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valhalla360

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Posted: 05/31/20 12:12pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Rover_Bill wrote:

Unless you AND your DW are already experienced and comfortable driving a full sized pickup in city traffic and parking it in tight Walmart parking spaces, I highly recommend you consider a mid-sized pickup or large SUV rated for your TT. On vacation, you will spend more days driving to sightseeing and shopping places than towing your TT. When not on vacation, will you park/store the TV along with your TT? No, you will be driving it to work and shopping not towing.

My DW and I have been VERY HAPPY towing our 30ft 7000# TT for more than 30,000 miles in 4 yrs with our Canyon.


Highly recommend the opposite. Yes, you can get by with a compact pickup if spec'd properly but...

When we first got the 4 door long bed 3/4 ton, the misses was concerned about driving it. Within a week, she got over it and it was her preferred vehicle.

OP doesn't need to go to a 3/4 ton truck but 1/2 ton and midsize trucks cost about the same and get similar MPG. Having had midsize and 1/2 ton trucks, driving around town isn't much different.

If you do get a 1/2 ton, make sure to get one of the higher payload options. Often, the payload runs out before the tow rating does with smaller pickups. The 1/2ton will set you up much better if in a couple years you want to move up to a 25-30ft trailer. And being a bit bigger and stronger, will tend to tow better.


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^See, different strokes for different folks.
I’d have no issue tugging a 4klb TT around with any of the newer midsize trucks, but I wouldn’t do 30’ and 7klbs with a midsize unless I had to.
OP, factor in, if you can’t decide which truck to get then you also aren’t experienced with towing or trucks in general, and at that, having a full size pickup will offer a greater factor of safety over a midsize. (But your still well within a mid size truck wheelhouse. )


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My F150 (3.5EB) was my daily driver for 7 years, including while working downtown and parking in a municipal garage. The new F250 isn't driven much since I'm now retired.


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definetly a case for a full sized 1500 truck, ford f150, chev 1500, ram 1500
we orefer a big lazy v8 over a hardworking, high revving v6 turbo
as stated before, in two years you will want a bigger trailer especially for that cross country trip! select the truck with that in mindjust for reference, we tow 8000lb(loaded) 26 ft with a ram 1500, hemi 8speed. we traded up from a 24 ft 4500lb towed by a v6 dakota


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You NEVER have to much truck!

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ferndaleflyer wrote:

You NEVER have to much truck!


Yep, need one of tandem rear axle 1000hp/200+ft lbs of torque to pull my 1500 lb tent trailer here and beyond!

I personally believe one can have too much truck per say, or too little depending on many circumstances.
Payload is the key, then selecting a drivetrain to meet your needs. Otherwise, you have too much or too little of some part of which make towing a pleasure.

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Since you are just starting out, I recommend buying a 1/2 ton p/u at a minimum. Back in the day we (and probably most folks here) started with a small/light trailer but bought a longer, heavier TT within 5 years. That made our tough F-150 way under-powered so we upgraded to the 3/4 ton diesel in my signature...a night & day difference.

Be prepared for fuel sticker shock: when towing my 1/2 ton avg'd 8-9 mpg and 35 mph up our mountain passes; my current 3/4 ton diesel tows at 10-11 mpg and 60 mph up the same mountain.

After a few TT years you will finally find and purchase the "set-up" that makes you happy.


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Posted: 06/15/20 07:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Width and length of wheelbase plays into the TV choice a bit after payload and towing capacity. Longer and wider is always better for stability particularly towing a single axle trailer. I'd go w a 150/1500 at a minimum. I had an early Nissan Titan and that thing was a beast, comparable to a 250/2500.

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