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Old 10-27-2016, 06:50 PM   #15
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The owners manual for the 2016 Patriot supports towing 2000 pounds with the larger engine and tow package. Doing so will not void your warranty.
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However, the manual also specifies a limit on frontal area: 32 sq. ft. Most small eggs exceed that, which is one reason I suggested the Compact Jr. It's typically a bit lighter than many 13' eggs. More important in this case, it has a lower towing profile.

I do agree with those who suggest researching reliability as a factor in making a tow vehicle selection.
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Old 10-27-2016, 11:12 PM   #16
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Francis, we have used a 2,000 lb tow rated Jeep for both our 13' Scamp standard, and a 13' Scamp Deluxe (no bathroom). One tow vehicle was a standard transmission with over-drive, and the second was an automatic. We camp every year in mountainous Colorado, Utah, as well as here in Arizona, and with both vehicles there is a lot of downshifting involved, and slowing on the 10,000 feet passes, with the engine RPM running 3,500 to 5,000 to get the job done. I lived with it for a total of 20 years, (kept 1st for 10 yrs, & 2nd now on 10 yrs) and would do it again without hesitation. We now own a 2,500 lb Lil Snoozy so we now use a pick-up truck and transplanted a 5.7 L V-8 in the Jeep.
Our best tow vehicle was a 1994 Dodge 2500 with a Cummins Diesel engine. We paid 10K for it used when it was 8 yrs old, and got 22 mpg towing or not. We used it for 13 years and sold it for 10K cause we needed the money.... never should have sold it.
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Old 10-27-2016, 11:40 PM   #17
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With all the feed back we are rethinking the budget and started looking at a 2016 v6 4WD Nissan Frontier SV.

Thanks for the feedback, I wanted to get back into a pickup anyway this might be the ticket.
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With all the feed back we are rethinking the budget and started looking at a 2016 v6 4WD Nissan Frontier SV.

Thanks for the feedback, I wanted to get back into a pickup anyway this might be the ticket.
Hi: FXMurphy... Here's a pic of our 2010 Nissan Frontier at work in the mountains of Tenn.
BTW Welcome to the fiberglass world!!!
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With all the feed back we are rethinking the budget and started looking at a 2016 v6 4WD Nissan Frontier SV.

Thanks for the feedback, I wanted to get back into a pickup anyway this might be the ticket.
That will certainly open up more trailer options for you, and you can bring more gear along for the adventure.
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Old 10-28-2016, 12:46 PM   #20
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Hi: FXMurphy... Here's a pic of our 2010 Nissan Frontier at work in the mountains of Tenn.
BTW Welcome to the fiberglass world!!!
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That is a great looking setup! We go to the dealer ship this weekend to give a few vehicles a spin.
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Hi Francis,

Welcome! Looking forward to reading about your tug decision as well as the egg that you end up with.

Happy Hunting!

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That will certainly open up more trailer options for you, and you can bring more gear along for the adventure.
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Old 11-01-2016, 08:15 PM   #23
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Wanted to update and thank everyone for the input. We bought a used 2016 Nissan Frontier SV V6 Automatic 4WD Crew Cab. Comes with the towing package and transmission cooler already. Spent a little bit more then we wanted however I wanted the towing capacity it offered so we could do a little bit more if needed.

We are still thinking a used 13' or 16' egg to start off with. Hoping we can purchase something by spring to start the new year with.

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Good choice, and only a year old! The Expedition we bought in 2014 was a 2013 model. It had been a rental, and had 33k miles on it, but so far it has performed flawlessly. And like your truck, it came with a towing package—we didn't know at the time we were destined to tow anything, much less an 'egg'.

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Old 11-21-2016, 09:24 AM   #26
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Thanks to everyone!

This forum and everyones help in this thread has been indispensable in choosing a tow vehicle and now our first travel trailer purchase.

Bought a 1983 Scamp that was local, thought we would need to travel to buy one but it was only 1/2 hour from our home for pickup.

Now we can spend some time this winter getting ready. Although I might do a shakedown run over the weekend, somewhere we can plug in a heater.


Soon to see you on the road.
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This forum and everyones help in this thread has been indispensable in choosing a tow vehicle and now our first travel trailer purchase.

Bought a 1983 Scamp that was local, thought we would need to travel to buy one but it was only 1/2 hour from our home for pickup.

Now we can spend some time this winter getting ready. Although I might do a shakedown run over the weekend, somewhere we can plug in a heater.


Soon to see you on the road.
Lots and lots of nice state park campgrounds in PA. When they open in early spring, you will have a ball. Congrats, Carl
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