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Old 12-29-2011, 02:35 PM   #1
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We have a 16ft Bambi. We are in the market for a new tow vehicle. We currently have a Toyota Highlander Hybrid with feels a little underpowered for mountain passes. Any advice or suggestions?
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Yes, don't ask that question here. There won't be any end to the arguing and bickering!
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Have a look at post #21 here. It will give you some related info....

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f463...d-39302-2.html
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Does your THH have the 5000lb tow package?

Yes..should have plenty for the B16.

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From the Toyota web site:
Towing3500-lb. towing capacity, heavy-duty radiator, 160-watt fan coupling, supplemental transmission oil cooler and 150-amp alternator

5000-lb. towing capacity, heavy-duty radiator with engine oil cooler, 200-watt fan coupling, supplemental transmission oil cooler and 150-amp alternator

5000-lb. towing capacity, heavy-duty radiator with engine oil cooler, 200-watt fan coupling and supplemental transmission oil cooler

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Towing capacity (5000-lb.) (standard/with Towing Prep Package)
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Welcome to the forums. The question of the best tow vehicle stirs up a lot of debate around here. Sounds like you have already been towing with your hybrid and are not happy with the performance. If you indeed want to change, you can pick from a multitude of SUV's and small pickups that will suit your needs. I only suggest that you keep in mind that someday you may wish to upgrade to a 19', 20' 23' etc. If so then you might want to consider a vehicle that has around 7000 lbs towing capacity and a V8. If not a V6 will do. Perhaps when you narrow down what you like, you'll get some more constructive input from the gallery here.
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Yes, don't ask that question here. There won't be any end to the arguing and bickering!

I agree. Read some stuff here then make your own decision based on your information.
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That post was made in 2008. I would think there are some newer vehicle out there now that are good towing vehicles.
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Has anyone tried the Audi Q7?
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Sorry I meant the Audi Q5
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We have a 16ft Bambi. We are in the market for a new tow vehicle. We currently have a Toyota Highlander Hybrid with feels a little underpowered for mountain passes. Any advice or suggestions?
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There are so many choices out there for a 16'er that your question might be better asked....which ones to stay away from. Otherwise, you will get sooooo many recommendations that it may not help. I have my obvious biases, and even within my recommendations there are no less than 6 - 10 different configurations and models. And that doesn't even count the ones which would be overkill.
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OK. Which ones should I stay away from?
What is one or two of your favorite rigs of your "6 to 10 configurations"
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Any 'right size'tow vehicle is going to feel a bit under powered in the big hills... Otherwise, you probably have too big a tow vehicle. In the Toyota family, a Sequioa is really the only big step up from the Highlander. A 4runner is a mild bump, as is a Tacoma... But neither will provide the effortless tug of a Sequoia or Tundra on a wee 16 footer. And, when you are not towing, you aren't going to get hybrid mileage.

I towed a Basecamp with a Tacoma V6... Worked great... For other brands... Anything significantly different that your Highlander is going to be truck-based and a small V8... I think you have a decent setup myself...
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OK. Which ones should I stay away from?
What is one or two of your favorite rigs of your "6 to 10 configurations"
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Well, looking at the specs, I'd guess you would allow yourself, maybe 4500 lbs of trailer and gear?????

I'd stay away from any of the front drive small and mid sized crossovers rated at 3500 - 4000 lbs. (some will tell you they are fine to be excessively loaded...I differ in my opinion).

Big front drive crossovers: Traverse, Acadia, Enclave

If you want a pickup, a midsized or full size 1/2 ton rated in excess of 4500 - 5000 lbs.
Colorado, Canyon, Silverado, Sierra

Rear Drive SUV: Tahoe, Yukon, Escalade, Suburban, Yukon XL, Escalade EXT

SUT: Avalanche, Escalade ESV

Van: Express 1500, Savanna 1500

You definitely don't need anything greater than a 1/2 ton (unless you're carrying a Harley or two in back of the TV). I'm sure I'm forgetting something in GM's line.

Now multiply these choices by the number of manufactures out there (roughly) and you get an idea that your options are many!
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