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Old 06-27-2013, 11:40 AM   #21
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I'm a truck guy, and really like my Tacoma for towing. I got the tow package, which rates it for 6,000 pounds towing/600 pounds tongue weight, and it came with Class III hitch, 7-pin connector, tranny cooler, larger alternator, and beefier battery. If you're not into trucks, the Sequoia or Land Cruiser are both a little more upscale.

Whatever you decide upon, I'd look for factory installed tow equipment whenever possible.
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Old 06-27-2013, 02:01 PM   #22
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Thanks Sandra,
Did you need to buy a custom mattress, or can you find a decent fit from what is on the market.
I did not buy a mattress, only a size full memory foam topper (3" I think). I got it at Costco. I then measured the width, and then put it on my living room floor, marked it, then cut it with sissors! I did not cut any curves, as it is a bit short, and I can squeench the corners. Further, the space allows for easily tucking in the bed clothes at the head and foot. It is comfortable for me as the Escape cushions are very firm, and I like a bit of give.
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Old 06-27-2013, 03:41 PM   #23
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"squeench"... is that a technical term I'm not familiar with?
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Old 06-27-2013, 05:23 PM   #24
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"squeench"... is that a technical term I'm not familiar with?
I was wondering the same thing. They do speak a different form of English down there, I know.

A Google search came up with an Urban Dictionary meaning that was none too pretty.
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Old 06-27-2013, 05:52 PM   #25
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ooohhh... brave man. I never do a google search on terms I don't know. There are just some things I don't want to learn about.
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Old 06-27-2013, 07:17 PM   #26
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I really appreciate all this feedback. I will be really prepared when I hit the road. I will look into the FJ. One question about pick up trucks. When I moved to Colorado, I was ignorant and purchased a truck that was very dangerous on snowy roads. Toyota Tundra, long bed, rear wheel drive. I'm wondering if short bed, rear wheel drive are different on snowy mountain roads, or would you have to get a 4 X 4?
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Old 06-27-2013, 08:08 PM   #27
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I did not buy a mattress, only a size full memory foam topper (3" I think). I got it at Costco. I then measured the width, and then put it on my living room floor, marked it, then cut it with sissors! I did not cut any curves, as it is a bit short, and I can squeench the corners. Further, the space allows for easily tucking in the bed clothes at the head and foot. It is comfortable for me as the Escape cushions are very firm, and I like a bit of give.
We have the same setup. 3" Memory Foam topper from Costco. Use an electric carving knife to cut the foam - nothing works better! I bought an inexpensive single duvet cover and modified it to fit the foam.

My husband leaves the single dinette set up as a bed as he's gone a month at a time and prefers to have the large dinette available for flytying and visiting fishing buddies. When I visited him at his campsite, I brought another memory foam up with me in my car. The standard foam seats are too hard for me to sleep on although my husband thought they were fine. However, once he tried the memory foam, there was no going back!
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Old 06-27-2013, 08:20 PM   #28
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The dry weight is not worth much. With options, may need to add about 500 lbs. Personal gear is also often as high as 700-800 lbs. These are the real world figures. You could easily be overweight with that vehicle. A towing capacity of 3500 is common for many 17' owners and they are looking at every pound so as not to be overweight and are often on the edge with that.
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Old 06-27-2013, 08:36 PM   #29
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Trucks, any truck brand, is going to be light-weight in the back (bed). It's the nature of the beast. I'm a truck gal, but snowy roads (or worse ICE), driving my truck gives me the "hershey squirts." However, I know when that kind of weather is coming, and it's my daily driver, I throw weight in the back over the axle. It's ALL about knowing your tow vehicle... no matter the brand or type.
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Old 06-27-2013, 11:33 PM   #30
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The dry weight is not worth much. With options, may need to add about 500 lbs. Personal gear is also often as high as 700-800 lbs. These are the real world figures. You could easily be overweight with that vehicle. A towing capacity of 3500 is common for many 17' owners and they are looking at every pound so as not to be overweight and are often on the edge with that.
I am beginning to see the nuances now. I either have to go smaller in the trailer, or get a new tv. That will also be dictated by money at the time. But now I have alot of great new info.
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