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Old 04-19-2012, 01:41 AM   #15
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"The Maritime rally is being held in New Brunswick this July and is well worth attending."

That would be cool! I can't wait to be 'in'! (And I'm scoping CRVs too.)
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Old 04-19-2012, 01:51 AM   #16
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Is it just me?

Or is Fuel Economy either full of crap, or a bit "off"? (Maybe it's just Me.)
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Old 04-19-2012, 07:14 AM   #17
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LOL - trust me my Outback is a very comfortable ride and wind is not an issue - this winter while in Nevada a semi end up side ways across the highway in front of me - could not figure out why until I got out of my car while waiting for the highway patrol to clean it up - windy you bet! & yep I was pulling a trailer & hadnt even noticed the wind. ;-)
Even my fiance's "Jeep" Liberty felt the wind with a trailer behind it. Not much, but its there. I prefer the feel and price of towing it with my K5 Blazer.
Man, Liberties are sure hard on fuel for their size.
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Old 04-19-2012, 07:34 AM   #18
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"The Maritime rally is being held in New Brunswick this July and is well worth attending."

That would be cool! I can't wait to be 'in'! (And I'm scoping CRVs too.)
The CRV only comes in 4 cylinder and can only tow 1500lbs.
It would work, if you don't mind not passing anything.

Check out a pre-owned Ford Escape, Mercury Mariner or Mazda Tribute with a V6. They get similar actual MPG to the CRV and are far better on power. The VW Tiguan would also work.

You could try finding a Jeep Liberty CRD (Diesel). But everyone wants an arm, leg and your firstborn for one. One came into a diesel shop I worked at a few years ago. A little tuning, intake and exhaust work and it got 34mpg!
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Old 04-19-2012, 07:43 AM   #19
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yup small suv, minivan, small pickup truck.
our jeep liberty and my ford ranger both tow beautifuly
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Old 04-19-2012, 07:56 AM   #20
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(...) transmission cooler installed if it is an automatic, a quality brake controler for the trailer brakes, proper wiring for the brakes and 12v supply to charge the trailer batt.
I would add that a transmission cooler is a mandatory precaution for ordinary cars performing towing with an automatic transmission, unless you only drive very short distances in coll weather. Asking a transmission specialist the cost difference between a cooler and a cooked transmission is quite convincing.

"a quality brake controller" does not cost a big deal more than a cheap one, considering installation cost. The basic model with manual adjustment of brake intensity is to be avoided. The better models will automatically increase the braking intensity based on the amount of time you apply your foot on the brakes (only a bit better than basic model) or will adjust with an inertia detector (the best by far). There are several manufacturers that now offer inertia sensitive controllers at very affordable prices. Inertia brake controllers it will actually perform better and make your trailer brakes last longer. This will make your towing much safer.
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Old 04-19-2012, 10:07 AM   #21
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Sometimes there's not much you can do about the wind particularly in an unloaded semi except not drive. In NM this year they simply closed the Interstate to all traffic during high winds. There were two days where we choose not to drive during our trip.

Of course in Newfoundland there's the section of the highway called Wreckhouse named for a locomotive blown off the track. I have personally seen two successive semis overturned there.

We simply make the safe choice.
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Old 04-19-2012, 10:08 AM   #22
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LOL Dave, the problem was as you know I am a BC girl so I am use to seeing trees swaying along the side of the roads to know its windy .... in that situation/location it was a big 4 lane highway with nothing green for miles on either side to give you an sense that it was windy....

The other funny thing that happened on that trip was while heading down the I5 I noted I was only getting about 14 mpg (on a stretch of highway I normally get about 26) started cursing my auto mechanic as the car had just gotten a tune up.... was worried I was going to have to start looking for the next Subaru dealer to figure out what the problem was. Stopped for gas and got out of the car and realized I was towing in a serious head wind.....

My point being that I suspect those who think that the Subaru is adversisly impacted by wind while towing might be really suprised if they were ever to actually tow with one to realize how incorrect that assumption is. Suspect the all wheel drive is what makes it a lot more stable than what some apparently think it is. Yup the MPG is impacted by head winds but I know from experience in actual driving them that big pickem up trucks are as well .... only worse.
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Old 04-19-2012, 10:15 AM   #23
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I towed my Campster with my Forester into the wind one weekend...awful experience. The two hour trip took nearly three hours. But I don't know that it would have been better with any other vehicle. The Campster isn't Much taller than the Forester, anyway. It's trailer in the wind that is the issue. And I did get there safely, just more tired than usual.
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Old 04-19-2012, 10:20 AM   #24
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On my 'maiden voyage' (aside from pulling the trillium home!) to Utah, I ran into 40mph sustained winds, with gusts up to 80mph. I'm from the Pacific NW, and was in the middle of the high desert, so there were no tell-tale trees to check for wind!!

Pulling with a 2000 Nissan Pathfinder, I did feel the trailer - but mostly the gusts! I felt it more in my pocketbook, as I literally watched the fuel gauge drop 1/4 tank in 50 miles. I'm fairly sure that bucking that kind of headwind would have sucked up my fuel anyway. Was fairly slow going as well but again I don't think I attribute that strictly to the trailer.

Long story short, 2000 Nissan Pathfinder (yes, that IS the year people complained of them being underpowered), automatic transmission and 1979 Trillium and we did just fine!

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Old 04-19-2012, 10:21 AM   #25
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One of the nice aspects of the Maritimes Rally is all the Bolers and particularly how people have customized them. These are really old trailers and a testament to the strength of fiberglass trailers and in some measure their owners. Show and Tell Saturday was really fun.
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Old 04-19-2012, 10:25 AM   #26
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FWIW... we have towed our Egg Camper with our minivan (V6) and it did a good job. We prefer to tow with our Chevy 1500 for the much more comfortable seats and, even with the V8 in the Chevy, we get better mpg (up to 17 mpg). The V8 will drop to being a V4 when conditions are right (even towing). There are zillions (well maybe not quite zillions) of vehicles that will do a good job for you.
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Old 04-19-2012, 10:29 AM   #27
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Floyd, according to Edmunds the tow capacity on the 2009 4 cyl Escape is only 1500 lbs " When adequately equipped, which may require engine and/or other drivetrain upgrades". Does that mean there is no way to achieve a higher rating with the 4 cyl?

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If your Boler is a 13, you might consider a good used 2006 or newer Ford Escape 4Cyl. A 2009 or newer would be even better with it's improved automatic and larger 170HP 4Cyl engine. This choice would yield GREAT reliability and fuel economy, along with good utility and comfort.

We often tow our 13 deluxe Scamp with our 2008 Escape 4CYL 5spd manual.
We are well satisfied with it's performance and price... and the fuel economy when towing is amazing.
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Old 04-19-2012, 10:36 AM   #28
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sorry carol- i apologize in advance for my incredible lack of ability to resist but: The wind was strong enough to blow a semi around and you were driving one of those australian suvs called a super-roo, towing a fiberglass trailer and you hadn't noticed the wind?

Methinks a bit more coffee may have been in order to acquire some alertness!
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