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Old 06-10-2014, 06:48 AM   #21
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We live in the fairly flat Midwest and pull our x20e(dry 3700lbs) with our v6 4Runner(5000lb towing limit).
We have a lot of gear and load the camper correctly so that in our vehicle is really just the dog and us two. People a lot of time think they are helping their truck by putting gear in the car but it's the opposite.
4Runner does just fine and doesn't feel like she is ever straining.
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Old 06-10-2014, 07:19 AM   #22
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Due to my situation I need an suv, not a truck-three kids all still in carseats. .
I've got three kids in car seats and they fit much better in the truck than they do in our SUV. Typically, a 1/2 ton truck will have quite a bit more room in the back seat than the equivalent SUV; my dad's F150 is giant in the back seat compared to my mom's Expedition.

As to your original question/discussion, I'd hook the trailer up and go on a trip somewhere not too far from home. Get used to the trailer and the towing and see how it does. If it is adequate for the short term, just keep trucking. If it truly feels unsafe, get a new truck. I think the Pathfinder will do just fine, but if you decide to upgrade, pretty much any full size truck/SUV will pull that trailer without a problem.
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Old 06-10-2014, 08:23 AM   #23
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In my world, $48K solves one problem but creates a heck of a lot more. If I had cash like that sitting around I would be talking to a car dealer, not you fine folks.
That's kind of what I was thinking. If I had 48K to spend on a TV, I would have my pick of the litter between 1-tons in all the big three. Heck, I could probably even get something nice with a cummins/powerstroke/duramax in that price range! I'd never worry about weight again!
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Old 06-10-2014, 01:18 PM   #24
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Kudos to Dodge for being the first to offer a diesel in the modern 1/2 ton market, but Ford released the EcoBoost just at the perfect time to make that 3.0 EcoDiesel not worth it.

The EcoBoost makes better power on cheaper fuel without the added cost of diesel purchase and maintenance. If I went diesel (which some day I likely will) it would be a REAL diesel in a 3/4 or 1 ton frame. The 1/2 ton market just doesn't really need it because of the EcoBoost, and economically there is no comparison.

Back to the original question - the 26BH is a fantastic trailer and possibly the best floorplan Jayco has to offer for families looking for good value. If I were you, I would buy that 26BH for the best price you can, and then find an appropriate tow vehicle to pull if after the fact. It really should be pulled with a truck or truck-framed SUV with a longer wheelbase. Base model EcoBoosts can be found for about 30K brand new which would comfortably seat your entire family and tow that trailer like a boss.
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Actually some people prefer diesel over gas. The eco-boost is a good motor but there is a reason why Dodge cannot keep up production with the new Ecodiesel. They sold 8500 units before they even started production. People want the better fuel mileage. Not everyone tows a camper and the eco-diesel is perfect for just hauling around town.
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Towing to the limit (and beyond...)

And just for the record if I was buying a truck right now I would buy the V-8 motor over any eco-boost. There's an old saying that there is no replacement for displacement. I think that holds true. As far as towing close to your limits I don't think it's a good idea. You will wear out your tow vehicle a lot quicker.
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If I were just using the truck for transportation and not towing, I would have got the 5.0 as well. But towing a full sized travel trailer uphill in 6th gear, 100km/h and 1500rpm is hard to beat... The V8 would be downshifting to find its peak torque at 4500RPM whereas the Eco is happy below 2000. The only area where two less cylinders shows is engine braking, which isn't horrible, but it is noticeable. That being said, the 10:1 compression ratio helps make up for it a bit.
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As far as towing close to your limits I don't think it's a good idea. You will wear out your tow vehicle a lot quicker.
This is a valid point, but I'm thinking that I will only tow the camper three weekends this year. Maybe next year a V-8 depending on how it goes.
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V8 isn't the answer to all towing problems. I had a V8 in my last truck and it struggled with a trailer smaller than yours. Proper differential gear ratios and number of gears in the transmission is also a big factor - the new 6+ speed transmissions are leagues beyond the older 4 gear ones, which turn into 3 gears once you lock out overdrive. Just food for thought.
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Back to the subject...you are gonna HATE towing a 26BH with a V6 Pathfinder. You are going to be WAY over the towing capacity, tongue weight and will be putting your family at risk. I pull my 26BH with a Tundra and a Propride hitch and am very comfortable. No way in hell would I put my kids and wife in a light V6 SUV and tow this sized trailer. You need at the minimum a 1/2 ton truck! Having 3 kids, you are going to take toys, bikes, lots to drink, lots to eat, lots of clothes, games, coolers with ice, firewood, water in the tanks, cast iron, extension cord(s), sewer hoses, 2 - 30# propane tanks, grill, reading material for kids...etc, etc, etc. The list goes on and on. Take the Pathfinder loaded up like you were heading camping with all the family, full tank of gas and weigh it. I bet you will be at or near your max weight as it sits.

Now, with all that said, we LOVE our 26BH! If a new TV is in the very near future and the price is great, I wouldn't hesitate to buy it. I also wouldn't hesitate heading to the nearest auto dealer for a look at the crew cab trucks.
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