Originally Posted by skyguy40
We bought a 2016 COACHMEN CATALINA SBX 291 QBS this year. I can tow 8,700 pounds and the TT weighs around 6,500 dry. My never exceed weight is 1,370.
Our TT is also 6,500 dry w/empty hitch weight of 640. However, ready-to-camp we're over 8,000 w/loaded hitch of 1,100+. Add 700 for our family of 5 and our payload is over 1,800 which is more than most 1/2 tons can handle, including yours...
We needed to buy our TV & TT within the same year but our combined budget for both was only $35K. We found a gently used 2-slide bunkhouse for around $20K. When shopping for used TV's I found that I could get a gas 3/4 ton for less than many 1/2 tons - since many used 1/2 tons have pricier trim levels.
So in 2013 I found a 2 year-old 2011 Ram 2500 CC ST w/5.7 gas Hemi, 3,000 payload, 85K miles and balance of Ram's 100K mile powertrain warranty for $14K. Yes, diesels are better for towing in the mountains, but for $15K I would have been looking at 2003-2005 era trucks vs. my 2011. More miles, more rust, older engine & 4 speed tranny technology, no warranty, no thanks! The newer gas engine & tranny technology does pretty good in the mountains. Last summer I had no trouble towing our 15,000 GCVW throughout the Smoky Mountains...
My 2500 has no creature comforts, not even cruise control, but I don't use CC on anything else we own... The vinyl bench seats can seat 6, which comes in handy when the neighbor kid rides along... A $75 refurbished Garmin, $50 tablet, and $25/month cell phone provide all of the technology I need.
I'd rather spend the money saved on our house & property in the country which increases in equity every year vs. TVs & TTs that quickly depreciate...