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Old 06-07-2013, 02:07 PM   #11
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JD - for help with suggesting trucks. When you camp, how many passengers do you normally take (and what's their total weight)? If you're over 150 pounds, how far over that are you? What do you usually take in the truck with you? What would you usually load into the truck bed (firewood, coolers, bicyles, extra fuel, etc.)? What add-ons would you add to your truck (rolltop cover, topper, etc.)?

For instance -
- my family has likely 630 pounds in people weight total and it's only going up as my 1 and 9 year olds get bigger
- we have 1 booster seat and 1 car seat
- we have a small set of electronics in the vehicle with us
- we carry snacks and drinks regularly in a cooler
- baby bag, baby toys, etc.
- usually some coats or umbrellas and misc. other stuff
- in the truck bed I carry my cooktop for the fire ring, some firewood, a few tools, wheel step and our sewer hose boxes
- we do have an all-metal rolltop bed cover

Scaled, we add about 1200 pounds to the truck (which does include my fifth wheel hitch which will be higher than a travel trailer hitch).

Whatever truck you get needs to be able to carry all of those things *before* adding the tongue weight of the camper (which is usually in the range of 10%-15% of the actual loaded weight of the camper).

Do the math and back into the amount of available payload that you need and pick a vehicle from there.
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Old 06-08-2013, 08:45 AM   #12
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I`m towing a similar size and weight trailer with a V-10 X with 4.30 gears. it does an excellent job. for that TH you need the bigger motor, either 8.1L GM, V-10 Ford or a diesel.

A 3/4-1 ton Suburban or Excursion is what you are looking for! with at least 4.10`s with the gas motor (4.30 for the V-10 X).
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