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Old 09-02-2011, 02:22 PM   #71
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My Scamp has a side bath with no ac and comes in at the 2400/2450 range fully loaded (including all tables chairs, bq, water hoses, wheel chocks etc) - one battery & one propane tank but with little to no water - have noticed the newer units same config come in a bit heavier as do ones with AC or front bath set ups.
Thanks Carol,

My Scamp 16 is 2400 lbs including the tongue weight. I do have the side bath plus all my additions. I now have AC as well. I don"t have a micro wave or awning but may add the latter.

We usually carry a half tank of water for lunch stops and the like.

Mine is a 1991, maybe older and lighter.... I've gotten lighter with age.
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Is your Escape a Hybrid with a CVT transmission?
No, my Escape is a 2.3L - inline 4CYL {not Miller cycle} 5SPD manual trans. I kept the extra $15,000 to buy gas for the first 100,000 miles.
I still manage highway...24MPG with the trailer and 30MPG without it.
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Old 09-02-2011, 02:51 PM   #73
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Hybrid Justification

"No, my Escape is a 2.3L - inline 4CYL {not Miller cycle} 5SPD manual trans. I kept the extra $15,000 to buy gas for the first 100,000 miles."

Floyd, It's hard to justify a Hybrid, even with all the government incentives. Chevy is having a hard time with their's though the Prius seems to be doing OK.

I'd actually like one, particularly one that actually has a significant battery pack. The torque curve with a decent electric motor becomes diesel like.

Unfortunately I don't see the diesel or hybrid in our next vehicle purchase in 2016. Your Escape seems like a very reasonable towing solution, in engine size not to dissimilar from our Honda CRV.

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"No, my Escape is a 2.3L - inline 4CYL {not Miller cycle} 5SPD manual trans. I kept the extra $15,000 to buy gas for the first 100,000 miles."

Floyd, It's hard to justify a Hybrid, even with all the government incentives. Chevy is having a hard time with their's though the Prius seems to be doing OK.

I'd actually like one, particularly one that actually has a significant battery pack. The torque curve with a decent electric motor becomes diesel like.

Unfortunately I don't see the diesel or hybrid in our next vehicle purchase in 2016. Your Escape seems like a very reasonable towing solution, in engine size not to dissimilar from our Honda CRV.

Safe travels,
The new Escapes are 2.5L and up 10% in HP with no loss in mileage.
I also like the electric power steering. The Escape Hybrid is fast rising in the ranks of Taxi Cabs, especially since they quit making the Crown Vic, which was the most prolific taxi/police car ever.
The Prius isn't really in the same class as the Escape, especially when it comes to towing... besides it is not really "sold" as a hybrid.
It is sold as a political statement, an advantage lost with the Escape Hybrid, since it is a FORD and also because it can't be readily discerned as a Hybrid, without reading the label.
I have noticed a broader market for the Prius lately though.
With the "early" Prius drivers you were constantly overtaking them in traffic, now they blow by you like you were up on jacks.
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I smell another topic split coming...
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Old 09-29-2011, 02:48 PM   #76
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In terms of mileage my newest "toy" is a 4Runner which I bought because I need a 4X4 for "those days" when it sometimes does snow around here. Living in the countryside, my road NEVER gets plowed and my old 4X4 '89 Suzuki Sidekick - reliable as the sun - finally succumbed to rust.

However, even though it has 5,000# tow rating the 4Runner's fuel economy suks big time. The Sidekick always got well over 30 MPG in commuter use. I have now owned the 4Runner long enough to run the first full tank through and got (wait for it) 15.2 mpg, when I am NOT towing!

Geeze - my huge ol' '92 GMC one ton gets way better than that!
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Old 09-29-2011, 02:54 PM   #77
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The good news is that it will not drop that far towing, maybe to 13-14 mpg. That is what I found with my t/v's, poor gas unhitched means not much worse while towing!!!!
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Dave - That seems to be a complaint from everyone that owns a 4Runner. Other than gas mileage, they all love it!
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Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Has anyone tried towing with a Toyota Highlander Hybrid?
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However, even though it has 5,000# tow rating the 4Runner's fuel economy suks big time. The Sidekick always got well over 30 MPG in commuter use. I have now owned the 4Runner long enough to run the first full tank through and got (wait for it) 15.2 mpg, when I am NOT towing!

Geeze - my huge ol' '92 GMC one ton gets way better than that!
I personally do not plan to get of a paved surface, I don't do unpaved roads or travel in snow. That's why god made Florida, for folks like me. in other words, no 4wd needed. The 4Runner seems to be a great TV for fiberglass trailers. Lots of Casita people use the 4Runner. But that mileage!?!

The Highlander gets lots of high votes also.

Here's something to consider:

CanAm RV in Toronto has a VW Jetta they have been using for several years for transporting Airstreams that weigh far more than a Scamp or Casita. They build customized hitches for the Jetta and other vehicles that they think have the ability to tow.

So how about the new Jetta TDI diesel or the Passat TDI that is made in Chattanooga? Mileage is great on those VWs. The Passat TDi just came off the assembly line. I bet CanAM RV will go to work on those, especially because of the TDI.

Any thoughts??

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I think we just beat this issue to death in another thread here where a member named Barry had his hitch fail while attached to a Volkswagon Jetta. See here Jetta towing issues.... caution
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So how about the new Jetta TDI diesel or the Passat TDI that is made in Chattanooga? Mileage is great on those VWs. The Passat TDi just came off the assembly line. I bet CanAM RV will go to work on those, especially because of the TDI.

Any thoughts??

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Simple answer is VW does not recommend towing with them in NA so they have put no tow capicity on the ones sold in NA. Current only the VW Tiguan has a tow capacity in NA.
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Stand corrected in the last couple of years VW has also been selling the Tiquan and Routan which have tow ratings.
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It is sad... While the tow rating from the MANUFACTURER has gone UP with every new model of the A platform (Jetta/Golf), the US tow rating keeps going DOWN! They must not be exporting the ones that are made from that special type of metal that allows you to tow.
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