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Old 03-11-2013, 09:35 PM   #1
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Help A Newbie Pick a New TV

Just bought a 2013 26BH as our 1st TT! Currently using an '07 Ford Explorer with tow package as TV. In desparate need of new TV. This will be the DW's daily driver. What I'm looking for in the truck is the following if possible:4 full size doors, as we have 2 small kids
decent ride quality
late model, 2007-2012, as I don't want a car payment
obviously, enough tow rating for new TT

I've always owned Ford or GM vehicles but would consider imports as well. Any suggestions would be helpful!

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Old 03-11-2013, 10:42 PM   #2
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If you plan to stick with the 26BH long term you can get away with a 1/2 ton. If you think that you may want to upgrade to a larger TT in next few seasons then don't fight it and get the 3/4 ton now.

I'm a Chevy guy, I have always had Chevys and probably always will. That said I think the Tundra is a very nice truck as is Ford F150 Ecoboost with Max Tow and Max Payload. Plenty of Tundras on the used market, not sure about the Ecoboost. It's still fairly new combination.

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Old 03-12-2013, 09:31 AM   #3
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Get a 3/4 ton GM or Ford... with the 6L. the off shore stuff is to light for this towing, even if the specs say they can... it would be the old case of the tail waging the dog.
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Old 03-12-2013, 11:39 AM   #4
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Bite the bullet now instead of later- Historically, we all seem to trade up to a larger, more sofisticated rv- In other words, buy the most truck you can afford so you don't have to buy 2 when [not if] you trade up- American made trucks are better able to do the job safely than foreign models plus you do more to help our economy-JMHO- DD
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Old 03-12-2013, 12:42 PM   #5
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I'm thinking you might just be right at the borderline with the 26BH... Alot of guys use the 1/2-ton trucks and tow even bigger loads but if you add the word "SAFELY" in the equations I would go for the next higher truck...

I got talked into my 28-foot Flaggstaff 8528RESS by the selling dealership that weighed in at 8800 lbs and my 2004 F150 towed it just fine going down the level roads but when we got into just the little mtns of SW VA (I81 area) was a totally different story. The heavy trailer was in full control of the truck going down those 10-miles long grades... Going up the grades was fine but going down on the other side was too much for me to feel safe doing it.

I guess it is like growing up with motorcycles. If you have been riding one since birth then they would not be any problems with them no matter how big they are but if you start out later on in life wanting to find out how to ride bikes then you sort of out of luck.

If it was just me no big deal but when you add the wife and four kids then its a totally different story about being safe about things.

Old school says 7500lbs and less up to 24-25 feet long for 1/2-ton trucks...

Of course I spot my two trailers here in the yard all the time with my Sears LT1000 riding mower much like this photo from google search haha...

just my take on it...

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Old 03-12-2013, 11:34 PM   #6
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Thanks for the suggestions. Keep them coming.

As this vehicle will be the wife's daily, she doesn't want a diesel or 3/4 ton. I'm having to twist her arm to just get a truck! She's had small SUVs for the past 10 years. And I'm not giving up either of my little 4cyl cars. My daily commute to work is around 45 miles roundtrip. Not doing that in a 15mpg truck!

This new TT will be it for at least 5-7 years as our family is done expanding & my boys are relatively young (5yrs & 9 months). The next trailer we get will be bigger & by then the DW should be used to driving trucks & the upgrade to 3/4 should be easier.

I guess this means more research.
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Old 03-13-2013, 03:04 AM   #7
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I would go with a Tahoe or Yukon, it doubles as the kid & grocery hauler
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:16 AM   #8
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You might do well with a F150 4 DR SHORT BED W/ ECOBOAST. Larry
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Old 03-16-2013, 01:30 PM   #9
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I'll give my $.02 worth (probably worth a little less). We kept upgrading to a bigger camper....then we'd need a bigger TV.....back and forth....back and forth. Finally, we got in sequence and got the "Coally Roller" (Dodge 2500 diesel). It doesn't matter what trailer we get next, this baby will pull it! I've used Chevy, Ford, and Dodge to pull all kinds of things and, for me I'll take a Dodge (not to start a flaming contest. I've always been a Mopar guy anyway).
And, as far as my wife goes, she LOVES driving the truck! Especially to school....the kids all think she's got the coolest truck! We also have a 4 cyl. car and whoever has the longest drive that day takes the car. That's why she drives the truck all winter.
Like somebody said already on another thread, "Go big or go home!"
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Old 03-16-2013, 03:28 PM   #10
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We have two daily drivers an 07 Fusion, and a 00 ZX2 S/R. We have done this since gas went out of site and trucks are so expensive. Every fall the truck and convertible are in storage, keeps them out the salt as well. Your wish for a two wheel drive, good luck, when I started to look they are few and far between. I just flat out got lucky when our salesman called to let us know about our 2005 F150 extended cab it had the right stuff with 2wd. My thought Keep your daily driver bite the bullet by the truck you can afford and happy camping.

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