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Old 02-28-2014, 05:14 PM   #11
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Have you tried a recumbent tandem inside a Highlander? So many styles on recombents, usually that bottom bracket is out front making for a looooong bike. I have given up on a conventional tandem anywhere but on the roof, though I have seen a nice receiver mount with the front wheel toward the roof. Perhaps it could be used on the back of an Escape.

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Old 02-28-2014, 05:30 PM   #12
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The desire to sell your old unit always contradicts the need for a new unit. When I sold my 2012 Escape 19 last June, it was prime camping time and I got my asking price. If I had used the Escape and waited until November when my new one was made, I probably would not have gotten my price.
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Old 02-28-2014, 06:58 PM   #13
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We were lucky as we sold our Scamp on eBay and dropped it off to the buyer in Bozeman, MT on the way out to pick up Blue.

We rode a tandem recumbent once and loved it -- (we both have regular recumbents.) I would love to buy the tandem, but transporting them seems so difficult.
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Old 02-28-2014, 11:55 PM   #14
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We need a new tow vehicle. The 2008 Sienna is a fine tow vehicle for a 17B, but we need at least a Highlander for a 21. We like using a van to tow because then the bikes (even a recumbent tandem) can fit inside the van, with room left over. But the GMC / Chevy / Ford full size vans don't appeal much to me.
There are other van options:
  • Mercedes Sprinter (previously sold as Dodge/Ram, also may still be sold as a Freightliner)
  • Ram ProMaster (if you can get past the hokey name, this is a Fiat Ducato commercial van, with front wheel drive and choice of gas or diesel power)
  • Ford Transit (not the little Transit Connect; rear-drive Euro commercial van with three engine choices, coming soon)
  • Nissan NV1500 (like a Titan pickup with a van body)
All will be big and typically bare cargo vans inside, but all can be fitted with interiors, all will have more space than even the Sienna, all will likely tow the Escape 21' (although some might not meet performance expectations with some engines)... and I wouldn't want to drive any of them as my daily-use car.
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Old 03-01-2014, 12:18 AM   #15
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We have a couple of recumbent tandems. A Rans Screamer, and an Osell custom Tandem that is a long wheelbase with the crank behind the front wheel. We like them both, but they are long. They will fit in the Sienna if we remove the front console, In both cases we have to take the front wheel off and mount the fork in a front fork mount. Before we had the Sienna, we used a draftmaster rack mounted in the hitch. When we carried the Screamer that way, we always removed the seats to improve the air flow. So it took a bit more time than just rolling the bike out of the van and putting the front wheel back. I don't think even my single recumbents would fit in a Highlander. When we are traveling for extended periods we will probably use folding single bikes.
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Old 03-01-2014, 12:48 AM   #16
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There are other van options:
  • Mercedes Sprinter (previously sold as Dodge/Ram, also may still be sold as a Freightliner)
  • Ram ProMaster (if you can get past the hokey name, this is a Fiat Ducato commercial van, with front wheel drive and choice of gas or diesel power)
  • Ford Transit (not the little Transit Connect; rear-drive Euro commercial van with three engine choices, coming soon)
  • Nissan NV1500 (like a Titan pickup with a van body)
All will be big and typically bare cargo vans inside, but all can be fitted with interiors, all will have more space than even the Sienna, all will likely tow the Escape 21' (although some might not meet performance expectations with some engines)... and I wouldn't want to drive any of them as my daily-use car.
Thanks for the suggestions, Brian. I don't do a lot of day to day driving, but I have come to value comfort when traveling. Maybe I can find a customized van that has comfy driver and passenger seats, with a nicely finished cargo area.
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