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Old 01-05-2015, 03:15 PM   #101
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Would like to thank everyone again for their input on a tow vehicle for my 17B. I have been doing lots of research and have compiled a spread sheet of info found, which I have attached. It may be of interest to another newbie in the future.

The info was gathered from many places--actually some does not jive with what I've found from other i-net locations. For example, the RAV4, which I had been learning toward, showed less than the 3500#, even for the 2009-2012 models. Ex: 2012 RAV4, when googled, shows towing capacity of 1,500 to 2,000 lbs. This investigation has been kind of confusing, but enlightening.

As of this moment, am learning towards the Nissan Xterra (thx rbryan).

Am looking forward to meeting some of you at the Rally and will be bringing my Build Sheet questions for lots of brain-pickin'. At this point, with Build Sheet and tow vehicle options, am in major overload!!!

Oh, one more thing -- have learned SO MUCH from this forum and appreciate so much the time and knowledge you guys put into this. For example, because of posts here, sent a $15,000.00 check to EI a couple of weeks ago, and it turned out to be about $17,500 Canadian!!!
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Old 01-05-2015, 03:16 PM   #102
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hummmm, not seeing attachment.
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Old 01-05-2015, 03:22 PM   #103
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The RAV4 Sport with V6 and tow package is 3500 lbs / 350 lbs tongue. If is only a 4 cylinder, tow capacity is much less. That's why you have a discrepancy. In 2013 the V6 was no longer available.
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Old 01-05-2015, 03:27 PM   #104
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OK, thanks, I should have realized that!!!
Still not seeing where the attachment shows up.
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You cannot post excel (or other) format spreadsheets. You can post a pdf of it or a link if you have it posted elsewhere on the web.
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Old 01-05-2015, 04:48 PM   #106
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Nissan products have recently been rated very low by Consumer Reports and other consumer rating companies. They used to be right up there with Toyota but not anymore.
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Old 01-05-2015, 05:03 PM   #107
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Nissan products... They used to be right up there with Toyota but not anymore.
I wonder how recent was that rating? We plan to tow our 17B with our 2000 Pathfinder. It claims to have 5000lbs tow rating and 500lbs tongue capacity. We towed a popup camper for 3 years with it. We never weight the trailer, only the tongue last year and it was close to 450lbs (not the tongue load because and we have stuff in the trunk!). Climbing any grade more than 1% was hard to keep at 45mph on the interstate. We hope to keep the 17B at 3000lbs fully loaded and leave an empty trunk. Finger crossed!
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Old 01-05-2015, 05:50 PM   #108
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If my memory serves me right, for the past 3-5 years. They are using dated technology with little upgrades. Due for a major style change soon. Just reading this months Road and Track about the new Nissan 5.0 diesel motor by Cummins. See here for info http://truckyeah.jalopnik.com/2016-n...now-1676630787
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I wouldn't buy an Xterra myself, based on what I heard from a well-respected mechanic who isn't known for dissing products. But, that was several years ago.
I'd do a lot of investigation.
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Old 01-05-2015, 07:45 PM   #110
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I had considered a used Nissan Pathfinder, 2012, 2013, but after reading several customer reviews I decided against it. The negative mentioned most was problems their 8 speed transmission.
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