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AnnaKGreen

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I am looking to get back into RVing after several years away (after a divorce that meant the loss of my tow vehicle and travel trailer) and am looking for an all purpose tow vehicle.

It needs to:
Be able to transport a recumbent bicycle, meaning approximately 5 1/2 feet of interior storage or bed space.

Be able to pull an ultralight travel trailer (3500 pounds or less)

Be able to carry four people comfortably.

I am not wedded to the idea of any sort of vehicle in particular, and mileage is not a prime concern.

It would likely become my daily driver.

I am looking for a used vehicle. I am very taken with the Ford Explorer Sport Trac, which I know they've stopped making - although it isn't big enough to carry my bike.

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Long-bed Nissan Frontier sounds like it may work for you.

Others will chime in for sure.


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I'd go with a 1/2 ton four door truck. Your daily driving MPG won't be great but you'll have the room you need and will be more than capable of towing a TT. You could also go with a smaller truck like a Frontier or Tacoma but the towing won't be nearly as great but will be about 3 mpg better when not towing.

I have a Toyota Tundra and love it. I have the 5.7 but you could go with the 4.6 and get mileage close to as good as the Tacoma. Honestly those smaller trucks are not that much cheaper anyway.


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Suburban.

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Crew Cab Ford F-150 w 6' box.


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F-150 with the new 5.0 V-8... the eco-boost gets just a shade better mileage when not towing...(my friend gets 1 mpg more on the hiway)... The new 5.0 is much less of a techno-trap than the Eco-Boost, and because of that, I'm betting it'll be less headache at 150K miles...

My amigo doesn't tow anything, so I can't compare those figures. My only trip towing with mine was from Amarillo to Phoenix and back. I was towing a Shadow Cruiser 185BFS (2929# empty plus about 500# of stuff) and averaged 11.5 for the whole trip. On a non-towing trip from Amarillo to Ft Worth and back, I got 20.7...

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2009 and later Ram 1500 Quad cab. 09 and later use a coil rear suspension. Bad if you want to use it like a 3/4 ton truck, but very GOOD for daily driving, and towing a lightweight trailer with bikes in the bed. We are thrilled with ours (2011 Ram Quad, 4X4, Hemi), and with the coil rear, don't mind driving it every day. I do highly recommend the Hemi, and the 3.92 rear end for towing.


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I just picked up a 2012 Tundra crew max, its a nice daily driver with lots of towing power. The interior is extra large,can easily fit 3 adults in the back seat with room to spare. I ended up geting a brand new one because with the dealer incentives the cost was only about 1500 more than the compareable low mileage used trucks I looked at. However nissan and toyota both offer very attracitve used warranties and service plans included on the certified used.


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Screw cab F-150 with the advanced towing package. Built in brake controller, tow trans assist, sway control, brake assist (so you don't roll backwards from a start), trailer memory, and mileage tow monitor is really the cats behind! Truely a towing dream because all that stuff really works! I have an ecoboost and get 6 more mpg's than the 5.0 liter my brother in law has.

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Big 3 1/2 ton PU with larger V-8 gas engine and 6.5 ft bed


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