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Old 10-12-2018, 01:36 PM   #1
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Towing through the Rockies

Hello I am new to the Escape forum. We are shopping for an Escape 17b. We have a Honda Odyssey 2011 minivan. By weight loaded it should be doable by the Odyssey's tow specs. But does anyone have experience with towing with a van with comparable weight through the Rockies?
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Old 10-12-2018, 03:13 PM   #2
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Bozlouie: My rule of thumb is you won't want to tow anything that weighs more than about 70% of your tow vehicle's rated towing capacity. So... If the Odyssey has a towing capacity of 3,500 lbs, you want your AUW (all up weight) to be around: 2,500 lbs.

We owned a Scamp 16'er with an all up weight of 2,600 lbs and towed it 40,000+ miles to 47 states and 5 Canadian provinces over 11 years with a Chysler mini-van with 3,500 lb towing capacity with no problem. Up the steep grades we'd be in with the slower trucks, but, hey, we were never in a rush!

(And about the Rockies... Note our home location... :-)

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Old 10-12-2018, 03:24 PM   #3
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My rule of thumb is to accept the rated towing capability as stated by the manufacturer rather that choose some arbitrary number.
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I towed my 2011 17B that weighed 3010 pounds and a tongue weight of 340 pounds all over the rockies, including to Leadville, CO a number of times with a 2010 RAV4 rated at 3500/350.

While I liked the size of the combination and used them together for 85,000 miles, I eventually replaced the RAV4 with a Tacoma when the RAV4 hit 140,000 miles. While the RAV4 did the job, the Tacoma did it better. Biggest complaint about the RAV4 was the small gas tank & low ground clearance.
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Not quite the Rockies, but...17 kilometer run with grades up to 8 per cent to get to the Coquihalla summit.
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My rule of thumb is to accept the rated towing capability as stated by the manufacturer rather that choose some arbitrary number.
I googled "how much does a thumb weigh" and it turns out that a standard thumb weighs about 0.22 lbs. Considering that my FJ has a towing capacity of 5000 lbs, my rule of thumb is that I can tow about 22,700 thumbs before reaching my FJ's towing limit!
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I googled "how much does a thumb weigh" and it turns out that a standard thumb weighs about 0.22 lbs. Considering that my FJ has a towing capacity of 5000 lbs, my rule of thumb is that I can tow about 22,700 thumbs before reaching my FJ's towing limit!
But a ‘tow’ weighs more than a thumb.....
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Old 10-12-2018, 04:56 PM   #8
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I vaguely recall something about Honda lowering the Odysseys specs after the fact so I'd suggest checking into that. (Not lower in future models, but sending a letter to tell people it was lower in their own model.) However someone on Fiberglass RV towed with one for years, not sure how the weights of what they towed (which I forget) compares to a 17b.

I"m with Glenn on believing what the manufacturer tells you (as a minimum; they are likely erring on the side of caution in passenger vehicles) but remember that you also have to consider the weight of the stuff you carry.
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That's great to hear! Gives me more confidence about it.! Yes We're not in a hurry to get anywhere either don't want to miss the trip.
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Yes thanks! I've been doing a lot to looking into weights and with this combination we'd be packing light.! Especially bikes can weight alor.
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