tow vehicle manufacturer.
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Old 05-10-2015, 04:13 PM   #3
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Thanks so much... I will be traveling solo, with a cap on the short bed.. The GVWR is 10,500 for the truck, and I'll be sure to stay under that... Thank you for the quick response.. Still not sure whether to order 19' or 21'. I will be traveling in it for very long periods of time.
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Old 05-10-2015, 04:24 PM   #4
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Thanks so much... I will be traveling solo, with a cap on the short bed.. The GVWR is 10,500 for the truck, and I'll be sure to stay under that... Thank you for the quick response.. Still not sure whether to order 19' or 21'. I will be traveling in it for very long periods of time.
Both the 19 and the 21 have their advantages. The 21 offers a bigger kitchen area, more storage, more width in the center aisle, and easy access to the bed for two people without having to crawl over. The 19 is smaller so it's a bit easier to back in and corner, weighs a bit less, and would probably give you a little better gas mileage when towing, but not a significant amount. Traveling solo, crawl over isn't a problem for you. We like the 19 because the bed is out of the way in the back, but this all comes down to what you like and need. If you think you'll eventually want something bigger, go with the 21 right off the bat. The disease of "two-foot-itis" (moving up two feet in size at a time) common here on the forum, has bitten several people. For us, the 19 is plenty big, and we wanted to stay closer to the idea of a "small" trailer. To each, his own.
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Thank you for all of the helpful info.. I agree that the 19' would be fine, especially since it's just me and the dog. I hope to live in it for 5 years, while I travel all over the US and Canada.. However, I just read that living in the Escape full time will not work, due to humidity, and needs time to dry out between trips.. I would hope if properly taken care of one could stay in the trailer as longs as they choose... Any opinion on going full time? I know several people that are doing it in a Casita. Thank you so much for your time rBryan..
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Old 05-10-2015, 04:45 PM   #6
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I just read that living in the Escape full time will not work, due to humidity, and needs time to dry out between trips.. I would hope if properly taken care of one could stay in the trailer as longs as they choose... Any opinion on going full time? I know several people that are doing it in a Casita. Thank you so much for your time rBryan..
You're more than welcome. Escape does state that the trailer is 'recreational' and not suitable for full time use, but you have to understand that manufacturers have to deal with warranty claims and other issues from owners who use the trailers improperly or for uses not originally intended, or who don't properly maintain the trailer. So, they make disclaimers. I would do the same, were I the manufacturer.

Having said that, there are plenty of folks who full time in all sorts of molded fiberglass trailers. They take precautions like adding dry mesh where upholstery hits the walls, using a dehumidifier, and keeping air circulating by using fans. It's also very important to keep the trailer clean. I'm not attempting to contradict the manufacturer recommendation, but take the proper steps and you CAN full time in a fiberglass trailer.
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Old 05-10-2015, 04:56 PM   #7
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Thank you for all the information and time today... Selling my home, and hitting the road for one last long adventure has been something I have decided to do... Trying to keep things simple, I thought the Tacoma and the Escape would do the trick... The only other trailers I have considered are the Casita and 19' Airstream Sport. The sport cost so much more, not really sure I need all the luxury that it offers.. I just want it to be practical and well made, like the Escape. The Casita will work, but I don't care for it's small size. Once again thank you for taking the time to give me your input. Take care my friend...
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You're more than welcome. Escape does state that the trailer is 'recreational' and not suitable for full time use, but you have to understand that manufacturers have to deal with warranty claims and other issues from owners who use the trailers improperly or for uses not originally intended, or who don't properly maintain the trailer. So, they make disclaimers. I would do the same, were I the manufacturer.

Having said that, there are plenty of folks who full time in all sorts of molded fiberglass trailers. They take precautions like adding dry mesh where upholstery hits the walls, using a dehumidifier, and keeping air circulating by using fans. It's also very important to keep the trailer clean. I'm not attempting to contradict the manufacturer recommendation, but take the proper steps and you CAN full time in a fiberglass trailer.
Cary, what is dry mesh and where can I get it? Thanks
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Old 05-10-2015, 05:21 PM   #9
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Sorry Cary, I meant to ask rbryan the question.
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DryMesh™ is a three dimensional woven polyester mesh, designed to reduce moisture under mattresses and cushions. Made from 100% non-absorbent polyester, the unique 3D mesh allows air to circulate, eliminating condensation and mildew build up.

Both lightweight and flexible DryMesh can be easily cut to size and placed neatly under mattress or cushion.

Shop online for the fabric... I've never purchased it.
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