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Posted: 07/26/13 04:17pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If I was to go shopping, I would first pick up a towing brochure from any manufacture that has SUV's. Then bring them home, look them over, decide what works for you. You can also pick up a EPA Mileage guide for all vehicles sold in the United States.

I might take a close look at the Ecoboost Flex, it has the 360 HP V6, so does the F-150. The Flex has seating for up to 7, so it should have a decent cargo rating. DOn't know it's tow rating, so pick up the towing guide and find out.

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Flex has only 4,500 lb. towing capability.





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Sure, around a 2000 to 2003 Ford 7.3 diesel SUV.


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Take a look at the new 2014 Grand Cherokee diesel. You may have to compromise on the trailer weight but you will be able to tow a heavier trailer than what you have now and still get decent mileage when NOT towing. Good luck!





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"The new 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 engine+ delivers clean-diesel technology with low CO2 emissions. The clean and refined powertrain delivers optimum Best-in-Class fuel economy+ with awe-inspiring performance. Combined with the advanced eight-speed automatic transmission, the 2014 JeepĀ® Grand Cherokee can attain up to 30 hwy mpg+, drive up to a Best-in-Class+ 730 miles on one tank+ and tow up to a Best-in-Class+ 7,400 pounds+ to fulfill whatever your nomadic heart desires."

http://www.jeep.com/en/2014/grand_cherokee/capabilities/

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Jeep liberty diesel was the only true fuel efficient and able to tow vehicle suv made.


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Posted: 07/27/13 12:53am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

There is such a thing as fuel efficiency.
There is such a thing as a great tow vehicle.
There is such a thing as the absolute best travel trailer (or pop up or A Frame or 5th wheel).
Somewhere in this list above, you may notice that compromises must be made depending on individual needs and quirks.

I have my huge truck and I love it.
I have my huge trailer which is way more than I need with my wife now that our kids are off to college. I just wish my enormous trailer had sufficient trade in value to trade to a really nice A-Frame style trailer for two that I could tow with either my nice huge diesel truck, or my future replacement of my old Saab, a nice new Subaru Outback.


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Had not considered the diesel option. Will have to explore that. I didn't realize there were SUV options. You really don't see them often. I've not looked at Jeep before. Didn't know they had a diesel.

I may make some short term tow capacity compromises to get the fuel efficiency,until the newer generation of engines work their way into the SUV lineups.

As always, good input. Thanks. ...


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As was previously mentioned, look for a clean Excursion with a diesel!

Liberty diesels are great, but not stable enough for the larger trailers!


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Honestly. You aren't going to find a high MPG vehicle that will much more than a popup. And IF you plan on waiting until there is one. Your going to wait a LONG time. My 1989 Taurus got 30 MPG. My 96 Taurus got 30 MPG. A 2013 Taurus gets 26 MPG.

My 2004 2WD F150 gets 20 MPG highway. Even the New Ecoboost only gets 23. So there hasn't really been a lot of MPG improvement in todays vehicles.

And BNTW. I towed with a Jeep Cherokee. Plenty of power. But in reality. Too short for a TT with a total length over 24 feet. Bumper to ball, and that's pushing it.


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