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Old 04-14-2016, 09:43 PM   #1
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What tow vehicle?

Hopefully I am on the correct thread. You guys seem to know what you are talking about. I just bought a Jayco WhiteHawk 24rdb. It is a beautiful "tiny house" until I build my home. I currently own a Toyota Prius which, obviously, can't pull an RV. What vehicle should I get to pull my Jayco? I am retired and want to do some traveling in Colorado so I need good towing capacity. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 04-15-2016, 07:35 AM   #2
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Keperone,

Welcome and congrats on the new rig!!!

You will probably get better replies if you start a new thread, either in the travel trailer section or tow vehicle section.

Mods: could you possibly move keperone's post and my reply to a new thread please? TY!!!

Without knowing the trailer specs, even being the "brochure" dry weights, or how youngish pack (trailer and truck) it is hard to say. The dry tw (tongue/hitch weight) does not include the propane tanks or battery weight on the tongue. Add ~120lbs for 2-20lb tanks and a battery, ~160lbs for 2-30lb tanks and a battery to the tw. A lot of people suggest using about 13% or the trailers gvwr to estimate the loaded tw to properly choose a tv (tow vehicle). There will be a yellow sticker in the drivers door jamb stating "All passengers and cargo not to exceed XXXXlbs". The weight of all the passengers, cargo in the tv (coolers, firewood, etc), any accessories added to the tv, the wdh (weight distribution hitch), and the tt tw (travel trailer tongue weight) should not exceed the stated payload.

Get a good wdh with integrated sway control. The Reese Dual Cam, Reese SC, and the Equal-I-Zer 4 way system are all very good for the money!

Good luck!!!
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Welcome to JOF. As requested, I moved this to a new thread for better response.
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6750 is what the GVWR is listed as (the max it should ever weigh, totally loaded).

Many if not all full size 1/2 ton pickups and such can tow it safely. Many of the bigger SUV's can as well and full size vans.

If you are going to be boon-docking (camping at areas without services) then you may need to carry a generator, water, and sewage, making a pickup a must (although I do that stuff and I don't have a pickup).
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F150 eco boost should do the job. There is a max tow version but it is hard to find.


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Welcome to JOF. As requested, I moved this to a new thread for better response.
TY Norty!!!

Now Keperone will be wondering where his post went!!! Lol

A 6750lb gvwr, as long as you don't load the bed full with a generator and a load of firewood, a properly equipped 1500/ 150 will probably be sufficient. Just make sure you get the best axle ratio for towing if possible. GM: at least the 3.42, or the 3.73's if you can, Ram: 3.92's I think they are, Ford: 3.73??? Not sure.... hopefully others will chime in on the Ford gears.

And every truck that may be "the one" open the drivers door and look for the payload sticker. Anything less than 1500lbs I would say scratch it. No more the better!!!

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Hopefully I am on the correct thread. You guys seem to know what you are talking about. I just bought a Jayco WhiteHawk 24rdb. It is a beautiful "tiny house" until I build my home. I currently own a Toyota Prius which, obviously, can't pull an RV. What vehicle should I get to pull my Jayco? I am retired and want to do some traveling in Colorado so I need good towing capacity. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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When looking for TV's, payload will be your primary concern as most 150/1500 trucks run out of payload long before they reach their advertised maximum towing capacity. I would also strongly recommend getting a tow package (not just a brake controller) on the vehicle. These often come with upgraded transmission coolers which will reduce the heat in your transmission while towing as well as built in stability aids which will increase stability while towing in windy conditions and rough roads. Do not assume the advertised towing capability in the brochure is the same as the truck you are buying as the small print will state that these advertised maximums require special equipment or tow packages. Finally, do not trust the assurances of the TV or TT salesmen that X vehicle will suit your needs as their goal is to get you off the lot with a purchase regardless of whether it is the right vehicle for your situation.


We really like our V8 5.4 F150 but if I was towing in the mountains a lot, I would go with the V6 turbo Ecoboost as the turbo will provide more power at elevation. I would make sure it had the Max Tow package and price out a Heavy Duty payload package to see what it would cost to have the future expandability of a larger trailer in future if that is a possibility. I am unfamiliar with the new turbo diesels in the Chev and Nissan, but I would give those a look if I was shopping for TV right now. With the Ram Eco-Diesel, some have been disappointed with the available payload.
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I have always been a Toyota person. I am considering a new Tacoma with a tow package and 2-wheel drive. Any opinions?
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