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Old 07-18-2013, 09:10 PM   #1
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Pickup truck or SUV to tow 5000 lb RV?

I would like to buy a towable RV and travel for the next few yrs. My thinking is that a MT (manual trans) is the best way to tow. If the clutch goes, you can replace it with a heavy duty component if needed. Where as if you blow an AT (auto trans), a rebuilt is far more expensive. Rebuilds don't last near as long as the original. Only like about 30,000 miles. I suppose it's possible to insure against major component failure (this of course is a different subject).

The problem is that there is a very limited selection of trucks with a MT. Nissan now charges more for a MT, that for an AT. Toyota & Nissan have a V6, that would work. A new double cab would be over $30,000, by the time I got it out the door. I don't like buying used. That's just somebodies else's headache. In 2007, I saw a Chevy Silverado, w/V8 that could tow that much TT, priced at $16,000. But, that truck now is $24,000. Not including tax and all that. To me that's a lot for a pickup, w/AT that's the weak point in the powertrain.

Anyone have any other suggestion?
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:19 PM   #2
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I ret from GM., Trans plant, Toledo, OH. The auto tranny's put in vehicles that are designed to tow, will tow just as well as a MT.
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:25 PM   #3
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You might find the travel trailer that fits your needs. The pick the truck or suv the fits the bill. All of the TV you listed makes a good products. I picked a Jeep with a Diesel so I get 28 miles per gallon unloaded. The best I got towing is 12 to 16 .
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:41 PM   #4
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X2 on the trans. As long as its properly cooled, you should be good. As far as the TV, a light duty (F150, Silverado/Sierra 1500, Ram 1500, Tundra etc) WITH a tow package will do this good. As far as SUVs, only consider full size body on frame models, (Expedition, Suburban, Sequoia, maybe Durango) again with tow package. You may want to consider HD versions of SUVs since the extra body, seats and goodies on those takes away available payload.
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:57 PM   #5
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From what I see out there your choice for a MT vehicle that can tow well is going to be limited and most likely a special order -- if you are still in the looking stage I suggest you start with the trailer find what you like and get the numbers you have --- then select a tow vehicle that will safely meet the rest of your requirements.
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I personally prefer a manual but as the only one in our household comfortable driving a mt we had to go with auto -- a little more care required but I am sure it will last as long as a clutch/manual gear box

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Look at the Acura MDX. That is a wonderful vehicle. There are few options - so many things are standard. It'll tow 5K as well.
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Old 07-18-2013, 11:46 PM   #7
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Look at the Acura MDX. That is a wonderful vehicle. There are few options - so many things are standard. It'll tow 5K as well.
Never buy a vehicle when you want it's max towing capacity with AWD and dealer upgrades. Plus for the price, you can get a F150 Platinum screw with max tow/payload giving you twice the payload and towing capacity.
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Old 07-18-2013, 11:57 PM   #8
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While I'm accused of being the weight police and answering questions that weren't answered, I'm going to do it again... Reformed_Stockbroker, do you realize that the "this vehicle can tow X,XXX lbs." is only a small portion of determining towing capacities?

Many times, smaller SUVs and trucks run out of payload and hit GVWR long before ever realizing the towing capacity.

But, if you're already aware- I'll slink away quietly.
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Never buy a vehicle when you want it's max towing capacity with AWD and dealer upgrades. Plus for the price, you can get a F150 Platinum screw with max tow/payload giving you twice the payload and towing capacity.
The capacity of the Ford on the bumper is 5K lbs., like the Acura! I owned one.
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We tow with 2010 jeep commander with a 5.7l hemi.Equppied with tow/haul package and rated for 7400lbs.Roughly getting 12-15mpg at 90 km's per/hr at 1800 rpm.Here is a pic of what we tow with and no issues and safe in manitoba canada.
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