My parents bought our 17Z last fall and the entire family can take it out. That's my parents, my sister with her family, my brother with his family and my wife and I. My dad and sister each have a RAV4 rated at 3,500 lbs which on paper can pull the 3,000 lb camper but we don't. My brother has a 4Runner rated at 5,000 lbs so that's what we use. Whenever someone takes the camper then they use my brothers 4Runner and they give him their car. It works and we all live within 10 minutes of each other and always camp locally, no more then 1.5 hours away
That's what we've been doing but we're looking into getting a dedicated TV and splitting the cost equally. My family is fine with that. We don't want to get another TV with a 5,000 lb rating because we don't want to limit ourselves if we decide to upgrade campers which we very well might do in the fall.
I've been looking at cars.com and I can't believe the prices for used vehicles. I've been looking at things like Suburbans, Tahaoes, Trailblazers, Durangos, Ram Trucks, Tundras, etc.... Two things of interest are 4WD and seating for at least 5. Trucks with the small back seats won't cut it. Anything decent starts around 10K for a vehicle that's close to 10 years old. I figured we could get something for a few bucks cheaper but what are you gonna do?
Anyway, I stumbled upon a 2003 F150. If I've done the correct research then it seems to tow 7,700 or 8,300 lbs. That would give us a lot more options when it comes time to upgrade trailers. It has about 122K miles now but we would only put 1,000-1,500 miles on it yearly. That's probably even a high figure too.
I'd love to hear opinions on the vehicle linked here. http://www.cars.com/go/search/detail...&&aff=national