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carringb

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Posted: 03/31/21 09:40pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Explorer Hybrid. It can easily pull that, but still get reasonable fuel economy when you aren’t hitched up. It’s RWD architecture shares most power train components with the F150.


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KD4UPL wrote:

There are a lot of small SUVs rated for about 5,000 pounds towing. I would stay away from most of them. They are unibody which means no actual frame. Some may not allow the use of a weight distributing hitch which you will need. They are not really meant for regular towing, their rating is largely just a marketing tool.
I would look at a Tahoe or Suburban from GM or an Expedition from Ford. A Durango might be good too but I've never like Chrysler automatic transmissions.


What KD4UPL said. Particularly about the weight-distribution hitch. I got myself into a situation a few years back where I had the wrong SUV for the towing I was doing, and I had to trade it in and get a pickup. Been happy with it ever since, but it was a big surprise.

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packpe89 wrote:

I would prefer a body on frame. Durango or Tahoe would fit the bill. Tahoe can be had with the new 3.0 diesel so mileage would be good.


A modern Durango is a stretched Jeep Grand Cherokee. Both are unibodies. And towing with the V-6 should be avoided but the Hemi v-8 should be ok.

OP, you may want to check out the newer Ford Explorer or Lincoln Aviator if you don't want full size. The turbo 4 or turbo 6 is better than any naturally aspirated 6 cylinder currently available and are better than some V-8s especially in the mountains.


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Posted: 04/01/21 10:24am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You all know you’re stuff. Thank you! Going to do some reasearch this weekend. Might end up just getting a smaller sized pickup (used to have a Denali Sierra and it was too big for me to comfortably drive but a smaller one might be better for everyday use).

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A Toyota 4Runner might work.

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Geo*Boy wrote:

A Toyota 4Runner might work.


Most likely not. My "mistake" SUV was a Toyota 4Runner. My 6-cylinder 2013? was not able to use a weight-distribution hitch. Older 8-cylinder models could, however.

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Lwiddis wrote:

“Jay Flight SLX7 184BS model (dry weight of about 3400lbs).“

Dry weight 3400 plus 1600 pounds of water, batteries, propane, bikes, stuff...5000 pounds


Exactly! Dry weight is a myth.

To the OP, trailers weigh more than the dry weight when the leave the factory. Look at the GVWR of the trailer. Loaded to camp you will be closer to that number.


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Right-finding an SUV with a tow capacity of 5000lbs seems like there are a lot of options. 6000lbs plus, they are either massive vehicles or else very top of-the-line. I have been looking around at 5000lb tow capacities and that is why I was curious about SUV suggestions. If 5000lb is realistic for this trailer, loaded with gear, that gives far more options than 6000lbs+.

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Any of the mid-sized pickups are rated to tow in the 5K range.

Get their crew-cab version, and it is a true SUV, as they are unibody on frame with more seatbelts.

The ones the OP has mentioned are unibody CUV's (main difference between CUV and SUV)


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OkanaganAmanda wrote:

Right-finding an SUV with a tow capacity of 5000lbs seems like there are a lot of options. 6000lbs plus, they are either massive vehicles or else very top of-the-line. I have been looking around at 5000lb tow capacities and that is why I was curious about SUV suggestions. If 5000lb is realistic for this trailer, loaded with gear, that gives far more options than 6000lbs+.


The GVWR for the trailer is 4300lbs. So a 5000 TC would work as long as it's got the payload you need.


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