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Old 04-16-2019, 05:35 PM   #1
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Escape 17B and Durango/Jeep GC -- V6 or V8

Hi all

I'm just starting to narrow down, know I want either an Escape 17B or a Casita Spirit Deluxe 17'. Have been perusing SUV towing options, and realize that to get excellent factory tow package it looks like a Dodge Durango or a Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Here's the question. I am trying to figure out if I really need a V8, or if a V6 would do.

I'll be camping at our local beach monthly, 60 miles 1 way, but a decent grade both ways. If I venture out towards Yosemite, there's the Grapevine on I-5, a definite grade. Is a V8 necessary, or would a tow-equipped V6 not in OD be safe and reasonably comfortable?

I truly wish I could test drive a V6 towing one of these. It would surely help answer the question, wouldn't it?

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Old 04-16-2019, 05:54 PM   #2
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Deborah:

We happily tow our 2015 17B with our 2008 Toyota 4Runner (4.0 L V6). We made the choice for the Escape over the Casita, in part due to the Escape being quite a bit lighter than the Casita. We've been very happy with the trailer and the 4Runner. We tow the trailer frequently in the mountains and find more than adequate towing performance with the V6.

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Old 04-16-2019, 06:08 PM   #3
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I tow a 21’ with the basic 6 cylinder 2018 JGC over 11,000’ passes as a matter of routine.

About 13 mpg vs 17 without towing.

I can keep a steady 50mph on the steepest grades dragging some 4,500# behind.

I don’t see the need for the V8 up charge.

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Old 04-16-2019, 06:20 PM   #4
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The V6 will "do," however the V8 will "do better!"


With the V6, you might want to climb the long, steep grade at 40 mph instead of 50 mph. But it will get you there. For your travel distance, I don't think it will make much difference in your arrival time to go a bit slower for a few miles here and there. (And IIRC about CA, you're not supposed to be driving faster than 55 in any case!)
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Old 04-16-2019, 06:24 PM   #5
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I tow 17B with 2008 RAV4 V6 Sport.
I climb the Coquihalla eight per cent grade at 50 mph with transmission in 4. I just stomp on the gas and it gears down for short bursts to regain speed. Most of my trips involve this climb. I average 15 mpg towing.
I'm not recommending you buy a RAV because things have changed since 2012.
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Old 04-16-2019, 07:31 PM   #6
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Go with the v-6 Much better mpg Unless you need to burn rubber every time you tow I would go with the Dodge v-6 .we almost bought one but decided on a Ford Expedition with the v-6eco boost We tow the E21 and a 5200lb boat So we needed the extra Hp Good luck try them first then decide JimW
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Old 04-16-2019, 07:32 PM   #7
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Are you saying you're towing with a V6?
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Old 04-16-2019, 07:52 PM   #8
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Eco boost

YES we have the 2nd gen 3.5 eco boost v-6 engine .Non towing we get 19-20 mpg around town over 25 mpg on HWY This is with a 5600 lb Expedition.We still haven’t towed the Escape but have towed our 5200lb boat getting 13.5 mpg Should get better with 4200lb E21 lighter and more aerodynamic then our cabin boat .Jim w
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Are you saying you're towing with a V6?
Yes.
Very, very pleased.

I have no need to be the first dude to the summit. I’ll leave that to the guys with the diesel dually dragging their custom, 40’ Fiver.

The JGC owners manual has an extensive section about towing. Worth reading during your decision making process. Plus each variation of the JGC might have different towing capacity ratings.

Your 17’ will be some 1,000# lighter than my 21’

Most other full size SUV’s also are capable tow vehicles. Lots of people with the 17’ model swear by the Toyota Highlander.

We primarily went with the Jeep because we enjoy off-road driving.

Decisions, decisions


Upon further review, I’m not sure who you question was addressed to. Whatever.
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...Your 17’ will be some 1,000# lighter than my 21’

Most other full size SUV’s also are capable tow vehicles. Lots of people with the 17’ model swear by the Toyota Highlander.
Loved our 2013 Highlander SE towing our 17B, and you are right- it is about 1000#'s lighter than a 21. Alluding to the Highlander as a Full Size SUV is incorrect however. That would be the Expeditions, Tahoes, Armadas, Yukons plus their luxury variants.
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