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Old 02-06-2012, 01:38 AM   #29
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I have a 65 Caravel that I tow with my 2005 Toyota Highlander V6. There is plenty of power and I average about 15 mpg. Realistically once you the caravel is loaded with water, propane, and stuff you are looking at 3000lbs and 300# tongue weight. So anything you get should have no less than a 3500# tow rating.
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Old 02-06-2012, 09:02 AM   #30
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My wife has a 2012 Escape with the V6 but no towing package. It is a great little SUV for around town travels and trips to the store. It is supposed to be rated at 500 lbs towing, but I would not try it. It's light weight and short wheelbase are not a good combination for a TV.
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Old 02-06-2012, 09:43 AM   #31
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Towing with subaru must be some sort joke right? 4dr wrangler is rated at 3500 pounds and has lots accessories to purchase. Liberty or Comander would work great. I am scratching my head at subaru towing post have you seen the thin gauge metal for attaching hitch. My bambi frame would tear a rustarube appart like tin can.
I am towing a Sport 16 with my 08 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (meaning 4 door and longer wheelbase), Rubicon. The Sport is a little heavier than your Caravell, about 2900 dry weight, 3500 rated. The Jeep is rated up to 3500. I have a Reese dual cam WD hitch and so far the Sport tracks like it's part of the Jeep. And when I unhitch...I can go 4 wheeling. The 4 door Wranglers started in 07, I believe. At least one, maybe 2 others in the forum tow with a similar Jeep with no reported problems. Automatic is recommended for towing. It also works nicely when climbing.
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Old 07-06-2012, 11:55 PM   #32
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We took delivery of our Pilot AWD today, 4500# towing capacity to tow our 3200# gross Globetrotter. I was impressed with the cornering, the Pilot is wide, and have been really happy with the bulletproof reliability our multiple Hondas over the years. I'd be curious to hear more about VW owners towing- anyone we know with one has endless electrical problems, and they don't seem to age well- bits failing off.
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Old 07-07-2012, 06:41 AM   #33
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Stef, if you are still looking for a tow vehicle, you can take a look at the new Rangers. They are available in 4 door, 4wd, and have up to 5400 pound towing capacity.
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Old 07-07-2012, 11:23 AM   #34
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Actually, a couple weeks ago I got to ride in a friend's 2006 Pilot and I was very impressed with how quiet it was (you could talk inside without raising your voice) and what a nice ride it was over all. I think if I could tow with one of those, that might be just the way to go for us.
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Old 07-07-2012, 12:18 PM   #35
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Stef, if you are still looking for a tow vehicle, you can take a look at the new Rangers. They are available in 4 door, 4wd, and have up to 5400 pound towing capacity.
I thought I had read that Ford was not going to bring the new Ranger to North America ? What I had heard was they felt is was "too close" to the F150 in size and spec, and they felt they would be competing with themselves.
Has this changed ? Going to sell it in the US ?

To the OP, if you have not driven one, you might consider a Nissan Frontier. Good value and very capable. With a "cap" on the bed, you would a weather tight place to store extra stuff while on the road.
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Old 07-08-2012, 12:17 AM   #36
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Not sure if it's been covered in this thread but the Toyota FJ is rated at 5,000 lbs towing capacity. Being able to actually get your rig out of a wet field can be a big deal. I'm going to make the leap that people with smaller trailers tend to get into more difficult situations? The knock would be the short wheel base.
Short wheel base == bad towing characteristics.

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Old 07-08-2012, 08:23 AM   #37
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Short wheel base == bad towing characteristics.
I also wonder if the fact that a lot of SUV-style vehicles' suspension holds the vehicle farther from the ground is also a negative.

Similarly, I see many of those vehicles with what appears to me to be very tall tires. Can this be a good thing?
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Old 07-08-2012, 08:29 AM   #38
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I thought I had read that Ford was not going to bring the new Ranger to North America ? What I had heard was they felt is was "too close" to the F150 in size and spec, and they felt they would be competing with themselves.
Has this changed ? Going to sell it in the US ?
I went to Ford's website, and spec'ed it out with their "build it now" program. 4.0L, automatic transmission, 4wd, 4 door, short bed, 4.10 gears, limited slip differential. The F150 has double the towing capacity, when it is spec'ed for towing.
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I went to Ford's website, and spec'ed it out with their "build it now" program. 4.0L, automatic transmission, 4wd, 4 door, short bed, 4.10 gears, limited slip differential. The F150 has double the towing capacity, when it is spec'ed for towing.
Well, that's interesting. When I go to the ford website, all it "lets me build" is a 2011 Ranger. Why they have their site set up like that I don't know. The site I'm seeing does not even show it under the future cars category.

When I do a yahoo search for 2013 Ranger, I see a totally different vehicle.
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I just went through the search for an SUV to replace my cars... the only one that I found drove like a car, got the gas mileage of a car, was a diesel BMW X5. I really wanted a Grand Cherokee, but they were not even in the same ballpark handling wise... If you are willing to accept lesser mileage the gas X5's will work just fine. Disclaimer, I did not drive the Toureg or Audi q7 so they could drive similarly.

You can get aftermarket lifetime warranties backed by Chrysler for a couple thousand on the Jeeps if you go that way.

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Old 07-08-2012, 10:16 AM   #41
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Kia Sorrento V6 - A Sleeper

You have lots of good recs, but here is a sleeper for you - - -Kia Sorrento V6. We had one last summer for an SOB we had. It was in the 3500 lb range. The Kia Sorrento we bought was by far one of the nicest and best built cars I have driven recently. It had oodles of power connected through a nice paddle-shifting 6-speed. The ride was great, the interior comfort was superb, the fit and finish of the car was shockingly good. And the best part is that the price was so much less than many similar cars it was just a great deal.

When we moved up to a big trailer, and had to go to a really big TV, I was sad to let go of the Kia. It doesn't have the mystique of a Toureg, but if you are on a budget, you might appreciate what it can do. It towed our 3500 lb trailer beautifully up and down steep grades, or on the highway. No trouble.
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Old 07-09-2012, 10:59 AM   #42
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I think the Sorrento is an old-school body-on-frame design? I looked at a bunch of vehicles before settling on the Pilot. I looked at less expensive options (RAV4 and Outback) but the loads we'd be at the limit with no reserve for towing capacity. I don't like Toyotas after our current experience with our Tundra. Posters on this forum mentioned a fragile CVT transmission in the Outback. The Ford Ranger (we had two of 'em, both bought new) is kind of narrow inside, and is really, really outdated, with no significant changes since the early 80s. I also looked at the Frontier, which had good power for towing, and seemed like a good value. I like Hondas, the way they drive and our Ridgeline and Element both just passed 100k with nothing more than new brakes and tires. One other thing about the Pilot, maybe true for the others, but it comes from the factory with the hitch built in, and the wiring for the trailer and controller is integral with the car, not an addition done later.
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