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Old 10-20-2015, 11:26 PM   #31
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We own a 2005 Tundra and tow an Escape 21. It is a breeze.! The 17 should tow fine behind a Tacoma. The only reason for you to go with a Tundra might be if you want to carry gear like a boat, canopy, generator etc. The Tacoma has significantly less load capacity.

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Old 10-21-2015, 06:41 AM   #32
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If one followed some of the logic here to its conclusion, I think we should be towing our Escape with semi trucks
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Old 10-21-2015, 08:53 AM   #33
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If one followed some of the logic here to its conclusion, I think we should be towing our Escape with semi trucks
Well you could say "I don't even know it is back there" and actually be telling the truth...
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Old 10-21-2015, 09:17 AM   #34
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It's all a matter of risk tolerance and comfort levels... Arguably a full-sized truck is safer than a mid-sized for towing (more capacity, more stability). But according to manufacturing specifications, a mid-sized truck is "safe enough". But who am I to tell you that what I choose to do is safe enough for you? We all draw our own lines in the sand.
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Old 10-21-2015, 09:41 AM   #35
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It's all a matter of risk tolerance and comfort levels... Arguably a full-sized truck is safer than a mid-sized for towing (more capacity, more stability). But according to manufacturing specifications, a mid-sized truck is "safe enough". But who am I to tell you that what I choose to do is safe enough for you? We all draw our own lines in the sand.
Best response I have ever read in the never ending tow vehicle debate threads. Very well said!
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Old 10-21-2015, 10:32 AM   #36
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Would this combination be considered safe and comfy enough?
The truck does only have a 17,500 lb conventional tow capacity, would that offer enough of a safety margin for a sub 1,500 lb trailer?



All kidding aside, I would never consider this truck for towing my upcoming 5.0TA. WAY too much overkill. (Though it is rated to tow up to 21,500 lbs for a 5th wheel)
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Old 10-21-2015, 11:15 AM   #37
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Jim, I would be really curious to know which would get the better fuel economy towing the 5.0. I assume the Super Duty is a diesel.
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Old 10-21-2015, 11:21 AM   #38
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Jim, I would be really curious to know which would get the better fuel economy towing the 5.0. I assume the Super Duty is a diesel.
Compared to the F150, or something else? Yes, it has the 6.7L diesel.

Towing the 19 to Osoyoos last May, I averaged 17 litres/110 kms (Which is almost 17 mpg). I can barely get than on level going with the Pilot, which drops at least 25% in mountains and wind. Unhitched though it is no fair comparison, the Pilot fuel consumption is a lot better than the F350, and much nicer to drive around.
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We took a long trip using my wifes small car (Gas mileage) and then a similar length trip in my full size truck. We never again considered the car for traveling. We looked at small trucks
(Ranger) but after comparing price ,options ,comfort, room ETC, the full size truck was a better fit for us. We just finished a 7000 mile trip , which never would have happened if we owned a small truck.
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Old 10-21-2015, 11:37 AM   #40
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Steve, what is the car you are referring too? Our 4 cyl Honda Accord gets great fuel economy, and is very comfortable to drive on long hauls.
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