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Old 03-22-2016, 03:23 PM   #1
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Need recommendation for new tow vehicle

Been pulling my 13' with my company car, a Grand Caravan, but the Nissan Rogue I'm about to get won't work.

Need to gets the hubs a new vehicle that will pull our egg. He drives about 35 miles round trip each day for work, so gas mileage is a factor. Also need a backseat for the littles. Want to spend less than $16k.

I'm having paralysis by analysis. Hoping y'all can throw out some ideas.


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Old 03-22-2016, 03:53 PM   #2
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How about another van? Best road trip car for kids, good gas mileage for commuting, and you should be able to find something in decent condition within your budget. I'm partial to Toyota Siennas for their reliability. I owned a 2000 for 11 years and 180K miles.
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If it was for me it'd be great, but he's not ready to hand over his man card


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Old 03-22-2016, 05:21 PM   #4
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Thinking truck/SUV/crossover.


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Old 03-22-2016, 07:14 PM   #5
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When you say 'new,' I assume you mean 'new to you'? Because you can't buy much of anything brand new for $16K.

There are plenty of possibilities with highway mpg in the low to mid 20s. Will that be good enough? You could look at Toyota Highlander and Rav4, Hyundai Santa Fe, Ford Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee (this one might add a punch to his man card), Nissan Pathfinder, Chevy Traverse.
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Old 03-22-2016, 07:31 PM   #6
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I pull my 13footer with a 6cyl Ford Escape. It gets 25mpg back and forth to work (and I also drive 32 miles one way).
I did a quick search and spotted several in the Michigan area for under 15K with around 60,000 miles on them.
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Old 03-22-2016, 07:42 PM   #7
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Toyota Sienna van is a great tow vehicle. Been driving and towing with them for many years. Just tell him it takes a real man to drive a van. Once he realizes how useful a van is for towing and hauling extra camping items he will get trump the man card.
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Old 03-22-2016, 10:53 PM   #8
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We tow with a Subaru Legacy sedan because we bought it as a commute care before we had any idea we would be towing a trailer. We bought the trailer because our sedan could tow it. We LOVE our Subaru (and our 13' Scamp) and our next car will be a Subaru Outback or Forester because they have a hatchback, have all-wheel drive, are fun to drive AND, most importantly, have the highest safety rating.
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Old 03-22-2016, 11:06 PM   #9
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Toyota Sienna van is a great tow vehicle. Been driving and towing with them for many years. Just tell him it takes a real man to drive a van. Once he realizes how useful a van is for towing and hauling extra camping items he will get trump the man card.
Hey Garland, It was great to meet you and your wife at the Green Eggs & Ham rally this past weekend and tour your EggCamper to get some great ideas for mods to ours. Safe travels....
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Old 03-23-2016, 05:40 AM   #10
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If it was for me it'd be great, but he's not ready to hand over his man card
Another Scamp/Sienna rig here.

Real men put practicality above image.

While the "card carrying" men put their cargo in the bed of their pick-up so it can get stolen, rained on, etc.. I am transporting 4 x 8 foot sheets of plywood, or camping gear for a month, in the back of my Sienna van, 100% protected from the elements.

Actually, the Sienna would not be my first choice for a tug because of the things like it is not pre-wired, it sits quite low and the tailgate would not open until I replaced the stock trailer jack, but once set up for towing it does a fine job. It is rated to tow 3500 / 350 tongue (sans WDH) and with my ~2500 lb Scamp it only struggles on the very steepest roads but still gets the job done. The 2015 is better than previous Gen 3 models but it will cost a bit.
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We tow with a double cab midsize pickup. The double cab gives the seating of a sedan with a smaller (5'x 5') bed for camping gear, grills, ect. It's also nice for hauling the occasional 2 x 4, or lawn mower, or making a run to the dump. Toyota Tacoma, Nissan Frontier, or the Honda Ridgeline will all tow most eggs out there. The cost is, of course, mpg. Expect 20 mpg at best and down to 15 mpg depending on the trailer. Most guys like driving a truck and used trucks are easy to find. Years ago a fellow said to me " once you have a truck you won't want anyhng else". So far he's been right. Good luck, Raz
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Old 03-23-2016, 07:23 AM   #12
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The problem with pickups is that they're more expensive than SUVs. I'm not sure why, except that the used market is glutted with secondhand soccermom-mobiles right now. You can buy a pathfinder, 4runner,yukon,whatever for half the price of the same maker's same platform pickup. That buys a lot of gas.

The only problem I see with most minivans is front wheel drive. I know that's not a problem for a lot of people in normal (paved and level) circumstances, but it just doesn't sit right with me.


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The only problem I see with most minivans is front wheel drive. I know that's not a problem for a lot of people in normal (paved and level) circumstances, but it just doesn't sit right with me. ...
Thats a good point. it can be an issue with excessive tongue weight for example. On the other hand, I sold my very light-in-the-bed Pick-em-up truck after it failed to pull my boat up the ramp while a four door sedan was hauling a larger boat up the next ramp with no tire slippage. Life is best when balanced.
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...The cost is, of course, mpg...

Years ago a fellow said to me " once you have a truck you won't want anyhng else"...
The cost is also... cost. The Honda Ridgeline, as an example, is a great vehicle, but with a budget of $16K, you'll probably be looking for one with high miles or a blemished Carfax. Ditto Toyota. Both have very high resale values. Good for sellers. Bad for buyers.

Mid-sized trucks also have very confining back seats compared to vans and crossovers, with fairly upright, non-reclining seatbacks. Something to consider if you are planning long road trips with kids.

I traded my last truck and my man card for a Sienna just before our first child was born. With my current tug, a Honda Pilot, I got a little of my respect back... But by every objective measure, the Sienna was the best vehicle I have ever owned. My kids still prefer it to the Pilot.
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