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Old 03-14-2017, 09:28 AM   #1
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New tow vehicle suggestions

I'm looking at purchasing a new tow vehicle for for my TT. My current trailer weighs 5600 pounds dry. However, I'd like a vehicle that can go the distance and carry loads in excess of 8000 lbs. Oh and I have kids so creature comforts are a plus.

Diesel, gas, SUV or pickup suggestions are welcome. Only American companies please.
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Old 03-14-2017, 10:47 AM   #2
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I'm looking at purchasing a new tow vehicle for for my TT. My current trailer weighs 5600 pounds dry. However, I'd like a vehicle that can go the distance and carry loads in excess of 8000 lbs. Oh and I have kids so creature comforts are a plus.

Diesel, gas, SUV or pickup suggestions are welcome. Only American companies please.
We use a 2015 F150 2.7 eco boost for our trailer it is wonderful. For your weight you might be able to use the 3.5 eco boost engine. Worth a look. Gas mileage is very good with these engines.
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Ford, Chevy, Dodge, everyone has an opinion, so it's your call. Type of vehicle (SUV or pick-up) depends on your lifestyle and personal preference (as well as your significant other's). Does she mind driving a crew cab pick up ( with kids I wouldn't consider anything but a crew cab when it comes to a truck) to the grocery store, or is a larger SUV an easier vehicle for her? Again, personal preference. My only advice would be to get the largest towing combination (motor and gross vehicle tow weight) that you can afford, as historically, you'll upgrade the trailer before you need a new truck. Nothing worse than having a good truck you'll have to trade just because you want a larger trailer. One payment book is enough, LOL.
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Good advice already. I just want to emphasize payload payload payload.

These modern trucks are marvels compared to what our dads and grandpas drove.
"Towing capacity" is not likely to be a problem. Everything has 300+ horsepower these days.

But that is SO misleading because payload of the tow vehicle is what gets overlooked so often. Truck can pull it, but it can't "manage" it without scaring ya. Nervous towing is a miserable experience.

Open the door of any vehicles and look for that magic number, often in yellow. 1400, 1600, 1900, 2400lbs????

Simply add the tongue weight + all the passengers + all cargo in\on the tow vehicle.

The more headroom (unused payload capacity) the more FUN it is to go camping with the kids!!!!
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I have a Ford F150 4x4 with the 3.5l Eco-boost and it performs very well. Windy conditions can be a little interesting. I love that truck, but if I had to do it over again, a super-duty or other 3/4 ton would be my choice.
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F550 PSD... on it or hooked to it, IT WILL go with you!

I am a die hard Ford Fan. I have owned a bunch of them over the years and have driven more than one to the 300,000 mile mark and still have one with over 500,000 on the odo.

Go big or stay home has some bearing here. It is much better to have too much truck with a small trailer than the other way around.

FWIW the truck weighs close to double with the TT does. And the service writer wanted to know why I wasn't using the WDH.

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Old 03-14-2017, 06:16 PM   #7
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I like your strategy!

I have a similar towing experience with the teardrop.
The tow vehicle just manhandles the load. Other than trailer tires are trailer tires, you just hookem down the road chasing sunsets!

You can never have too much truck.
(Least not in rural Texas)
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Just built a new custom trailer underneath the teardrop.

Extended it 4' to get it far enough behind the truck to leave the tailgate down. Now I can take 2 Bikes!!

One 600lb Beast and a KTM 500 (plated) mountain climber.

Increased the tongue weight, of course.
Might have to get me a new F350 dually with all them cameras!

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Just built a new custom trailer underneath the teardrop.

Extended it 4' to get it far enough behind the truck to leave the tailgate down. Now I can take 2 Bikes!!

One 600lb Beast and a KTM 500 (plated) mountain climber.

Increased the tongue weight, of course.
Might have to get me a new F350 dually with all them cameras!

Now that is an interesting modification... if you get the F350 you won't need the trailer extension!

I have a Camp-Inn on my list...

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Been there done that.
Last year the wife and I bought our first camper and a new Toyota Tundra to haul it. Of course after just a few outings we decided we needed a larger camper. This ended with us trading in our new Tundra for a 6.7L Ford F250. If you can swing it get more truck than you need. This way if you upgrade to a bigger camper you will not have to truck shop again.
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