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Old 09-30-2015, 08:45 AM   #85
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The differences in the two cars is as follows:

CRV ==> torque= 163 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm hp = 180 hp @ 6800 rpm
Escape ==> torque= 270 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm hp = 240 hp @ 5500 rpm

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Ray, I can pass along our experiences which in a way are similar to yours.

Nissan Quest mini van TQ 180 / HP 150
Infiniti G35 TQ 260 / HP 260

Both towed the 4,500lb 23' for a number of years. Both vehicles we took out of overdrive when towing. The Quest ran at 3,200RPM and the car at 2,800RPM at highway speed. The Quest went over 300,000miles in 17 years with no ill effects. The G35 was very quiet towing in 4th gear at 2,800RPM.

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Old 09-30-2015, 11:43 AM   #86
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[QUOTE=rdickens;551461]Norm -

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"I have absolutely no doubt the Ford Escape would handle a 16 foot
trailer just fine.
It would probably be a difficult pull for the Honda CRV."
Yes, especially when you consider that the towing limit for the CRV is 1500 lbs.

Towing the Scamp13 with the CRV, we often needed to put the
automatic transmission into the "D3" mode which locks out the
top gears and puts the engine at about 3500 rpm at highway towing
speeds. (My wife, who is used to "normal" highway driving, says that
it sounds like the CRV engine is racing all the time while towing in "D3".)
I'm sure that a manual transmission in the CRV would provide much
more control of engine rpms and be a better towing situation.

I don't know what you consider "Normal" hiway speeds, (the towing speed limit in California is 55 MPH) but when towing either our 13' Scamp or 13' Bigfoot with a 2011(?) CRV, we used D3 almost all of the time. Otherwise it continually shifted in and out of 4th gear, not a good thing for the transaxle. AND, 4th gear lugs the engine when towing. You can actually see the MPG computer display drop when holding 4th on the level.

Needless to say, I don't support the need to drive at "Normal Highway Speeds" when towing, especially in those states that now have speed limits as high as 80 MPH.
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Old 09-30-2015, 09:09 PM   #87
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Robert,

You mentioned a 9 mpg hit when towing.

Could I ask what your in-town, highway, and towing mpg numbers are and what your towing speed typically is?

For our 2014 Ford Escape 2.0L Ecoboost FWD, we are getting 32-34 on the highway,
about 23 mpg towing a Scamp13 at ~60 mph, and ~24-25 mpg in town.

I have considered an F-150 2.7L Ecoboost whenever we upgrade our other car.

Also, about how many miles do you have on your F-150 and how has your reliability been?

Just curious .... ��

Ray


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rdickens, I added your data to the MPG table:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...6oSPkw/pubhtml

Just want to remind everyone that they are welcome to post their tow vehicle/trailer combo and fuel economy (towing and not towing) on the following thread:
Tow Vehicle & Trailer combos - POST INFO
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Old 10-05-2015, 04:05 PM   #88
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We tow a 2012 15' Parkliner with a 2014 Ford Escape with the 3500# tow package. We look to sell the Parkliner (and the Escape) down the road a couple years and upgrade to an Escape 21 or 5.0TA. We've been looking at Nissan Frontiers for that duty. With a V6, even with 4WD, they will tow 6300#s. We're hoping mpg figures improve industry wide over the next 2 or 3 years, and maybe we'll all have better choices!

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Frank if you are serious about the Escape 5.0 you may want to wait until the new redesigned Nissan Frontier is released and all the specs on it are out.

Current models/packages of the Frontier vary greatly in regards to the pay load numbers and most are low numbers compared to other midsize trucks (I discovered this while purchasing my Frontier), so if the new redesigned Frontier has the same pay load numbers as they currently have you may not be able to take your wife along with you on your trips as you will be maxed out or over your trucks payload with the Escape 5.0... for sure the dog will have to stay home. I would have loved to have gone with a 4 door Frontier but the low payload on that model was a problem as I also wanted a cap on the truck bed along with pulling the trailer.

The low payload numbers are something that needs to be watched especially here in BC where they do have a bad habit of setting up Road blocks in the summer months and pulling over pick ups they suspect to be overloaded on their GVWR.

BTW the current Frontier models are also not known for its best in class on MPG's either. When traveling a highway speeds of 105 kip's I average 16L/100km or in US speak at 65 mph I get 14.7 US mpgs on average pulling a 16' fully loaded (2550lb) Scamp. BUT Nissan is saying the new redesigned ones will be much better in regards to MPG's.

If Nissan was to improve the MPGS and provide a bit more GVWR on their new models of the Frontiers I would seriously consider buying another one. If not I will for sure be replacing mine with a different vehicle.
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Frank if you are serious about the Escape 5.0 you may want to wait until the new redesigned Nissan Frontier is released and all the specs on it are out.

Current models/packages of the Frontier vary greatly in regards to the pay load numbers and most are low numbers compared to other midsize trucks (I discovered this while purchasing my Frontier), so if the new redesigned Frontier has the same pay load numbers as they currently have you may not be able to take your wife along with you on your trips as you will be maxed out or over your trucks payload with the Escape 5.0... for sure the dog will have to stay home. I would have loved to have gone with a 4 door Frontier but the low payload on that model was a problem as I also wanted a cap on the truck bed along with pulling the trailer.

The low payload numbers are something that needs to be watched especially here in BC where they do have a bad habit of setting up Road blocks in the summer months and pulling over pick ups they suspect to be overloaded on their GVWR.

BTW the current Frontier models are also not known for its best in class on MPG's either. When traveling a highway speeds of 105 kip's I average 16L/100km or in US speak at 65 mph I get 14.7 US mpgs on average pulling a 16' fully loaded (2550lb) Scamp. BUT Nissan is saying the new redesigned ones will be much better in regards to MPG's.

If Nissan was to improve the MPGS and provide a bit more GVWR on their new models of the Frontiers I would seriously consider buying another one. If not I will for sure be replacing mine with a different vehicle.
We're closing in on retirement Carol, and while we could no doubt swing the 5.0TA, many of the new full size trucks are more than we paid for our first house. We've briefly discussed selling our house and just buying a big new truck and the 5.0, travel while we can, and when we can't travel anymore, sell the truck and trailer and with savings we expect to have, buy a house near the grandkids and grow old gardening.

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We're closing in on retirement Carol, and while we could no doubt swing the 5.0TA, many of the new full size trucks are more than we paid for our first house. We've briefly discussed selling our house and just buying a big new truck and the 5.0, travel while we can, and when we can't travel anymore, sell the truck and trailer and with savings we expect to have, buy a house near the grandkids and grow old gardening.

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Oh I hear you, over the winter intend to make some big changes in regards to the home base as well as the travel trailer options and what to tow it with for the long term, as I will have more travel time shortly. Lots of hard decisions to make as I can't as i want have it all! LOL

Just saying there are some other options out there in the midsize vehicles & trucks today than there where when I purchased my truck (Nissan and Toyota where the only two making a midsize at the time I purchased my truck) that would be worth your time to look closely at for the reasons stated.
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Oh I hear you, over the winter intend to make some big changes in regards to the home base as well as the travel trailer options and what to tow it with for the long term, as I will have more travel time shortly. Lots of hard decisions to make as I can't as i want have it all! LOL

Just saying there are some other options out there in the midsize vehicles & trucks today than there where when I purchased my truck (Nissan and Toyota where the only two making a midsize at the time I purchased my truck) that would be worth your time to look closely at for the reasons stated.
And I still have my '01 F150, but it only has a tow capacity of around 5500#!. That is not likely to be a future TV, even though it is low mileage (118,500) and well maintained. Maybe we won't go with a 5th wheel too, in which case the F150 would probably be fine.

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