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Old 04-19-2012, 10:38 PM   #1
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Possible New TV

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
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Old 04-19-2012, 11:04 PM   #2
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I didn't see any reference in the specifications that it had a "Towing Package", this would be a benefit because of the added upgrades (transmission cooler, etc.) it brings to towing a TT. It may also be desirable to know what gear ratio the rear end is.... around a 3.75 ratio would be ideal for towing.

Also, when reviewing a TV's published tow rating, please be aware of the following, especially when thinking of a future TT upgrade: https://www.jaycoowners.com/showthread.php?t=3866

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Old 04-20-2012, 11:01 AM   #3
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If it is going to be a dedicated tow vehicle, I would look for a 2500 or larger vehicle. If you decide to get a larger trailer, it will be ready to go.

I know of a 2001 Yukon XL 2500 that is rated for 12k towing, with 79k miles that is less than $11k.
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If it is going to be a dedicated tow vehicle, I would look for a 2500 or larger vehicle. If you decide to get a larger trailer, it will be ready to go....
I agree.

Look for a used 2500 Suburban or Yukon XL. Ford Excursions would also be a good choice.

They will tow most any travel trailer you would want.

They fit your requirements for seating and are available in 4 wheel drive.

I towed with a 2002 K2500 Suburban with an 8.1 ltr gas engine for 10 years from coast to coast and border to border. It was a fine tow vehicle for my 9,000 lb travel trailer.
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There's more options out there. That is too high for the mileage on it. Look to e-bay and craigslist for other options. You can find f-250's for less. Since you're not in a rush set a price goal, mileage and vehicle choice then try to achieve it.
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My hubster bought his new "used" 2008 Ford F250 SuperDuty CrewCab 4x4 8ft bed (55K miles) on Craigslist as our TT's TV. He told the seller (car dealer) that he wanted it "out the door" for under 15K. The dealer made it happen and took a personal check! It was one of many fleet trucks used for road crew purposes. It was extremely clean. Cloth seats, but rubber mats on floors. Bedliner & chrome running boards. Great "mudder" tires for winter. The only downside...It's RED, which DH hates!
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My hubster bought his new "used" 2008 Ford F250 SuperDuty CrewCab 4x4 8ft bed (55K miles) on Craigslist as our TT's TV. He told the seller (car dealer) that he wanted it "out the door" for under 15K. The dealer made it happen and took a personal check! It was one of many fleet trucks used for road crew purposes. It was extremely clean. Cloth seats, but rubber mats on floors. Bedliner & chrome running boards. Great "mudder" tires for winter. The only downside...It's RED, which DH hates!
Kim, it could be worse than RED,it could be BLACK. The nice thing about rubber mats is that you can just open the doors and hose it out.
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He loves the rubber mats! Has them in all his trucks. Being a cattle farmer, all those cowpies don't fair too well on carpet!
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cm11599ps-- As Rustic say's check on the "tow package" option and if it is on the truck double check that the new tires have the correct weight rating. As far as cost goes do your due diligance on" kelly blue book" or other info sites. Why is the spare in the bed? Also be prepaired to spend another 500 to 1000 on any used truck, there is a reason they are for sale-- some people would rather buy new than fix what they have. Just my $.02 Larry
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