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Old 06-15-2015, 05:27 PM   #1
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New to RV's; Looking for Right Tow Vehicle

Good day to you all,

I've had such great success with forums and posts for vehicle repair, I figured I'd post my questions on here. I just bought a really cheap 2006 Shamrock 2006 M17 Hybrid Travel Trailer. Its a light 2,400lbs or so without any loading and we only have a Ford Escape. Needless to say, its a terrible tow vehicle and we are barely able to do 55 mph at 12 gph and its not something I want to continue to tow our Shamrock. However, My wife and I are not full size or any size truck people and we really want to keep an SUV. I am a huge fan of the BMW X5 diesel (xDrive35d) and VW Tourage TDI Diesel. I really like the idea of a diesel, and these 2 cars sport a 6000/7700 lbs tow rating respectfully. However, I'm curious to find out anyone's experience towing any kind of a travel trailer with these as they are more "Sport Activity Vehicles" than true SUV's and not sure if wind surface area of the shamrock will be terrible with them, should I look at a V8 Jeep Grand Cherokee in the same price? Any thoughts. I just don't want to get either the BMW or VW and be dissapointed, and not want to drive from NC to FL, becuase they are terrible to tow. We don't plan on ever getting a larger TT, and would keep with the 17, and maybe only ever go up to a 21 (if ever) and maybe one day tow a small boat likea 18-19 ft center console. Looking for any/all thoughts you could provide.

Also, it appears the Touareg is easier to hook up a pre-wired brake controller, and the BMW appears quite the expense to get a brake controller, and BMW OEM trailer hitch. Love to hear anyone else's experience! Thanks again

- John
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Old 06-15-2015, 05:49 PM   #2
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It's funny. I said the same thing when I bought my popup. "This is all we'll ever need". That was four trailers ago and have been as long as 30 ft. I thought I would never need anything else and found after a few short years that I was wrong. That being said, I would consider very hard whether or not this will truly be the only trailer you ever will want. If you decide maybe not then I would look at the 2500 Suburban if you prefer an SUV. Then if you decide you really like camping and want to upgrade your tow vehicle will not be an issue. I make this recommendation because I have made that very mistake. My next TV will be a 1 ton. Good luck with what ever you decide and happy camping.
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Old 06-15-2015, 05:59 PM   #3
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I definitely hear you Stormrider. If we ever do upgrade, we are going to stay in our same size area, between a 17' to maybe a 21 foot which we'd already said if we ever upgraded to, we would, and those weights are still below a 1000' buffer from what we've researched for any of those tow vehicles we want. We like to keep it small and simple and be more light and nimble.

With that said, just thinking about our 17 Shamrock, would those be a choice we'd be happy with? Or when we go to tow our tiny new RV baby, would be kicking ourselves? I feel like the diesel would be a good option for both non-towing highway MPG, while also being a great torque to get the added weight of a RV up and going. However, just like to hear experiences from others. We were looking at a Chevy Tahoe, which I can imagine would be no issues there,but we like the SAV or so called "Sports Activity Vehicles" of the VW and BMW. Just want to ensure for what we have now for the next 4-5 years, if we keep what we got, we won't be disappointed on a trip from NC to FL, or similar legs.
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Old 06-15-2015, 06:00 PM   #4
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Also, like you said about upgrading, we bought the 17 Shamrock because we knew we'd IMMEDIATELY be unhappy with a pop up. I know we still have to push out 2 beds, but its so much easier than the pop up camping I did with the family as a kid, and watching my dad run around for 30 min cranking, leveling, etc.
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Old 06-15-2015, 08:11 PM   #5
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I would say as long as the vehicle is rated to tow the weight you will be ok. One thing to consider though is that a 21 foot center console is pretty heavy.
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Old 06-15-2015, 09:08 PM   #6
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Honestly I don't know anything about the VW or the BMW as far as towing goes. In my opinion the Tahoe would be a great choice for the trailer you have. You can't have too much tow vehicle. You can however not have enough. For long trips I would be much more comfortable with more TV than I needed. Especially on the interstates where you are contending with big trucks and a lot of wind. The heavier truck will give you a much more stable feel. Remember to when considering a TV that it should be equipped for towing. Tranny coolers, oil coolers wire, and so forth. These are usually included in the manufacturers towing package
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Old 06-15-2015, 09:18 PM   #7
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Find out the payload capacity for the VW and the BMW.
Most vehicles like those, have poor payload capacities, compared to their towing capacities.
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I can say I really like how well my 2014 Ford FLEX Ecoboost tows our 2014 Vcross Vibe 6504. The empty weight is about 3200 lbs and with our usual load of stuff for the adults and kids we are about 4000 lbs or so. The FLEX is limited to 450 lbs tongue weight and 4500 lbs towing on paper but I feel that is a bit under rated. I have also upgraded my FLEX too with rear suspension kit from Timbren, and more goodies under the hood, making about 350 whp now.
If you tend to go boondocking, off the beaten path than that Suburban or Explorer would probably be better as tow vehicle for ground clearance. But if your towing only on roads and decently maintained camp grounds, something lower that drives more like a car than a truck might be in order.
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Old 06-15-2015, 09:37 PM   #9
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IMO...the heavier, fullsize SUV option will be a more comfortable TV, especially if you plan long distance - hwy runs for the stability, mostly.
Add in a longer wheelbase, fullsize SUV and that'll be even a better option

If short runs under hwy speed, on smaller roads are mostly your camp trips...I think a midsize suv that is appropriately outfitted for towing will do just fine
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I have no problem towing our 30ft surveyor with our VW Touareg TDI, and we probably get one of the best MPG towing too, we also use a Hensley hitch.
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