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Old 07-03-2014, 08:06 PM   #29
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I've been told to stay FAR away from the Jeep / Chrysler 8 speed transmission. I'd prefer the newer Subaru or Toyota for towing.
The way I read the Jeep forums, the 8 speed is a great tranny but they had some shorcomings in the software initially. I think they have ironed things out now, and even the early 8 speeds can be easily flashed with the new software version.

That said, in the price range you suggest, I think you are looking at an earlier model year with the 6 speed anyway.

What about pickups? Toyota Tacoma and Ford Ranger (especially the V6 models) would handle a 13' just fine.

Beyond that, I second the nomination of the V6 Rav4. Amazing turn radius, incredible 270 HP pep, and well built. The ones with 3rd row seats received somewhat heavier rear suspension than the ones without.
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Old 07-03-2014, 09:05 PM   #30
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We tow our Scamp 13' with an 2007 Honda Odyssey. We love it and would do it again. We comfortably fit our family in both with space to spare and have towed it to Maine, CA, and FL comfortably. We do have brakes on our Scamp.
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Old 07-03-2014, 09:38 PM   #31
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I wouldn't write off a truck. A used Tacoma pickup can certainly haul a small trailer, is more rugged than most cars/SUVs, and the bed can be fitted with a hard top shell or a canopy to haul/hide all the stuff that won't fit in that small trailer. GVWR ratings are much better.
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Old 07-03-2014, 10:03 PM   #32
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I have experience towing with an Infiniti G35 sedan. Works great.

But since you are looking for an SUV I will run this vehicle by you. It is an Infiniti FX35. This vehicle is at the top of the list when it comes to handling, braking, reliability, and towing power. Very comfortable, secure ride. The 3.5 V6 was on the Wards top ten engines list for a number of years. You can find a good used one within your price point.

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Old 07-03-2014, 10:37 PM   #33
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Remember we're talking about a Scamp 13 and budget. You can't buy more reliability, comfort, and towing competence for less money than the Ford Escape. An '09 4Cyl would fit the bill nicely with plenty of money left for travel expenses.
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Old 07-04-2014, 08:11 AM   #34
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I understand Floyd, that is why I suggested the FX35.

They clearly stated they want power. The FX has it and a 4 cyl Escape is weaker than their Subie.

..........and to make a long story short there is no comparison between a Ford Escape and the FX.
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Old 07-04-2014, 09:45 AM   #35
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7) Honda CRV 6 cyl

No such animal - all CRVs are 4 cyl.

Now a Ford Escape with a 6 cyl. might be an economical option, and would have more power than the 4 cyl. version.

Also agree that a RAV4 V6 would be a great choice. May become hard to find in decent condition since they dropped the V6 in the latest redesign.


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Old 07-04-2014, 10:36 AM   #36
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My Nissan Frontier, 4wd, automatic, is my choice for a tow vehicle. Mine is a four door but there are two door models available. No trouble pulling my 13' Scamp, in fact is it the 2nd Nissan Frontier I've had. I would recommend it and it is fairly easy on gas. Marg
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..........and to make a long story short there is no comparison between a Ford Escape and the FX.
I certainly agree, two Fords for one Datsun.
I paid under 15K for my Escape (new in 2008).

I am sure the FX is a fine car, and so is the Subie.
Like the Subie, Model year and drive train choices make a big difference on the Escape...
Then there is that "American Made" stigma to overcome!

My Escape has towed my Scamp13D for 6 years now and tens of thousands of miles. Great balance of power and fuel economy...(a slight bias toward fuel economy)

To be fair...
There is no comparison between an Airstream and a Scamp13 either.
We considered a 16Bambi CCD when we bought the Scamp.
Same issues in reverse...
The Escape matches the Scamp13, about as well as an Expedition matches the Bambi.
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No such animal - all CRVs are 4 cyl.

Now a Ford Escape with a 6 cyl. might be an economical option, and would have more power than the 4 cyl. version.

Also agree that a RAV4 V6 would be a great choice. May become hard to find in decent condition since they dropped the V6 in the latest redesign.


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The '09 (still 3rd generation)Escape came standard with a 2.5L 4CYL with 15% more power (than the '08 2.3L which I tow with) . They also offered an optional 6CYL at that time.
The newer (4th generation) Escapes have the 2.5L as the base engine and two EcoBoost 4CYLs as options.
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I've towed an Escape 17B (3010 lbs loaded) for almost 49,000 miles with a 2010 RAV4 (V6 & tow package). Towing MPG - 15 US, non towing MPG Highway 25, around town 21-22.

While there are times I wished for a truck to have exterior storage, as both a tow vehicle & a daily driver, I've been happy with the RAV4.
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My Nissan Frontier, 4wd, automatic, is my choice for a tow vehicle. Mine is a four door but there are two door models available. No trouble pulling my 13' Scamp, in fact is it the 2nd Nissan Frontier I've had. I would recommend it and it is fairly easy on gas. Marg
My dad has a V6 Frontier 4wd and that thing is anything but easy on gas. We could nurse almost the same MPG out of his V8 Chevy, but my step mom insisted on a newer "reliable" vehicle.

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Here's the ideal tow vehicle. Lots of power for going up those hills. Air cushion seats. Can see over many vehicles and can be seen.
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Here's the ideal tow vehicle. Lots of power for going up those hills. Air cushion seats. Can see over many vehicles and can be seen.
Here it is with a matching 8ft trailer, ready for that mile of 1% grade ahead!...
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