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Old 02-11-2016, 08:22 AM   #31
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When the OP has a situation he will blame it everything but his driving habits.
Why do you say that? The OP is on here asking advice on a tow vehicle. Exactly what do you know about his driving habits?
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Old 02-11-2016, 09:31 AM   #32
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Another consideration is the frontal area of the trailer with the smaller SUVs and such. Our previous TV, a 2010 Escape pulled our 2250# popup ok, but the 35 sq foot surface area limited us for similar weighted small TTs. Our solution, in anticipation of upgrading to a 21-23' TT was to upgrade to a Crew Cab Ram 1500 first. It will more than cover us even with its limited payload of 1790#
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Old 02-11-2016, 10:52 AM   #33
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Why do you say that? The OP is on here asking advice on a tow vehicle. Exactly what do you know about his driving habits?
He misread. His comment should be directed to KVA, not the OP.
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Old 02-11-2016, 11:07 AM   #34
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Another consideration is the frontal area of the trailer with the smaller SUVs and such. Our previous TV, a 2010 Escape pulled our 2250# popup ok, but the 35 sq foot surface area limited us for similar weighted small TTs. Our solution, in anticipation of upgrading to a 21-23' TT was to upgrade to a Crew Cab Ram 1500 first. It will more than cover us even with its limited payload of 1790#
Excellent point, many SUV's have a Surface area limitation for trailer towing that excludes most non pop up trailers
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Old 02-11-2016, 11:11 AM   #35
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R.Pod TV

I have an R.pod 179 (great layout and quality) which I tow with a Toyota Highlander. In spite of published towing capacity, the Highlander just doesn't have it: suspension too light, transmission and engine really not beefy enough. Toyota service mgr advised that smallest Toyota suitably built and equipped is the 4-Runner. Sooo, suggest you consider a "real" SUV with construction and equipment capable of towing without strain and struggle in the steepest and windiest conditions. Good luck and come to Maine, it's great.
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Old 02-11-2016, 03:53 PM   #36
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We tow our 2013 R pod 178 with a Chrysler Town and Country or a Jeep Liberty. We have a weight distribution hitch and sway bar. Both work well but personally, I like the longer wheel base of the mini van for towing.
Yes!!! I've often said, a minivan is the best all-around vehicle, as long as you don't need/want more towing capacity.

Unfortunately, these folks want more towing capacity for the mountains. So unless they find an old Astro/Safari in good condition, the minivan probably won't happen here.
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Old 02-11-2016, 03:58 PM   #37
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In my opinion there is nothing more versatile than a 4 door crew cab pick-up. Unless you want 3rd row seating, I can think of nothing that an SUV can do that a pick-up couldn't. The fact that the truck has a bed for hauling stuff is what makes it much more versatile for me. Your wife may not like it now, but test drive a new(er) 1/2 ton crew cab and she may change her mind. I'm a rather avid DIY'er around the house so it seems I am constantly hauling "stuff". If that isn't beneficial to you, then there seems to be some good advice on SUV's already posted.
Good luck!
Things that an SUV can do, that a 4-door crew cab pickup can't:
1. You already mentioned the 3rd row seating (aka, greater than 5 people)
2. 4 door crew cab pick-up would not fit in my garage. That was a necessity for us.
3. Haul delicate items in a climate controlled environment (like a bunch of flowers for a wedding). We regularly bring our SUV when helping friends move, for things like mirrors, and flat screen TVs, that they dont' want in a pickup for Uhaul.
4. I'm sure there are more.

As far as the benefits of a pickup:
1. Tow capacity (typically). More sheet metal on the same structure/drivetrain usually means less payload & TW capacity.
2. Instant capacity in the bed for dirty stuff. But...I've always been able to get a small open trailer for hauling gravel, mulch, etc. This is easily overcome, but requires planning.
3. Bragging rights on chat sites. :-)
4. I'm sure there are more.
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Longer? Interesting. What was it?
Yeah, our Chrysler minivans would swallow 4x8 plywood and drywall, and still close the hatch.
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I would take a look at a Ford Explorer Sport. 3.5L Ecoboost and AWD are standard. 3rd row seating- which many small SUV's it's size lack. And you'd have way more power than your typical SUV that size with an NA 4 or 6 cylinder.
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Mmmmmmm...tuuuuurrrrrbo!!
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