Vehicles with adequate towing capacity.
Hi! I'm thinking of buying a Mini Max but my Honda CRV is not able to tow it, even dry, let alone packed. I can't find a list of smaller SUV's that have at least a 3000lb towing capacity (assuming that is adequate). Does anyone in this group know of such a list? I know I can calculate the towing capacity of any vehicle I am interested in but a premade list (especially tailored to the Mini Max) would be so much easier. Thanks for your help!
I don't have a list. A MiniMax weighs over 2300 pounds. If it were me, I'd want more than 3,000 towing capacity; I'd want at least 5,000. Others may say less.
I have a (no longer made) Little Guy Five Wide Rough Rider which weighs nearly 1500 pounds dry. I pull it with a Nissan Xterra six speed rated for 5,000 pounds and 500 pounds hitch weight. I noticed a difference immediately from the previous 900 pound trailer while towing. I am in mountainous areas, so going uphill, I really notice the difference and am shifting down sooner. If I added another 800 pounds, I do not think I would trust it to do the job. But that's me. I am probably a dinosaur, driving a six speed. There are many opinions out there.
@wildcat Thanks for your insight. I have seen others saying the same thing so you are not alone!
@lisamoo It doesnt take long for weight to add up, although you probably wouldn't have need to pack so much. I have added a spare tire, awning, roof basket, cooler full of ice and water, action packer with tools, etc. Water weighs about 8 pounds per gallon, a couple cast iron pots in the galley among other things, stuff in the back of the Xterra, and a 50 pound dog in the back seat, and a Clam shelter. I once weighed everything, but have not since a few changes. I have added weight, but also subtracted some, so I'm safe for putting on the brakes and getting stopped.
There are a lot of mid and smaller sized SUV's out there that are rated at 3500lbs. I know Toyota Rav4 makes a model that will tow 3500 lbs when properly equipped. I've been towing off and on for over 40yrs and I would not hesitate to tow a Mini Max with that vehicle. There will always be somebody out there who will tell you to be safe and buy a bigger vehicle. I would trust the engineers who design and certify the vehicles over someone's opinion. I would say you were being ill-advised to purchase a vehicle with a towing capacity of over 5000lbs just to tow that unit.
I pull my 2018 LGM with a Subaru Ascent it pulls the 4000lb trailer no problem has 500lb max on on the hitch. Equalizer anti sway hitch. The unit Pulls easy with the 4 cylinder Turbo, even in the mountains, On very steep grades its single digits MPG. But it is never screaming at a red line to do it. Plenty of revs left over if needed. On flat open it creeps up on 20 mpg
One other thing on stretches in the mountains were it is 130 miles to the next gas station and MPG is in the single digits. I am going to carry a spare fuel can or bag just in case. The tank is only 19 + gal. This was only a problem in Utah.