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Old 01-06-2014, 08:43 PM   #21
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Thanks Brian - I was thrilled to see that someone was using a Prius to tow a 19' Escape.
Don't know where you got that from. The guy Ken over on FGRV was towing a 16' Scamp. And, he didn't tow it that far.
If your tow vehicle is not rated to tow, even if it goes a few miles, it's going to wear out rapidly and cost you more in the end.
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Old 01-06-2014, 09:11 PM   #22
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Slip of the finger - 16 ft. And yes, it was a Scamp.
But I've been talked out of towing with the Prius - it was such a nice thought, though.
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Old 01-06-2014, 09:25 PM   #23
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If your tow vehicle is not rated to tow, even if it goes a few miles, it's going to wear out rapidly and cost you more in the end.
Maybe, maybe not. Many tow limitations are about extended high-load operation, and would not be an issue at all for short distances or gentle (e.g. flatlands at moderate speed) operation. That's the problem: we don't know which limiting factors determine a specific tow rating, so exceeding that rating is risky; I'm not suggesting it, just discussing what would need to be considered.
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Old 01-06-2014, 09:40 PM   #24
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Maybe, maybe not.
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Old 01-20-2014, 12:06 AM   #25
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The truck is rear wheel, so not likely an issue. We were towing a 17B with a FWD Nissan Murano, and it was ok on most surfaces, however feel much safer with a 4WD Highlander now. What you can tow vs. what you should tow can be two different things.
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The truck is rear wheel, so not likely an issue.
I assume that this was a reference to rear-wheel-drive. What truck, and what is not likely an issue? Rear wheel drive is better for traction than front-wheel-drive if the tug is heavily loaded in the rear, if the concern was traction.

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We were towing a 17B with a FWD Nissan Murano, and it was ok on most surfaces, however feel much safer with a 4WD Highlander now.
4WD certainly makes people feel more safe; whether or not they are more safe is another matter entirely. It's winter here for at least half the year, and the ditches collect at least as many 4WD as 2WD vehicles.
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Brian, you are absolutely right and I argued with my bro-in-law for years about the need for 4WD. Told him I am a spring skier, so if I drive to Mammoth/Tahoe, I am only going to need chains. Plus, at least in CA you need chains with 4WD too unless you have snow tires on contrary to popular belief or the CHP will tow.

My desire to get the 4WD Highlander came as a result of coming out of a dispersed campsite near Sedona on Oak Creek (you can see it if you Google Earth Angel Valley). The UPS guy said no problem when I asked if I could turn my trailer around. What he didn't tell me was the significant slope at the very end, which was then the beginning out my drive out. Barely scratched my way up with that 2WD Murano. Pretty stressful.

I started researching suitability of the Murano, and although it spec'd out, something was telling me that it wasn't the right tug. I started asking questions and it got down to the fact that although I could tow my 17B, it was not really designed to be a tow vehicle. None of them come with a hitch installed, or offer tow packages. The Highlander is far superior in feel and though the 2WD no doubt would have done it, the price I paid for my 4WD SE at the end of the model year and the 1 mpg difference was worth it.
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