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Old 01-22-2013, 10:54 AM   #11
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That's just what I was hoping to hear. Less seams and places for water to get in, perfect. I have a handshake deal pending on an '06 Escape 17. Just need to have a look at it and its mine!!
I see some of you are pulling with FJ Cruisers, Honda Pilots etc, did you guys spring for the transmission coolers?? Toyota wants over $1000.00 to replace the whole rad with a bigger one... I'm not so sure that's required to pull 2500 lbs. I've got a 2011 4Runner, 4.0 V6, 5spd auto.
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:49 AM   #12
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Toyota will tell you what your tow limit is.
BTW 2500 lbs is a weight that continues to grow with water, chairs, BBQs, food, beer and so on.
You'll need a break controller in the Toyota too.
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Old 01-22-2013, 12:56 PM   #13
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If you're going to be towing in heat, especially extended uphill, I'd say get at least the tranny cooler. It'll be a whole lot cheaper than a replacement trans and a ruined trip.

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Old 01-22-2013, 10:11 PM   #14
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You may ask about adding a electric thermo fan in the front of the rad if there is room.I switch off A/C when climbing long hills in hot weather it helps a bit.
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Old 01-23-2013, 07:08 AM   #15
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The FJ Cruiser did/does not offer any auxiliary cooling for towing and is rated 500/5000 lbs. Possible may already be installed as most other vehicles designed to tow.
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Old 01-23-2013, 12:25 PM   #16
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Gotta check the specs for your vehicle depending on where it is purchased. When I got my RAV4 in 2008, the extra cooler was standard in Canada, but optional in the U.S.
I wouldn't depend on others' experience the way they change specs from year to year, model to model and by location.
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Old 01-23-2013, 03:06 PM   #17
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You are exactly right. It took me quite a while, but I managed to get some straight answers from Toyota. "We would like to add that Canadian Specification Vans and Trucks come equipped with a towing package. This package includes heavy duty battery, starter, alternator and a transmission cooler. "

I talked to the service manager at the dealership and she confirmed that, too. I spoke to a lot of other Toyota service reps and they all had a different story regarding transmission cooling. One girl was ready to sell me a whole new rad for well over $1000.

It pays to ask around, thanks for everyone's tips on this topic. Now I just have to tow the trailer from BC to Alberta in the middle of February... That should be interesting...
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Old 01-23-2013, 03:10 PM   #18
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Yikes, that could be interesting. I hope you have some where to wash all the road crap off the under side when uoi get back.
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Old 01-23-2013, 03:21 PM   #19
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Sounds like you bought the trailer!
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Old 01-23-2013, 07:15 PM   #20
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Oops, you caught me. I haven't actually bought it, yet. But I have heard such good things about these trailers, and the sellers have sent a lot of pictures and it looks really good, so I expect we will go through with it. I haven't found a reason not to buy it. We have agreed on a fair price so I just need to get there and look it over. A couple more weeks and it should be official.

Thanks for the "Congrats", I'll take it. I can't see buying any other small trailer now that I have learned so much about the Escape Trailers.
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