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Old 07-23-2016, 05:55 PM   #1
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Suggestions needed TV for 2011 Tracer 205M

We have no idea what will tow our new to us Tracer. Obviously we know one of those super pick-ups that require a step stool to mount will but we just want enough truck to safely tow.
No more no less

For now our budget allows for a used pick-up with an extended cab (2 large Bassett Hounds = just under 200 lbs. Other than a basic set of mechanic tools, couple bicycles, 30 lbs. of kibble, Portable Propane Colman grill & two loveseats in a bag chairs we tend to be ultralite packers.

GVWR listed on Tracer 205M is 5,924 lbs.

BF is a diesel mechanic so of course his mind set goes toward a big rig. Those he knows. All his grease monkey friends tend to drive those huge pick-ups so there mind set is go big or stay home.
BF currently has a lease on an SUV which is up in a year. Can't add a hitch/tow with this. I have a '97 Jeep Wrangler 4 cyl.
Doesn't have to be fancy just get us semi-local like Allegheny or Letchworth perhaps Old Forge for now. Our full-time RVing goal is in 2 years then we'll update the TV.

Hit up Craig's list to get an idea of what's out there but I don't know what I'm looking for my head hurts.

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chevy 1500 . with tow package will do you fine . or even a ford but never a dodge lol
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Old 07-23-2016, 06:24 PM   #3
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Thanks thus driveway camping is getting old, lol.
Stopped off @ dealership to get an idea test drove 2916 GMC Canyon fainted when u saw the sticker.

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Old 07-23-2016, 08:58 PM   #4
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Thanks thus driveway camping is getting old, lol.
Stopped off @ dealership to get an idea test drove 2916 GMC Canyon fainted when u saw the sticker.

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2916 that must be one futuristic looking truck . i think the canyon is only 1/4ton . did you drive a 1500 silverado ?
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For now our budget allows for a used pick-up with an extended cab (2 large Bassett Hounds = just under 200 lbs. Other than a basic set of mechanic tools, couple bicycles, 30 lbs. of kibble, Portable Propane Colman grill & two loveseats in a bag chairs we tend to be ultralite packers. GVWR listed on Tracer 205M is 5,924 lbs...
In 2013 I bought a 2 year-old (2011) Ram 2500 ST Crew Cab w/5.7 Hemi (gas) for only $14K which is much less than most used 1/2 ton grocery-getters. With a payload of 3,000 it can handle the 1100+ lb. tongue weight of our 8,000 lb. TT plus our family of 5 (700), fiberglass cap (love it), twin generators, firewood, bikes, etc.

Every season we find new gear to take-along camping - like heavier/comfy camping chairs, inflatable kayaks, etc. It all adds weight but unlike friends with 1/2 tons we don't have to worry about strategically packing stuff - we just load & go...

The 2500 is my daily driver & I get 16-17 on my daily commute & 8-9 towing. It has no trouble maintaining the speed limit throughout the Smoky Mountains but I haven't been out West yet... IMO the Big 3 all make reliable 3/4 & 1 tons. However, if you choose a 1/2 ton I would go with the F150 with Ecoboost...
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Old 07-24-2016, 12:58 AM   #6
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2916 that must be one futuristic looking truck . i think the canyon is only 1/4ton . did you drive a 1500 silverado ?
Oh it was, it was. Resembled a DeLorean around the edges.
The Canyon was our 1st new test drive. We had just left Buffalo RV after putting a deposit down on the Tracer. More of a look see then real fact finding.

We both agreed that we preferred that size truck.

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In 2013 I bought a 2 year-old (2011) Ram 2500 ST Crew Cab w/5.7 Hemi (gas) for only $14K which is much less than most used 1/2 ton grocery-getters. With a payload of 3,000 it can handle the 1100+ lb. tongue weight of our 8,000 lb. TT plus our family of 5 (700), fiberglass cap (love it), twin generators, firewood, bikes, etc.

Every season we find new gear to take-along camping - like heavier/comfy camping chairs, inflatable kayaks, etc. It all adds weight but unlike friends with 1/2 tons we don't have to worry about strategically packing stuff - we just load & go...

The 2500 is my daily driver & I get 16-17 on my daily commute & 8-9 towing. It has no trouble maintaining the speed limit throughout the Smoky Mountains but I haven't been out West yet... IMO the Big 3 all make reliable 3/4 & 1 tons. However, if you choose a 1/2 ton I would go with the F150 with Ecoboost...
I'll pass your recommendation along.

It's just us & the dogs. Tracer sleeps 3 but we are telling everyone the dinette is for the Bassetts.



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Old 07-25-2016, 07:58 PM   #8
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Ecoboost = twin turbos

BF said his boss just had to have the turbos replaced due to broken seals on F150 newer truck. Mechanic @ the dealership said good it was covered under warranty ... over $6,000.

My head is still trying to explode.

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For trailer that size with only 2 people and 2 bassett hounds, a 1/2 ton that has a factory towing package will be more than adequate. If you find a good 3/4 ton at a great price you'll be ready to upgrade in the future but you really don't need that for your Tracer. When shopping for a 1/2 ton, look for factory towing mirrors and look at the payload sticker on the driver's door.

Good luck with your search.
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Thanks itat. We were just discussing exactly how much "stuff" we'd need to haul to even come close to the 1000+ cargo weight allowance.
Now I know what to look @ ... a door sticker !

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