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Old 11-15-2017, 11:12 PM   #1
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Hello from Powell River BC

Starting to plan our retired lifestyle
An escape 19 in our future
We spent a year travelling in a 23 class C but
Have decided a 19 Escape to be right for us.
Any help with tow vehicles would be great.
Trying to stay away from the 1/2 ton pickup but will probably
End up with that lol.
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Old 11-16-2017, 01:27 AM   #2
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Have decided a 19 Escape to be right for us.
Any help with tow vehicles would be great.
Trying to stay away from the 1/2 ton pickup but will probably
End up with that lol.
There are lots of SUVs with sufficient towing capacity, so if you don't want to drive a pickup there is no need to. There are also a couple of vans which would work, although none of the common "minivans" have a high enough towing rating to work for the way most people would load the trailer.

You might want to start a separate thread in the Towing and Hitching sub-forum for the tow vehicle selection question... and have a look for existing discussions, because this is a very common question.
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Old 11-16-2017, 01:32 AM   #3
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Welcome...I was always a Dodge man but switched in 2012 to the Ford F-150 with the Ecoboost engine. We loved it so much that we got my wife an Explore sport with the same Ecoboost engine. Just up dated this year to another F150 Ecoboost which has the 470 foot pounds of pulling power...from a 6. Just did a cross country trip with a trailer having the same dry weight as a 19 and it was pure overkill. On flat ground I was in 9th gear doing 100 k at 1600 rpm. A little hill would take it down to 8th gear and a little under 2000 rpm. A big hill was just over 2000 rpm in 7th gear.
If you donít want the F150 the Explorer sport with big Ecoboost would pull great as well. However depending on your options the Explorer will probably cost you a bit more and they have to dial down the torque because of the sideways mounted engine etc.
Donít be scared off by the internet price if you build your own on line. Dealers can do much better. You can send off a price request to any dealer in BC like Kelowna, Kamloops, Vernon etc. We have a 19 on order as it will fit our needs well. There is a wait time for these trailers which you can see on their page...when I last looked the next person could get a Escape 19 July 23rd.
One big thing for us when picking a tow vehicle is the ability for the passengers feet to sit flat on the floor directly in front of them. Many trucks in 2012 had a huge transmission tunnel that has an extra hump on the passengers side. This forced the passenger to sit side ways as the left foot has no where to go. Not sure if that is problem now.
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Old 11-16-2017, 11:59 AM   #4
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If you want to see a 5.0 ta, I'm in Comox.
And I think most of PRiver is over here on a frequent basis
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Old 11-16-2017, 12:18 PM   #5
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Thanks so much for the offer
We are over all the time
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Old 11-16-2017, 12:20 PM   #6
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Thank you Eggscape
Yes the Ecoboost is on my short list.
I'm a big fan of overkill lol!
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Old 11-16-2017, 04:33 PM   #7
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Funny story about ending up in Power River after we picked up our 2011 5.0. Short version is that I GPS searched for campgrounds a short day's drive from Chilliwack. Didn't bother to check the route before starting.
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Old 11-16-2017, 09:01 PM   #8
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Welcome, Mutt58!

If you come to Comox to view my pal Sleepy's 5TA, you're welcome to drop by and have a look at our Escape 21.

Regarding your question about tow vehicles, we towed our 21' with a 2011 4Runner V-6 on our first trip and the SUV did quite well on most roads. Steep grades and headwinds, sometimes combined, were another matter.

When we realized that our next few trips would include several high passes in the American and Canadian Rockies we upgraded to a Tundra with a V-8, and that turned out to be the right choice.

Our experience with the two tugs proved to me that an SUV with a V-6 putting out comparable power and torque to a 4Runner could tow the lighter Escape 19 comfortably and safely, even in high mountain areas.
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Old 11-16-2017, 09:39 PM   #9
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Thank you Brent and Cheryl.
Like I mentioned We would like to stay away from the 1/2 ton if we can
Thanks for your offer to see your 21
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Old 11-16-2017, 09:42 PM   #10
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Just ordered a 19 for July pickup. Have pretty much decided on a 2017 Honda Ridgeline and glad you think the v6 will do the job. Absolutely love Honda's reliability.
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