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Old 04-23-2019, 11:39 AM   #1
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tow vehicle for 19

I am looking for a tow vehicle for a 2019 19 foot trailer and was wondering if anyone had experience with a Ford Explorer (6 cylinder, 2017 or newer) or a Honda Pilot (6 cylinder, 2016 or newer).
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Old 04-23-2019, 01:54 PM   #2
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With any newer vehicle (and I suspect anything from model 2016 forward qualifies), you need to look at not only the model/engine configuration, but also the trim level and drivetrain specifications of the particular vehicle you are considering. One of the ways manufacturers are attaining the current high mpg ratings is by tuning drivetrains for mileage, not towing capacity. All Ford Explorers, for example, were never created equal, but nowadays they are a lot more unequal than they used to be. BTW, this also means that if you get the towing package with the right drive train and take the higher torque, you pr'ly won't get the advertised mileage.

Life is a matter of trade-offs. There's no free lunch. Etc. Etc.
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Old 05-09-2019, 03:20 PM   #3
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If your west of Denver, I would suggest a full size pickup. As you go up in elevation you lose a bit of horse power. I towed my 17b with a 4Runner V6 across the Rockies in Colorado and I had to hold it to the floor for a bit to make it up to the Eisenhower tunnel at about 8500'.

East of Denver, the Explorer or Passport should do fine.
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...........across the Rockies in Colorado and I had to hold it to the floor for a bit to make it up to the Eisenhower tunnel..................

Ah, the ol' "Ike test"!!! (It's at over 11,000 ft.)
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Ah, the ol' "Ike test"!!! (It's at over 11,000 ft.)
Eisenhower is 11,000í? I didnít realize it was that high. I had it to the floor in third. On the way back from Los Angeles we went over the top, Loveland Pass, I held it in second at 3500rpm, watching my ScanGauge2 trans temp going back and forth on the switchbacks.

I had to stop on 3 occasions on the cross country trip to let the trans cool. The 4Runner did really well but Iíll be buying a truck before I do that again. Iím waiting to see how these small diesels do.
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Old 05-16-2019, 03:17 AM   #6
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I've driven a 2015 Highlander up Eisenhower pass with a 19' and it was definitely down on power. But, if you've got the patience to sit in the right lane with semis at high altitude it's fine. Closer to the coast like the Sierra Nevadas, it's fine. A bit higher RPM required, but it isn't an old iron pushrod motor and 3-4K RPM won't do it any harm.

I think the Pilot's got a bit better transmission (available 9-speed) and a hair more power, but it's probably pretty similar. The tow rating's also based on the SAE-J2807 standard, so it should have enough cooling for extended steep uphill grades.
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Old 05-16-2019, 06:42 AM   #7
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It is important to consider the cargo capacity of the tow vehicle. The trailer hitch weight, a generator, truck bed cap, a few tools, a bicycle and 2 mid weight passengers will max out a lot of smaller vehicles.

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On many many roads regardless of whether you’re towing or not, slower traffic in either lane is often a fact of life. I found this to be true in Canada and also in British Columbia, Alberta and in Ontario on major highways between Windsor and Toronto. And I mean slower than the posted limit which is lower than many US Highways. Retirement has given me a different perspective so i slow down and ejoy the ride or push it a little if a rare deadline is in the offing. The Highlander with the 21 on behind isn’t the speediest rig on the road but man, she’s good looking.
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Old 05-26-2019, 05:09 PM   #9
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Thank you

I would like to thank everyone for the replies on what to tow a new 19' with. I will try the 2008 4 Runner and report back. I am not sure there is an easy way to get from BC to PA without crossing at least one mountain.
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Itís the grades thatíll get you

I love the red roads for the slower pace and the scenery, but if youíre concerned about mountains on your initial tow home, the Interstates through the mountains generally give the best option for moderate grades, both up and down.
If you hit a road like 14Alternate in Wyoming, youíll know what I mean. You can always get back off the interstates after the mountains and enjoy the backroads.
Good luck and gear it down on the downhills.
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