New Tow Vehicle?
We have a Jayflight 23MBH, max weight of 7250 lbs, but we usualy tow at about 6100 lbs, but rarely with tanks full at 6700 lbs.
Currently tow with a 2002 Chevy Tahoe, payload is the limit I am closet to, by my calculations I can only carry about 350 lbs of cargo, after passengers (kids 7 years & 5 years). It tows pretty good, but could use more power in the hills.
We went with our current trailer because it is fairly short and the Tahoe is fairly short, since we like camp in smaller campgrounds. So upgrading to a larger trailer is unlikely.
I am thinking about getting a new F150 super crew with 5.5' bed, this is almost 3 feet longer than the Tahoe, and it will be a city daily driver so smaller and better MPG the better.
I have done all the calculations on the F150 and it would be way under for almost all the towing numbers. I did all these calculations anticipating the future, bigger kids, more stuff, and maxed our trailer. My new numbers are still limited by payload, but I could carry about 650 lbs of cargo in the truck. Normal camping cargo is just bikes and firewood, so maybe 300 lbs.
I have heard a lot of people say go bigger up to the Super Duty. So keeping in mind with my max numbers I would still have about 350 lbs of extra cargo room (small boat or ATV anyone?), we want to fit in small spots, and city daily driver, maybe 10 - 20 trips a year, and not many long haul trips. My feeling is that usually we will be way under the numbers, but if we max out the trailer, we are still under the numbers, but will it be safe and comfortable to tow?
Just looking for opinions on this setup and F150 or F250?