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Posted: 01/03/20 05:36pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Title pretty much says it. I just jumped in head first and bought a travel trailer, and now I need to swap my car for a truck to tow it.

My trailer is a '58 16ft 2640lb unit. Big non-aerodynamic front, unfortunately. No trailer brakes yet, but installing them will be one of my first projects (though I do have to bring it 700 miles back without them installed first).

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I plan to live in it. At least for the first few months, I won't have to move it around. Ideally, in the near future, I'd like to not be moving it around too much, but I don't want to be afraid of driving it if I need to as much as I need to.

At the same time, I would like to not have terrible mpg while living in the parked Travel trailer/TT and driving the Towing vehicle/TV around.

In other words, having two separate vehicles isn't an option for me, need a towing vehicle that can be a reasonable daily driver.

Finally, I need it cheap.

So:
1. Can tow 2640lbs + stuff inside comfortably
2. Can get decent MPG when not towing
3. Is reliable
4. Is Cheap

Seems like an impossible list, but since I don't need to find the truck attractive, I've realized I do have what seems like a pretty good candidate:

A late 90's -> early 2000's Ford Ranger / Mazda B 4000 (4.0L with towing package).

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I've read what I could find on google about towing travel trailers with these trucks, and I think it seems reasonable. They're rated for 6500lbs towing, get 21mpg highway, go for pretty cheap pretty often, and are reliable. Plenty of them come with a tow hitch receiver installed, and if I'm lucky I'll even get an extended cab. It's enough that after all the research and all the models, this is the one I've decided to create an account here and ask for advice about, and finally feel like I can get the ideal compromise.

Any thoughts? Any alternative recommended vehicle?

In theory I would prefer an SUV, and was originally keen on the idea of an '05 hyundai santa fe, but I think they just won't cut it long-term... transmission, and being underpowered while towing, and at the edge of its towing limit. Most of the SUV's are more expensive, too, and not really built for towing (underpowered, not great transmissions), and will require the installation of a hitch receiver. I did see a 2002 Nissan Xterra, high miles but well maintained and with a replaced transmission, and those are said to be rated for 5k lbs towing, but everyone said they felt underpowered while towing, and the mpg is significantly worse (similar to an F150).

Would love some advice. Thanks.

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Posted: 01/03/20 05:38pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Another option... maybe an 05 chevy trailblazer with towing package?

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Go for it!

Seems adequate for your trailer with poundage to spare.

Love the window jalousies in your trailer. Feels like home -- in Hawaii.

Warning: don't let anyone scare you silly to make you over-truck to buy that huge Ram.

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Your millage will be considerably less while towing.

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You forgot to post the interior pictures of your TT. [emoticon]

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Posted: 01/03/20 06:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What a beautiful TT!


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I would claustrophobia trying to full time in a 26' trailer especially in winter but that's just me. YMMV. The Ranger should have adequate capacity to tow something like that as long as you don't expect 40 mpg at 70 mph through the mountains. Maybe an Explorer would better suit your needs

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A 4.0 Ranger with an automatic and 3.73 gears should handle that trailer adequately, although a little slow by today's standards. As a point of reference I used to tow a 21' ultralight (3100 lbs dry, 4000 lbs road-ready) with a 1994 Aerostar with the 4.0/3.73. It maintained 60-65 mph easily on the freeway, pulled passes at 45-50 and averaged about 12-13 mpg towing a heavier but a little more aerodynamic trailer. I would expect similar results in your situation. The only caveat is that I wouldn't want to tow long distance with no trailer brakes.

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And I hope you are not going downhill on a 6% grade highway without the trailer brakes.

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I lived alone in a 24' tt for two months one time while my DW was selling our house in another state and I had to start a new job. I was very comfortable and could have gone on that way that way much longer.
I think your plan is very doable.


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