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Old 04-19-2013, 12:29 AM   #11
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I'm surprised you are able to pull your current trailer with that minivan. I would be looking at a 3/4 ton SUV. if willing o go used ford excursions are great but they are getting older and hard to find. A 3/4 ton burb is a good idea. Or even better would be a 1 ton van. The can would give you payload and space for everyone plus dog. be wary of half ton SUVs that tout large towing capacity as their payload is not good and will be eaten up. (good example is my old armada that ad a 9100 towing capacity but with 2 adults and a toddler could only handle 800 lbs tongue weight). I know $ is a concern and believe me, I get it. what about going used on both TV and TT to get what your family needs? I would prioritize TV over trailer for now as you will need the bigger TV to tow the next trailer anyways. Best of luck to you.
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Old 04-19-2013, 02:02 AM   #12
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I'm surprised you are able to pull your current trailer with that minivan.
OMG!
i just looked up the specs to your trailer and you're lucky you haven't had an accident already.
you're WAY over the specs of your minivan with that trailer.'

i have to ask, who told that your minivan was adequate to tow that trailer?

with a fictional "dry" weight of 3749lbs., you were already maxed out before you even added the weight of the standard "options", water, propane, battery and cargo.
the max a dodge GC can tow is either 3500lbs. or 3800lbs.
and that's with only a 150lb. driver in it.
and you're carrying 4 more plus a dog.

i'm sorry to be so harsh but i'm shocked at how over your specs you were.
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Old 04-19-2013, 08:57 PM   #13
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i have older model. yes i am close to the top but i am not over as far as my van goes. i just recently went to 5 people so my towing has only been me and my child. i do not do long distance pulling only max of 2 hr radius from my home. most of my campng is only 20 mins from home. i was looking at the 10,000 towing more so as we are undecided about which direction to go in right now but we want to make sure we dont limit ourselves to the type of camper if we only look at vehicles just slightly bigger then what i currently have. my choice in the mini lite to begin with was due to the fact i had the van to pull with and tht was the cheapest with in my towing capacity that met my needs at that time.
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Old 04-19-2013, 09:28 PM   #14
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perhaps something like these would meet your needs:
2013 Ford E-Series Van Recreational E-250 | The 2013 Ford E-Series Van Recreational E-250 | Ford.com
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Old 04-19-2013, 11:04 PM   #15
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The E250 has a max. towing capacity of 7400lbs in order to get 10,000# you would need a E350.
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The E250 has a max. towing capacity of 7400lbs in order to get 10,000# you would need a E350.
And who would want to drive that every day?
Ford F150 EcoBoost crew cab with max payload seems like a good choice.
Plenty of room for 5 people, and lots of towing capacity for a future larger camper. Plus good gas mileage as an everyday driver.
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And who would want to drive that every day?
Ford F150 EcoBoost crew cab with max payload seems like a good choice.
Plenty of room for 5 people, and lots of towing capacity for a future larger camper. Plus good gas mileage as an everyday driver.
room for 5 but who wants to do a lot of driving with kids squished together and the dog in the bed? (can't fit a decent sized dog in truck w/ 5 people unless it is a small lap dog like a chihuahua that will have to sit in someone's lap the whole time.
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room for 5 but who wants to do a lot of driving with kids squished together and the dog in the bed? (can't fit a decent sized dog in truck w/ 5 people unless it is a small lap dog like a chihuahua that will have to sit in someone's lap the whole time.
Before flying off the handle, maybe read the OP's posts. He said that most of his camping was within a 2-hour radius from home. So rather than buy some gas-guzzling tank, just so the kids and dog can be in luxury for 2 hours, an EcoBoost crew cab would be a great compromise.
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Before flying off the handle, maybe read the OP's posts. He said that most of his camping was within a 2-hour radius from home. So rather than buy some gas-guzzling tank, just so the kids and dog can be in luxury for 2 hours, an EcoBoost crew cab would be a great compromise.
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Agree Bakken and put a portable pen in the camper and the dog in the pen.
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I am not sure were gas guzzling tank comes from---the full size family vans get similar fuel economy to the pick ups & SUVs have a comparable wheel base - they lend themselves well to family trips to the beach/park or the mall and allow for the occasional friend to travel along for families of 5 or more - they can be configured to meet the 10k lbs towing requirement with a huge selection of seating layouts
The GM version has with Duramax/Allison combo available while it appears the Ford version can be selected with the V-10 with 5 Spd Auto - if a used purchase are in the books certain areas of the country have these at dime a dozen in various configurations.
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OP of course only you know the requirements your situation has to meet. Cheers

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