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Old 11-11-2009, 06:50 PM   #1
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Towing 19ft.

Hello,
I'm Gary and this is my first post. I don't own and Escape Yet...But I'm laying plans for my escape. I'm pretty much certain I am going for the 19 ft. My questions is a capable tow vehicle. I'm thinking of either a Jeep Liberty or Ford Ranger. Either would of course be a 6 cyl. with Auto Tranny. Anyone out there have experience with either vehicle and a 19ft. Thanks.
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Old 11-11-2009, 07:48 PM   #2
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Re: Towing 19ft.

Hi Gary, and welcome aboard. I am not familiar with either of those vehicles for a tow, I use an 09 Honda Pilot to tow my 19 and it works great. I think the main thing is to ensure you have a good buffer of towing capacity. I would suggest looking for some with around a 4,500 lb towing capacity and you should be good. There are lots of great vehicles in this range. Dry, it is around 2,600 lbs, but you have to add propane, batteries, and the such to the base weight, then there is the water, food and gear, as well as the weight of gear you might carry in the tow vehicle to think about. My Pilot has a tow capacity of 4,500 lbs and does great, only working exceptionally hard on really steep mountain roads.
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Old 11-11-2009, 08:01 PM   #3
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6-cylinder isn't the problem Gary, but the towing capacity as Jim said. My Nissan Frontier is a 6 cylinder, but tows 6500#. My former '95 Honda Pilot and my '07 Jeep Wrangler are 6's but only have a towing capacity of 3500#! Much too close for a 19! I agree with Jim, don't marginalize your towing capacity, you'll be sorry later if you do.
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Old 11-11-2009, 08:14 PM   #4
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Re: Towing 19ft.

Hi: Garyplais... We tow a 5.0 which has a dry weight of about the same as a 19'er. Our tug is a 4.3 ltr. V6 GMC Sierra P/U. Tow cap. is 6100lbs and the whole rig weighed in at 8900lbs. The only thing I wished for is some more Torque!!! The Tow/Haul tranny is good but... I don't use O/D. only 3rd. gear for towing. I find the older I get the slower I drive. This year our 4000mi. trip averaged 18.5 MPG. Canadian. YMMV
If using a Ranger P/U I'd opt for the 4ltr. Engine. Alf
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Old 11-11-2009, 08:24 PM   #5
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More torque, less gas mileage Alf. I get 13.5mpg, but then I don't drive slower (must not be as old as you I guess : - )). Because of the torque on the Frontier, I'm still doing 65-70mph up mountains with no hesitations or problems, and power to spare. But, that's why I only got 13.5 coming across America. Whenever I get as old as you, maybe I will slow down a little and recheck the gas mileage : - )
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Old 11-11-2009, 08:44 PM   #6
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Hi: HokieEscape...Sheesh!!! No wonder I don't like Dentists. They're always "down in the mouth" Old Alf
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That's why I very seldom introduce myself as a dentist! NO BODY LIKES US : - (
So, I usually introduce myself as an Oral Ecologist, or as an Oral Wetlands Environmentalist!
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Old 11-12-2009, 03:03 AM   #8
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4 l ford ranger won't do it..
We learnt that the hard way when we were looking for a tow vehicle for our 17'...consequently got the Escape (which I much prefer driving) but it wouldn 't do for a 19".
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Old 11-12-2009, 06:33 AM   #9
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Hi: amirie... Is your Ford Escape the 3ltr. V6 or the 4ltr. V6 The 4ltr. V6 has the highest tow cap. for the Ranger P/U. The 4cyl. Ranger just won't cut it...that I know!!! Alf
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Old 11-12-2009, 11:46 AM   #10
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Re: Towing 19ft.

I don't have a 19'er but have been looking into it. I towed my current 20' stick built (3200 lbs dry) with an 03 Ranger 4l Auto 4wd. I had to put on air bags as mine was tongue heavy at 700 lbs which should not be a problem with the Escape. It was a bit weak in the hills and in strong head winds meaning it could have used a few more horses, this may or may not be an issue with the Escapes. I was eyeballing one of the Nissan Frontiers if I go with the Escape as they have more power/torque then the current Rangers.
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