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Old 09-12-2013, 07:03 PM   #1
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What are you towing your 21 Escape with?

I know the 21 is still new and not many out there yet. But those of you have one, can you please advise what tow vehicle you are using.

I am curious if anyone is pulling it with a Pathfinder, Highlander or other similar 5000lb tow capacity mid sized SUV.


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Old 09-12-2013, 07:53 PM   #2
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Won't have one until early November but the Highlander will be my TV.

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Old 09-12-2013, 07:55 PM   #3
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I have a 2012 Toyota FJ cruiser with 500/5000 capacity and a 2009 Ram 1500 Hemi with has 500/8000 capacity.
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Old 09-12-2013, 07:59 PM   #4
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We will pick up our 21 in April - or when the weather allows - and our TV is a 2005 Dodge Dakota - 7000 towing capacity, 10000 GCVW. It looks as if we will need the equalizer hitch and brake controller. We are in Chilliwack tonight and will have our first look at a 21 in the morning!
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Old 09-12-2013, 08:19 PM   #5
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We plan on using our Highlander for the 21. The Highlander did a fine job towing the 19 Escape. Will know for sure in January. Hearing Reace and deadeyedan talk about their Ford pickups with Ecoboost, well . . . .
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Old 09-12-2013, 08:28 PM   #6
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The Toyota 4Runner did well with our 19, I expect it will handle the extra 500 lbs from the 21. 5000 lbs towing rating with a CGWR rating of 10,510.

I think I am in the minority, I do not use a weight distribution hitch or a sway bar. I know there were a number of Toyota trucks that were leaving Escape Industries without a WDH, upon Reace's recommendation. Not sure if that is still the case. My lack of a WDH was a personal decision.
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Old 09-12-2013, 08:33 PM   #7
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Won't have a trailer until next spring, but will be using a VW Touareg TDI. 7700 lbs tow capacity. Was planning on getting a Highlander as a TV but my torso is too long to fit in one and after slouching to see out the front window of our Grand Caravan for the last 8 years, I swore I'd *never* do that again!
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Old 09-12-2013, 10:16 PM   #8
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I'm going to try and get a couple more years out of our Chevy Trailblazer... The manual says it's rated for up to 5400#, but if you start weighing and doing the math, it's probably more like 5000.
Hoping for some more diesel options before I replace it
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Old 09-13-2013, 09:08 PM   #9
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If I was lucky to own a 21 I wouldn't pull it with anything less than a big V8 full sized 3/4 ton pickup. Going up a hill doing 50 km h with a V6 at 5000 rpm over and over again would be a bore to say the least.
And the ware and tare well that would be a nightmare.
Also would have to pull over every 10 min. to cool the engine and on the down side to cool the brakes .
Are we there yet...
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Old 09-14-2013, 06:18 AM   #10
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We're still considering the purchase - don't know if we'd use it enough to be worth getting, but if we do, we'll pull it with our 2011 Toyota Tundra. Small V8, 8200 pounds of SAE J2807 certified, towing capacity.

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