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Old 09-22-2011, 10:13 PM   #1
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Need a tow vehicle and considering hybrids. Any thoughts?

Hi all!
We just bought our first trailer - a 2005 Airstream International CCD 25. Now we need something to tow it with! We are wondering if a hybrid SUV could do the job, and while we know it won't save gas on the highway, we are hoping to spend less on gas when we are un-hitched. Does anyone have any experience with this, or any recommendations? If not a hybrid (which is our preference), any other suggestions for a tow vehicle? We would like an SUV, to take advantage of the space for storage, and some comfy napping while the other person drives.

Thanks in advance!

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Old 09-22-2011, 10:38 PM   #2
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Maybe a VW Touareg or Porsche Cayenne hybrid...


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Old 09-22-2011, 10:42 PM   #3
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Thumbs up Toyota Tundra

I have a 2011 Tundra with a tow pkg and 4 wd. I love it! It is very comfortable
very straight forward and performs beautifully. Am towing a 2012 25 ft. Flying Cloud.
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Old 09-23-2011, 12:15 AM   #4
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It looks like the only option will be the VW Touareg. It can tow 7700lbs. The Tahoe's only 5500 or so. The problem with the Touareg is the $61,000+ price tag for a new one. You're better off with regular gas pickup and spend the savings on gas.
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Old 09-23-2011, 01:07 AM   #5
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We have a 2008 Tundra CrewMax Limited. The rear seats recline about 45-degrees or so, enough to sleep in them (kind of like in a recliner). With a hard tonneau cover, it's like a big limo/station wagon.

Our town car is a 2002 Prius, which we use for commuting, etc. It gets between 44 and 53 mpg, depending on driving conditions and the weather.

While hybrids have improved and have a better selection of models available, I have my doubts with a larger travel trailer. That application is asking one vehicle to handle both extremes of the driving spectrum, towing and good fuel economy. I suspect that any hybrid vehicle will probably not perform at its peak doing either. That's why we have two entirely different vehicles for these separate tasks. That doesn't mean that no hybrid will do both; only that it may not do either as well as two different vehicles designed specifically to handle each extreme.

By the way, our 5.7L Tundra gets between 13.5 and 16.5 mpg towing our 19-foot Bambi (mountains and highspeed freeway, versus two-lane lower speed highways in flat country), and 16-18.5 (and up to 21.5) mpg without the trailer. While it's no Prius, it's a great long-haul road cruiser; and we often take it on longer trips, even without the trailer, because it is much more comfortable than the Prius on the highway.

One caveat on the Tundra, it sucks gas if you keep your foot in it. And, it takes a lot of discipline and self-control to drive it like a normal vehicle. The engine and six-speed transmission are constantly teasing the driver to go for it. Luckily, we are old farts and gave up drag racing long ago (at least when there are witnesses around).
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Old 09-23-2011, 02:35 AM   #6
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I tow with a 2010 tundra crew max limited (love heated seats) and drive a bmw 330 ci love convert! the tundra/hensley in great with 27 fb safari. tundra is great tow veh but oh the as bill!
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Old 09-23-2011, 07:09 AM   #7
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I have a 2008 Tundra 5.7 double cab and I love it. I recommend the bucket seats with the floor shift because it is much easier to downshift. The motor is great as is the 6 spd transmission. There is plenty of room for napping when you are not driving. If you want an SUV go for the Sequoia- same drivetrain, but check your rear axle loading to make sure that you are ok.

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Old 09-23-2011, 08:35 AM   #8
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The right turbodiesel will be the best choice, IMO.
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Old 09-23-2011, 07:01 PM   #9
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We've been towing our 08, 28' International with our 08 Yukon Hybrid for two and a half years now. Over 25000 miles so far. Most of these miles have been on trips in the West (one to the East to watch a Shuttle Launch), including more than 3 dozen trips over the Continental Divide and one over the Bear Tooth Hwy At 11K feet. We're sending this while on the road to the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, our third year in a row.

We've been been averaging (towing) 13-13.5 mpg over this time. Our best leg was from San Diego, CA (where we live), to Hamilton, MT, 14.9 mpg, our worst was Bismarck, ND to Pierre, SD 200 miles into a 50 mph head wind, got 8.9 mpg. When not towing we get 22 hwy 21 city.

We try and tow light, the last time on the scales the AS weighed 6200 lbs loaded for the road. We tend to drive at 55 to 60 mph.

Lyle & Margie

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