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Old 11-02-2019, 12:08 PM   #21
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Hi Jane,
I live in Evergreen and have a 17' Casita Freedom Deluxe. I tow with a Toyota Tacoma with the towing package. I have towed the Casita to Pagosa Springs and back and around the local area and it tows awesome.
I believe the 4Runner with the towing package will do just fine for you. I like Toyotas because they run so well and the maintenance is minimal and the repairs almost zero.
Congratulations on a brand new Spirit Deluxe! Mine is a 2007 as is my Tacoma.
Happy RVing! Steve
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Old 11-02-2019, 12:23 PM   #22
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Iím a Honda fan, so you can take that as my bias, but Iíll throw out a couple of options to consider.

The new Passport has the same drivetrain and 5000/500# rating as the Pilot, but itís shorter, sits on a raised suspension, and looks less like a minivan.

The Ridgelineís open bed allows easier transporting of bulky toys like bikes while towing. It has a higher tongue weight rating (5000/600#) to better handle a Casita 17 and drives and handles similar to the Pilot/Passport on which it is based, making it a reasonable daily driver.
Weíve had two Casita SDís and two Honda Ridgelines (2006 and current 2012). The Ridgeline is perhaps the ideal TV given its hidden, locking ďtubĒ in the bed, itís two-way tailgate, its versatility when not towing, and itís comfortable ride. The RTL comes equipped with a complete tow package sufficient for a Casita and associated ďstuff,Ē and its drivetrain, while not overwhelming, is adequate. It handles highways and mountains reasonably well, but itís not a high-torque diesel, so expectations need to be adjusted accordingly. Iíve never met another Ridgeline owner who was disappointed with performance when towing, and they all really like every other dimension. Just donít try to convince the ideological purists that itís a truck, as if it matters.
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Old 11-02-2019, 01:33 PM   #23
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Another vote for the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Mine has the 5.7 Hemi, but the 6 cylinder should do fine.

ALWAYS boost tow capacity if you can. I like to have double trailer weight. JMO
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Old 11-02-2019, 02:11 PM   #24
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I don't believe a higher axle would be a problem since it is not that much more.

I have "high lift" on my Escape. The axle isn't lifted at all. The trailer frame and trailer is raised 2 3/8".
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Old 11-02-2019, 02:53 PM   #25
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Your tug will work for a while and very well if your path is off of the Interstates. If you need to travel quickly then a more robust TV will add comfort to the journey.
I have traveled annually to Michigan from central FL with my Casita 17 SD behind a GMC Envoy Denali that has a V8 engine and was specifically built for towing. The power and weight of the SUV makes traveling on I-75, I-10 and I-65 reasonably comfortable. Going north from Ocala, FL I stop over at London, KY for the night about 660 miles allowing me to reach Traverse City the next day. Fuel mileage towing on the Interstate by the computer was 15.75 mpg. Not bad for an 11 year old GMC. Current similar vehicles would be the GMC Yukon or the Chev Tahoe.
The Toyota will function for you but you may find a lack of power difficult and later decide to find something more...in the Toyota line there is the Sequoia.
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Old 11-02-2019, 05:00 PM   #26
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I just ordered a 2020 17' Casita Spirit Deluxe with the High Lift axle. Now I need to get a tow vehicle. Will a Toyota 4Runner do the job? Is there a better choice? Is bigger better? I don't want a truck or an SUV that drives and looks like a station wagon. Thanks for all your help. I love the descussions on this forum.
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Old 11-02-2019, 05:14 PM   #27
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In February I went from SD to TX to pick up my 17' Casita Spirit Deluxe with the lift kit. I took a 2015 Nissan 4 door long-bed Frontier. Started out in a blizzard through SD, stopped the first night in Oklahoma City in an ice storm. My truck is rated at 6200 towing capacity. As we are leaving the factory in Rice,TX I hooked up my sway bar and went to get my electric brake controller that I just installed and realized it was sitting on the kitchen table. Had no problems bringing it home. Everything went smoothly even with the north winds on the way back. Good luck on your new camper.
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Old 11-02-2019, 05:29 PM   #28
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I just ordered a 2020 17' Casita Spirit Deluxe with the High Lift axle. Now I need to get a tow vehicle. Will a Toyota 4Runner do the job? Is there a better choice? Is bigger better? I don't want a truck or an SUV that drives and looks like a station wagon. Thanks for all your help. I love the descussions on this forum.

Jane


Jane, I tow a 17í escape with my 2012 4runner. It does a great job as long as shifting appropriately going up & down elevation which there is plenty of here in the west. I love the interior space, high clearance & 4wd. Will most likely replace this one (114000 miles) with a limited. Want that rear view camera to make hitching easier. I did install rear airbags due to sag. With that said, Iím sure there are more up to date vehicles out there with many more safety features although the 2020ís have included some.

I did see a new vw atlas that was intriguing.
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Old 11-02-2019, 05:35 PM   #29
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We have a 17 ft Casita Spirit Deluxe and tow with a 2015 Honda Odyssey (front-wheel drive!) equipped with a transmission cooler, brake controller, and air bag suspension. We use the Andersen WDH. On tows from N. Florida to Michigan and back we run at 65 mph and get an average 14 mpg. We’ve had no problems with hills and elevations on I-75, and no problems with sway. This said, we are planning to tow throughout the inter-mountain west and are looking at more powerful AWD or RWD tow-vehicle candidates that can also serve as daily drivers. Aforesaid candidates include the Chevy Traverse, the Tahoe, the 4Runner, the Grand Cherokee and the Honda Ridgeline. So many choices! Perhaps others on this site can help us narrow the field!
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Old 11-02-2019, 05:36 PM   #30
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Your tug will work for a while and very well if your path is off of the Interstates. If you need to travel quickly then a more robust TV will add comfort to the journey.
I have traveled annually to Michigan from central FL with my Casita 17 SD behind a GMC Envoy Denali that has a V8 engine and was specifically built for towing. The power and weight of the SUV makes traveling on I-75, I-10 and I-65 reasonably comfortable. Going north from Ocala, FL I stop over at London, KY for the night about 660 miles allowing me to reach Traverse City the next day. Fuel mileage towing on the Interstate by the computer was 15.75 mpg. Not bad for an 11 year old GMC. Current similar vehicles would be the GMC Yukon or the Chev Tahoe.
The Toyota will function for you but you may find a lack of power difficult and later decide to find something more...in the Toyota line there is the Sequoia.
Interstates are designed with on and off ramps , controlled access, limited grades and no stop and go. That makes them actually better for less "robust" TVs. It takes only between 5 and 10% of a vehicle's HP to maintain 60MPH. but most of it to accelerate to that same speed.
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Old 11-02-2019, 06:01 PM   #31
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I towed my 17' SD with a 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe with the factory hitch (rated at 5000 lbs.) The rig had plenty of power to go the speed limit up and down all WA hills, but required the usual brake controller addition. The rig passed a stress test when the elderly drunk pulled out in front of us as we were cruising down a four lane divided highway. We did massive damage to his Avalanche, shortened our SF about 18", bent the frame of the Casita (total loss), bent the stinger so that the ball was driven into the bumper, but the SF doors still opened and the hitch showed no signs of damage. (And no Takata airbags!). We walked away.
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Old 11-03-2019, 11:33 AM   #32
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I have been towing my 2015 17í Spirit Dlx w/ high clearance four years now with a 2014 4Runner V6 and have been satisfied with the performance. On paved highways/Interstates I can make the speed limit without problems, even crossing Oregonís Blue Mountains. On back country roads my problems have been with the Casita and not the 4 Runner. (The rivets and the cabinet and window latches have problems with the vibration.) The trailer follows well; I could have done w/o the stabilizer. But, when it comes to power the 4Runner is not a Dodge Ram.
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Old 11-04-2019, 09:43 AM   #33
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I use my Toyota 4Runner to tow my horse trailer and two horses. The tow weight limit is 5,000 lbs., so it should have no problems with a Casita! I used to use our Ford F150 for this, but I have to say the 4Runner is MUCH more smooth and comfortable. I use my Honda Odyssey van (3,500 tow limit) to tow my little 16' Scamp as hubby likes the 4Runner as his day-to-day car. Have fun!!!
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