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Old 07-20-2011, 09:32 PM   #1
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Tow Vehicle recommendations for X20 or X23

Hello, I'm a new poster on the forum. We own an '07 1007 PU. I took my wife on a trip to the trailer store for some parts and sundries, and she fell in love with the X20 and X23 hybrids.

We don't have a TV near able to pull one of those, but I am starting to plan for a new TV as my current TV (minivan) has 110,000 miles on it, and want to make sure it has the capability for a hybrid.

Pick-ups are out of the question. It seems like the mid-sized SUVs (Explorer, Traverse) are limited to 5,000 lbs and that seems a bit low for a hybrid.

I"m leaning heavily toward the new Dodge Durango which is rated for 6,200 lbs (and 7,400 lbs with the V-8).

Any input would be welcomed.
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Old 07-21-2011, 05:12 AM   #2
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Pick-ups are out of the question.
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.
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We tow our x20e with a 2003 Ford Explorer, I'd prefer something a little stronger, but it works for now. Main issue is the hills on the expressway.
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Old 07-21-2011, 07:34 AM   #4
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WE have the 23b We tow with a gmc yukon 3/4 ton towing capacity is almost 12000. I think The 23b loaded weight is 5000 My understanding is that you have to consider the weight inside the vehicle in addition to the TT loaded weight for you total towing weight not just what you are towing. So a vehicle full of people and gear will add to the towing capacity numbers. We had the yukon long before we had the TT so we already had a tow vehicle. We eventually plan to purchase a pickup so we have the truck bed for things like bikes. But for now the yukon is very comfortable for travel and tows well.
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raising4daughters-- take a look at the Expedition or the Tahoe, both can do the towing job & have third row seating .Both are a bit larger than the Dodge. Larry
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If you are considering buying used entertain the thought of a used Ford E-350van. Check prices and you'll find that you can get a lot of towing capacity for far less $$$ than a comparable 1 ton or 3/4 ton pickup. You may have to travel a little to pick one up, but there are usually off lease models with low miles that are only a few years old. Many dealers list them on Ebay.

Yeah they ain't to cool to own but you can tow alot and have alot of room to store stuff inside. I never would have guessed that I would ever own one, but I got a heck of a deal on mine that even an old diehard Dodge man could not refuse.
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Thanks - all good suggestions. I was afraid of the answers I'd get, as we really didn't want to go as big as a Tahoe/Yukon or Expedition, but I think that may be the direction we have to go if we stay American-made. The age-old dilemma: we camp at most 2-3 weeks and 2-3 other weekends a year and don't need a big vehicle the other 49-50 weeks, especially not at $3.50 / gallon.
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Maybe you could consider the 17z if you want to go with a smaller TV It is a little smaller but still sleeps6-8 and would not need as large a tow vehicle. It only weighs 3000 pounds.
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Well we started by buying the 17z and thought we would pull it with our minivan (2006 ford freestar). It pulled the trailer but it was marginal at best. We put $4000 into it and then sold it for half that.

We shopped around for a long while. I drove the new explorer, traverse and Durango. I liked the finishes on the Durango the best but really didn't like the 5 speed transmission. I think dodge is fixing this after only having the vehicle on the market for a few months. I have only driven ford in the past but didn't like how the new explorer felt (big) and the hitch weight without distribution is really low. So with all of the incentives that chevy has out we bought a traverse. It has a tow capacity of 5200 pounds and dry hitch weight of 520 pounds and 780 with weight distribution.

All in all, i would have bought the dodge except its the first year out and I really did not like the five speed transmission.

The Traverse pulls our 17z well. We have had it for about a month and have pulled about 800 miles already. No problems. You will notice terrible gas mileage from pulling a PUP but its worth it.

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Thanks Bertscamper - we figured the X17Z or the X18D if we went with the Traverse or Acadia as our TV. My wife actually prefers the Traverse, but she also wants the X20E which I think we could swing withe Durango and it's additional 1,000 # of towing capacity (2,000# extra if we get the Hemi).

Going to be a compromise one way or the other.
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