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Old 07-23-2014, 12:32 PM   #1
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Tow vehicle decision

We've been researching tow vehicles for our 21, due to hatch this November. We picked one, and we're planning on spending Friday haggling with the dealer on a (new, 2014) Nissan Frontier 4x4 crew cab, Pro 4X trim.

I drove one the other day, and it was okay. Definitely not a Miata, but comfortable, and I was able to keep it between the white lines and everything. It's just the two of us and a pair of smallish terriers -- the 2nd row of seats is for the terriers, of course.

We don't want a full-size truck, and we think the Frontier has the oomph and stability we need to tow comfortably. We don't know that we'll need it but we're planning to use an Anderson hitch, again to maximize towing comfort; we've not pulled anything heavier than a Hobie Cat in the past.

If anyone thinks this is a poor choice, please weigh in! We only buy cars every 10-15 years so we want to get it right. Thanks!
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Old 07-23-2014, 12:42 PM   #2
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Make sure the new tow is 'broken in' before you tow.
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Old 07-23-2014, 12:44 PM   #3
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Right! That's one reason we're getting the TV now -- so we can get a few thousand miles on it before the big hatch date. Thanks!
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Did the Chevy mid size twins catch your eye? They should be on lots by fall.
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Old 07-23-2014, 12:48 PM   #5
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Yes, I've been learning all I can about the new Colorado/Canyon. But it will be a 'new' model (sort of) and I'm thinking we might be better off with a proven (if tired) design. I would really be tempted by the promised diesel, but they say it won't be launched until next year sometime--too late for us.
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Old 07-23-2014, 12:53 PM   #6
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Considering the weight and frontal surface area of the Escape 21,I think you be better served with a full sized truck equipped with a factory tow package. Especially if you are buying new and not trying to use a vehicle that you already have.
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Old 07-23-2014, 01:30 PM   #7
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I'd go full sized V8 with a 21' Escape. Get the tow package too. We always seem to come home with a heavier load that what we left with and it's a secure feeling knowing the tow can handle it. Don't forget to have the electric break installed prior to pick up date. ETI does not install them.
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Hi: drpaddle,,, Everyone here knows our 2010 Frontier by now. We have near 60,000 mi. on the clock, with nothing but praise for the 6,000+ lbs. of tow cap. The Fronty handled the 5.0 for 3 yrs. and now the 5,0TA with ease.
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The electric brake controller required an additional wire harness in the pass. side kick panel to connect it into the pre wired trailer tow wire harness. This is not necessary if you get the trailer tow pkg. Alf
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We, as many on this forum, are towing our Classic 5.0 with a Frontier crewcab. Living in BC with lots of mountains ranges to cross we find the Fronty has lots of power to tow and comes well equipped for the task and when you are where you want to be you can get reasonable fuel economy for sight seeing.
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So great to get all these perspectives. Thanks a ton to you all. Now I'll just get out my Decision Dartboard and see what happens. :-)
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