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Old 05-23-2016, 01:45 PM   #11
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OK, so with my trailer packed with the basics (kitchenware, tv, bedding, linens, towels, bbq, folding chair, table, & hook-up essentials) 2 full propane tanks and 1 battery; empty water & waste tanks, no food, clothing or personal items. Weight on truck scale came in at 3550 lbs. In all reality, I can't imagine that I'd ever add another 1000 lbs to that, which has me requiring a towing capacity of under 5000 lbs.

Now having this factual information, I am back to thinking that a mid-size SUV, properly equipped, could be a very satisfactory TV choice.

I drove an Avalanche and a Dodge Ram 1500 recently, and they just feel so BIG for me as a daily driver. Just getting in and out is a bit of a workout for a lil old chubby lady like me.

Any thoughts?
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Old 05-23-2016, 02:16 PM   #12
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Is that 3550# just the dual axles or did you include the tongue weight too? I agree that you won't likely add more than 1000# of cargo. I used to tow a 5200# (loaded) Roo hybrid with a Toyota Tacoma Double Cab with a 4.0L engine rated to tow 6500#. It was only adequate for the task and I was right at it's GVWR with 2 people in the cab. So I don't think you'd be happy with a mid-sized SUV like a Highlander.

I have a step bar on my F-150 and my 72 year old Mom can climb in it but it is a bit of work for her so I hear you about that concern.

Good luck with your search.
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Old 05-23-2016, 02:36 PM   #13
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Weight on truck scale came in at 3550 lbs. In all reality, I can't imagine that I'd ever add another 1000 lbs to that, which has me requiring a towing capacity of under 5000 lbs.

Now having this factual information, I am back to thinking that a mid-size SUV, properly equipped, could be a very satisfactory TV choice.
Taking the trailer to the scales was the best way to figure out what you really need. I'm guessing the 3550 is the axles only? Do you have the weights for the tv while connected and just the tow vehicle?

This decision is really going to come down to payload of the tow vehicle. The issue with most SUV's isn't the tow rating, its the payload. You need the tongue weight, the hitch, you, the dog, fuel, and whatever else is in the vehicle to be less than the max payload.

Its a trade-off here - smaller SUV is a better daily driver, but a truck is going to have heavier duty suspension, transmission, brakes. The SUV's would probably pull the trailer fine, but if you rack up a lot of miles at or slightly over the payload rating it can take a toll as far as wear and tear.

If you have those other numbers from the scale, so can fill in the blanks and make an informed decision about which option is going to work best for you.
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Our trailer comes in around 3100 lbs loaded and a tongue weight around 390-400 lbs. We towed it for a long time with a properly equipped 2001 Explorer with a 4.0 V6. While it was adequate we were at the edge of its practical towing capacity (as opposed to rated capacity which was higher). It did pretty good on flats but would need to downshift for modest hills. Not that it mattered to us but to keep a decent RPM we would also have to slow down quite a bit when driving in the mountains. The newer Explorers have an even lower rated towing capacity so I expect they would pushing more than we did in the our old one.

The Explorer has since been retired for an F-150 2.7L Ecoboost with a rated towing capacity of 8200 lbs and an as equipped sticker payload of ~1600 lbs. Towing with this has been much more enjoyable and I can now maintain highway speeds without having to worry about stressing the vehicle. At the risk of calling the weight police I also don't have to pay as much attention to total cargo weight as I have more than enough for the trailer, wife/myself and our cargo. This wasn't always this way with the Explorer where we were a lot closer to the limits. So I guess what I am saying is a mid-sized SUV might work based on the numbers but you are likely near the maximum of the practical towing capacity even at the lower trailer weight. Given this you might not be as satisfied after you have been towing for a while and realize a bit more capacity would make the drive more relaxing and enjoyable.
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Old 05-23-2016, 03:35 PM   #15
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At that weight a Jeep Grand Cherokee with the v8 or the diesel would also work, armada as I previously suggested. A Ford Explorer with the Eco boost might work but it will be really tight. A Dodge Durango would also work, again with the v8.

Volkswagen Touareg with the diesel or Mercedes ml320 with diesel could work also

Hope that helps
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Anyone with a 1-ton diesel DRW don't read this post. But for someone originally looking at a SUV and in the tow range OP is looking for, nobody has mentioned the new Colorado/Canyon twins.

Properly equipped they have a 7000lb (gas) or 7700lb (diesel) tow rating.

2016 Colorado: Small-Midsize Trucks | Chevrolet

Just another option to consider as a daily driver it may be a better option.
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Anyone with a 1-ton diesel DRW don't read this post. But for someone originally looking at a SUV and in the tow range OP is looking for, nobody has mentioned the new Colorado/Canyon twins.

Properly equipped they have a 7000lb (gas) or 7700lb (diesel) tow rating.

2016 Colorado: Small-Midsize Trucks | Chevrolet

Just another option to consider as a daily driver it may be a better option.
Good call
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Was just going to suggest the Colorado/Canyon with the duramax. Was just watching a fast lane truck YouTube video on it.
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Old 05-26-2016, 08:21 AM   #19
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A '14 or newer 1500 with the max tow package could tow you TT with ease. I had a '14 Chevy 1500 with the 6.2 max tow that I towed my 32' Tracer with and it towed it with ease. As others, said, since this is your retirement plan, do you plan on upgrading your TT in the future, if so, then I'd get the trucknow that will tow the TT you would like to get
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For the price of a f150 ecoboost you can buy a decently equipped 2500 series truck with a gas motor, and have way more versitile vehicle without the high tech stuff to cost you money down the road
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