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Old 10-20-2015, 03:12 PM   #21
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Old 10-20-2015, 03:23 PM   #22
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lancenadine.............Yours is the first post that gives a different point of view. You make some very good points. Thanks much. It seems like every day I flip-flop back and forth between the two trucks.
One more take from me on this . I know the smaller trucks and vehicles can tow fine . I believe though the bigger trucks , weight wise and larger body is a better combination. Larger brakes , transmission , suspension , etc. can handle the towing , especially the Escape trailers without a strain . The weight of a full size truck in my opinion should be close to what you are pulling up and down a hill . The trucks today are getting a lot better mileage then they use to especially towing . A lot of people are more concerned about a smaller vehicle and gas . I think being safe and having enough power just in case you get in a unknown situation is most important to me . My truck is so big , my trailer only is 6 in on each side out farther . As for parking , never been a problem and you see really good sitting up high . I used to have a Toyota truck for 12 years . I like my larger truck a lot more . If I was to replace would go with a larger truck again . I guess we are all trying to help you with your decision , which will be your decision in the end . Pat
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Old 10-20-2015, 03:46 PM   #23
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I hope to tow my 16 Escape 21 with my 02 Chevy 2500HD Duramax. It only has 130K miles on it and is in good shape. I have owned a 96 Dodge Ram with a 360 V8 and a 99 GMC with the then all new V8, both 1/2 tons. I got tired of constant shifting in cruise control pulling a trailer with 3 dirt bikes in the mountains of CO and NM so I got the Duramax with the Allison transmission. No more shifting or power issues. I have also towed dirt bikes in CO with a 1980 VW Vanagon (Puff the Tragic Wagon) so I am familiar with the dangers of towing with underpowered vehicle..

My advice is go large. If my Duramax doesn't work out or is just too old I will go with the Tundra with the big V8 (5.7 not the 4.6) since I am a big Toyota fan. Gas mileage stinks @13 but they are $7-10K cheaper than the new diesels than run on urea. Figure the $ difference between 13 and 19 mpg on an annual basis and go large and be safe. About $1200/yr @20K miles and 2.50/gal.
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Old 10-20-2015, 03:56 PM   #24
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...Larger brakes , transmission , suspension , etc. can handle the towing , especially the Escape trailers without a strain ....
Possibly less strain on the larger Tundra, however, Tacoma is sized to tow the full Escape line of trailers with minimal strain.

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... I think being safe and having enough power just in case you get in a unknown situation is most important to me...Pat
This implies that Tundra is safer for towing than Tacoma; I don't know that there is any basis to suggest this is true.

Just wanted to point out that for the two vehicles being considered, it comes down mostly to personal preference and usage. Both trucks are well over qualified for towing an Escape 17. Some people just like bigger tow vehicles, even when the smaller vehicles may be perfectly suited for towing.
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Old 10-20-2015, 05:16 PM   #25
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We drove a 17' Casita back from Rice, Tx with our 2002 Nissan Pathfinder, rated at 500 tongue weight. We traveled through New Mexico and Utah up and down various Rocky Mountain passes. No issues; however, a year later we bought a 2008 Toyota Sequoia with a 5.7 liter V8 and it is remarkable the comfort and sense of safety we now have driving mountain passes in Oregon and California. In January we will pick up our new 19' Escape.
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Old 10-20-2015, 05:42 PM   #26
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Possibly less strain on the larger Tundra, however, Tacoma is sized to tow the full Escape line of trailers with minimal strain.


This implies that Tundra is safer for towing than Tacoma; I don't know that there is any basis to suggest this is true.

Just wanted to point out that for the two vehicles being considered, it comes down mostly to personal preference and usage. Both trucks are well over qualified for towing an Escape 17. Some people just like bigger tow vehicles, even when the smaller vehicles may be perfectly suited for towing.[/
If he is getting a 17 the Tacoma is fine . If he is getting 19 and up I would go with a full size truck . I remarked a full size truck weight and body size is more substantial to the trailer you are pulling . I believe that is a better way to go . I think the 17 is smaller in width then the larger trailers as well as weight . As I said I owned a Toyota , also a Nissan truck , many Fords . I just am more comfortable with a full size truck , but I have a 19 . Pat
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Old 10-20-2015, 06:39 PM   #27
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Not sure why some folks here seem to think the Tacoma is not comfortable or safe. I have ridden in a few, and they were very nice to ride in. I also don't understand the safety concern at all. Are Tacoma's more prone to get into accidents than the Tundra?

I did pull my 19 with my F-350 diesel some, especially towing through the mountains, and if just going straight to a camping location, with very little driving around otherwise. My fuel economy in the mountains was a bit better than towing with my Honda Pilot, however I would MUCH rather be driving my Pilot for comfort and ease of use. If going on a vacation where there would be lots of driving around without the trailer, the Pilot would definitely be the go too tow. The Tacoma is even more proficient than the Pilot.

If the Tacoma had a better payload capacity, and a longer box available, I would have considered one instead of the F150 I bought to tow the 5.0TA.

I would not hesitate for a moment to upgrade to a diesel if one was available for the vehicle I was buying, as sure they cost more initially, but the hold there value well for resale, and the engines last way longer.
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Old 10-20-2015, 07:07 PM   #28
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Went from towing 13 footers with a Dodge Dakota (which had slightly more capacity than the current Tacoma) to towing an Escape 15a with a full size Ram with the Hemi V8 this year. While the Dakota would have handled the 15a no problem it was getting long in the tooth and was time for a new tug. Dodge no longer makes the Dakota or I would have bought one of those. Looked at the Tacoma and Chevy Colorado/GMC Canyon but quickly found I could get a much nicer equipped full size at the same price point of a mid size with all the discounts. The final deciding factor was I wanted a larger box since we like to haul our bikes and camping gear under a topper. With the new set up I can securely store 4 bikes and all our gear in the back, couldn't do that with the smaller truck.


Just got back from a two week, 4000km camping trip down and around Oregon and must say I absolutely LOVE the new combo. The biggest difference is after a full day of towing I feel fresher, less fatigued. The truck holds its speed better, holds the road better and has better visibility. The extra wide fold out towing mirrors are just awesome, no more wondering whats going on behind me. Hills the old combo pulled at 4000rpm are done at 3000rpm now. The most interesting thing I found is I get about the same fuel economy as the Dakota did... as long as I don't put my foot into it.


As others have said both trucks will work fine. My personal opinion now is that the full size will give you an easier and more enjoyable towing experience. It really just depends upon what else you want to do with the truck, because the full size are BIG!

If you can try and find a dealer with demos and some sort of small trailer to drag around I think that would help you make up you mind.


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Old 10-20-2015, 09:55 PM   #29
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Your experience is similar to ours. While we "can" tow our trailer with a smaller vehicle, we find that towing with power to spare means the vehicle doesn't work hard. We get great mileage, and like you, because the truck is larger and more comfortable, when we get to where we're going, we aren't worn out.
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Old 10-20-2015, 09:59 PM   #30
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we find that towing with power to spare means the vehicle doesn't work hard. We get great mileage, and like you, because the truck is larger and more comfortable, when we get to where we're going, we aren't worn out.
Except that it is larger and weighs more.
My little RAV4 has 269 hp, and has less work to do because it weighs less. Goes like stink.
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