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Old 03-25-2010, 02:17 PM   #57
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The Tow Vehicle to Avoid

Pulled this off of an old thread originally posted on this site - but I don't remember who posted it.

You don't need a large vehicle to pull your Bambi - but you do need to pull within it's capacity limits - and the 80% rule of thumb is a good one to follow. As you approach the capacity of the tow vehicle your choice of hitch takes on larger importance.



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Old 03-25-2010, 03:07 PM   #58
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Wow - just read all 75+ pages of that "Ridgline Thread" - lots of folks safely towing with many, many miles under the belt some trailers I'm sure a few folks here would have disagreed with...

Not to stir the "Hornets Nest" but - seems our conversations here take place all around the web - the bias is directly proportional to whose forem is hosting the threads...


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Old 03-25-2010, 03:55 PM   #59
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...lots of folks safely towing with many, many miles under the belt...

the bias is directly proportional to whose forem is hosting the threads...
'accident free or UNeventful towing' does not = "safely towing"

we all get aWAY with lots of risky or stupid or notYET stuff, for awhile.
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it seems to be an almost universal GOOD feeling to do something or alter something AGAINST the manufacturer's advice...

like "wadda they know, i can do this!" or "it's all a scam man, don't listen to the man, man...."

"the man just wants to control us, man..."
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but i agree that depending on which enthusiast site has the postings there is a SHIFT in reality...

and members who finally get bit by there actions, tend to drift off the threads...

mehbe they are all livin' happily ever onward or not...man...

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Old 03-25-2010, 05:43 PM   #60
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You mentioned a Tacoma early on in the discussion. We have had our 4 cyl. Tacoma for 8 years and we are upgrading to the V6 Tacoma Double Cab with 6500# Tow Capacity to tow our 16 sport (only 3500#).

We absolutely love our old Tacoma. And our new double cab has as much room as a civic and you get a little space in the back to store your dirty hiking shoes and tools for the road.
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Old 03-25-2010, 06:08 PM   #61
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You don't need a large vehicle to pull your Bambi - but you do need to pull within it's capacity limits As you approach the capacity of the tow vehicle your choice of hitch takes on larger importance.
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I believe these are key statements by Jay.

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Old 03-25-2010, 06:22 PM   #62
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This is our second option if our tow vehicle does not work out.
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Old 03-26-2010, 07:31 AM   #63
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boutd... hope that 3 wheel camper rig has a 350 rated chassis under it!
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Old 03-28-2010, 01:04 PM   #64
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TV as accessory

My wife had an interesting comment. She said that you should consider just how good your proposed TV and your Airstream look together. After all, she said, a TV is just an accessory, like a purse or a pair of shoes. It's not always about specs and power.

Send us a picture when you decide.
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Old 04-05-2010, 08:42 PM   #65
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We tow our 19' Bambi with a Honda Ridgeline. It rides and drives like a car but pulls when you need it. Given Toyota's recent problem with not being very good friends with the truth, I would be hard pressed to purchase one of their vehicles.
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We tow our 19' Bambi with a Honda Ridgeline. It rides and drives like a car but pulls when you need it. Given Toyota's recent problem with not being very good friends with the truth, I would be hard pressed to purchase one of their vehicles.
If your smart about it Toyotas are still great vehicles. We just picked up a V6 manual Tacoma to pull our 16'. If you can drive a manual there is no way that the recent problems will affect your car/truck. I have been driving Toyota vehicles since 1996 and have never had a problem with them.
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Old 04-06-2010, 08:21 AM   #67
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Sorry but I haven't read every posting on this thread but thought it was time for me to chime in. I pulled my 21 ft. SOB with a V8 4Runner without incident for years. Fully loaded it came in close to 5K and I live up here in the pacific northwest. Have driven lots of mountainous routes and it performed quite well. The 4Runner is built on the Tacoma chasis and is not a unibody construction.

A Ford 150 will pull your trailer just fine if you want to go in that direction. It is nice to have access to a pick up for other reasons, but that is just my perception. Getting information from the forums is a good thing but getting too much can really complicate matters. I am sure you will make the right decision, if you haven't already.

By the way, the other forum I used to follow would get right down nasty when this topic would come up. The guys here are, by and large, handing out useful tips and leaving out all the political garbage.
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Rambler: Let's hope that Honda's not next on the hit list! (We have an Element)
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Old 04-06-2010, 09:22 AM   #69
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This thread has the look of all tow vehicle threads, and I won't add my bias to the mix. But the best thing to do is to check reasonably objective sources—Consumer Reports for reliability ratings (they don't care for trucks, that's their bias), statistics on tow ratings, payload, etc., for all the possible vehicles you are thinking of. There are lots of sources for stats—manufacturer's brochures and online, Consumer Reports, Edmunds, for ex. Edmunds website also has some ratings and discussions of vehicles. There are plenty of other sources.

It's good to get something you feel comfortable in, so just keep checking it out. The right vehicle for your trailer and you means a lot. It should have a tow package.

Good luck.

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have towed plenty of trailers with all kinds of tow vehicles over the last 25 years.my preference is to have a vehicle that is not lighter then the trailer i am towing.i have done this in the past and it doesnt make for a stress free tow.also as pointed out on this forum the hitch setup is as equally important.pulling is usually not the issue,however stopping the load can be a major issue.i have had trailers in the past that would push the tow vehicle while skidding in a panic stop.this can be avoided with the proper setup.
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