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Old 02-01-2014, 08:45 AM   #1
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What Cars Do You Drive?

Good Morning All!

I am on a budget trying to buy my first travel trailer buy July. Everything was going very well until my old car broke down. I was hoping it would make it until 2015 June but alas... it was not to be.

So I am trying to buy a car that could tow a theoretical trailer. I would like the trailer to be somewhere between 17ft to 22ft.

Basically, I am curious what cars/trucks/suvs anyone who tows drives, and what trailer/ trailer weight are they pulling with those cars/trucks/suvs.
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Old 02-01-2014, 09:23 AM   #2
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Danielle, today i just came across this link that another member posted on this site. Travel Trailer Weight Calculator

towing capacity of different vehicles are available from the maker's website, manual, or brochure. I have used this website also, but it is missing alot of vehicles, particularly cars.
Truck and SUV Towing Capacity Charts

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Old 02-01-2014, 09:28 AM   #3
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i'm considering the jeep grand cherokee, which has a two capacity of 5000 lbs. Of course mpg is a concern, but i've found that the larger SUVs and trucks mpg is insignificantly lower than the smaller SUV but the interior space is much better. of note, there is a new cherokee with a diesel engine that gets 28 mpg and tows 6250! of course, it is pricey.
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Old 02-01-2014, 09:34 AM   #4
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Thank you! I saw your calculator earlier when I was looking but since the there are so many options.. I book marked it for later use.

The chart is soooo extremely helpful for these first stages!! Thank you, thank you, thank you! I was wondering as I looked at MPG if the diffrence between the larger suvs and the smaller ones would really make that much diffrence over the year.

I wish I could afford a newer diesel.. lol I am still in the early years of my career and I'm a teacher. =) Great job, less pay.
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Old 02-01-2014, 09:40 AM   #5
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one more link---mpg comparisons. you can customize your driving habits and average cost of gasoline to get direct comparisons between vehicles and it tells you how much cash per year you'd save and how much it costs to drive 25 miles in it. also will compare e85 to unleaded if flex fuel vehicle (very discouraging!)
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Old 02-01-2014, 09:41 AM   #6
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we're on the same wavelength! i was typing the above when you were asking for just that!
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Old 02-01-2014, 10:34 AM   #7
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Good day Danielle... There are lots of cars, suv's, trucks that will tow the size of trailer you are considering.
What kinds of vehicles do you like to drive or see yourself owning. How much do you want to spend? That would be a good place to start then we can determine where to go from there.
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Old 02-01-2014, 02:57 PM   #8
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We drive a 2012 Scion xB.

Have a 2002 Chevy Astro Van AWD for hauling family around
or letting them borrow when they come to town.

We tow with a 2010 Toyota Tacoma Crew Cab with tow
package.

We pull a 2013 Lil Snoozy advertised to weigh 2000 dry.

We get 18-19 mpg driving the Tacoma
and get about 16 mpg average pulling the Snoozy.
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Old 02-01-2014, 05:39 PM   #9
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Buying new or used? You can get a new v6 pickup for under $25k.

Might as well get something with at least 4500 or 5000 lb tow capacity, since it's better to have more than needed rather than find you you're just at the limit (or short of it). Ford Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot and Ridgeline, and Chevy Traverse are all candidates. My '08 Highlander has towed 2500 to 3800 lbs for most of its 160k miles, and has done well until this year (when several fluid leaks have developed under the hood).
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Old 02-01-2014, 05:55 PM   #10
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So I am trying to buy a car that could tow a theoretical trailer. I would like the trailer to be somewhere between 17ft to 22ft.
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I think you'll find that most folks here towing in that size range are using pickups, bigger SUV's, or fullsized vans, Danielle.

Some of us with smaller trailers use less conventional tugs- Norm tows a 16' scamp with a Honda CRV, and I tow my 14' Trillium with a Kia Sportage. When you start getting up into the bigger sizes, barriers begin to appear for smaller vehicle-towing. Many such barriers have to do with rear axle capacity not up to the greater tongue weights involved.

There are those who think that such barriers can be overcome by clever re-engineering of the tow vehicle and I'm sure you'll be hearing from them. Since such modifications are not just controversial but as a rule very expensive, you'd do well to focus your search on vehicles already able to tow whatever trailer type/size you're interested in.
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Old 02-01-2014, 06:02 PM   #11
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Danielle,

Here's a 23 page discussion, mostly centered on the Ford Escape, but it also has a lot of alternatives brought up: Anyone towing with a 2013 Ford Escape?

The Ford Escape will pull your prospective 17 footer. Anything bigger and you're likely looking at a different tug.

Personally, I opted for a Nissan Frontier, because they were having a HUGE sale on two year old brand new ones at the time. Of course now I'm paying back some of all that $$$$ I saved because it drinks a bit more gas, but I'm using the pick-up's capabilities for hauling building supplies right now (kitchen remodel). I really don't drive that much to feel the pinch at the pump, but if I did I might have made a different choice.
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Old 02-01-2014, 06:31 PM   #12
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I drive 2001 Mercury Grand Marquis and going to use it as a tow vehicle for Scamp 16'. I installed Airlift 1000 airbags, brake controller, class IV hitch and 7-way trailer connector on the vehicle.
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It is better to have too much towing capacity and never need it than to need it just once and not have it.
Lots of vehicles are capable of towing however remember to factor in a safety reserve
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There are those who think that such barriers can be overcome by clever re-engineering of the tow vehicle and I'm sure you'll be hearing from them. Since such modifications are not just controversial but as a rule very expensive,
Sounds interesting FK..... can you post some links where such concepts are discussed in more detail?
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