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Old 01-26-2015, 03:18 PM   #1
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Tow Vehicle Question

I have a small Coachman Clipper 16FB. It's just under 19 feet long, and weighs in at about 3500# fully loaded. Currently I'm towing it with a 2008 Hyundai Entourage minivan. I've tugged it all over the place last year (even at 8000+ feet of altitude) and while it was very stable (no sway to speak of even at 70MPH), it was really hurting for power at altitude.

I really want a 1/2 ton truck, but don't have room to park one, so I'm am looking at the following three options as my "second best" options. Anyone have any experience with any of these and/or an opinion on one being better than the other?

* Toyota 4Runner 4WD V6
* Toyota Tacoma 4WD Double Cab V6
* Nissan Pathfinder 4WD V6

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Old 01-26-2015, 03:46 PM   #2
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as you have seen, a minivan is not a good tow vehicle, due to air resistance.
it is a stable platform though.
but you shouldn't be driving at 70mph, since the trailer tires are only rated to 64mph.

i would drop the Pathfinder unless you're looking at used.

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I agree.
I tow with the Tacoma you are looking at and my loaded out TT comes in at about 5K pounds. It handles it fine with an anti-sway setup and weight distribution hitch.
Needs more power in the hills but if you have only 3.5k pounds to pull, it would do great.
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Oh, make sure the Tacoma has the tow package. Then it is rated at 6.5k pounds and have the trans cooler (automatics) and larger alternator.
Plus it's rated to tow which I'm sure the minivan is not really a tow platform for much weight.
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Is a 1/2 to long or too wide?
Quad cab or?
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Is a 1/2 to long or too wide?
Quad cab or?
Sadly, both.

I was looking at a Quad Cab F-150.

It would just fit in my garage according to the numbers. But I would have to fold in both mirrors, and then would have 1.5" on each side of clearance. And about 4" of clearance from front to back.

The chances of me pulling it in and out of the garage day in and day out without hitting something with that tight of a clearance is pretty low

Plus, I have to walk through my garage to get to the basement to do laundry and get to my workshop, so would have to pull the truck out of the garage to get there.
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Oh, make sure the Tacoma has the tow package. Then it is rated at 6.5k pounds and have the trans cooler (automatics) and larger alternator.
Plus it's rated to tow which I'm sure the minivan is not really a tow platform for much weight.
The van was rated to 3500, so I am defiantly pushing it with my trailer. And I'm sure even with the weight distribution hitch, I am probably over on the tongue weight. I've also never found any official limits on the front surface area allowed for, but I'm sure I shatter that to pieces.
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Sadly, both.

I was looking at a Quad Cab F-150.

It would just fit in my garage according to the numbers. But I would have to fold in both mirrors, and then would have 1.5" on each side of clearance. And about 4" of clearance from front to back.

The chances of me pulling it in and out of the garage day in and day out without hitting something with that tight of a clearance is pretty low

Plus, I have to walk through my garage to get to the basement to do laundry and get to my workshop, so would have to pull the truck out of the garage to get there.
Ah, I could only get mine in the garage if I parked at an angle.

What about a Dakota with a V8?
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I tow a HW276 popup that is about 3500lbs loaded with a 2014 pathfinder 4x4 platinum. It has the tow package. I got a p3 brake control for it and it does just fine.
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Old 01-27-2015, 08:55 AM   #10
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Thanks for the feedback. I drove one yesterday, and am trying to haggle out a decent price.

I don't like it as much as the F-150 (or even my van), but I think given the restrictions of my garage (and wallet) size, it's the best choice out there to be a decent TV and a decent daily driver.

And doing a little research, I see that (for a small fee), you can have it supercharged to get you an extra 60 HP and pounds of torque if you need a little more power!

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