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Old 03-05-2014, 03:40 PM   #1
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Need new vehicle - thoughts?

Hi all,

I've recently just brought my grandpa's 1969 boler over from the island and am planning on pulling it this summer! Remarkably good shape for having sat unused for about 17 years. Had it thoroughly checked out and set up before I pulled it.

Next phase: New vehicle. I was planning on pulling this with my 2002 Golf TDI, as my grandpa had done so for years with his jetta. However, my car and I are parting ways, due to some other mechanical issues that I am just not savvy enough to stay on top of. I need something a little more reliable. So I am in the market. I want something capable of my trailer, but also need something as fuel efficient as possible. Checking out the threads on this topic already, I am aware that opinions vary. So far looking at the Toyota Rav 4 and Honda CRV. Those are my two first preference, but willing to consider suggestions. It will be a new or almost new car. (2010 or above).

Thanks in advance for your thoughts, everyone. This forum is GREAT for a newbie like me!
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Old 03-05-2014, 03:56 PM   #2
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If you look through the towing section you will see the topic is well covered.

One of the more recent threads (just last week) which contains lots of suggestions as to a suitable vehicle a 13' trailer is called Looking for Tow Vehicle recommendations.
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Old 03-05-2014, 03:58 PM   #3
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OH, thanks, Carol! I didn't find that one, and it does indeed have the info I am looking for. Appreciate it.
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Old 03-05-2014, 06:26 PM   #4
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to the Forum Suvi
Glad you have joined us.
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Old 03-05-2014, 08:40 PM   #5
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Good luck on the search, Suvi, and welcome to the group.
As Carol points out in her post (#2), the latest discussion in link that she provided pretty much covers it all.
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It also might help us help you if you mention which Boler exactly?
There are several different models and this is a pretty huge detail when it comes to towing.
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Good day Suvi. There is lots of good info here. We are of the same mind set. Want a top rated reliable vehicle, with a good mileage rating, that will be top in it's class at towing our trailer.

Too bad about your aging Golf. Many are being used as TV's and work quite well.

For towing glass egg trailers you have so many options. The good news is you don't need a mammoth gas guzzling vehicle to get the job done safely.

Best of luck with you and your TV search venture.
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Suvi, we love our new Escape. It gets 30 mpg on the highway, and then does double duty pulling a trailer. If you get the 2.0l ecoboost with tow package, it will tow up to 3500#s. It comes with a 4 pin flat connector, so usually needs to be upgraded to a standard 7 pin for towing a trailer with electric brakes.

Best of luck to you!

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Suvi, we love our new Escape. It gets 30 mpg on the highway, and then does double duty pulling a trailer. If you get the 2.0l ecoboost with tow package, it will tow up to 3500#s. It comes with a 4 pin flat connector, so usually needs to be upgraded to a standard 7 pin for towing a trailer with electric brakes.

Best of luck to you!

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Great to know, Frank! Thank you!
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Suvi, another great thread here that you may not have seen is called Trailer Weights in the Real World.

As you will see there are some Boler 13's (assuming that is the size you have) on the list that come in over the 1500lb tow capacity of the Honda CRV. As you know we have a lot of Boler's here in BC and most of those who attend our meets here in BC and who have weighed theirs have found that they do indeed when loaded up for camping more often than not weigh in at over 1500lbs. We have had a couple of people at our meets pull 13's with the CRV but were not all that happy with the tow performance and have since switched to something with a bit more tow capacity.

Best if you actually load up your trailer and weigh your trailer before deciding what you need.
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We have used our rav sport v6 for towing the Surfside which is a little bigger than the boler 13

it has been reallly good

My 2 cents ( can you say that now that they are gone?) is find a nice Rav pre 2012 with the V6
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This might work.
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What is that? A dual engine Corvette? Like you would need an extra motor to pull a travel trailer with one!?! Man o man, if I had a vette, you can bet I wouldn't chop it up like that one, and #2, I'd be using a different tow vehicle!

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Better than a Vette - it's a Miata!
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