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Old 07-23-2011, 02:52 PM   #11
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We tow our Jayco 213 (x213) with a Chevy Traverse. The tow rating is 5200lbs, and it works really well for towing our Trailer. We needed an SUV/minivan too, and couldn't go down the pickup truck route at this point. We are very happy with the Traverse. It is quite roomy and we have 2 children with #3 on the way. Also quite comfy for 4 adults in the quad captains chairs.

If you need any more info, let me know.
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Old 07-24-2011, 09:06 AM   #12
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raising4daughters--- You would do well to get some real world info on the Dirango gas mileage from actual drivers. I have 2 friends that own them and they say that the mileage is worse that the larger tahoes the traded .Larry
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Old 07-24-2011, 10:27 AM   #13
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One of the best tow vehicles (according to a magazine article I read) is the Dodge/Mercedes Sprinter. They are diesel powered and have an amazing amount of room inside. They also are tighter turning than the other tv options you are looking at.

With the price of fuel only going in one direction you might want to consider it.
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Old 07-24-2011, 04:54 PM   #14
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We have a 2011 X23J, our TV is a 2006 GMC 2500HD, pulls it flawlessly, we have the weight distribution and sway control and our truck doesn't sag at all when the trailer lowers onto it,even before the weight system is engaged, we also only camp about 10-15 times per year and the truck sits most of the time, we drive it on weekends and when the snow gets so deep the car wont make it out of the parking space....it is a good investment tho, it tows great and you never know when you might need the truck for things other than camping.



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Old 08-03-2011, 11:30 AM   #15
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Considering your forum name, I think I would consider going the full-sized SUV route before the midsize SUVs. One thing to consider is that anything you add (including passengers) to the interior of the vehicle reduces the towing capacity and they typically figure their tow ratings based on 1-2 drivers and no other cargo/occupants. You will probably appreciate the extra cabin room as well.

I am nearly in the same boat as you since the In-laws tag along sometimes. Thankfully we have their Suburban to pull the X18D with when they want to go.

Edit: Oh yeah... we're pulling with a V8 powered Volvo XC90. It's rated tow capacity is 5000lbs which is nearly the same as the mid-sized GM platform equivalent. Gas mileage is roughly equivalent to the Suburban while towing and around town when not. We love the Volvo, my wife really loves it, but in retrospect I wish we bought bigger when we bought the Volvo. At the time though we had just a pop up camper that weighed 1000lbs less.
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We have a 2009 23B that we tow with an '07 Durango with the 4.7L engine, not the hemi. We started our journey owning a Honda Odyssey and hoping to tow a 17C. Pretty quickly realized we would be unhappy with such a small camper on a rainy day...and those do happen more often that you'd think! So, we decided it was time to purchase a tow vehicle that could pull either the 19H or 23B. We got a great deal on a used Durango, and based on its towing capacity, decided on the roomier 23B. Two years later, we still couldn't be happier with our choice! My only concern has been towing in very hilly terrain, like the foothills of the Appalachians, or the Ozarks. In those situations, I worry that we spend a lot of time with the RPMs in the 3-4K range, vs the 2-3K range when pulling down the flat highways. I think if I had it to do again, I would have looked for a Durango with a hemi.
As for mileage....well...ouch! Our minivan got 24 mpg. Our Durango gets 13-15 in town, and maybe 19 on the highway. When towing, we get 6-9mpg, and it's usually in the lower end of that range. We only camp a few weeks a year, and I have to use this vehicle for carpool duty the rest of the year. It's quite an expense, but at least I can still seat 7 (like in the minivan), and the 3rd row folds flat for storage- rather than having to haul a seat in and out.
I hope this helps you- I know I probably wrote far too much. I sure remember when we were making these expensive decisions! Good luck to you!
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rraising4daughters-- As you can see the mpg of the Durango with the 4.7 is below the other larger tv's with larger motors and it will go down further with the hemi, lot's-o-power, not-so-good mileage. Larry
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raiseing4daughters. Just as an fyi my F250 with 4:10 rear end gears also gets 13mpg around town. The Durango's get the worst mpg of most any suv out there. Just my .02$ and info from owners. LARRY
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In that case I won't recommend the Ford F150 XLT SCREW Ecoboost with the max tow package 3.73 rear axle and rear view camera

Tows like no other vehicle I have owned. Can't help out with the Sport/Ute's.
I haul an X23b with a 2011 F150 Lariat Ecoboost. It's an amazing truck, and my fuel economy is indeed better than comparable V8's. There's more interior room than "regular" sport utilities. It fits 5 large men comfortably, and with a locking tonneau cover there's plenty of storage space. So...why are pickup trucks out of the question?

Love that truck!
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Old 08-14-2011, 01:00 PM   #20
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." Our Durango gets 13-15 in town, and maybe 19 on the highway. When towing, we get 6-9mpg,"

So the Durango get s a little better mileage than our Yukon XL 2500 but the Yukon has lots more intereior room since it seats 8 or 9 and still has cargo room. We get about 10 miles when towing. So the kids have a little elbow room or room to bring a friend along. B
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