Originally Posted by George in New Mex
We're new to all of this, just reading, nothing owned yet. Wife and I are considering a 17 ft. Casita
in a couple of years. We know our 4 cylinder car won't be adequate. We don't want to drive a gas hog, but do any of you have recommendations on the engine required in a tow vehicle to be able to comfortably pull such a trailer (long hauls on the interstates, up steep mountain roads, etc.? We would really appreciate recommendations.
Hi George ..... From one who owned a new 17ft Casita
a few years back, buy at least a 3/4 ton rated truck , van or Suv. I had a new 2012 Ford f--150 at the time with tow package & the trailer pushed me. As sated here ... do not skimp on your tow vehicle, it could cost you your life or some one dear to you. I am not trying to scare you but If your pocket book does not allow such a tow vehicle buy a smaller trailer. I know some will not agree but until you have lost control of your Tow vehicle and slam into a guard rail at 50 MPH, Yes only 50 MPH like I did you will understand. The heavy bodied F-150 was the only thing that kept me & my wife from being killed. For only $5,000. more I now Tow with a 3500 HD Nissan cargo Van which now out weighs my Oliver
2015 23'.6 trailer buy 2,300 pounds . Now with the additional weight
upfront(tow vehicle) with the heavy duty frame, engine & transmission. I feel as safe as one can be while towing a trailer that weighs in at 5,000 pounds( I had weighed). I know some here will tow at 65 MPH or faster on the interstates but I will not go faster than 55 MPH. at anytime. No matter what trailer you do decide to purchase, the xtra pennies it will cost for a more expensive tow vehicle with lower gas mileage over your life time is not really giving up too much .... when considering your safety & the ones you are responsible for keeping safe.