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Old 07-16-2015, 11:19 PM   #11
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Thank you for going to the trouble to look that up..I am beginning to understand the various weight information..very helpful.
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Old 07-16-2015, 11:20 PM   #12
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Thanks Doug and Sooz. My confidence in our TV is rising!
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Old 07-16-2015, 11:31 PM   #13
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The only concern I have is the TV.. We just upgraded from a Ford Ranger to a Toyota Tacoma v6 4x4 to haul the 19'. I have read through the towing thread and remain unsure about towing the 21'. I would greatly appreciate your ideas....
We purchased our 21 with plans to be campground hosts for 3 or 4 months at a time. The extra space was the immediate attraction along with the bed at the front, in a somewhat out-of-the-way location.

Our tow is a 2014 Tacoma, 4X4, V6, manual transmission with tow package. I was able to purchase a nice set of aftermarket mirrors to replace the factory standard. My towing experience is limited, having done exactly 1 trip that wasn't 100% on interstate highway coming from Chilliwack. That trip was over Loveland Pass - thru the tunnel - at 11,000'. Going from Denver (5280') to the tunnel took us up long 6 to 7% grades. Using 3rd gear at 4000 rpm I was able to maintain 60-65 as long as the cars in front were doing the same - and they frequently were not. The truck lane, at an average of 30 mph, is a little too slow for my lead foot.

But that said, the engine was working hard and my gas mileage dropped to 12 mpg. A bigger engine would have been happier, but I use my truck for a lot of other driving other than towing and don't want a full size pickup. Other characteristics like braking and steering were just fine. I purchased the Anderson hitch like so many others here and feel it is doing its job as advertised. With a lot of creative cutting with a razor knife I was able to mount the brake controller in the little drawer that rotates out in front of the fuse panel. Its a very short run from there to the plug for the trailer brakes.

Overall, its a compromise to tow a '21 with a Tacoma, but a good one in my opinion. Even my wife who drove it for the first time over (much lower but twistier) Gore Pass said "that wasn't as bad as I thought it would be."

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Old 07-16-2015, 11:42 PM   #14
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Thanks Alan, We use our truck around town every day and wanted the mid size as well. The Colorado mountains were a concern..great info from your experience!
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Old 07-17-2015, 12:31 AM   #15
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Hi! We're also in Olympia with a 2005 17B that we bought used two years ago. Someday we'd love a 19 or 21 but we just bought a house on 5 acres so that day is not anytime soon! Welcome to the forums, I think that makes 3 of us on here in the Olympia area (Zardoz is in Tumwater with a 19).
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Old 07-17-2015, 12:52 AM   #16
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Another 21 Tacoma towing; 6300 lbs tow rating V6 4x4 long bed 4dr, 21 scales in at 4050 lbs loaded for travel. No problems out west in the mountains.
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Old 07-17-2015, 12:56 AM   #17
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Hi Hillary, great to know that you are here in Olympia! We have friends who also have a 19'. We will have all models covered here soon. I have enjoyed the pictures of your dogs..they are beautiful.
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Old 07-17-2015, 01:00 AM   #18
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Thanks Charlie..good to know!
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Old 07-17-2015, 04:02 AM   #19
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I'm also in Olympia I have a 17b I bought it used it's a 2012. Might move up to a bigger one someday when I retire but the 17b seems perfect for what I'm doing now.
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Old 07-17-2015, 11:01 AM   #20
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Thanks to everyone for replies and welcomes

Well, you all helped me with my decision-making. Last night I was ready to go 21' and woke up realizing it was just a little too much trailer for me. I will be traveling alone many times and have no hauling experience at this point. The 19' seems more manageable. Back to the heavy duty work of choosing formica!!

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