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Old 02-01-2015, 07:05 PM   #113
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We also traded our 2004 Chrysler minivan / the minivan got about 13 MPG towing
That is disgraceful.

We got better than that with our 93 Nissan Minivan towing the 23'. Our 2004 Sienna van is averaging 23MPG with mostly city driving.
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Old 02-01-2015, 10:07 PM   #114
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I have a recall notice from Toyota regarding the "unintended acceleration" issue. It kills the engine, I believe, when the brake and the accelerator are both pressed.
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Old 02-01-2015, 10:51 PM   #115
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Is this a recent notice or a couple years old?
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The notice came last month.
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Old 02-01-2015, 10:59 PM   #117
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And, for what vehicle and what year?
Last recall I got ( it's fixed ) was for some spiral gear or something in the steering column that could affect the air bag. Couple months back.
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Old 02-01-2015, 11:10 PM   #118
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We got the spiral gear thing and something else also. The car is a 2011 Corolla but I believe a good argument could be made to have the same fix made to their car that is doing the same thing. I have a 2007 RAV 4 Limited, V6 tow vehicle towing my 1997 16' Scamp. I have no problems.
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Old 02-01-2015, 11:33 PM   #119
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Link to thread on replacement mirrors for Frontier:
Trailer Tow Mirrors for a Nissan Frontier!!!
Glenn's link to the previous post by Alf S regarding the "1aauto" replacement mirrors is the one I was thinking of for Vicki to check out for her new Frontier. Thanks, Glenn for finding that thread and sharing the link. Dale
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Old 02-02-2015, 12:26 PM   #120
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Is this a recent notice or a couple years old?
The Transport Canada Road Safety Recall Database search indicates Glenn the brake issue was for 2012 & 13 model years RAV4, Tacoma's & Lexus RX350
Recall Detail reads:

"On certain vehicles, a manufacturing defect could affect the functioning of the electric brake actuator, illuminating various warning lights in the instrument panel of the vehicle and disabling the antilock braking system (ABS), traction control and vehicle stability control systems. This could increase the risk of a crash causing injury and/or property damage. Correction: Dealers will update the vehicle stability control ECU software and affect repairs as necessary."
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Thanks Carol.
It's all in the details, which we often don't get here on the web.
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Old 02-02-2015, 05:03 PM   #122
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My Highlander just had the spiral cable (in steering column, going to the air bags) replaced for a second time, this time under recall warranty; first time cost me $700 3 years ago. And they did the brake/accelerator update as well; this will kill the fuel supply if both pedals are pressed simultaneously, they told me. While it was in there, the (Jim Norton Toyota, Tulsa) service adviser gave me a cockamamie story about my CV boot leaking lubricant and the timing chain cover having a serious oil leak. Funny, there are zero oil spots on my driveway, and I crawled under the thing and couldn't find any fresh grease anywhere around the boots. I hope I never have another recall to deal with, because I never want to go back to the local dealerships... don't trust 'em one bit.

I do get a bit of noise in the unibody from the trailer towing... mostly an occasional loud clank! at highway speeds, which seems to be the flexing of underbody sheet metal. Somewhat unnerving, but I can't see any deleterious effects underneath so I just keep on truckin'. For now. Would like to buy something else soon, though....

Del Gue, my Highlander has 270 HP and 240 lb-ft torque. It has towed a 17' Burro in the Rockies as well as a 16' KZ Escape E14RB which was nearly identical floor plan to that Idea trailer. The Highlander had no problem towing the Burro up the long grades at high altitude. But it did struggle sometimes with the KZ. The extra wind resistance of a squared-off, conventional build 'stickie' trailer is very noticeable. I got 14 mpg towing the Burro, but 12 mpg towing the KZ.

I would like to go with more horses under the hood with my next vehicle, so I agree with your thinking... get "more than enough" and never have to worry. The Ford 5L V8 is a nice engine. So is the 5.7L Hemi in the Ram, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango. Even if you changed your mind and someday bought a trailer in the 20'-25' range, these would still do the job. Or you could go turbo with the Ford 3.5L Ecoboost or the Ram/Jeep 3L Ecodiesel; the turbo has less engine braking, true, but it will hardly lose any power in thinner mountain air (a normally aspirated engine loses about 2% of HP per 1000' of altitude, I've heard). Any of these will tow a Scamp like a bat out of... the bat-cave.

If you want to buy stuff for long term use, I'd recommend the Scamp and one of the Ram/GC/Durango family. Here's why. The stick built TTs are built to last a short while; the sun's UV rays and low-hanging branches take their toll on the seams, and the beating the TT takes on the roads will work to loosen up everything that is attached with fasteners (which is pretty much everything!). But the Scamp's body is like having a one piece unit which includes the interior cabinet bodies and stuff. It's all molded and FG-bonded together. Lots less to maintain, much more durable, and loads better resale value. As for why to get a Chrysler product for long term, I say that because you can buy a lifetime max care extended service contract from Chrysler that will cover just about everything but the obvious wear items, for as long as you own it or until the repair costs more than the vehicle's value (at which time they pay you the vehicle's value, and they're done). This is not available on the diesel vehicles, regrettably, but you can get it on just about any other new vehicle they make. Unless you enjoy doing all of your own repairs, this deal could save you a ton.
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Old 02-02-2015, 05:16 PM   #123
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Hi y'all, just checking back in so you know I am still around and reading. I love how conversations on here ping and pong all over. Wayne, if I were you I would get the V8. While I do plan on driving around out west in the mountains a couple/few times in my truck, if I lived there I would want more truck. And since you don't know the trailer you will be getting, makes most sense to make sure you are covered. Like you, I don't like to push the tow capacity, which I why I bought a Frontier to tow a little 13' front bunk scamp.

We had quite the snowstorm in CT today, so I did not hear from my dealer re: delivery date. Spent a significant amount of time on the inter webs trying to figure out things like which tonneau cover/which roof rack/will new leather void my warranty or interfere with side air bags/which side rails have brackets that won't rust in the northeast. Basically, with all of the add ons I will have to buy to get my rig ready, well, let's not think about it.

Thanks for all of your input on accessories. Right now, leaning toward the BAKflipG2 tonneau cover (don't want to climb around inside a shell with my bad back). That's about the only decision I have kind of almost made. But I am going to drive the truck for awhile first and see how I am using it before I decide.

Regarding the Toyota issue, I don't want to post about it before I have finished the deal. Should be picking up my truck Wednesday or Thursday. Will provide details after that. Suffice to say, not happy at all with Toyota.
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forgot to thank Carol for the brake controller removal instructions. Done! Re: side mirrors, I will cross that bridge when Spring approaches, but those are some serious mirrors! Re: leather, I was quoted $1100 for the whole thing, and these are sewn on. But I just read some stuff about Nissan not wanting anyone to reupholster or put on seat covers because it interferes with the side airbags. Have to check on that.
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Several posts have been removed from Vicki's thread about RAV4 problems, and sent to a topic of their own:

Vehicle for Mountains.

A couple of the posts have been duplicated so they could be in both places.

I hope this helps!
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Great job, Mary!

Vicki, pretty soon you get to change your forum profile to include your snazzy new Frontier. How exciting!
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