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Old 10-03-2009, 02:17 AM   #1
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Hi Just got back from a trip to BC interior and on Mon I will know if I've bought my Escape. If successful I will post the details for the circumstances are very amazing. Dont want to count my chickens till its done.
Anyhoooooo here's my question and I'm sure its been answered a million times,,You know it,,,,what is an appropriate vehicle to tow a 17 foot escape,,,,,,I have a small pick up which is rated to 3000lbs,,I saw Reace and Tammy's Frontier this week and its rated to 6000lbs or maybe 6500lbs. A friend tells me he tows with a Honda Oddysie (sp)
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PS Saw Grasshopper waiting for its new owners,,,what a beauty,,,nice shade of green. Happy trails
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Old 10-03-2009, 03:33 AM   #2
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We tow with a Ford Escape rated to tow 3,500 lbs..
(2 adults and a fair amount of stuff including bikes and I think we are at 2,700 Lbs)
We use the WDH and NO issues at all.
Tows very well....
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Old 10-03-2009, 06:03 AM   #3
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Just about any mid-sized SUV with a V6 will provide ample power to put the 17. It really comes down to finding what you like best in your price range and making sure that you have plenty of towing capacity. If you use a vehicle that is rated at, or near, what you intend to pull, you will have issues with steep hills, passing and the such.
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Old 10-03-2009, 01:58 PM   #4
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We pulled with our 2008 Highlander.. I think the big issue is what the car/SUV is rated for tounge weight as I agree with Jim most V6 will be able to pull it.. When we purchased ours we brought our Highlander up to Chilliwack and Reace hooked it up the 17 ft and checked out the back-end of the car at which time we decided to purchase a WDH from Escape.. which we did Reace set it up and it worked out perfectly..
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Old 10-03-2009, 11:12 PM   #5
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The Oddysey is front-wheel-drive, which is not ideal for towing. If you want a minivan, consider the V6 AWD version of the Toyota Sienna.

My V6 AWD RAV4 does a fine job, including the Salmo-Creston pass.
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Old 10-03-2009, 11:59 PM   #6
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"My V6 AWD RAV4 does a fine job, including the Salmo-Creston pass."

Ditto. And the Coquihalla. Seventeen kilometers up hill. Dropped to 80 kph on the steepest part, only because I didn't want to burn the gas. Held 90 kph ( 56 mph ) most of the way.

And, there is a very short on-ramp from the rest stop just west of Abbotsford. I'm doing 110 kph to merge with traffic, no sweat. No anxiety about what to do when the ramp runs out and the concrete barrier approaches. The RAV can do.

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Old 10-04-2009, 09:46 AM   #7
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Hi Just got back from a trip to BC interior and on Mon I will know if I've bought my Escape. If successful I will post the details for the circumstances are very amazing. Dont want to count my chickens till its done.
Anyhoooooo here's my question and I'm sure its been answered a million times,,You know it,,,,what is an appropriate vehicle to tow a 17 foot escape,,,,,,I have a small pick up which is rated to 3000lbs,,I saw Reace and Tammy's Frontier this week and its rated to 6000lbs or maybe 6500lbs. A friend tells me he tows with a Honda Oddysie (sp)
Thanks for your help.
Gordon

PS Saw Grasshopper waiting for its new owners,,,what a beauty,,,nice shade of green. Happy trails
I purposefully did not read all the replies so I can see if what I say fits others thoughts.
I am not an old time travel trailer guy... maybe five years now... before that I had boats in the 60s and 70s.
But I think from what I have learned that there is no perfect combination.. or at least there is a tremedouns amount of flexibility surrounding "perfect"
You can safely pull a big 19 with a front wheel drive mini-van if you hook up properly (wdh /sway bar)
You can add another degree of safety and comfort by increasing the weight ratio to favor the TV.. like pulling a 17 with an F250.
You can, if you want, pull a 13ft scamp with a mini cooper though

I don't think there is a perfect answer.

Ok.. let's see hwo I did
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Old 10-04-2009, 10:33 AM   #8
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Hi: All...Perfection is in the eye of the "Beer Holder". Alf
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The Oddysey is front-wheel-drive, which is not ideal for towing. If you want a minivan, consider the V6 AWD version of the Toyota Sienna.

My V6 AWD RAV4 does a fine job, including the Salmo-Creston pass.
I have to disagree with front wheel drive vehicle being 'not ideal'. The Odyssey, and my Pilot as well, make great tow vehicles. My Pilot is a Touring model, which is designed for towing. If you do not overdo the hitch weight there is no problem with any front wheel drive, they are designed to handle it. Heck, I don't even need a WDH like many who use a rear wheel drive do.
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Hi: All...Perfection is in the eye of the "Beer Holder". Alf
Great quote.
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