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Old 01-18-2018, 02:45 PM   #1
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Tow Vehicle Expereince for a 17B

Hello,

We are shopping for a new tow vehicle that will be used to tow a 17B that we are getting ready to have built.


The contenders are:
  • VW Atlas
  • Honda Pilot
  • Toyota 4Runner
Does anyone have experience towing a 17B with these? They all have a 5,000 lbs tow limit.

Any other suggestions for a mid sized SUV?

Subaru is releasing a new mid sized this year called the Ascent that also might be in the running.... 5,000 lbs but its going to be a turbo charged 4 cylinder.

Many thanks!
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Old 01-18-2018, 03:07 PM   #2
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We towed our 17B (and now our 21) with a Toyota Highlander XLE and have been more than happy with how it performs for both. Good luck - you are going to get a LOT of opinions here.
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Old 01-18-2018, 03:29 PM   #3
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We towed our Escape 19 and our Escape 21 with a Toyota Highlander. I’m sold on Toyota vehicles but also had excellent luck with a Honda but not towing at that time. I gotta make some mini popcorn and get a pop. Here we go.
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Old 01-18-2018, 03:39 PM   #4
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For a 17B any of those vehicles and more-with at least 3500 or more tow capacity is going to be very good. 5000# capacity even better for the highly infectious 2' itis Personally from experience I would prefer an AWD version though.
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Hello,

We are shopping for a new tow vehicle that will be used to tow a 17B that we are getting ready to have built.

The contenders are:
  • VW Atlas
  • Honda Pilot
  • Toyota 4Runner
Does anyone have experience towing a 17B with these? They all have a 5,000 lbs tow limit.

Any other suggestions for a mid sized SUV?



The mid-sized area is quite limited and I think you prettty well have it there. So it should be a matter of which one you like best for all kinds of different reasons, not the least of which might be how comfortable you are in the driver's seat. And hopefully you could tell that well enough with a short drive in each. Other than that, there may be some particular features that you like such as back-up camera or others.
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Old 01-18-2018, 03:51 PM   #6
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Hello,

We are shopping for a new tow vehicle that will be used to tow a 17B that we are getting ready to have built.

The contenders are:
  • VW Atlas
  • Honda Pilot
  • Toyota 4Runner
Does anyone have experience towing a 17B with these? They all have a 5,000 lbs tow limit.

Any other suggestions for a mid sized SUV?




The mid-sized area is quite limited and I think you prettty well have it there. So it should be a matter of which one you like best for all kinds of different reasons, not the least of which might be how comfortable you are in the driver's seat. And hopefully you could tell that well enough with a short drive in each. Other than that, there may be some particular features that you like such as back-up camera or others.
Limited? You must be joking. Let's see- Explorer, Highlander, Pathfinder, Volvo, Hyundai, Kia, Porche, Audi, Mercedes, Buick, GMC Acadia, and others am sure.
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Limited? You must be joking. Let's see- Explorer, Highlander, Pathfinder, Volvo, Hyundai, Kia, Porche, Audi, Mercedes, Buick, GMC Acadia, and others am sure.
Well, my idea of what is a possibility is not the same as others. But I think he has a good idea.
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Limited? You must be joking. Let's see- Explorer, Highlander, Pathfinder, Volvo, Hyundai, Kia, Porche, Audi, Mercedes, Buick, GMC Acadia, and others am sure.
A list I found online has 39 mid-size SUV's listed suitable for towing.

http://axleadvisor.com/towing-capacity/
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We towed our Escape 19 and our Escape 21 with a Toyota Highlander. Iím sold on Toyota vehicles but also had excellent luck with a Honda but not towing at that time. I gotta make some mini popcorn and get a pop. Here we go.
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There is also a nice 2018 tow vehicle guide here from TrailerLife.
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