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Old 12-19-2014, 06:18 PM   #51
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"Doable"? While I agree it is one of the better choices for a 17B(had both), my feeling about 4000#+ trailers like the 21 is you're pushing it with any crossover in terms of wear & tear but more importantly pushing it in terms of safety when going downhill. Remember the 21 has only been out for a little over a year. It would be helpful if ETI would disclose how many have been hooked up to Full-size vs. all others.
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Old 12-19-2014, 06:54 PM   #52
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We have a 2015 Grand Jeep Cherokee limited with the tow package and are very happy towing our 17B. In May of 2013, we bought a teardrop trailer and a new Subaru Outback. When we decided to upgrade our trailer to a 17B in May of 2014, we needed another new tow vehicle. We decided to get plenty of towing capacity so if we eventually moved to the larger 19, we wouldn't have to immediately replace our tow vehicle. Some vehicles we considered had adequate towing capacity but the 17b's frontal area exceeded the tow vehicles maximum. Good luck with you decision.
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"Doable"? While I agree it is one of the better choices for a 17B(had both), my feeling about 4000#+ trailers like the 21 is you're pushing it with any crossover in terms of wear & tear but more importantly pushing it in terms of safety when going downhill. Remember the 21 has only been out for a little over a year. It would be helpful if ETI would disclose how many have been hooked up to Full-size vs. all others.
I couldn't agree more, but it is 'doable'. Would I? No. I like a big margin.
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If it is just for two consider a used Ford Ranger. They are lots of them around. They get reasonable good milage. If you want it get a 4X4 but the 2X4 works well. And they come with a basement to store all your travel stuff.
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If it is just for two consider a used Ford Ranger. They are lots of them around. They get reasonable good milage. If you want it get a 4X4 but the 2X4 works well. And they come with a basement to store all your travel stuff.
Dunno Bobcat, I think that depends on the engine. My Ranger 4x4 with the 4.0L V6 gets TERRIBLE mileage without towing. I can only imagine how much it would drop when towing a 19. Its going up for sale right after Christmas, to make room for an F150 ecoboost V6.
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While I agree it is one of the better choices for a 17B(had both), my feeling about 4000#+ trailers like the 21 is you're pushing it with any crossover in terms of wear & tear but more importantly pushing it in terms of safety when going downhill.
Why would the "crossover" Highlander be any less safe than the traditional SUV (certainly not crossover) 4Runner? The two vehicles have the same weight and wheelbase, and suspension of comparable capability (although entirely different design)... and if the concern is brake capacity that has nothing to do with crossover versus traditional design.

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Remember the 21 has only been out for a little over a year. It would be helpful if ETI would disclose how many have been hooked up to Full-size vs. all others.
If this means you're talking about size, not type - that is, you recommend a full-size truck or similar-sized SUV - then that makes more sense to me. "Crossover" has nothing to do with size, only the design and components used to build the vehicle.

I'll also note that current mid-size SUVs - both crossover and traditional - are the size of "full-size" SUVs of the past.

Also, if a two-ton Escape 21 is not safe behind a two-ton SUV, then a four-ton trailer shouldn't be acceptable behind a three-ton full-sized pickup truck, right? Should everyone with those trailers be pulling with Ford F-450?
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Some vehicles we considered had adequate towing capacity but the 17b's frontal area exceeded the tow vehicles maximum. Good luck with you decision.
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I think this deserves an explanation. Some manufacturers list different/higher tow ratings for low profile tows like boats, as opposed to flat-front tows like trailers.
And also, a point to ponder, as is posted on ETI's website, is its shape: "The Escape has a durable, structurally designed, frame with light-weight, aerodynamic, molded fiberglass body."
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Old 12-19-2014, 08:37 PM   #58
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I couldn't agree more, but it is 'doable'. Would I? No. I like a big margin.
I would agree with this. I don't want the tail wagging the dog.
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Why would the "crossover" Highlander be any less safe than the traditional SUV (certainly not crossover) 4Runner? The two vehicles have the same weight and wheelbase, and suspension of comparable capability (although entirely different design)... and if the concern is brake capacity that has nothing to do with crossover versus traditional design.


If this means you're talking about size, not type - that is, you recommend a full-size truck or similar-sized SUV - then that makes more sense to me. "Crossover" has nothing to do with size, only the design and components used to build the vehicle.

I'll also note that current mid-size SUVs - both crossover and traditional - are the size of "full-size" SUVs of the past.

Also, if a two-ton Escape 21 is not safe behind a two-ton SUV, then a four-ton trailer shouldn't be acceptable behind a three-ton full-sized pickup truck, right? Should everyone with those trailers be pulling with Ford F-450?
4Runner is heavier, has different suspension and tires, however I think a lot of people overestimate it for towing larger trailers when in reality its target market is more for off-roading enthusiasts.
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Since this thread started with Ellen asking about smaller tow vehicles with decent mileage, many of the candidates for TV are those for which the details are a bit more important.
So, a point worthy of mention at this point is use of, and need for, weight distribution hitches (WDH). ETI calls them equalizer hitches in their options list, though they do not provide the "Equalizer" brand of WDH, but (currently) the Reese (Cequent) Pro Series WDH.
ETI states in Frequently asked questions: "The EQ hitch evenly distributes the trailer tongue weight of the trailer throughout the front and rear axles of the tow vehicle and the trailer axle. All front wheel drive vehicles will require an equalizer hitch."
So, a WDH is required for our FWD candidates for higher mileage ratings in TV's, per ETI.
Two components with proper ratings are required: the WD hitch, which connects the trailer to the vehicle; and the receiver, which bolts to the TV: alert! alert! this is typically called "The trailer hitch".
If you look at the listings in my go-to place to acquire tow stuff, etrailer.com, you see, in the smaller print, the tow ratings. Some, but not all, have separate ratings listed for "weight-distribution towing capacity". These are our candidates for hitches (receivers). They typically have additional attachment points, and sometimes additional components, to transfer the lateral towing loads to the tow vehicle.

Hey, what can I say, it's all in the details.
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