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Old 05-19-2016, 06:40 AM   #21
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That will be a fine TV for your current trailer!
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Old 05-19-2016, 09:41 AM   #22
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There was a family that stayed right behind me this past weekend with your same setup just north east of Indianapolis. I use to have an Acadia that we towed a hybrid camper with. The problem was with the unibody it was hard to put the weight back to the front end so we always towed with our truck. We ended up trading it for a Yukon which did just as well as the F150 did.
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Old 05-19-2016, 09:53 AM   #23
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F150 ecoboost max tow. A bit much but gives you the capability to upgrade.
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Old 05-19-2016, 10:24 AM   #24
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There was a family that stayed right behind me this past weekend with your same setup just north east of Indianapolis. I use to have an Acadia that we towed a hybrid camper with. The problem was with the unibody it was hard to put the weight back to the front end so we always towed with our truck. We ended up trading it for a Yukon which did just as well as the F150 did.

It may have been us!! We camped last weekend at Mounds State Park...
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Old 05-19-2016, 11:09 AM   #25
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It may have been us!! We camped last weekend at Mounds State Park...
It would have been you. We were in the V-Lite that butted up to you. Cold as could be wasn't it.
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It would have been you. We were in the V-Lite that butted up to you. Cold as could be wasn't it.

Small world!! It was SO cold! But, our kids didn't seem to care or notice too much - as evidenced by their running, climbing, throwing of balls and frisbees, noise making, and bike riding!!

Mounds isn't too far from home for us and was a good early-on experience for us.
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Small world!! It was SO cold! But, our kids didn't seem to care or notice too much - as evidenced by their running, climbing, throwing of balls and frisbees, noise making, and bike riding!!

Mounds isn't too far from home for us and was a good early-on experience for us.

I was surprised as to how full the park was for as cold as it was. It is a very nice park. We camp there often. We only live 5 min from there.
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Old 05-19-2016, 11:47 AM   #28
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So many responses...thanks!!!

We did some looking tonight. I definitely get why so many are recommending a CC truck. But, we have many reasons for still wanting an SUV - beyond towing. We also hope to avoid a car payment so we hope to find a pretty even trade - not super easy to find a CC truck, in our price range, with low miles.

BUT, we did find a 2005 Chevy Tahoe 1500 Z71 (one owner, only 75K miles). 5.3L, v8, tow package with transmission cooler, and GVWR of 6800lbs. We have a WDH and sway bar, and will add the electronic break controller. I am relatively new but have read a lot and this seems to have the features many recommend given the size of our camper. Aside from giving up some cargo space, are we way off base here?

We don't intend to trade our Solaire in for many years. Because the Tahoe is priced right for us (similar to our trade in) we won't be out any additional money when it's time to trade it in than we would have been with our van.
Looks like your mind is made up. Happy camping.
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campnqueen's response was on the money. Buy bigger Than you think as it is likely you'll be getting another, larger RV Length of wheel base is important in handling the trailer. Longer the better and vehicle should have transmission and transmission cooler to handle the extra work load Towed 3 trailers with 2007 Tundra V8 - lengths 19, 27, 34 with weights 3400 to 8000 - gas mileage all the same. It's all wind resistance! Don t forget tires on tow vehilcle
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