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View Poll Results: Why did you chose your tow vehicle poll
Dodge 11 12.94%
Ford 34 40.00%
GM 23 27.06%
Other 9 10.59%
Performance 45 52.94%
Price 15 17.65%
Brand loyalty 20 23.53%
Reliability 34 40.00%
Ride/handling 21 24.71%
Looks 21 24.71%
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Old 06-14-2015, 11:43 PM   #1
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Why did you chose your tow vehicle poll

I have read a lot of blogs about different tow vehicle attributes. I would like to know what made you chose your current tow vehicle. Take a moment before you vote to decide what was the one true factor in making your decision. You may be surprised at the outcome of the poll.
You will be able to make two selections on the poll. One for vehicle brand the other for reasons for choice.

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Old 06-14-2015, 11:58 PM   #2
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At the time I bought my truck I worked for a gm dealer as a tech. While working for the dealer I could get paid to perform warranty repairs on my on vehicle(if needed). Plus I got a heck of a discount. I know gm's in and out once out of warranty I can perform almost any repair or service in my drive.

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Old 06-15-2015, 03:00 AM   #3
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I chose mine for a number of reasons. First I looked for price as I could not afford a new one. Second I looked for a 1 ton as I tow some heavier stuff and wanted a solid platform with duals on rear. I did a lot of research on dependability of drivetrain and came to the conclusion at the time with the money I had I bought a 1995 f 350 crew cab long box dually with the 7.3 diesel and a manual 5 speed overdrive tranny. It was a Centaurus conversion which looked really nice and had the amenities of course from 95 era lol, but it has been a good truck. I worked for Chevy dealership for years and I love the dura max platform , but at the time they were way expensive for me and I had heard they were having to have injectors replaced at 100000 or so miles which was a big expense. I have since heard if Chevy had put a smaller micron filter on them at the time this wouldn't have been a problem but our fuel here in the states isn't as refined as in Europe. I also liked the cummins platform and heard they were a good performer and good on fuel but I just didn't have any experience to speak of with them. Bottom line is I got what I could afford and thought would pull what I needed and have been happy with my choice so far.
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Old 06-15-2015, 05:53 AM   #4
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The tow was purchased months before we even considered a TT.

SWMBO had to replace her aging 4Runner and bought a brand-new Tacoma. We were still tent camping at that point.

I found a very well loved 25 year old TT several months later. That TT didn't survive this past (very harsh) winter. So, we're hauling a 5' longer and 32 year more up-to-date TT with the same Tacoma.
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Old 06-15-2015, 06:05 AM   #5
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First and foremost since I was looking for a half ton... PAYLOAD! I wouldn't touch anything with less than 1500lbs. This cut the majority of available trucks out, which the salesmen at the dealerships just couldn't understand because they are dumb.

I needed good towing power and good fuel mileage unloaded, and didn't want to venture into the diesel world just yet. The obvious choice was the EcoBoost engine.

I wanted a crew cab with as much interior space as possible, and the F-150 crew cab was the obvious choice for that. The back seat is HUGE and leads the half ton market for sure, maybe even the 3/4 or 1 ton too.

Then it was box length, 4WD, gear ratios, tow mirrors, all the other little things... I searched high and low across the entire province and finally found everything I wanted in a '13 at the end of the year. Flew there, picked it up and drove it home.
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Old 06-15-2015, 07:51 AM   #6
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Price, availability and looks.

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Old 06-15-2015, 08:24 AM   #7
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i choose a tundra because we had three toyotas including a tacoma that pulled our first trailer. they were all trouble free, comfortable, cost effective, and had good resale value even after many kms. the tundra is great and fits our needs perfectly.

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Old 06-15-2015, 08:43 AM   #8
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I bought my Toyota Tacoma before we decided to get a travel trailer. A friend at a local dealership told me about it (it was a lightly used trade-in) and I got a great deal on it. Its a 2007 that just hit 40,000 miles. When buying our travel trailers we've kept in mind what the Tacoma can tow.
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Old 06-15-2015, 10:56 AM   #9
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Most of the research I did regarding a solid and dependable tow vehicle routinely came back to the Tacoma. I just felt personally a full sized truck was more than what I needed for 10-11 months of the year since I only get out for about 30 nights camping. Most of our camping is local here in Ontario, the US (NY/Maine) and maybe Quebec, but we are going to Nova Scotia again this summer. I know the truck won't set any speed records and I definitely will not pull this HTT of ours around the Cabot Trail and I cruise at 60 - 65 mph anyway to be safe, but for those few larger hill climbs I will have, especially when coming home via Vermont, I'm very comfortable to drop the tranny down into 3rd or even 2nd gear to keep the pulling power up. After all, it's what the Tacoma Rep is all about. Built to tow.

Aside from all that, it's also my daily driver. so a V6 is much easier on my pocket book than a big ol Hemi or V8 any day. LOL

All that said: If I could find me a cheap and older 2500HD or F250, I'd park it and use it strictly for towing. Some day I'll want to step up to a larger and newer TT.
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Old 06-16-2015, 07:00 AM   #10
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Got the 2015 2500 HD LTZ, Diesel, had all the bells and whistle , plus like the On-Star and exhaust brake feature.


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