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Old 01-30-2015, 05:50 PM   #85
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Update: spent all day at dealer, test drove a variety of tvs, ended up with Nissan Frontier SV, brand new. Heated seats and backup camera, but no leather. Sirius radio though, which I wanted. Never bought new before but got a good deal. On our way out of town for weekend but will post more on Monday re: RAV. Thanks all!
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Old 01-30-2015, 06:13 PM   #86
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Very Nice! That's a lot of truck.
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Old 01-30-2015, 08:04 PM   #87
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You might consider a CRV, it should easily tow a Scamp 13. We towed a bigger, heavier Scamp 16 (or equivalent) with our CRV for 7 years all over the USA and Canada. It was very reliable and got good mileage. Our son tows a Scamp 13 with the same engine in a four cylinder Accord, same engine as our CRV. We have brakes on our Scamp 16, he does not have brakes on his 1977 Scamp 13. We hada manual transmission, he has an automatic with transmission cooler.
Hey, we have a Honda CRV, and it's even for sale. No, probably not a good choice, as it has 211,000 miles, but it is in really good shape. Just bought a 2014 Durango to pull our Oliver II.

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Old 01-30-2015, 08:15 PM   #88
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Glad to hear you got fixed up. I actually joined this website today because I read this thread earlier and specifically joined to suggest you look at the Frontier. For a mid-sized PU it's got some nice amenities and the price is reasonable. I hope it works out for you! Am also interested to see how things work out with the Toy.
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Old 01-30-2015, 08:43 PM   #89
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Trucker's hitch isn't really a knot. It's more like a pulley system. I'd explain, but I can't.
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As long as the knot's not a knothead... :-)
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Old 01-30-2015, 09:03 PM   #91
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If leather is really important, Katskinz is a well regarded aftermarket option used by dealers and independent upholstery shops. I'm sure you have plenty of money left over....

I hope your new truck works out well for you!
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As long as the knot's not a knothead... :-)
Or as long as the knot's first name isn't Don!

Steve is right, you can get some nice leather slipcovers for under $300. Enjoy exploring your 'new' Frontier!
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That's true, but. First you tie a trucker's hitch, cinch it up, and then you tie a knot to secure it.
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Old 01-30-2015, 10:45 PM   #94
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Update: spent all day at dealer, test drove a variety of tvs, ended up with Nissan Frontier SV, brand new. Heated seats and backup camera, but no leather. Sirius radio though, which I wanted. Never bought new before but got a good deal. On our way out of town for weekend but will post more on Monday re: RAV. Thanks all!

Welcome to Frontier Nation there are a number of us pulling with them. Like you I was not in the market for truck when I had to replace my Outback but I got to like the truck a lot in short order. I have a fiberglass tonneau cover on mine but if I was to put another on a truck I would go with the BakFlip they have one that you can add a rack too.
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What did you get, king cab or crew cab? We love our Frontier. Very comfortable and more than enough power. I have a soft tonneau cover. I don't carry anything worth stealing so i don't worry. If they really want my 10 year old folding chairs.... Thule now makes a roof rack to fit the Frontier. I bought mine from etrailer. It is pricey but very stable. Enjoy, Raz


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Old 01-31-2015, 07:42 AM   #96
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Vicki,

Glad you found something.

If you hadn't found the Frontier, I would have seconded Floyd's recommendation
of the Ford Escape .... especially with the newer 2.0L Ecoboost engine
and factory tow package.

Our 2014 Ford Escape FWD 2.0L has 240 hp and 270 ft/lbs of torque (versus our
Honda CRV's 180 hp and 170 ft/lbs of torque). We get around 21 mpg
towing at 60 mph. With the factory tow package, the Escape is rated
for 3500 lbs tow weight and 350 lbs tongue weight.

I used a Hopkins Multi-tow to adapt the 4-pin-flat Ford plug to a 7-pin round
(+ 4-pin-flat and added a 12v "hot wire" running up to the battery in the engine
compartment. This avoids cutting into the Ford's wiring harness.

I'll soon be trying out a Tekonsha Prodigy RF proportional brake controller. This will
again avoid Frank's reported problems with cutting into the Ford wiring harness to wire
a brake controller into the correct side of the Ford stop light switch and finding a good
spot in the newer Escape's rounded cockpit to mount a proportional brake controller.

Although the Prodigy RF is more expensive to buy, it can can avoid installation costs
and risks by being an easier "self install". (Just FYI - I've seen some
caveats related to some vehicles with LED tail lights.) The Prodigy RF
should also allow easier switching between our current/future tow vehicles.

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Vicki,

Glad you found something.

If you hadn't found the Frontier, I would have seconded Floyd's recommendation
of the Ford Escape .... especially with the newer 2.0L Ecoboost engine
and factory tow package.

Our 2014 Ford Escape FWD 2.0L has 240 hp and 270 ft/lbs of torque (versus our
Honda CRV's 180 hp and 170 ft/lbs of torque). We get around 21 mpg
towing at 60 mph. With the factory tow package, the Escape is rated
for 3500 lbs tow weight and 350 lbs tongue weight.

I used a Hopkins Multi-tow to adapt the 4-pin-flat Ford plug to a 7-pin round
(+ 4-pin-flat and added a 12v "hot wire" running up to the battery in the engine
compartment. This avoids cutting into the Ford's wiring harness.

I'll soon be trying out a Tekonsha Prodigy RF proportional brake controller. This will
again avoid Frank's reported problems with cutting into the Ford wiring harness to wire
a brake controller into the correct side of the Ford stop light switch and finding a good
spot in the newer Escape's rounded cockpit to mount a proportional brake controller.

Although the Prodigy RF is more expensive to buy, it can can avoid installation costs
and risks by being an easier "self install". (Just FYI - I've seen some
caveats related to some vehicles with LED tail lights.) The Prodigy RF
should also allow easier switching between our current/future tow vehicles.

Ray
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Ray if you have used any of the older technology controllers in the past I think you will be very happy you spent the few extra $'s on the Tekonsha Prodigy. Once you have felt the difference while towing you will never go back to the older technology.

The REAL nice thing about the Frontier with a factory tow package is that it is pretty well plug and play. No need to run any additonal wires or mess with anything in order to have everything work. The Ford Escape like the Subaru Outback and many other smaller SUV cross over type vehicles do come from the factory with the wiring for the trailer lights preinstalled but not the brake controller line and usually not the charge line. Unless you really know what your doing its best to pay the $'s to have those installed by a pro otherwise it can go very wrong.

On the Frontier with a factory tow package the installation of a controller is plug & play - simple plug the controller into the under dash connection the factory installed and its good to go. 1 minute or less job. Can be removed to use in another vehicle at any time - simple unplug it.
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Old 02-01-2015, 07:20 AM   #98
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PRaz I got the crew cab. It's a deep red color, not the bright red. I spoke with the dealer about seat improvements -- i really don't care for the quality of the cloth seats it comes with, and the SV does not have a leather upgrade. We are going to purchase new leather upholstery for all the seats and an added lumbar support in the drivers seat. They sew on the leather after removing the cloth. It's an aftermarket service through the dealer. Here's a question -- it would be cheaper by half to just do the front seats. How funny do you think that would look and how much might it affect resale? I would match the colors as close as possible. Not worried about back seat passengers, we only sometimes have them. But don't want it to look really odd. Thoughts?

I will call our trailer guy about removing the brake controller. Glad to hear the Frontier is all wired up! Then have to figure out bed cover and rack. Best to have kayak rack on cab or in the bed? I am thinking cab. I am away this weekend with two other pickup owners with different cab covers, will check theirs out today. I want secure, yet highly accessible.
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