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Old 05-17-2011, 07:47 PM   #1
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Questions about 17 vs 19 ft Escape - Toyota Tacoma v6

Hello,
We have been going back and forth between a 17B vs 19 ft Escape. We preferred the lighter 17B but the width of the bed is only 49". This is only 10 inches wider than a single/twin bed and 5 inches smaller than a full/double bed. Then we started looking at the 19 ft.
We have a Toyota Tacoma V6 TRD Sports Offroad with towing package (6500 lbs). We have seen some posts about people pulling it with that, but some of the posts sound as though it might be a bit of a strain...

Any thoughts on these two sizes and why you chose one over the other if you did?

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Old 05-17-2011, 08:02 PM   #2
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Re: Questions about 17 vs 19 ft Escape - Toyota Tacoma v6

We pulled our 19 with the same truck, no problems, 16 MPG Imperial (13.32 US).
We slow down going up long mountain passes not because of the truck but because
of the wallet as your MPG will drop quite quickly if you maintain 100 KPH while
climbing. On the flat roads the Tacoma pulls great at 100 KPH and has lots of go
left for passing. Hope this helps.

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Old 05-17-2011, 08:35 PM   #3
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Re: Questions about 17 vs 19 ft Escape - Toyota Tacoma v6

Thanks, Doug. Nice to hear it can get up hills with the 19.

Do you know how much your avg weight is with your things in the trailer?

Thanks!
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Old 05-17-2011, 09:12 PM   #4
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Re: Questions about 17 vs 19 ft Escape - Toyota Tacoma v6

My buddy, Keath, tows his 19 with a Hyundai Santa Fe. I tow my 17B with a RAV4.

All through the mountains from Vancouver to Southern Alberta, down to Idaho and through the mountains to Washington State, I never managed to lose him in my rear view mirror.

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Old 05-17-2011, 10:36 PM   #5
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Re: Questions about 17 vs 19 ft Escape - Toyota Tacoma v6

We struggled with that same question as we were initially towing with a Honda Odyssy van. After "trying" on both for size, we opted for the 19ft. We now have a 19ft coming this summer but changed our vehicle to a Honda Ridgeline. We decided we did not want to tow at the limit of the van's capacity.
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Re: Questions about 17 vs 19 ft Escape - Toyota Tacoma v6

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Thanks, Doug. Nice to hear it can get up hills with the 19.

Do you know how much your avg weight is with your things in the trailer?

Thanks!
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We have travelled with full propane tanks, water tanks and supplies in the trailer.
Extras in the truck - Canopy, 3500 watt generator, fire wood, chairs, coleman stove etc. etc. & better half.
So with all that approx. 4000 lbs for the Tacoma to pull around.

As a side note I think you'll find there is only 410 lbs difference between the 17 & 19

Now that been said we traded the Tacoma in on a larger truck, nothing to do with the
trailer as I mentioned before the Tacoma pulled the 19 great and with reasonable gas mileage.
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Old 05-18-2011, 12:42 AM   #7
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Re: Questions about 17 vs 19 ft Escape - Toyota Tacoma v6

You will be happier with a 19ft. The queen bed is nice with lots of room. The dual axles makes the trailer balanced and a easy to tow. Make sure you order the front box it is good to store all your trailer stuff. My 19ft loaded weighs just under 3000#.
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Old 05-18-2011, 02:49 AM   #8
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Re: Questions about 17 vs 19 ft Escape - Toyota Tacoma v6

Wow, thanks guys -- great info. We are trying not to be nervous about it since we have never towed anything. Never camped, either, so this is an adventure for us, all right!

We appreciate your input a lot
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Re: Questions about 17 vs 19 ft Escape - Toyota Tacoma v6

Here is a good website on trailer towing:

http://www.sherline.com/lmbook.htm

One of the differences between single and dual axle trailers is you cannot turn as tight with a dual axle for the reason that the pivot point on a single axle is under the inside tire whereas the pivot point for a dual axle is BETWEEN the two tires. This means that the front axle tire will be pulled sideways in the direction of the turn and the rear axle tire will be pushed sideways in the opposite direction. This action can cause the tires to pop off the rims.
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Re: Questions about 17 vs 19 ft Escape - Toyota Tacoma v6

Hi: kalyson... We tow a 5.0 aprox. the same weight as a 19'er. Our entire rig fully loaded inc. the pickup was 8900#s. our max GVWR was 9500#s so we were at the max so to say!!! We've had no problems for 3 yrs. of Escaping. The dual axle 19 will tow stable and easy but I just like the 5.0...point of personal preference!!!
The only negative I see with the 19' is at the toll booth when they count axles... $a$hing. I do however admire the extra 6" of width. It seems so much more than the others including ours. For those people not wanting to be chained to a pickup truck the Escape19 would be my choice!!! Alf
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