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Old 09-14-2017, 11:58 AM   #1
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Tow vehicle for a T@B

Looking for advice from small trailer owners on choosing a tow vehicle.

In our quest to upgrade from our van conversion we're considering a T@B 320. We're also considering a new small SUV or crossover to use as our daily driver and tow vehicle. According to specs the T@B dry weight is about 1800 lbs, so probably 2200 fully loaded (?)

DW prefers something smaller so it is easier to drive and park. Also, good visibility is important to her. We also need the height to be under 80 inches to fit into our garage, so larger pickups and SUV's are out of consideration. We live in Minnesota so drivability in snow is important, too. Budget is about $25k all-in for the vehicle ready to tow.

At first review we like the Ford Escape with tow package. It's rated for the towing weight, but is just a 4-cylinder engine.

Can the vehicle the size of the Escape accellerate, pull, and (most importantly) stop with a a trailer this size? What if we go into the mountains?

If you have a T@B or similar trailer, what do you use, and how do you like your current tow vehicle?

Thanks in advance for all comments!


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Old 09-14-2017, 03:48 PM   #2
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My first TT was a new 1976 13' Ventura that weighed about 1500 lbs. dry. I towed it with a 1973 4 cyl., 85 hp Vega GT. The trailer towed just fine, had electric brakes so it stopped just fine too. The Escape is likely a much more capable tow vehicle than that '73 Vega so from my personal experience I'd say you'd be good to go.

What I'd recommend though is check the tow/weights placard on the actual tow vehicle you are considering to buy, and the placard on the actual trailer you are going to buy. The placards are unique and specific to each as they left the factory. The weight of dealer add ons (if any) need to be taken into account as well and what you plan on carryng. The placards are white/yellow/black stickers usually found inside the drivers door jamb and left front of the trailer.

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Old 09-15-2017, 01:43 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info. We definitely won't exceed the ratings - I can envision all kinds of insurance, liability, and legal issues - but I want to be confident we can accellerate to merge in traffic and feel comfortable towing with the vehicle we choose.
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A lot of Tab owners use a Escape for a tv with 2.0 Turbo. It will have plenty of power and tow rating for a Tab. But, if there is any chance you might upgrade to say a 400 it would be to small. I use a 1/2 ton p/u so I can't outgrow my Tab.
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The new Subaru Outback could tow that. A new Subaru Outback might be too expensive but buy one that is 2 to 4 years old would fit the budget. They are all wheel drive.
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