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Old 05-02-2013, 07:46 PM   #1
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What are people towing their 17b with? What is their experience?

This past Feb/Mar we travelled from Nova Scotia to Florida with a RAV 4. It was 3200 kms there x2 = 7200kms.


My questions for everyone out there towing a 17b - :

What are you towing with?
Do you have a WDH?
What type of gas milage towing?
What is your experience with the wind & your vehicle?
With big rigs passing?
Other towing experience?

Any info would be appreciated.

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Old 05-02-2013, 08:04 PM   #2
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My questions for everyone out there towing a 17b - :

What are you towing with? 2008 RAV4 Sport V6 ( Canada version / with tow package, after market Class 3 Hidden Hitch - cheaper and better than Toyota factory hitch.

Do you have a WDH? Yes, Pro Series

What type of gas milage towing? 15 U.S. mpg or 15 L. / 100 K

What is your experience with the wind & your vehicle? Not a problem.

With big rigs passing? Don't notice anything.

Other towing experience? With the 269 hp engine, it is easy to get up to highway speeds even on short on-ramps. That makes for stress free driving.

Any info would be appreciated.

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2013 RAV4 can't tow a little red wagon, unfortunately.
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Old 05-03-2013, 12:15 AM   #3
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This past Feb/Mar we travelled from Nova Scotia to Florida with a RAV 4. It was 3200 kms there x2 = 7200kms.


My questions for everyone out there towing a 17b - :

What are you towing with?
2008 Toyoya Sienna
Do you have a WDH?
Yes
What type of gas milage towing?
12-17, depending on headwind or tailwind
What is your experience with the wind & your vehicle? Makes big difference in gas mileage.
With big rigs passing? No problems
Other towing experience? Escape is the first thing I have towed

Any info would be appreciated.

Thanks
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Old 05-03-2013, 09:52 AM   #4
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This past Feb/Mar we travelled from Nova Scotia to Florida with a RAV 4. It was 3200 kms there x2 = 7200kms.


My questions for everyone out there towing a 17b - :

What are you towing with?

2010 RAV4 V6 with Tow Package
Do you have a WDH?
Yes
What type of gas milage towing?
15MPG US
What is your experience with the wind & your vehicle?
No problems, although a 50 MPH headwind sure cuts the mileage!
With big rigs passing?
No Problems
Other towing experience?
I've been very happy with the combination. There are times I wish I had the open space a truck would provide for extra stuff & ground clearance for jeep trails, but the 25 MPG unhooked is great.

Any info would be appreciated.

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Old 05-03-2013, 12:26 PM   #5
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I tow with a '09 Tacoma Crew Cab, 6 cyl, 4WD with factory tow package. No weight distributing hitch. Mileage is 15-16 mpg average. So far have had no wind problems.

I also have a Truck Vault in the bed of the Tacoma, which adds several hundred pounds over the rear axle, but I beefed up the rear springs following a Toyota Service Bulletin a couple of years ago that addressed weak springs.

It's illuminating to weigh your tow rig without the trailer (2 axles only), then with the trailer and all three axles.
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Old 05-08-2013, 10:43 PM   #6
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My questions for everyone out there towing a 17b - :

What are you towing with? 2010 Nissan Frontier NISMO 4x4 w 4l engine.

Do you have a WDH? What's a WDH!

What type of gas milage towing?

Varies between 14 & 22 L/100km depending on wind and gradient. Never checked while on a long downgrade!

What is your experience with the wind & your vehicle? - No problem.

With big rigs passing? - Occasional discomfort due to noise and dense clouds of water they create during heavy rain.

Other towing experience? - A trailer with a 10ft boat.

From the way the Nissan sits on the road, I know I've got something on the back, but I've always had more than enough power for every situation.

Martin.

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Old 06-01-2013, 07:45 PM   #7
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Towing with a 4 cyl 2007 tacoma. No wdh, just air bags. No issues, I just keep the weight down by not hauling water.
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Old 06-02-2013, 10:04 PM   #8
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I tow the "Suite Escape" on level ground quite easily. I find I have more stability in the wind or when big trucks whiz by when hooked up. In fact I have not been buffeted at all thus far. I also use an equalizer hitch. (A WDH or weight distribution hitch.) I have not kept track of my mileage, and I get bogged down on some uphill grades. My towing experience is very limited. ( One short trip towing a 24' stickie, and a few times towing a 4'x8' box trailer.)
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Old 06-03-2013, 02:09 AM   #9
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Tow with a Toyota Highlander and WDH. Get 14 - 18 L/100 km. Two weeks ago a large motorhome was traveling ahead of me, and suddenly it veered to the left drastically from a wind gust, which I heard, but could not feel. That's when I knew how well Escape trailers tow!
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This past Feb/Mar we travelled from Nova Scotia to Florida with a RAV 4. It was 3200 kms there x2 = 7200kms.


My questions for everyone out there towing a 17b - :

What are you towing with? 2008 Tacoma V6 Tow Package
Do you have a WDH?Yes
What type of gas milage towing?Average 15-16mpg (US)
What is your experience with the wind & your vehicle?Amazingly stable even in very strong sidewinds
With big rigs passing?Not much effect
Other towing experience?Scamp 16 and our utility trailer

Any info would be appreciated.

Thanks
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MPG strongly effected by headwind
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