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Old 07-31-2019, 05:32 PM   #1
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We finally finished our build sheet and thanks to all of your advice/suggestions we ordering quite a few options! We are eagerly awaiting our October pickup date. Thank the our all again for taking the time to answer all our questions.
Which leads me to a couple more...(it never ends does it?!).
-we ordered the outlet and attachment for a portable solar panel( as well as the fixed), wondering what you recommend for solar panels and where is best place to purchase?
- Second question, we are going to trade in our Subaru Outback for another new car that can tow 19í Escape. It looks like with all our options +water weight we are at 4,000 lbs.
we are considering: Honda Pilot , Toyota Highlander or Acura MDX. All 6 cylinder.
Any thoughts on best vehicles for towing?! Thanks! Kathy
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Old 07-31-2019, 07:41 PM   #2
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What about the Subaru Ascent, new this year and tows 5000 lbs.
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Old 07-31-2019, 08:16 PM   #3
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I did not know about the Accent.. I love Subaru and will check it out.
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Old 07-31-2019, 10:50 PM   #4
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While I haven’t seen your build sheet, just be aware that your 19 with heavier options (e.g. oven, larger fridge, extra insulation, air conditioner, etc), full water tank, full propane tanks, food, beverages, and gear for camping will in all likelihood exceed 4,000 lbs. The dry weight of my 19 is listed as 3,290 lbs, and while I haven’t weighed it fully loaded, I estimate it’s at least 4,300 lbs. The weight adds up quickly, that’s for sure! While lots of folks do it, the general advice for an easier towing experience is not to exceed 60% of the weight your vehicle is rated to tow, or something thereabouts. There may also be limits with tongue weight. That said, I’m a Subaru fan too and decided to keep my Forester even after we bought our tow vehicle. Couldn’t part with it!
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Old 07-31-2019, 11:04 PM   #5
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Any of the choices you're looking at ought to work, provided you pick the right trim level/drive train options. For an Escape 19, a tow vehicle with a 5000 lb capacity is sufficient. There are lots of rules of thumb out there--60% of dry (not fully loaded) weight is one, 85% of fully loaded weight is another one. And there are others.

If you are buying the vehicle new, make sure it comes with the factory installed towing package--that way you'll get a heavy duty alternator and transmission cooler most likely.
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Old 07-31-2019, 11:06 PM   #6
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Last time I read this WAG rule of thumb it was not to exceed 80 per cent of tow rating. Where do people get this information? Interweb? Now it's 60 per cent? By the time the thread ends we'll be at 2 per cent.
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Old 07-31-2019, 11:14 PM   #7
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While I havenít seen your build sheet, just be aware that your 19 with heavier options (e.g. oven, larger fridge, extra insulation, air conditioner, etc), full water tank, full propane tanks, food, beverages, and gear for camping will in all likelihood exceed 4,000 lbs. The dry weight of my 19 is listed as 3,290 lbs, and while I havenít weighed it fully loaded, I estimate itís at least 4,300 lbs. The weight adds up quickly, thatís for sure! While lots of folks do it, the general advice for an easier towing experience is not to exceed 60% of the weight your vehicle is rated to tow, or something thereabouts. There may also be limits with tongue weight. That said, Iím a Subaru fan too and decided to keep my Forester even after we bought our tow vehicle. Couldnít part with it!
Another Subaru Forester owner here ! Just was at the mechanic to check something out on our truck and mechanic said about towing , you want 1 / 1/2 times towing capacity to safely tow . No matter what dealers tell you . And it it easier on the components on the tow vehicle . And we love our Subaru too! Pat
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It's a pretty easy assumption that if you use a tool ( tow vehicle ) that is rated well over the capacity necessary to do the job, that it will be easier on the tool. The question is, when is excess excessive?
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The Subaru Ascent comes with the tow package, the hitch is optional as well as the brake controller. Otherwise it is a Toyota Highlander competitor for the 5000# and under crowd.
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Old 08-01-2019, 06:42 AM   #10
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The Nissan Pathfinder is rarely mentioned and from our experience an excellent tow vehicle because as a 6 cylinder it has a 6000lb tow rating. Now I will admit in 2013 when they changed the body style to what it is now I don't like that I prefer the older style but from a reliability standpoint very good vehicles. The 2012 I have now has 225,000 miles on it and just had to replace one bank of catalytic converters but first money I've spent on anything other then standard service stuff so not complaining.
Enjoy your new Escape!

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